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August 25, 2006

September and October rock the 'Burg at CW's Kimball Theatre

Whether you want music, history or just good old-fashioned entertainment, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre this fall.
In the final performances of the summer season, catch “Winning Liberty Land: An American Musical Comedy about How History is Made.” This live musical comedy presents members of the fictional Historical Citizens Action Committee as they take their own look at the history of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. September 1 and at 5 p.m. September 3. Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for seniors and students.

The Second City Touring Company, renowned for its sophisticated wit and outrageous sense of humor, presents “Truth, Justice or The American Way” live at 7:30 p.m. on September 8 -9. This program lampoons American politics and morality, and is for mature audiences.

If you’re in the mood for classical music, the Kimball Theatre offers just the thing. The Williamsburg Symphonia will perform two subscription concerts this fall. On September 12-13, Irina Muresanu will perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto in G Minor at 8 p.m. Those concerts also include Ibert’s Divertissement and Vorisek’s Symphony in D Major. Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major will highlight the second pair of concerts at 8 p.m. on October 25 and 27, along with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Full Moon Haiku by Sophia Serghi. All concerts are $37 or $27 a seat.

In a one-man show at 7:30 p.m. September 14, nationally known storyteller Antonio Sacre will be taking the stage in “Picking Up Feathers,” a blend of personal narrative, ancient myth and modern slam poetry into a commentary about love and its aftermath. General admission is $10, admission for seniors and students is $8. This program is for mature audiences.

Up for some classical theater? Perhaps some Shakespeare? You’re in luck. The Cambridge University American Stage Tour production presents “Twelfth Night” at 8 p.m. Monday, September 18. The College of William and Mary Department of Music presents “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 26. This screening of Lon Chaney’s classic silent film will be accompanied by live medieval and renaissance music performed by HESPERUS.

Historically significant performances also abound. “Classical and Historical Roots” is a unique program featuring music, photography and art, all inspired by Virginia’s nature. The show is at 6 and 8 p.m. September 27 and admission is $7. As part of the Equiano Lecture Series, you also can see “Freedom through Faith: Understanding the Role of Praise, Prophecy and the Black Preacher in Early African American Religion” at 7 p.m. on October 28. This program features a living history interpretation by Gowan Pamphlet, an 18th-century African-American preacher, as well as stirring music and experts. The event is free, but requires a ticket.

Other live performances include:

  • “Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry or George Washington,” at 2 and 3:30 p.m. on September 1-2; at noon on September 5-8, 12, 14-16, 19, 21-22, 28, October 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 24, 26, 31. Reservations required.
  • “Martha Washington: Her Life and Times,” at 1 p.m. on September 3; at 11:30 a.m. on October 8, 15, 29. General admission $5, seniors/students $4.
  • “Grand Medley of Entertainment,” at 7:30 p.m. on October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Tickets $12.
  • “18th-century Play: A Miss in Her Teens,” at 8 p.m. on October 5, 19. Tickets $12.
  • “18th-century Play: The Guardian,” at 8 p.m. on October 12, 26. Tickets $12.
  • “Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert,” at 11:30 and 1:30 p.m. on September 4, 9, 13, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29; at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on September 2, 16; at 11:30 and 1:30 p.m. on October 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 19, 23, 25, 28, 30; at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on October 18.

    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.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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