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Dec. 15, 2006 — Revel-ry

Got a call this afternoon from a dance friend of mine, Marissa. For the past six years, she has been involved in a performance group called The Washington Revels. It is an ever-shifting troupe of singers, dancers, storytellers, jugglers, and other players who perform around the region.

The Revels’ main production is the Christmas Revels, a play which is based on the 16th-century artform that has morphed into what the British call pantomime. Unlike traditrional “panto,” however, the Revels don’t adapt children’s stories for the stage, is a bit more family-friendly, and doesn’t have a universally-known guest star.

However, there is plenty happening on stage in a Revels production, with general buffoonery and occasional slapstick, audience participation, and the “community song.” The Revels productions also delve deeply into different religious traditions, such as Celtic, Roma, and the peoples of northern Europe.

This year’s Christmas Revels, focusing on early America, got a positive review in the local paper. Marissa is in a quartet for one of the numbers, so she’s been really busy getting ready for the show.

I just might make it to the Lisner this year.