So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere…came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
~ Susan Cooper, “The Shortest Day”

Dear Revels Friends:

The shortest day has come and gone, as has the longest night. We at Santa Barbara Revels are so grateful that the “long night” of devastation and disruption experienced these past weeks by Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents is coming to an end. We are especially grateful to first responders and firefighters who made sure that damage was minimized and that lives were spared. We are also grateful for:

~ our Santa Barbara community, which has shown enormous resiliency during this crisis, as well as kindness and generosity toward each other;

~ our Revels community, which came together to help each other as company members were challenged by evacuations and various fire- and smoke-related difficulties;

~ our Revels audience, which enthusiastically supported us at our Friday night performance and then filled the Lobero Theatre for a re-scheduled, celebratory show on Tuesday evening. We sang and danced together and did our very best to drive the dark away!

We are sorry for the inconvenience some experienced as a result of our show cancellations over the weekend. We made the best decisions we could under constantly changing circumstances, and we sincerely apologize to those who did not receive notification of the changes in our schedule.

We won’t make any guarantees, but we can tell you that Casa de la Guerra and our “Early California” show will be visited again in the near future. It’s just too good not to repeat!

Until then, we have many exciting opportunities to revel with you during the coming year and to keep you in a celebratory mood!

Susan Keller, Artistic Director

Your tax-deductible, year-end donation to Santa Barbara Revels will help us defray revenue we lost as a result of canceling some of this year’s shows. It will help make sure that we will rise from the ashes as well! Please use our Donation page.


Please note that – due to the cancellation of our shows – we were not able to continue with our Revels Raffle. If you would like a refund for any ticket(s) you purchased, please call and leave your name, phone number and address so we might send you a refund check: (805) 565-9357.
If you would like to donate that amount, we are most grateful.

Our play is done, we must be gone
We stay no longer here.
We wish you all, both great and small
A happy, bright New Year!