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June 24, 2005

July, August programs at CW's Kimball Theatre promise performances fresh from the 18th, 21st centuries

Do elementary school students like to rumba? What type of life can a college student expect after graduation? What’s it like to stow away in another family’s home? These questions and many more can be answered through award-winning American and foreign films and documentaries at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in July and August.

Special performances allow guests to see and hear the world as it was in 18th-century Virginia and then travel to the 21st century for a variety of musical concerts.
Step back in time with these special stage performances that include:

  • “Founding Fathers,” 2 and 3:30 p.m. July 1-29 every Monday through Friday (except July 4
    and 18) and Aug. 2-31 (except Aug. 15 and 29). Meet Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry. Admission is free with Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor pass. Reservations are required.
  • “Martha Washington Speaks with the Children,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. General admission is $5, and senior and student admission is $4. Reservations are required.
  • “Martha Washington: Her Life and Times,” 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. General admission is $5, and senior and student admission is $4. Reservations are required.
  • “Fiddleworks!” 10:30 a.m. and noon July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 30. General admission is $5 and senior and student admission is $4.
  • “Crystal Concert,” 10:30 a.m. and noon July 1, 4, 13, 15, 20, 22, 25, Aug. 3, 8, 12, 17 and 31. Dean Shostak performs an exciting concert featuring music and stories on Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica. General admission is $5, and senior and student admission is $4.
  • “Grand Medley of Entertainment,” 7:30 p.m. July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, Aug. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31. This program re-creates an 18th-century traveling show. Colonial performance ticket is $12.
  • 18th-century Play Series, 8 p.m. Colonial performance ticket is $12.
  • “The Guardian,” July 7 and Aug. 4. This play is a fast-paced comedy of arranged marriages, mistaken love interests and a meddling servant where things go from
    bad to worse.
  • “A Miss in Her Teens,” July 15, 30, Aug. 12 and 27. Miss Biddy Bellair challenges her beaus to prove their love.
  • “A Way to Keep Him,” July 21 and Aug. 18. Join Mr. Lovemore, Sir Brilliant Fashion and Sir Bashful Constant, as they struggle to be fashionable and their wives and lovers are schooled in The Way to Keep Him.

    Live performances feature an array of musical performances for adults and children. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, “Coyote Run: The American Experience” celebrates the natural beauty, rich history and pride that made this great nation. General admission is $15; senior and student admission is $12. The Northwest Boychoir: Tour 2005 will make a stop in Williamsburg 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. General admission is $10; seniors and students are $8. Pianist/vocalist Robert Hodge will bring the music of Broadway and Hollywood to the Kimball Theatre during “Robert Hodge in Concert: Stage and Screen” 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Betsy Q will captivate children during her concert 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. General admission is $6; seniors and students is $5.

    Movies and documentaries for July and August include:

  • Kingdom of Heaven, July 1-5. This is an epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war. Directed by Ridley Scott; starring Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons. Rated: R.
  • Downfall, July 5-July 10. Charting the last 10 days of Hitler’s life, from his 56th birthday on April 20, 1945, to his suicide on April 30, the film uses multiple characters to show the chaos of a country coming apart at the seams. Rated: R.
  • Layer Cake, July 10-July 14. Just as a successful cocaine dealer (Daniel Craig) eyes an early retirement from the business, his big boss hands down the tough assignment of finding the missing rich daughter of the boss’s old pal, a powerful construction business player. Rated: R.
  • Mad Hot Ballroom, July 14-July 19. Documentarian Marilyn Agrelo follows a group of 11-year-old New York City schoolchildren as they reluctantly take ballroom dancing lessons. Rated: PG.
  • Look at Me, July 19-July 24. “Tale of a monstrously egotistical writer and the chubby daughter who craves his approval is a gem of comic melancholy,” Variety, Lisa Nesselson. French with subtitles.
    Rated: PG-13.
  • Unleashed, July 24-July 28. Danny (Jet Li) has been raised without normal human interaction and only knows how to be a fighting machine who wins money for his boss, Bart (Bob Hoskins), in gladiator-type battles. Rated: R.
  • Crash, July 28-Aug. 2. A car crash leaves a mysterious body on the side of a road just as a passing detective and his partner happen to be nearby. Rated: R.
  • Dear Frankie, Aug. 2-Aug. 7. This is a heartwarming and often humorous tale of 9-year-old Frankie (Jack McElhone) and his mom, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer), who wants to protect her deaf son from the truth that they’ve run away from his father. Rated: PG-13.
  • 3-Iron, Aug. 6-Aug. 11. A young drifter (Jae Hee) enters strangers’ homes while the owners are away. He spends a night or day squatting in, repaying their unwilling hospitality by doing laundry or small repairs. Korean with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Ladies in Lavender, Aug. 11-Aug. 16. Set in 1936, two aging spinster sisters, Ursula (Judi Dench) and Janet (Maggie Smith), befriend a young Jewish violinist, Andrea (Daniel Bruhl), when he is washed up on the beach of their Cornish seaside village. Rated: PG-13.
  • Après Vous, Aug. 16-Aug. 21. After Antoine (Daniel Auteuil), a headwaiter at a Parisian restaurant, saves a suicidal man (Jose Garcia), he begins to feel responsible for the stranger’s well-being. French with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Kings and Queen, Aug. 20-Aug. 26. This film expertly mixes comedy, tragedy and melodrama to tell the emotionally gripping story of the intersecting lives of two former lovers. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Funny Ha Ha, Aug. 25-Aug. 31. When you graduate from college you easily sashay into the world of adulthood, start a career, and get serious, right? Not rated.

    Movie admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors, students and children.

    The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre offers live performances and art films seven days each week. For theater program information or to make reservations, call (757) 565-8217. Tickets are available at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing location or by calling toll-free (800) HISTORY or visiting www.kimballtheatre.com. The Kimball Theatre box office opens one hour before performances.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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