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Puget Sound Revels Celebrate Community

Talented new stage director leads the show


Puget Sound Revels Celebrate Community

By Rachel Kelly

Puget Sound Revels celebrates the act of community through their programming, reveling through production art all year long! Puget Sound Revels honors every person's presence and gifts, celebrates past and present communities, and dances in unity with joy through song. This year the Revels have a full year of activities and productions, both on the stage and in Tacoma, that are sure to enthrall audiences young and old. The new Revels stage director, Michelle Matlock, will be heading up the vision of this year's productions, celebrations and opportunities for education to facilitate “coming together with joy.”

This year the Puget Sound Revels is hosting their annual production of the Midwinter Revels, a show meant to intentionally blend amateurs and professionals, children and adults, players and audience in an overall experience of singing, dancing and story. The production is held at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater and draws audiences from all over the Pacific Northwest. Each year the production tells a story from a different time and place. The production often includes several Revels Rituals regardless of the setting (more info on the rituals at Michelle is excited for this year’s production centering on “the African American experience through this unique story and history. Puget Sounds Revels is the perfect platform for this celebration and coming together of our community. I’m very excited for all of it!” she says. Auditions for chorus will be held on August 18, and June 1st for the principal roles.

However, the Midwinter Revels production isn’t the only “revel” brewing this year! If you like singing, dancing and sunshine (who doesn’t?), then this summer there is sure to be something for you. May 1 the Revels welcomed Lovely May with a free May Day celebration in Wright Park. The community was invited to traditional activities such as dancing around the maypole, flower crowns and singing.

June 2, the Revels have a benefit concert at Titlow Lodge with lively tunes played by Podorythmie & the Legers. “The rustic lodge, with its beautiful park and water views, will be bursting with music and joy — Revels invite all to attend, enjoy the music and support their mission!” says Michelle. On June 21, the Revels will host another free community event at Wapato Park, marking the longest day with song and story.

Later this summer, July 29 to August 3, Revels will host an exclusive and exciting workshop series called Mummers & Musicians, culminating in a spectacular performance. This is a great opportunity for people who love theater, music and tomfoolery! Workshops are open to the public, and information for registration can be found on their website.

Revel all this year with Puget Sound Revels, located at 914 Court A in Tacoma. To get involved in their programs, community events or educational opportunities, feel free to check them out at

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