September 3, 2010
Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre Programs Kick Off Fall Season
Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre brings an eclectic mix of entertainment to its stage in September and October that ranges from crystal concerts to comedy to classical music.
Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert. Master of glass instruments Dean Shostak features a glass violin, spectacular new instruments from around the world and Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica in this amazing concert. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sept. 8, 13, 15,17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, Oct. 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29. Tickets: All seats $7.
Conversations with a Founding Father. 1:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, Oct. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28. Talk with Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington or the Marquis de Lafayette about issues that transcend time. A question-and-answer session follows. Ticket: A Historic Area admission pass or Good Neighbor pass must be presented.
Fiddleworks. Dean Shostak performs a foot-stomping review of American fiddle music. 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Tickets: All seats $7.
The Second City’s Fair & Unbalanced Show. The Second City’s 2010-11 touring show takes unbridled comic pleasure in the foibles of our politicians, celebrities and even our significant others. Ripped from the stages of Second City’s legendary theaters in Chicago and Toronto. Not recommended for children. 7:30 p.m., Sept. 25. Tickets are $28 for general admission and $24 for senior citizens and students.
A Grand Medley of Entertainments. Owen Murdock’s company gamely tries to present a Grand Medley, an 18th-century traveling show. There should be amazing feats, strange beasts and fast-paced hilarity, but things aren’t going well for the company. Their misfortunes provide a comedy of errors for the entire family to enjoy. A colonial entertainment with such mirth, even Colonel Washington would have laughed! 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Tickets: $12 for youth ages 6-17 and adults, $6 for children under 6.
Gala 2010. The producer of the College of William and Mary’s Sinfonicron Light Opera Company invites guests to a night of musical entertainment. The annual Sinfonicron Gala features performances from the award-winning Sinfonicron cast as they preview their 2011 show, “Patience.” 7 p.m., Oct. 6. Tickets: All seats $15.
Eighteenth-century Play Series: Polly Honeycombe. Enacting scenes from her beloved books, young 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. 7:30 p.m., every Thursday Oct. 7-28. Tickets: $12 for youth ages 6-17 and adults, $6 for children under 6.
The Laughing Redhead Studio presents Comedy Night. Want clean comedy with an edge? Tim Hawkins has been accused of being equally gifted and twisted. Whatever your take, he has indeed become one of the most in-demand comics in the country. 6:30 and 9 p.m., Oct. 9. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show.
Pirates of the Chemotherapy. Comedy and cancer are not two words you generally see together. Join six women as they band together to fight “one of the toughest monsters to ever sail the seven seas!” This hilarious play will remind you of what it means to be alive. Winner of the Audience Choice award for Best Play at the Smithfield One-Act Festival. 8 p.m., Oct. 15. Tickets: All seats $22.
Mark Lundholm, Recovery Comedian. The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place and St. Brendan Harbor present comedian Mark Lundholm, a former criminal, alcoholic and resident in a halfway house, who has been clean and sober since 1988. He has performed successful stand-up comedy through 50 states and 10 foreign countries. This performance is a thought-provoking journey through a man’s decline and his subsequent ascension. This is a fast-paced PG rated show that never fails to leave audiences thinking. 7 p.m., Oct. 22. Tickets: All seats $15.
A Church Group Variety Show. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation hosts a performance featuring local and regional church groups showcasing their talents in a variety show that is sure to be an uplifting close to the afternoon. 2 p.m., Oct. 23. Ticket: This event is free but tickets are required.
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 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation.
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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.