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Helen Fields is a member of the 2011 Christmas Revels adult chorus.  Her posts will give you an insider’s view into this year’s show.

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Singing Our Hearts Out

by August 8, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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A version of this post originally appeared at Last Word on Nothing. Recently I was rehearsing a glorious 16th-century motet with a small chorus, for the Washington Revels 30th Anniversary CD. Haec dies quam fecit Dominus, the song begins. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us Read more »

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Adventures in Haircutting

by March 7, 2012 » Add the second comment.
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Early in the process for the Christmas Revels, everyone in the cast gets the word: No cutting your hair until after the show. That means men, too, although it’s possible to get special permission if you just can’t live with the big hair look. Some people end up with wigs. Read more »

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Winter Concert at the Birchmere

by December 27, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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Back in the early 90’s, Washington Revels did a few post-Christmas shows at the Birchmere with the local folk-rock band The New St. George. Now the New St. George’s leader, Jennifer Cutting, has a fabulous new band, and we’re reuniting with her to do a show tonight at the Birchmere! Read more »

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Tarasque Spotted in Wild

by December 15, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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Chorus member Terry Winslow e-mailed this photograph of a tarasque to the chorus this week: Here’s proof that the tarasque is a real live piece of Provence’s folk history: a carving on a column at the church of Saint-Trophime in Arles. If I understand the construction history correctly, the oldest Read more »

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Goodbye to Andalusia

by December 13, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Well, it’s over. Our beautiful Andalusian world has been dismantled. The final step in The Christmas Revels is taking down the set and moving all of our things out of the theater that we’d occupied for the last two weeks. The entire cast helps out with strike. The actual set Read more »

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There’s a Wig Under There

by December 11, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Most of us get to walk around on stage with our own hair showing, but if your hair is too short or too pink, you have to wear a wig. Yesterday Jane Bloodworth, alto section leader and all-around awesome person, was kind enough to let me take pictures of having Read more »

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Eating, Singing, and Hydrating After the Show

by December 9, 2011 » Add more comments.
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This year the evening performances of The Christmas Revels are over at about 10:15. After the show I hang around in the lobby to chat with any friends who were at that performance, then go upstairs to get out of costume, wash my face, and leave the theater. Then I Read more »

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You Can’t Revel Without an Audience

by December 8, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Last night I went to a play at the Shakespeare Theatre. After the performance, some of the actors came back out on stage to answer questions. Someone asked what part the audience plays in a performance. One of the actors said that audiences have different personalities; one night everything will Read more »

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Wait, I Don’t Live in Andalusia?

by December 5, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Sunday night I was waiting in line at the grocery store and felt on my fingers for my rings. Except I don’t wear rings. Those are part of my costume. After nine straight days of rehearsal and performance, it’s odd to return to the real world. When I left the Read more »

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Opening Day

by December 3, 2011 » Add more comments.
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It’s finally here! We auditioned in May, we started rehearsing in September, and we’ve been at Lisner Auditorium every night this week. Last night, we had a rehearsal with a practice audience. This afternoon is our opening night. (Yeah, I know. But “opening matinee” sounds silly.) In case you’re reading Read more »

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