On December 19, the Dana Hall community gathered to watch the Class of 2021 perform Revels, a beloved Dana tradition that brings sword dancers, rabblers and princesses to the Bardwell Auditorium stage to celebrate the Winter Solstice.
Grades 5-12 packed the main floor seats, with faculty and staff in the balcony. As tradition, the cast is kept a surprise until the curtains part, and the audience delighted in finally finding out who is playing the Lady of Misrule, Timmy and the Jester.
Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion Erica Ramirez began the show by reading “The Shortest Day” dressed as Baby Yoda. Another surprise—the cast of The Mummer’s Play—featured Shrek characters Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Lord Farquaad and Puss in Boots battling the dragon.
The first Revels was performed in 1921 when English teacher Constance Grosvenor Alexander wrote the play, Saint Francis Keeps Christmas at Greccio 1223, and a cast of faculty, friends and students from Pine Manor, Tenacre and Dana Hall put on the first rendition. Today, Revels is performed by the junior class.
After the final stanza, all those in attendance follow the bagpipers to the Dining Hall for a slice of tradition cake, the last order of business before saying their goodbyes and departing for Winter Break.
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."