The Magic Maker: A Portrait of John Langstaff Creator of the Christmas Revels

Overview

On Christmas Eve, 1920, John Meredith Langstaff was born into a music-filled home where a rousing carol party was the peak of his family’s year. Half a century later, his inspired Christmas Revels was born, a theatrical weaving of diverse traditional song, folk dance, and drama that has become a beloved institution across the country. Now award-winning author Susan Cooper, a long-time writer for the Revels, traces its roots through the rhythms of Jack Langstaff’s life  —  from his days as a star choirboy to his ...
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Overview

On Christmas Eve, 1920, John Meredith Langstaff was born into a music-filled home where a rousing carol party was the peak of his family’s year. Half a century later, his inspired Christmas Revels was born, a theatrical weaving of diverse traditional song, folk dance, and drama that has become a beloved institution across the country. Now award-winning author Susan Cooper, a long-time writer for the Revels, traces its roots through the rhythms of Jack Langstaff’s life  —  from his days as a star choirboy to his early career as a noted recital singer; from a daunting World War II injury to his work as recording artist, TV performer, teacher, and children’s author. Along the way, his passion for music, ritual, and community fused to spark the incomparable Revels, a participatory celebration that promises to draw children of all ages for even more generations to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455829323
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Cooper is the author of the five-volume fantasy The Dark Is Rising (including the Newbery Medal Winner The Grey King) as well as many other books for children and adults. She is the recipient of two Writers Guild Awards for television films, was co-author of the Broadway play Foxfire, and is a board member of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. She lives in on an island in a salt-marsh in Massachusetts.
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