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November 14, 2011

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate the Holidays at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre brings a variety of entertainment to its stage this holiday season.

Dean Shostak performs holiday favorites on the glass armonica, invented by Benjamin Franklin, during Crystal Carols. Guests also can hear amazing new and antique glass instruments from around the world in this popular Christmas show. Performances can be seen at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 5, 7, 9, 14, 19, 21, 24, 26 and 28 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 25. All seats $8.

During a Celtic Solstice Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25-27, Coyote Run revisits Yuletide legends and traditions from prehistoric Celtic lands to Christmas not so long ago. This rollicking concert is a family favorite, blending mystery and myth, sacred and irreverent all in an unforgettable journey through the unique Celtic rock stylings of one of the hottest bands on the circuit today. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and students, and $14 for children under 12.

‘Tis the Season is a musical experience sure to put families in the holiday spirit. Immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas with an evening of beloved holiday classics, dance, laughter and a special guest for the entire family. A portion of the proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to Broadway Cares. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, Dec. 2 and 9. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $20 for seniors, students, children and the military.

Williamsburg Symphonia, Williamsburg’s professional orchestra, presents Santa Claus is Coming to Town, featuring popular Christmas classics for the whole family at 1:30 and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. All seats are $25.

During the Institute for Dance presentation, Christmas Dreams, little Janie Sparkle wants all of her wishes to come true but an unexpected event stands between her and Christmas morning. She finds herself in an enchanted world where nothing is as it seems. Join her on her journey home at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for William and Mary students with ID and $10 for seniors and children under 13.

The Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble presents A Hampton Roads Holiday, a concert of seasonal wind music, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13. This concert is made possible, in part, with the support of the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission and the Newport News Arts Commission. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for children under 19.

Guests enjoy a film of the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18. Choreographed by the brilliant Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet’s magnificent production of the “Nutcracker” is one of the world’s finest productions of the classic ballet. Set to the music of legendary great Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky and conducted by one of the foremost conductors of ballet, Martin West, “Nutcracker” is a treasured holiday tradition for families everywhere! The lavish set designs and dazzling costumes are sure to mesmerize adults and children alike. All seats $3.

Pianist Don Irwin returns to the Kimball Theatre to Celebrate the Season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Hear one of this country’s best pianists and entertainers for an evening of holiday classics and heart-warming melodies sure to make this year’s holiday one to remember. All seats are $24.50.

Christine from Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” returns to the Kimball Theatre in the production, Need a Little Christmas: Holiday Songs from a Broadway Baby featuring Melissa Dye, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Melissa lights up the stage and fills the evening with holiday magic as she performs Christmas classics, American standards and Broadway songs. Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for seniors, students, children and military.

Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra presents A Big Band Christmas at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and Wednesday, Dec. 21. Enjoy an evening of the greatest holiday classics from the 1930s and 1940s. The Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra will feature arrangements from the Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, and Duke Ellington orchestras as well as other holiday favorites from the Big Band era. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for seniors and students.

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1999, Colonial Williamsburg benefactors Gretchen and the late Bill Kimball made a major gift to renovate the historic facility and to transform it into the multipurpose Kimball Theatre. The 35-seat screening room was underwritten by a grant from the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation.

ated 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.

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