We have some exciting news for our Revels Community. We are in the process of creating a new Portland Revels website. In the meantime please excuse us as we have not been updating our old one. While we are confident that the majority of information on this website is current, we must admit that there is much that has fallen out of date.
Our new site will be launching sometime in March.
In the meantime, if you can't find what you're looking for
or if you feel the information you have found is out of date, please call our
office at (503) 274-4654.
What is the Christmas Revels?
Each December, Portland Revels presents a multifaceted stage production to welcome the winter season. Combining instrumental and choral music, children's songs and games, ritual and folk dance traditions, drama, poetry, and audience participation, this event springs from an age-old tradition of winter solstice celebration. Matinee and evening Christmas Revels performances are presented featuring a cast of 75 or so. Perfromers include the Portland Brass Quintet, the Bridgetown Morris Men, instrumentalists, Portland actors, and volunteer adult/teen/children choruses drawn from throughout the city. It is professionally staged, costumed, and lighted.
Portland's first Christmas Revels—set in the Middle Ages—was presented in 1995 at Portland State University's Lincoln Hall. In 1997, the Revels audience outgrew Lincoln Hall and the show moved to the Scottish Rite Theater, where it has since presented annual holiday shows with Medieval, Middle Eastern, Celtic, Victorian, and Scottish themes.
In 2013 guest artist Eric Stern of Vagabond Opera fame helped us to explore historic traditions, music, and dance of Old Europe, from Czechoslovakia, through Poland and Hungary to Bulgaria. The 2012 Christmas Revels show featured guest performer Suzannah Park and took us to American Appalachia in the 1800s. In 2007 the show visited Haddon Hall and a number of periods in English history, in 2008 we enjoyed Scandinavian music, folklore, and traditions. In 2009 we enjoyed a rollicking show honoring Irish cultural holiday traditions featuring fiddler Kevin Burke, Irish dancer Maldon Meehan and friends. 2010 took us to the historic Al-Andalus period in Spain. The cultural focus changes from year to year, but the Christmas Revels is always about celebrating the season.
Portland Revels supports Arts for All; click HERE for details
In addition to our Christmas Revels Show, we sponsor fun seasonal events year-round. We've already had a Pub Sing in honor of Robert Burns' Birthday and a wonderful concert performed by the Revels' Women's Ensemble, ViVoce. Join us for much more to come in this, our 20th year in Portland. The year's highlight will be our Revels Jubilee Party retrospective taking place on May 10th at the World Forestry Center. Check our calendar page for more details.
Christmas Revels reviews!
Thanks to wonderful journalist Dmae Roberts for the great "Stage and Studio" program chat on KBOO radio. Suzannah Park and Betsy Branch brought a great taste of Appalachian music to the airwaves. Here's the link to the 20 minute interview session:
Volunteer with the Portland Revels!
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ViVoce Portland Revels A Capella Women`s Ensemble - More Information
We are very grateful to all of our key sponsors, without whom we could not succeed in bringing our holiday show and other seasonal events to Portland audiences, thank you for your generous support: