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July 11, 2008

CW's Kimball Theatre features some of the biggest names from the 18th century during its live performances this summer

Guests to Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in July and August can experience performances direct from the 18th-century stage.

Performances include:

  • Conversations with a Founding Father, July 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 29, 31, Aug. 1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28 and 29 at 1:30 p.m. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry played crucial roles in the founding of the American republic. They were all sons of Virginia and part-time residents of Williamsburg. Reservations are required. Ticket: Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or a Good Neighbor Card required.
  • Our 1st First Lady Remembers, Aug. 17 and 24 at 1:30 p.m. After her husband’s retirement from the presidency, our country’s first First Lady shares memories of her long life and times. Ticket: General admission $5, seniors/students $4.
  • Grand Medley of Entertainment, July 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. Before the circus and vaudeville, there was the grand medley. Join us and enjoy the type of variety show that entertained George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Colonial Performance Ticket: $12.
  • 18th-century Play Series: The Great Theatrical Disaster of 1790, July 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Wit’s Last Stake, July 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 8 p.m. Presented in Williamsburg by the American Company of Comedians, these popular comedies return with beautiful costumes, elaborate wigs, and the magic of the old colonial playhouse. Colonial Performance Ticket: $12.
  • Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert, July 11, 14, 16, 21, 23, Aug. 18, 20, 25 and 27 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dean Shostak’s ability to combine music, history, art and science makes his concert a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family. He showcases classical and traditional music from around the world on glass armonica, Japanese glass violin, English glass handbells, French cristal baschet and the 1823 American glass grand harmonicon. Ticket: All seats $7.

    For entertainment with an 21st-century flair, the Kimball Theatre offers a variety of comedy and concerts for July and August.

  • Laughing Redhead Studio presents: Clean Comedy Night Featuring Paul Aldrich, July 12 7:30 p.m. Paul Aldrich is pure comedy: 100 percent clean, 100 percent funny. Paul has spent the last 20 years performing in comedy clubs, theaters, churches and on television. As a recording artist, Paul has a dozen projects to his credit, including his award-winning CD, “Mock ‘n’ Roll.” Paul’s hilarious observations and musical impressions (Jimi Hendrix, Bono and Adam Sandler) have been seen on Showtime, At the Improv and at thousands of events throughout the United States and overseas. Tickets $15.
  • Eighty-Five Strings: Timothy Seaman and the Magnificent Hammered Dulcimer, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. This ancestor of the piano which was invented in ancient Asia and is now popular in many parts of the world—and enjoying a revival in America—has many strings that are struck by small “hammers” for a delectable and moving effect, especially as played by internationally known Virginia recording artist Timothy Seaman. This program features exquisite new renditions of such classic folk melodies as “Scarborough Fair,” “Amazing Grace” and “The Water is Wide,” plus vibrant new compositions celebrating Virginia’s parks, nature and history, with titles like “Sycamore Rapids,” “Hiking in the Highland Firs” and “Spring in the Gap.” Visual enhancement and multiple instruments including bamboo flute, whistle, mountain dulcimer, and psaltery fill a memorable hour of thrilling beauty. All seats $12.
  • Coyote Run in Concert, July 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. Come and celebrate with Coyote Run the release of their seventh CD, “Between Wick and Flame,” featuring 13 tracks including audience favorites like: “Finnean’s Dance,” “Tam Lin” and “Blackbird.” Ticket: Adults $18, senior/students $15, children (11 and under) $10.
  • Big Bamboo Radio Show, July 25 at 6:45 p.m. This theater variety show takes its inspiration from a multitude of eclectic historical venues and artists. Part old-time radio comedy show, part musical revue and part Polynesian night club, the Big Bamboo Radio Show is as unpredictable as it is entertaining. No other show can boast this lineup: witty and charming hosts, talented guest performers, an absent-minded house band and a giant spirit-possessed tiki head. This show is recorded for radio broadcast on Big Bamboo Show’s partner station 100.9 FM WRRW, so bring your loudest cheering voice. For more information go to Ticket: All seats $7.50.
  • Don Irwin in Concert, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Don Irwin, Steinway concert artist, is as comfortable with Andrew Lloyd Weber and boogie-woogie as he is with Chopin and Beethoven. His unique style and passionate piano performances are known all over the world. Join us for an unforgettable evening of great music and showmanship. All seats $25.
  • Laughing Redhead Studio presents: Clean Comedy Night Featuring Taylor Mason, Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Taylor Mason has been making audiences laugh very hard for 24 years as a professional comedian. He has headlined every major comedy club in the United States. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. In 1991 he won $100,000 on television’s “Star Search!” Mason currently has four DVDs that can be found online from “Thou Shalt Laugh” comedy DVD series as well as from the hit clean comedy series “Bananas.” He even has a hit children’s television show called “Taylor’s Attic.”
  • Anthony Lee Wood and Friends present Get Away to the Hits of Yesterday. Aug. 22-23 at 8 p.m. Come and celebrate a magical evening of the greatest music of all time with Anthony Lee Wood and his world-class band. Anthony and an amazing cast of entertainers will dazzle you with the biggest hits of all time made popular by such greats as Elvis, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and many more. It will be an evening of incredible entertainment complete with costumes, staging, lights and sounds that will surely stir up your fondest memories! Don’t miss it! Ticket: All seats $20.

    The Kimball Theatre, formerly the Williamsburg Theatre until 2001, turns 75 in 2008. The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

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