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July 11, 2006

Colonial Williamsburg Has More To Offer After Dark

Going to the movies, spending the afternoon by the swimming pool or just plain sitting in front of the television watching re-runs. If this sounds like the summer you have planned, then let Colonial Williamsburg’s evening programs add some excitement to it! “The African-American Music Program,” “Papa Said, Mama Said,” “Grand Medley of Entertainment,” “Colonial Kids,” the engaging portrayal of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the musical, “Winning Liberty Land: An American Musical Comedy About How History Is Made,” are just a few of the wonderful programs of special interest to families.

“The African-American Music Program” delights audiences with the music, songs and dances of the 18th-century African-American community and explores the cultural practices that were borrowed from Africa and Europe. This interactive program builds excitement by inviting audience participation in singing songs, tapping out rhythms and participating in West African dances used in colonial America. This program is performed in the Play Booth Theater, weather permitting, on July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages 6-17, and $5 for children under the age of 6.

“Papa Said, Mama Said” gives guests the opportunity to meet characters of enslaved people who have learned cultural morals and values from the stories of the past as told by their elders. The program is performed at the Visitor Center on July 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19 and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages 6-17 and $5 for children under the age of 6.

“Grand Medley of Entertainment,” performed at the Kimball Theatre, is a combination of circus, carnival and vaudeville-like entertainment that re-creates an 18th-century traveling show. The amazing feats of the performers and the unusual animals guests will encounter throughout the show that can be seen July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 9, 14, 21, 23, 28 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and July 12, 19, 26 and August 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages 6-17 and $5 for children under the age of 6.

“Colonial Kids” is a fast-paced, fun-filled, participatory program that takes guests from the earliest days of our town’s history through the American Revolution. The program is performed by Colonial Williamsburg’s junior interpreters for your kids and can be seen July 12, 19, 26 and August 16 at 5:30 p.m. A theatrical lesson, fencing, lessons in civility, African-American music and storytelling all make up this thrilling program. Tickets for this show, which will be performed at the Kimball Theatre, are $12 for adults and youth ages 6-17, and $5 for children under the age of 6.

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed at the Kimball Theatre August 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. This special performance is solely performed by kids! The Traveling Players Ensemble is a professional theater company dedicated to bringing great theater into the great outdoors through a theater company and a thriving educational program. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a tale of lovers who evade parental rule and city law by escaping into the forest, only to be transformed by mischievous fairies. Reality and illusion interchange in the woods, as do love and hate, clarity and confusion. As the tricks are reversed and the couples unite, we delight in their wedding entertainment. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages 6-17, and children under 6 cost $5.

“Winning Liberty Land: An American Musical Comedy About How History Is Made” is another must-see performance that the Kimball Theatre has to offer this summer. Enjoy a fun-filled portrayal of the mad-cap antics of the Historical Citizens Action Committee as they take their own wacky look at the history of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. This unconventional depiction of Virginia’s “Cradle of Democracy” will be sure to entertain the entire family. This performance will be shown at 5 p.m. on July 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, and August 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, and 29. General admission tickets are $12, and $10 for seniors and students.

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, call (757) 565-8588. Tickets are available at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing location, by calling toll-free (800) HISTORY or visiting The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.

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Penna Rogers
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