Washington Revels presents
the 37th annual production of The Christmas Revels


Washington Revels invites you to journey to a small European village nestled somewhere in the mists of time. As the winter days grow short, a trio of traveling players arrives from far-off lands, sharing the rich tapestry of their cultures’ music, dances, and stories with the townsfolk. But when the sun finally sets on the longest night — and darkness seems to stretch on without end — these visitors are revealed to be far more than simple entertainers, and they embark on a celestial journey to reclaim the light and restore its warmth to the world.

Join tradition bearers Karim Nagi (Arabic drumming & dance), Shizumi Shigeto Manale (Japanese dance & theater) & Mark Novak (Jewish song), instrumentalists Seth Kibel (Klezmer & World-music clarinet/flute), Vladimir Fridman (guitar) and Bob Abbott (string bass), and Washington Revels’ cast of over 100, ages 8-90, as they bring to life an exuberant blend of music, dances, and tales from across the centuries and around the world. Welcome Yule!

This year's cast and crew includes beloved Intermediate School science teacher Bill Hoffmann '79, Christopher Lewis '98, Terry Winslow '58, and past Potomac parents Greg and Susan Lewis. This year Potomac School student's Lulu Black '27 and Manasi Kumar '27 are part of the children's chorus.

Special 20% Potomac Discount.*
Saturday, December 7

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
GW Lisner Auditorium (Washington, DC)

*Offer in effect through Friday, December 6
or whenever 200 discount seats are sold.

The Revels Tradition at The Potomac School

Potomac’s involvement with the Revels dates back over 60 years, when Revels founder John M. (“Jack”) Langstaff, beloved music teacher and Music Director at Potomac from 1955 to 1967, gathered his students to create seasonal celebrations of the winter solstice and the rebirth of spring. Elements of those celebrations remain part of Potomac’s holiday assemblies and May Day festivities. Potomac alumni and teachers helped form Washington Revels in 1983. Potomac students made up the children’s chorus in that first Christmas Revels and (along with many other members of the Potomac community) have acted and sung in every show since then. Washington Revels' allocation to Potomac of up to 200 discounted tickets for two shows on the first weekend also dates back to 1983.

Potomac has recognized Jack Langstaff by naming the Engelhard Performing Arts Center auditorium after him. For its part, the Revels, celebrating the universal themes of the renewal of light and life through the prisms of different cultures, and the common responses that bind the human family together, honors values that have helped shape Potomac for over a century.



The first Revels organization was founded in 1971 by Jack Langstaff in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Revels companies are now active in nine cities across the United States. Each city is an independent nonprofit institution with its own board, office and artistic staff, and separate finances. An umbrella organization, Revels, Inc., maintains artistic standards for all cities, researches traditional materials from many cultures, and assists with scripts and music. Washington Revels, the fourth Revels company, was founded in 1983. After a quarter-century in the District of Columbia, Washington Revels relocated to new premises in Silver Spring, Maryland in October 2009. Our multi-purpose facility—including a studio space that accommodates rehearsals, performances for audiences of up to 100, and after-school workshops for kids—has enabled Washington Revels to expand educational programming, staged celebrations, and community engagement for the entire Washington metropolitan area.

Find out more about Washington Revels at www.revelsdc.org.

Find more about the origins of the Revels by reading about Revels founder Jack Langstaff.

Experience Revels music through Revels Recordings and Videos.

For help, contact Laura Miller, Director of Alumni Relations.



Continuing a 37-year tradition, Washington Revels is offering the Potomac community a 20% discount on up to 200 tickets for the Saturday, December 7: 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm shows.
This special Potomac offer is   in effect through Friday, December 6 or whenever 200 discount seats are sold.

Ticket Price (after 20% discount)

2:00 PM show pricing in red.

Youth ages 18 and under

Orchestra A-N   (2 center sections)
Adults $48/$52
Youth $32/$36
Orchestra A-N (2 side sections)
Adults $40/$44
Youth $25.60/$29.60
Terrace AA-JJ :
Adults $36/$40 
Youth $21.60/$25.60
Terrace KK-RR :
Adults $24/$28
Youth $16/$20
Terrace SS-UU :
Adults $14.40/$18.40
Youth $9.60/$13.60
Wheelchairs (Row N) :
Adults $48/$52 | Youth $32/$36 (center sections)
Adults $40/$44 | Youth $25.60/$29.60 (side sections)

Service charges: $2.50 per ticket + $3.50 per order.

2) Click on the link for either the 2:00 pm or 7:30 pm show on Saturday, December 7. Select your seats, then click the black box that says "Check Out."
3) On the next page, enter “Potomac2019” into the discount box and click "Apply." The pricing on that page will change to reflect the discount. Click the red "Check Out" box to complete the payment.