Revels North proudly presents 
 

You are all invited to join us around the campfire for a special celebration of New England, Revels and Abanaqi traditions. As one year ends, and another begins, you will be taken on a magical journey of stories, songs and dance that celebrate one of the most important things - community - as our fictional town celebrates their annual midwinter celebrations for the first time in two years.

 

Through the eyes of a new family in town you will be introduced to mysterious stories, exciting dances, loveable characters and glorious songs that regularly frequent this annual gathering. From the mystical Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers and delightful Lord of the Dance to the spellbinding Mummers Play and poignant poem, The Shortest Day, you will come away with that warm fuzzy festive feeling that only Midwinter Revels can bring. So join us for this very special celebration of new beginnings, old traditions and community which has been a family favorite of the Upper Valley since 1975.

Showtimes:

Friday 16th December: 7pm

Saturday 17th December: 2pm & 7pm

Sunday 18th December: 2pm

A New England Midwinter Revels
Guest Artists

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans. “Providing more than just rich entertainment, Jeff will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the land you live in” (Caffé Lena, Saratoga, NY). His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past.

The Vox Hunters

The Vox Hunters

Hailing from the great state of Rhode Island, Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi are seekers and singers of old songs, cultivators of local music, and chronic multi-instrumentalists. They are touted as strong tradition-bearers in their generation, and their genuine affinity for the music is evident in the emotion they draw from it. With a pair of oft-harmonizing voices tastefully garnished with fiddle, free-reeds, and tenor guitar, The Vox Hunters offer an all-natural connection to the living tradition of folk music.

Image.jpeg

James Bruchac

James Bruchac is an award winning author, storyteller, cultural educator, and Director of The Ndakinna Education Center in Greenfield Center NY. A citizen of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation, for the last three decades, Mr. Bruchac, like other members of his well-known family, have been offering cultural and wilderness-based programs for people of all ages. Along with presenting at hundreds of schools, he has also performed at the Smithsonian Discover Theater, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, as well as dozens of Folk and Storytelling festivals across the United States. Academically, Mr. Bruchac holds a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Skidmore College.

Jesse Bowman Bruchac

Jesse Bowman Bruchac

Jesse Bowman Bruchac is a Nulhegan Abenaki Citizen, language keeper, storyteller & musician. He has written several bilingual books in the language and teaches the Abenaki language at the Ndakinna Education Center, the University of Southern Maine, and is the director of the School of Abenaki at Middlebury College. As a musician he has worked in film & recorded several collections of traditional songs using drum, rattle and flute. He has opened for such notable acts as The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and at Woodstock ’94.

 

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 Cumming

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!

Sharon Groblicki

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!

 
 

Tell Me More!

We will continue to update ​our website with information about The Midwinter Revels throughout the remainder of the year, including information about auditions.

To receive updates by email, we invite you to sign up for email list.​

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.