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May 5, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre Feature Music Performances for Every Taste in May and June

Musical acts compete in a Battle of the Bands-style competition for more than $3,000 in prizes during SummerJam 2011 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. All seats are $8.

The competition features judges Ed Lang from WRRW 102.5 FM and George Walsh, the owner of Step 3 Entertainment Record Label and Artist Development Co. The judge’s panel also will include celebrity judge Ryan Calhoun, who is a chart-topping and MTV featured pop star. Calhoun performs a live show directly after the contest and prior to the announcement of the winner.

Prizes include recording time at Williamsburg’s newest digital recording studio, STUDIO 3, a national publicity campaign from Step 3 Entertainment’s artist publicity department, gift certificates and a spot to showcase the artist’s music on WRRW 102.5 FM.

Additional music programs at the Kimball Theatre in May and June never miss a beat. For fans of classical music, the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras’ Spring Concert brings the region’s most dedicated young musicians to the stage for their final concert of the year at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Under the direction of Akiko Fujimoto, the Symphony Orchestra performs the finale from Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. The String Orchestras perform selections from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade. Tickets are $8 for adults and $2 for students and children.

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Masterworks Subscription Concert #5 at 8 p.m. on May 16-17. Performances include Immolation from David T. Little; Masques et Burgamasques Op. 112; Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 from Mahler; and Symphony No. 2 by Schumann. Tickets are $34 and $48. Tickets are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia by calling (757) 229-9857.

Guests can enjoy the “100% recycled work of the Kingston Trio” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 27 with The Three Jolly Coachmen Concert. This Kingston Trio tribute group 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 are $15.

One of the finest Steinway artists today, Don Irwin, performs a piano concert based on his new CD, “Wild Horses,” with a special tribute to Virginia’s own Patsy Cline at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. This is something really different from a classical Steinway artist who mixes American and popular music, ranging from the Eagles, America, Michael Murphy, The Rolling Stones and Patsy Cline. All seats are $22.

Laughing Redhead Studio presents Comedy Night at the Kimball at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Thor Ramsey has headlined every major comedy club chain and is currently featured in the Warner Brothers’ comedy concert movie, “Thou Shalt Laugh.” He is the weekly host of “Bananas” and “Comedy at Large,” as well as having performed on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv.” Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and military.

Dance programs will have guests on their feet. Guests can see Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty during “Classic Ballet Love Stories” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. Presented by the Williamsburg Ballet Theatre, the show features guest artists from the Richmond Ballet include Valerie Telleman, David Neal and Thomas Ragland. All seats are $15.

Virginia Regional Ballet Academy presents a celebration of student dance achievements in classical ballet, character, jazz, tap and contemporary dance at 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. All seats are $10.

The Kimball Theatre offers two programs that features stories that touch people’s lives. On Memorial Day weekend, the Williamsburg Storytelling Collaborative presents “Stories That Make a Difference: A Soldier’s Sacrifice” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Guests hear about the lives of those who have fought, who have served and continue to serve their country. This concert benefits the 1st Lt. Todd W. Weaver Memorial Award at the College of William and Mary. This event is free but tickets are required. Donations will be taken at the door.

The live stage play, “Chaos in the House,” is a hilarious, spiritual drama that exemplifies the power of redemption. The characters in this story face issues that American families deal with everyday. Fluorine, the backbone of the family, has learned to cope with the highs and lows in the lives of her adult children. Dealing with her own issues is another story when a familiar face from her past returns. What had been a somewhat controlled life is now one she doesn’t even want to face. Performances are 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. on June 3-4 and June 10-11. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the show.

Live from the 18th-century Stage

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs feature the best in colonial entertainment. “A Grand Medley of Entertainments” gives guests an idea of what 18th-century audiences enjoyed. There should be amazing feats, strange beasts, and fast-paced hilarity, but things aren’t going well. The troupe’s misfortunes provide a comedy of errors for the entire family to enjoy. At 7:30 p.m. Mondays, May 2, 9, 23 and 30 and June 6. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages 6-17 and $6 for children.

Part of Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century Play Series, “Polly Honeycombe” tells the story of a young woman who enacts scenes from her beloved books to avoid an arranged marriage and find the man of her literary dreams in this classic farce of mistaken identities and surprise revelations. This program can be seen at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, May 12-June 9. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages 6-17 and $6 for children.

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

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