A holiday tradition for nearly three decades, The Christmas Revels is a theatrical, participatory celebration of the winter solstice that crosses religious and ethnic boundaries, appeals to young and old alike, and has been growing like wildfire around the country. Revels blends traditional music, dance, ritual and folk plays, presented by a large volunteer chorus of children and adults drawn from the community, and a number of highly talented professional actors, musicians, artists, directors, and "bearers of tradition" from many cultures. A cherished hallmark of Revels productions is the ability to draw the audience into the magic of the show, usually by joining the cast in song and dance. The Christmas Revels was founded in 1971 by singer, author and music educator John Langstaff and his daughter, Carol Langstaff. From a modest start in Cambridge, Massachusetts, more than twenty-five years ago, Revels, Inc. has grown into a national, year-round organization which provides unique opportunities for communal celebration. Many different Revels productions occur annually in twelve cities across the country, and many smaller Revels-inspired productions are performed in various small towns throughout the nation.