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Children’s Director – Hillarie Hunt …13 Charmers!…

When you see the 2013 Christmas Revels show, keep a close eye out:  one of those 13 charming, impossibly talented children you see on stage might just be the next Broadway star – or world leader.

In addition to having lovely singing voices, stage presence, and all-around adorability, these kids have other mad skills – from sports to arts/crafts, and from politics to science to musical instruments (sometimes more than one!).

  • Aria is our resident poet who knits a very stylish hat in a matter of days. 
  • Brooklynn is quite the deep thinker, and both swims AND skis. 
  • Cullen wants to be an engineer, architect, lawyer, or physical therapist – hasn’t decided yet, and I suppose there’s still time. 
  • Ella plays three (that’s right, THREE) different instruments and loves marine science. 
  • Iona adores art of all kinds, but especially drawing, knitting – and the art of playing with friends. 
  • Liam is a lively but compassionate soccer player. 
  • Lila has a huge sense of humor under that quiet exterior. 
  • Madison (Cullen’s younger sister) plays piano at Level 4 and wants to be a pop star and a physical therapist. 
  • Malena is a very good student at school and is, in her words, “very creative in my own way”. 
  • Matthew performs in the Portland Boys Choir as well as Revels and plays the piano. 
  • Molly is a very confident public speaker and enjoys playing soccer. 
  • Sahalie is giving to Revels, in her own words, “my voice, my smile and my good spirit” (they’re all good). 
  • Sophie is a self-professed “craze-amazing reader” who is in her fifth Revels cast, plays piano, and aspires to the Senate one day.
2013 Christmas Revels Children's Chorus

inner ring – Iona, Lila, Aria, Molly, Liam, Brooklyn — outer ring – Ella, Sahalie, Sophie, Matty, Malena, Madison, Hillarie, Cullen, Matthew

This is a deep bench, wouldn’t you agree?

And it’s a good thing, too, because these wonderful children need to hold their own with the likes of Burl Ross, Ithica Tell, Eric Stern, and the rest of the adult Revels cast.  These kids bring freshness and energy and a major “awww…” factor to an already sparkling production full of incredible talent.

So bring your lovely children to see our lovely children!!  Better yet, bring the whole darn family.  I promise you that everyone – even your Scrooge-y Uncle Bob – will be drawn in by the music, comedy, spectacle, and sheer joy that is the 2013 Christmas Revels show.

Cheers!

Hillarie

Bday 51 Girl

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Stage Director – Bruce Hostetler …Life is Movement…

Well, I’m back again directing the Revels. Year three and I’m still enjoying this gig. Actually more than enjoying it . . . reveling in it! (I know, I know – so shoot me).

We are producing an all-new Revels for the second year in a row. I think that’s a first for Portland Revels. Gray Eubank first pitched this idea to us months ago in Robert Lockwood’s kitchen: a Balkan village with an amazing clock, a visit from the Empress, and an attempt to hold on to a glorious moment forever.

We’ve all had those moments. That perfect second or minute we believe we are truly happy – truly fulfilled – truly ourselves. There is a terrible temptation to hold that moment forever. We can’t stop time, but we can still hold those perfect moments. We all know people who are still living as if college was the best moment of their lives. Or high school. Or living for the day that someone will come back to them. There is a multi-billion dollar industry created to make us believe we can stop aging.

But the truth is, we do age. We leave college. We end relationships. We move on, and if we let go, we can move on to new and more exciting things. It’s something that as a theatre professional I have to deal with more often than some. I work with a group of artists on a project for a few months at most – sometimes less. We get to know each other well, we dig deep and make art together. Then the show goes up, we play it a few weeks, and we are done. Nothing exists once the show is closed.

Theatre artists fall prey to the desire to stop time. We record our work, we take photos, and we go to crazy lengths to keep our moments from ending. But they end all the same. And if we are being realistic, we know they have to end, and that the best we can hope for is to be able to create something else tomorrow. And that perhaps we will have a chance to work with some of the same people. Hopefully we realize that the best work is still ahead.

Life is movement. To cling to one moment is the death of all future moments.

Revels is about tradition. We create tradition by repetition and expectation. But events also change with time. We do not create the same Revels show with the same cast each year. The stories are new, even as we bring back favorite moments (and favorite performers).

This year’s show contains what I love most about the Revels: breathless magic, stunning beauty, audience participation, a story with a soul, some elements we all know and love, and truly transcendent music. We are continuing to move forward. To grow and learn more about ourselves and this life in Portland, Oregon.

Enjoy the moment. It will never be again.

(But come back next year. We’ll be gearing up for my Senior Year at Revels! Will I be forced to graduate?)

– Bruce A. Hostetler  11/12/13

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