Welcome Yule headed back to The Shea

  • Cast members from a previous production of “Welcome Yule” rehearse at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. Recorder file photo

Published: 11/16/2016 12:02:16 PM

Welcome Yule Midwinter Celebration will return to Shea Theater on Avenue A in Turners Falls for the 32nd time on Dec. 9, 10 and 11.

Welcome Yule celebrates the return of the light with a festive family show filled with music, dance, songs and stories to drive the dark away.

This year, it brings the interplay of darkness and light, day and night, to the stage with the classic tale of Reynard, the cunning fox, and Chanticleer, the proud rooster. The story is set in a mythical medieval hamlet, where the villagers and animals enact the symbolic death of the year, the coming of winter and the rebirth of spring, as the fox and the rooster pursue each other through the countryside.

Welcome Yule’s signature wassailing songs and carols will be on the program, along with some new music.

Puppets, border dancing and a mummers play will also be included, along with the passing of the yule log and the Abbots Bromley horn dance.

Performances will be on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m.

General admission is $12. Seniors and children are $10. Children 4 and under are free.

Tickets are available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, Jones Library in Amherst and Broadside Books in Northampton. They can be purchased online at: www.welcomeyule.org

You can watch short clips from past Welcome Yule performances at the website, as well.


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