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Christmas revels presents christmas in old Europe

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: DAVID KINDER - Ithica Tell as the Empress, with Eric Stern as the Mayor and Burl Ross as Hodiny, the clock engineer.

Once again, the Portland Revels will present its Christmas show, which has become a tradition for audiences of all ages, thanks to the show’s hopeful themes, strong historical roots, quality choral and instrumental music and seasonal comedy. Christmas Revels opens Dec. 6 and continues through Dec. 15.

This year’s show takes audiences to a grand winter solstice party in Old Europe celebrating the unveiling of an extraordinary astronomical market clock, inspired by Prague’s still-running historic clock built in 1410. The Empress and her entourage attend the village party, enjoying rich offerings of traditional songs and dance from Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Russia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia and Poland. As the new clock chimes the hours, the show’s story line explores time and the experience of human life as the cycle of seasons makes transit through the year.

Featured in the performance are Eric Stern of The Vagabond Opera as Mayor, Ithica Tell as the Empress and Lake Oswego’s Burl Ross as the clockmaker’s zany assistant. The performance includes a 65-member chorus plus lots of audience participation, a generous dash of silly business and music provided by the Portland Brass Quintet and other special guests.

The production is directed by Bruce Hostetler with music direction by Robert Lockwood and script by Gray Eubank.

Adult tickets range in price from $28 to $39; students range from $21 to $27; seniors from $22 to $32; and children $7 to $16. Upper balcony tickets are available for adults at $18, students and seniors at $12 and children ages 4 through 7 for $7. Purchase tickets online at portlandrevels.org or by calling 503-200-1604.

Some performances are American Sign Language interpreted.



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