September 5, 2012
Kimball Theatre Fall Lineup Provides Entertainment for All Ages
Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre presents award-winning pianist and master storyteller Richard Glazier for an encore performance in the program, Richard Glazier Salutes the American Popular Song, featuring performances rich with inside stories and rare film and audio clips at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13. Whether he’s playing the music of Arlen, Gershwin, Rodgers, Kern or a host of other Golden Era composers, Glazier brings new life to old favorites. He concludes each program with a solo piano version of “Rhapsody in Blue.” Tickets are $15 for general admission, seniors and students are $12 and Good Neighbors with a valid pass are $10.
Additional live performances in September and October include:Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert features the master of glass instruments performing on a glass violin and Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica in this amazing concert. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 28, and Oct. 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29 and 31. All seats $7.
“Let it Be: A Beatles Tribute Show” features performances by local favorites Smith-Wade and Tracy, Scott Varney, Robin and the J Birds, Poisoned Dwarf, Stephen Christoff, London, Chris K and Joe B. Jones, In Layman Terms, Runaway String Band, Timeline Jazz Quartet, and Herbie D & The Dangermen. Proceeds will benefit a local nonprofit for young musicians. The show is sponsored by City Arts Café. 8 p.m. Sept. 14. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Third Annual Storytelling Concert featuring Kevin Kling spotlights the internationally known storyteller and playwright, who is best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Kling will be joined by local tellers Art Johnson and Darci Tucker. The storytelling concert is sponsored in part by the Tucker-Arnold Productions, the Virginia Storytelling Alliance and the Weavers of the Word Storytelling Collaborative. 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children under 13.
Williamsburg’s Got Talent, a local spin on the television phenomenon, showcases the most exhilarating local talent in the region. Performers compete in front of celebrity judges, vying for their chance to win cash prizes and a coveted trophy. The program is sponsored by Chesapeake Bank, Howell Creative Group and The Tide/WYDaily/BACHfm and benefits the Williamsburg Land Conservancy. 7 p.m. Sept 28. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children under 13. Blocks of 10 tickets are $30 per ticket.
Rocky Mountain High in Concert spotlights five friends who pay tribute to the music of John Denver. Peter Budnikas’ versatility on stringed instruments accompanies the songs with six- and 12-string guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. His wife, Marcia, handles keyboard arrangements. Scott Petersen plays six-string guitar and sings many of John’s quieter, reflective songs. Greg Davy plays the six-string guitar, and Peter Vining plays the bass lines. The concert is sponsored by the James City County Rotary Club. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. All seats $18.
The University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Student Art Troupe presents performances in dance, vocal and instrumental music from different minority groups in China at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. The program is a free event but tickets are required. Unclaimed ticketed seats will be given away 10 minutes before show time. Donations will be taken at the door. The program is presented by the William & Mary Confucius Institute.
The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Masterworks Subscription Concert #1 features Dukas: Le Peri Fanfare; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto - Michael Ludwig soloist; and Sibelius: Symphony No. 2. 8 p.m. Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. Tickets are $36 and $48 through the Williamsburg Symphonia at (757) 229-9857.
The Marvelous Wonderettes take guests to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where the audience meets the Wonderettes, four girls who perform such classic 1950s-60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “It’s My Party” and more than 20 other classic hits. 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $20 for seniors, students and military. Susie Butler, Jeffrey Nicoloff and Showstoppers Productions present this program.
The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra accompanies the 1926 silent film “Bardelys the Magnificent.” The sole surviving print of this MGM classic, directed by King Vidor and starring John Gilbert, was discovered in France in 2006 and then restored. Mont Alto’s five-piece ensemble – premier silent film composers and accompanists in the U.S. – perform a rich, engaging original score of period photoplay music for this swashbuckling action romance. The audience will also be treated to Mont Alto’s live accompaniment of a surprise short before the main feature. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. William and Mary students may present a valid Collegiate Pass. 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. This program is part of the College of William & Mary’s Ewell Concert Series and the Film Studies Program.
Scars on 45 in Concert is an indie/acoustic band that originates from Leeds/Bradford in the United Kingdom and combines the sounds of Snow Patrol, Keane, Oasis and Fleetwood Mac. In 2011, “CSI: New York” selected the group’s song, “Beauty’s Running Wild,” for an extended closing scene. Their single, “Heart on Fire,” was chosen to promote the 2011-12 season of the ABC medical drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy.” 92.3 FM The Tide sponsors this concert. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. All seats are $15.
La Farce de Maitre Pathelin, a creative adaptation of the 15th-century play, features hilarious misadventures and a cast of misfits. The play is performed in French by troupe members and is suitable for all ages and all levels of French proficiency. 7 p.m. Oct. 24. This is a free event but tickets are required. Unclaimed ticketed seats will be given away 10 minutes prior to show time. Le Theatre de la Chandelle Verte presents this program.
Opera in Williamsburg presents L’Elsir d’Amore by Gaetano Donizetti. “L’Elsir d’Amore,” or The Love Potion, is one of the most popular operas in the world today. Performers include tenor Jonathan Blalock, baritone Gustavo Feulien, bass-baritone Sidney Outlaw, soprano Tal Ganor and soprano Faustine de Mones. The opera is presented in Italian with English supertitles. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. For details, go to www.operainwilliamsburg.org. Tickets are $45 for general admission, $40 for seniors, military and teachers, and $15 for students.
Ongoing PerformancesConversation with a Founding Father provides guests with the opportunity to talk with Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, or the Marquis de Lafayette about their lives in the 18th century. Guests have the opportunity to ask questions. This program takes place 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 4-Nov. 20 and Thursdays, Sept. 6-Nov. 22. Reservation required in addition to a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, Annual or Good Neighbor Pass.
18th-century Play Series: The Walking Statue is a fast-paced farce full of disguises, deceptions and devils all designed to overcome all obstacles that stand in the way of true love. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 8 and Nov. 22. Tickets are $16 for adults and youth and $8 for children under six.
A Grand Medley of Entertainments features a variety show where everything that can go wrong does. This event takes place 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 8-Nov. 5. Adults/youth, $16, children under six, $8.
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.
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.