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June 26, 2014

New Summer Evening Programs Present Family Fun Opportunities

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Summer guests of Colonial Williamsburg enjoy new and exciting performances nightly on the Charlton Stage at 7 p.m. during June and July, and at 6:30 p.m. through August 30.

Two of the special summer performances feature Mr. Hallam’s Traveling Players, an ensemble of professional actors from around the country.

"Scapin" is a famous 18th-century French play by Molière that served as the inspiration for Saturday morning cartoons. It’s high energy comedy that's perfect for families or anyone looking for a hearty laugh.

"Sword Play" is a daring spectacle of blades and fisticuffs featuring 18th-century weapons. While it may appear violent, the comedic combat puts the emphasis on silliness.

Additional evening performances on the Charlton Stage include:

"Great American Sing-along:" Before radio, TV and video games, Americans entertained themselves by gathering to sing popular songs. Guests learn the stories behind some traditional favorites and sing along with the chorus.

"Dance to the Drummer’s Beat:" Guests explore the diverse nature of African-American musical culture in colonial Virginia as they help keep the rhythms, sing the songs and dance the dances adapted from West Africa.

"The Art of Fifing and Drumming:" The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums present the life of the military musician during the American Revolution.

"Legends and Tales of the 18th Century:" Colonial Williamsburg storytellers weave fascinating narratives from more than 200 years ago.

Tickets for Charlton Stage evening programs are $19 and must be purchased in advance.

Annual Pass holders enjoy a 25 percent discount. Other Colonial Williamsburg ticket holders receive a 10 percent discount.

Guests lodging at the Williamsburg Inn, the Williamsburg Lodge, Providence Hall Guesthouses and the Colonial Houses enjoy free admission to the performances.

The Charlton Stage programs join other continuing evening programs: "Music at the Capitol," "Come Let’s Dance," "Pirates Amongst Us," "Cry Witch" and "Ghosts Amongst Us."

For more information about evening programs, visit or telephone (855) 296-6627.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley