July 28, 2009
Kimball Theatre's August live performances feature eclectic concerts and a teen presentation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
August performances at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre range from classical to contemporary in August. At 9 p.m. Aug. 1, Kyle Kennedy presents Souled Out. With a blend of amazing music ranging from Stevie Wonder to Frank Sinatra, “Souled Out” will take you on an exciting musical adventure, driven by its seven-piece orchestra, The Second Street Band. Advance tickets are $12 and tickets the day of the show are $15.
For those who love the stage, the Traveling Players Teen Ensemble presents Macbeth, Shakespeare’s tragedy of ambition and fate, at 8 p.m. Aug. 4. The weird sisters’ bewildering predictions incite Macbeth and his wife to seize the Scottish crown and initiate a widening spiral of murder. An elusive dagger, voices melting into the mist, an accusing ghost, a drunken doorman and the famously indelible bloodstains tumble together in a nightmarish struggle to secure the Scottish throne. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors/students.
Molasses Creek performs as part of the Rotary Club of James City County’s 2009 Charity Concert Series at 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Based on Ocracoke Island off the coast of North Carolina, this high-energy acoustic folk fusion band delights audiences with foot-stomping bluegrass, ballads and a bit of wacky humor. Funds raised for the Club’s Charitable Foundation will help support many programs and services provided to deserving citizens in the greater Williamsburg community. All seats $18.
Rocky Mountain High, a local tribute band that plays the songs of the late John Denver, composer of songs such as “Take Me Home Country Roads,” performs a concert 8 p.m. Aug. 28. The group pays careful attention to every detail of Denver’s signature arrangements. The five members of the band play instruments including six- and 12-string guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, dobros, harmonica, strings and even spoons. In addition to music, the group performs in front of images of the mountains, the wilds and the rural places that John Denver immortalized. Tickets for adults are $12, students $10.
From the producers of the Beatles tribute band, Hard Day’s Night – The Band, comes Second Flyte, dedicated to re-creating the sounds of America’s first true super group, The Byrds, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29. The Byrds combined the upbeat, melodic pop of the Beatles with the message-oriented lyrics of Bob Dylan into a wholly original sound that would be branded folk-rock. Second Flyte is a “true” tribute band that will transport you back in time to experience the sights and sounds of a Byrds concert circa 1965. General admission is $10 and seniors/students are $8.
Throughout August, Colonial Williamsburg’s guests can hear from those who played a crucial role in the foundation of our nation during Conversations with a Founding Father at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 28. Guests of all ages can talk with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry or the Marquis de Lafayette. 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 through Aug. 31. Admission for adults is $12 and $6 for children under six.
Two 18th-century plays can be seen this summer. The Great Theatrical Disaster of 1790 can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 26. Polly Honeycombe returns to the Kimball Theatre 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 27. Tickets for each play are $12 for adults and youth and $6 for children under six.
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 Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert. Performances are 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 17, 19, 24, 26 and 31. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. 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 at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18. All seats $5.
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.