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April 27, 2012

Award-winning Musical “1776” Celebrates the Birth of Our Country

ShowStoppers Productions brings history to life through the people who shaped our country during the award-winning musical, “1776,” 2 p.m. on June 30 and July 1, and 7:30 p.m. on June 27, 29, 30, July 1 and 3 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

“1776” follows John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to convince the members of the 2nd Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $20 for seniors, students and military personnel. For tickets or more information, call 1-800-447-8679 (1-800-HISTORY).

Performances at the Kimball Theater continue in May, June and July with:

  • The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Subscription Concert #5, an evening of classical music pieces by Mendelsson and Beethoven, led by soloist Tai Murray. 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. Tickets are $34 and $48 and are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia at (757) 229-9857.
  • Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert highlights a glass violin, Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica and other spectacular new glass instruments from around the world in this dazzling concert. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27. All tickets are $7.
  • The Rock N’ Soul Tour features popular music from the 1960s to today. 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Sponsored by the Williamsburg Youth Wind Ensemble. Admission is free, but tickets are required.
  • An Evening of Song with Michelle Trovato and Branch Fields spotlights former Williamsburg residents Michelle Trovato, a coloratura soprano, and Branch Fields, a bass, accompanied by Susan Morton, in a delightful selection of arias and duets, art songs and music from Broadway. Sponsored by the Williamsburg Music Club, this is a benefit concert to support the club’s annual Grants-in-Aid program. 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11. All tickets are $18.
  • The Williamsburg Youth Orchestras present their final concert of the season with three works by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. Their string orchestra will explore more contemporary works. 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. Tickets are $8 for adults and $2 for students and children.
  • An Evening of Comedy and Magic, sponsored by the James City County Rotary Club, features Marty Simpson’s comedy act filled with one-liners peppered through elaborate stories that tie all together. In addition to comedy, Pittman Productions offers award-winning, high-energy, fast-paced world-class stage illusion and juggling productions. 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. All tickets are $18.
  • Virginia Regional Ballet Dance Concert highlights performances of Virginia Regional Ballet Academy students in classical ballet, character, jazz, tap and contemporary dance. 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. All tickets are $10.
  • Summer Jam 2012, an annual fundraising battle of the bands competition, brings regional bands together on the Kimball’s stage in front of judges to see who wins more than $2,000 in prizes and be considered by Brain Fuse Records of a possible licensing deal. Proceeds will go to the ARC of Greater Williamsburg. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 16. All seats are $5.

    For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

    In 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. Other generous donors continue to make gifts to endow Kimball Theatre programming. Their names are listed on plaques in the theater lobby.

    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.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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