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May 1, 2009

Watch the crowning of Mrs. Virginia 2009 and many muscial, theatrical and dance performances at CW's Kimball Theatre in May and June

During May and June, Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre will feature dance performances, plays, comedy acts, concerts and a prestigious pageant.

For the 23rd year, the most accomplished married women across the Commonwealth of Virginia compete for the title of Mrs. Virginia United States 2009. This year, the event will be held Saturday, May 2 at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available the evening of the event in the lobby.

Admission for adults is $25, children 12 and under $15, pageantry royalty $10 and children under five free.

Though some pageant contestants may dance for the talent contest, the Kimball Theatre brings two more dance performances in May and June. On Sunday, May 24 at 2:30 p.m., the Williamsburg Ballet Theatre, along with guest artists from the National Ballet and Richmond Ballet, will present an afternoon for dance lovers of all ages. The performance will include classical ballet selections and an original work by Kristine Antis, including scenes from “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake.” Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students with ID.

The Virginia Regional Ballet also will hold an afternoon of dance at Kimball Theatre on Sunday, June 14 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The performance showcases students form the Virginia Regional Ballet Academy in classical ballet, character, modern, contemporary ballet, jazz and tap. All seats $10.

William and Mary’s new student theater company The Blatancy Front presents its first work, Sinistar: The Musical. In this lighthearted science fiction musical written and directed entirely by William and Mary students, Air Force Captain Paul Willoughby is summoned to active duty when it is discovered that aliens are creating a giant, living star-creature that could destroy the earth. Will he return to his beloved wife Maggie or be devoured by the Sinistar? Find out on Friday, May 1 at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students and $1 for children under 12.

Clean Comedy Night promises laughs for the whole family. Laughing Redhead Studio will present a Mother’s Day Eve Eve Show Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Featured performers are T. Marni Vos, Teresa Roberts Logan, and special guest Michelle Miller Harrington. Harrington, also known as “The Trailer Park Diva,” will return for June’s Clean Comedy Night, on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m., joined by Thor Ramsey, weekly host of the hit comedy series “Bananas” and “Comedy at Large.” All seats for both performances are $15.

May and June at the Kimball Theatre will also feature many concerts of various genres, starting with the Williamsburg Symphonia’s fifth subscription concert on Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6 at 8 p.m. The concert will feature works composed by Corelli, Mozart, Respighi, Peteris Vasks and Piazzolla. Tickets for both concerts are $30 and $42 and are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia by calling (757) 229-9857.

Come “Sing and Swing!” with the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus in concert with the Harris Simon Jazz Trio. The concert will feature some of the greatest American standards, Broadway favorites, and even a little blues harmonica from Harris Simon. The chorus and its ambassador ensemble, the Choraliers, will perform several outstanding selections of women’s choral music accompanied by Christine Niehaus from the music faculty at the College of William and Mary, and directed by Ann Porter. The chorus will perform Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15 and students $5.

Julie Sheppard and Suzanne Goulet present a musical tribute to Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli in Liza and Judy Together Again. Not long after Mother’s Day, the concept of the show fulfills many people’s desire to see the experienced Liza at her peak, back together with her proud mother. Performances are Friday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. All seats $30.

Revisit the ’50s and ’60s with the Diamonds’ classic doo-wop songs, four-part vocal harmonies and full instrumentation. On Friday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 20 at 3 and 7:30 p.m., they will perform not only their own hits, but also pay tribute to the classic four-part vocal groups of the era – the Four Lads, the Four Aces, the Four Freshmen, the Four Preps, the Brothers Four and the Four Seasons. They also honor some of the greatest solo artists in rock ‘n’ roll history – Bobby Darin, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley. All seats $30.

During their “Greatest Hits Live!” show, Anthony Lee Wood and the Readymix Band also perform popular hits by: Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, Gloria Gaynor, Alabama, Tammy Wynette, Dean Martin, Judy Garland, the Big Bopper, Neil Diamond and many more. Anthony Lee Wood, former emcee of the Music Theatre of Williamsburg, and the world-class Readymix Band dazzle audiences with a performance that is almost like hearing and seeing the real stars. The show will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 2 and 7 p.m. and will feature a powerful patriotic closing. General admission $18; groups of 25 or more $16 each; seniors, veterans, active military $16; children 12 and under $10; children two and under free.

On Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m., give back to the Williamsburg community by attending the Three Jolly Coachmen in Concert, sponsored by the James City County Rotary Club. This Williamsburg-based group proudly proclaims that its music is “100 percent recycled work of the Kingston Trio.” Baby boomers, teenagers and anyone in between will enjoy this KT tribute group that faithfully and exuberantly reproduces their lively, infectious music. Proceeds from this event will go to the Rotary Club’s charitable foundation, supporting many nonprofit agencies and organizations in greater Williamsburg. All seats $16.

Support local youth by attending the World Tour of Flute Frenzy, the area’s premier youth flute choir, 3 p.m. June 7. Their music will fly audiences of all ages over the fjords of Norway and float them down the mighty Shenandoah. Flute Frenzy performs music for ensembles of various flutes, including piccolo, C flute, alto flute, bass flute, and Native American flute. The group will also be joined by guest harpist Kartie Harms. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children 10 and under.

The Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble plays audience favorites on Friday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. The group consists of exceptional amateur, professional and semi-professional musicians from around the Tidewater area, including outstanding high school student musicians. For the past three years, the ensemble has been asking its audiences to vote for their favorite selections. The concert will be composed of many of the audiences’ preferred musical pieces. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for children 18 and under.

Throughout May and June, Colonial Williamsburg’s guests can receive insight from Martha Washington in the program Our First First Lady Remembers. On Saturdays May 3, June 21 and June 28 at 1:30 p.m., Martha Washington reflects on her long life after her husband’s retirement from the presidency. General admission is $5; tickets for seniors and students are $4.

Other historic entertainment coming to the Kimball Theatre includes Conversation with a Founding Father at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 5 – June 11, and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 16 – 30. Visitors of all ages can talk with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, or the Marquis de Lafayette. These men played crucial roles in the foundation of the American republic. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Pass is required.

Enjoy the type of variety show that entertained these founding fathers at A Grand Medley of Entertainments. The grand medley was popular before the circus and vaudeville, and can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Mondays, May 4 – June 29. Admission for adults is $12 and $6 for children under six.

One of Colonial Williamsburg’s newest plays, Polly Honeycombe, returns to the Kimball Theatre 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 7 – June 25. Young Polly finds herself torn between the heroic, romantic writer Scribble, and Mr. Ledger, a dull broker chosen for her by her parents. Enacting scenes from her beloved books, Polly outwits her parents to avoid an arranged marriage and find the man of her literary dreams in this classic farce of mistaken identities and surprise revelations. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth and $6 for children under six.

Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert also continues during May and June. The master of glass instruments features crystal handbells, a glass violin, Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica and spectacular new instruments from around the world during this performance. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Performances are 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 6, 13, 18, 20 and 27, and June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29. Enjoy more of Shostak’s musical expertise at Dean Shostak’s Fiddleworks! Shostak performs a foot-stomping review of American fiddle music from the 18th century to modern day. All seats $5. 10:30 a.m. May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16 and 30.

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 3-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.

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 guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

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 www.history.org.

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