August 21, 2009
CW's Kimball Theatre fall live events feature something for everyone
Elvis is back at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. Anthony Lee Wood and the Readymix Band bring back some of the greatest hits of all time from the greatest performers of all time in September and October.
ConcertsAnthony Lee Wood and the Readymix Band, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Hear some of the greatest hits of all time made popular by such stars as Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, Gloria Gaynor, KC and the Sunshine Band, Patsy Cline, Neil Diamond, Chubby Checker, Conway Twitty, Alabama, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Taylor and more. 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.
Xiayin (Sha-een) Wang, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16. This award-winning pianist returns to the Kimball Theatre at after a triumphant year of performances and recordings. For her recent Carnegie Hall concert, the New York Times hailed her as having “an estimable grasp of pianistic color” and The Washington Post called Ms. Wang “a paragon of virtuosity.” In May, her Naxos CD garnered rave reviews and made its debut on the Billboard charts. An artist with a winning combination of technical brilliance, fine musicianship and personal verve, the beautiful Xiayin Wang will take you on a colorful, musical journey with her dazzling and insightful interpretations of works by Liszt, Chopin, Scriabin, Mozart and Ravel. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $16 for seniors and students.
Bobby “Blackhat” Walters, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2. This blues harmonica player, vocalist and songwriter is a treat for blues lovers whenever he takes the stage. Walters, the 2004 and 2005 “Blues Entertainer of the Year,” and his band will perform classic, modern and original blues tunes that will keep your toes tapping throughout the evening. All seats $17. All proceeds will be donated to local charities. Sponsored by the James City County Rotary Club.
Gala 2009, 8 p.m. Oct. 7. The College of William and Mary’s student-run Sinfonicron Light Opera Company presents their fourth annual gala event at the Kimball Theatre. The evening, hosted by Steve Clement, will consist of a variety of duets, trios, quartets and more from operettas and musicals spanning more than 150 years. All proceeds will go toward supporting the company’s 43rd production, “The Gondoliers,” which will be produced in January 2010. All seats $15. For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit www.sinfonicron.org.
Masterworks: Subscription Concert #1 by The Williamsburg Symphonia, 8 p.m., Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. Tickets are $30 and $42. Tickets are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia. For more information, call, (757) 229-9857.
Fright Night at the Symphonia, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Oct. 25. The concert features a selection of fun and scary music just in time for Halloween at. All seats $20. Tickets are available at all Colonial Williamsburg ticket facilities or through 1-800-HISTORY.
Stage ProductionsPirates of the Chemotherapy, 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and Sept. 27. In this new dramatic comedy, six breast cancer survivors band together to take on more than just their cancer and its side effects. They take on life! They find new meaning for their lives through love and laughter. Cancer is nothing to laugh about – but you can choose to laugh at it! All seats are $10. All proceeds go to Beyond Boobs! and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Second City, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. This improvisation company returns to the Kimball Theatre for its 50th anniversary show. The Second City Touring Company is basically a mind explosion of political and social satire. Armed with a battery of hilarious sketch comedy and improvisation, they’re loading up the tour bus and coming to our town to mock the millennial generation and beyond. Belushi, Colbert, Carell, Murray, Radner, Myers, Fey, Meadows, Farley, Aykroyd were all Second City. This year’s ensemble includes a homecoming of sorts. Greg Hess, a William and Mary alumnus and William and Mary’s Improvisational Theatre member, has signed on with Second City and will be performing on our stage once again. Tickets are $27 for general admission and $22 for seniors/students.
A Recovery Comedy Show: Featuring Mark Lundholm, 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Clean and sober since 1988, this comedian is a former criminal, mental patient, homeless wino and resident in a halfway house who started poking fun at the insanity his life had become. This process continued and gained momentum, and in a short time an incredibly talented and energetic entertainer emerged. Beginning with a successful standup comedy career through 50 states and 10 foreign countries, this comic’s “drank there, used that” style of humor is now so much more than a comedy show. This performance is a thought-provoking journey through a man’s decline and his subsequent ascension. Lundholm has had his own Showtime Comedy Special, appeared on “Comedy Central” and written and starred in three one-man shows. All seats $15. All proceeds will benefit the National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACoA).
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. New Kent High School and Astor College present a musical thriller. This joint production has been over a year in the making with half the cast composed of New Kent High School students and the other half British students from Astor College, Kent, England. It is the story of a wrongly accused and convicted barber who is sent to a British penal colony in Australia by an unscrupulous judge. Upon his escape, he is befriended by a young sailor and returns to England where he reaps his revenge on not only the judge who imprisoned him, but anyone he deems a threat to his ultimate goal. The music is large as only a professional quality theatrical show can be with multiple story twists and turns along the way. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for student/faculty (ID from any school/college/university).
PageantsThe Miss Williamsburg Outstanding Teen and Preteen Pageant, 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under six are free. The 2010 Miss Williamsburg Scholarship Pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Children under six are $5. Expect an evening of talent and elegance. Please visit our Web site at www.misswilliamsburgva.com for additional information. Every year, thousands of young women from across the country participate in local and state competitions for scholarships and the dream of making it to the Miss America stage. The journey for one young lady begins here in Williamsburg. The 2010 Miss Williamsburg Scholarship Pageant, an official preliminary to the Miss Virginia and Miss America Scholarship Pageants, will be crowning its 2010 delegates for Miss, Teen and Preteen here at the Kimball Theatre.
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. 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.