Revels North proudly presents
A New England Midwinter Revels
December 16-18, 2022,
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, New Hampshire
Welcome to auditions for our New England Midwinter Revels Celebration of 2022. We will have a traditional bonfire and dancing and singing with Abenaki storytelling and English traditional ritual dancing. Whether you end up on the audience side of the solstice bonfire or the stage side, you can begin your fun by auditioning.
Because we have limited space at the Lebanon Opera House (and the ongoing pandemic), we need to have a cast that can sing, dance, and act. Are you one of those people? Then come and audition, if you are not sure you fit all those categories, come along as you may be surprised.
Our auditions will be a fun workshop in which Sharon and Alex will join you to have fun learning easy songs, dances, and street games.
We are encouraging families to audition together. Individuals are certainly welcome as usual. There will be no separate auditions for the children’s chorus or the teens’ dance group, but each group of 7-10 people who audition together will hopefully include people of all ages and be a fun time as we learn together a song and dance and street rhyme.
Please come prepared with a short audition piece of less than a minute. This piece should give us a suggestion of who you are and what you can do vocally. Families should prepare something together to present. Then we will have fun together singing and dancing along with Sharon & Alex (Artistic & Music Director)
Save the date! For the first time since 2019, Revels North will bring The Midwinter Revels, an Upper Valley holiday tradition since 1975, back to the stage of Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH this December 16-18, 2022.
Revels North is thrilled to introduce our new artistic team: Alex Cumming, Music Director, and Sharon Groblicki, Artistic/Stage Director. Both Alex and Sharon have been part of the Revels North community for some time, and we’re delighted with what we’re seeing from them in their new roles!
Alex hails from Somerset, England, and has training as a traditional vocalist, accordionist, pianist, session musician, dance caller, and educator. Alex has starred in prime time TV shows including BBC’s Edwardian Farm; performs with his bands Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley, Bellwether, The Teacups and various dance bands; played live sessions for BBC Radio; and has been involved in various theatre productions, including Revels North’s 2019 and Cambridge Revels’ 2021 Christmas Revels productions.
Sharon’s accomplishments are too numerous to list. She is an actress, director and performing arts educator based in Vermont. She has performed off-Broadway, toured in shows across the US, taught courses in Theater and World Music as college faculty and has directed, staged and performed in many shows and musicals in our region. Sharon has a long history with Revels North; she enjoyed working with David Gay staging and choreographing musical pieces and served as his Children's Director, and has also participated as a performer. She is very excited to use her experience to bring the same joy to Revels that Revels has always brought to her!
We are pleased to welcome this accomplished team to the Revels North stage this year. Be prepared for a fresh take on a beloved Upper Valley holiday tradition!
Thank you to Mascoma Bank for underwriting
The Christmas Revels Festival in 2021
Revels North thanks the following businesses for supporting The Christmas Revels Festival.
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We will continue to update our website with information about The Midwinter Revels throughout the remainder of the year, including information about auditions.
About The Midwinter (Christmas) Revels
The Christmas Revels, a beloved Upper Valley tradition for the whole family since 1975, is presented annually by Revels North. We celebrate the holiday season and the turning of the year with singing, dancing, and traditions that span the centuries and the globe. Recent performances have featured the stories, music and traditions of the Northlands, Québec, Ireland, Appalachia, England, and Venice. After over forty years of performances at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, in 2019 Revels North brought The Christmas Revels to historic Lebanon Opera House; in 2020 created the animated short film The Christmas Revels: All Shall Be Well Again as the season's alternative to a live production due to COVID-19; and in 2021 brought our traditions outdoors for The Christmas Revels Festival. 2022 sees the show return once more to Lebanon Opera House, under the new title Midwinter Revels.
The Christmas Revels would not be possible without the participation of dozens of children, teens, and adults who take on acting roles, join the chorus, and volunteer with costuming, makeup and hair styling. In typical years, auditions for The Christmas Revels will take place in September, with rehearsals beginning in October.