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October 24, 2008

Performances at CW's Kimball Theatre benefit area projects

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre will be the site of three performances in November that will benefit area organizations.

Schnickelfritz and the Oomphas German Band will perform 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. This band is in the fine tradition of German oom-pah band music, which originated in Bavaria in the 19th century. Lively, colorful and entertaining music consisting mainly of polkas, waltzes and marches, it is the type of music that can be listened to and enjoyed all year long. All seats $15. The James City County Rotary Club is sponsoring the event. Proceeds will be donated to college scholarships for Williamsburg high school students.

Leap of Faith, which will showcase everything from contemporary ballet and lyrical dance to hip-hop and popping, will be featured 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 to benefit Avalon, a local battered women’s and children’s shelter. Leap of Faith features dancers from the National Ballet, Oracle Williamsburg Ballet Theatre, In His Steps, Virginia Regional Ballet and the Institute for Dance. The afternoon of dance is choreographed around the theme of our universal need to be able to take that leap of faith, believing in ourselves and those around us.

Cost for general admission is $25 and students $15. All proceeds go directly to benefit Avalon. Donations of backpacks and school supplies for Avalon children may also be given at the performance.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 will benefit the James River. With a “Cannes-do” spirit intent on shining a spotlight on one of Virginia’s most beloved gems—the James River—the James River Association is sponsoring a “reel” green film festival. The festival will showcase of 11 short films that celebrate the great outdoors and the environment, including: “Carpa Diem,” the whimsical Italian film that received the Jury Prize at the 2007 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition; “Against the Current,” a beautifully filmed documentary on the competing interests for water rights in Montana; and “Water Loving Doggies,” a splashing rollick of canines down the Yuba River.

For more than 30 years, the James River Association has served as the principal advocate and defender of America’s Founding River. The organization and its members work throughout the James River watershed to improve the health and quality of the James.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets also are available through the James River Association, including membership tickets $35 for two and $15 for one student. Call (804) 788-8811, ext. 202

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 4-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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