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May 11, 2010

Benefit performances and beauty pageant highlight CW’s Kimball Theatre schedule in May and June

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre treats guests to an eclectic mix of programming in May and June. Guests can enjoy a variety of entertainment from an 18th-century vaudeville show to a folk fusion concert.

The Kimball Theatre is host to three benefit performances in May and June. The Williamsburg Concert Series presents Molasses Creek in Concert at 7:30 p.m. May 21. 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. The Rotary Club of James City County has included this performance in its 2010 Charity Concert Series as an event guaranteed to provide top-notch entertainment for an intergenerational audience. 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 $15.

The Roots of America Concert features Bagels and Fraylox, Bobby “Black Hat” Blues Duo and Poisoned Dwarf at 7:30 p.m. June 4. Bagels and Fraylox plays traditional Klezmer music from Eastern Europe and blends it with jazz, blues and even hip-hop. Bobby “Black Hat” and Larry Berwald perform classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes. Poisoned Dwarf’s traditional Celtic sounds focus primarily on traditional music from the British Isles played on acoustic instruments, including the Irish flute, whistle, guitar, Scottish small-pipes, banjo, various percussion instruments, accordion and fiddle. All seats $25. The concert will benefit the Williamsburg Community Foundation.

Women from across Virginia will compete for the title of Mrs. Virginia United States 2010 at the pageant at 6 p.m. on June 5. The reigning Mrs. Virginia United States 2009, Rachel Naugle McCarville, will be on hand to crown the winner, who will represent Virginia at the Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas this summer. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, contact the pageant offices at (302) 256-3219.

Guests Can Meet the Leaders Who Helped Build A Nation
During Audiences with Founding Fathers and Mother

Colonial Williamsburg brings the people who helped create a nation to the stage of the Kimball Theatre in May and June. The Founding Fathers and Mother discuss their life and times in 18th-century Williamsburg. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and the Marquis de Lafayette played crucial roles in the foundation of the American republic. Conversation with a Founding Father can be seen at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through June 29. Martha reflects on her long life after George Washington’s retirement from the presidency during Our First First Lady Remembers at 1:30 p.m. June 20 and 27. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for seniors/students.

Guests can enjoy the Grand Medley of Entertainments, an 18th-century traveling show with amazing feats, strange beasts and fast-paced hilarity, where everything that can go wrong does. The program can be seen May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages six to 17 and $6 for children under six.

The 18th-century Play Series features two comedies in May and June presented by the American Company of Comedians. Polly Honeycombe can be seen every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. through June 27. The Great Theatrical Disaster of 1790 will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 16-30. Tickets for both plays are $12 for adults and youth ages six to 17 and $6 for children under six.

For a complete schedule of Kimball Theatre events for May and June, visit

Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater. For more information, call (757) 565-8588.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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