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March 2, 2007

Live performances at CW's Kimball Theatre celebrate America's 400th Anniversary

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre and Virginia Premiere Theatre bring “Smith! Being the Life and Death of Cap’n John” by award-winning writer and retired Colonial Williamsburg archaeologist Ivor Noël Hume to life on stage in April. As Captain John Smith lay dying in 1631, his faithful servant, doctor and a serving girl struggle to keep him alive and unravel the mystery of Smith’s life of high adventure, court intrigue, betrayal and triumph.

Sample what the 18th century has to offer during additional special performances that include:

  • Founding Fathers, noon, March 6, 7, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 27, 29, April 3, 5, 10, 17, 20, 24 and 26. Meet George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry. Reservations are required. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, William and Mary student ID or Good Neighbor pass are required.
  • Martha Washington: Her Life and Times, 11:30 a.m. March 11, 25, April 15 and 22. Reservations are required.
  • Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 8, 10, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28, April 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 18, 21, 23, 25, 30 and 10:30 a.m. and noon April 14 and 16. Dean Shostak performs an exciting concert featuring music and stories of Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica. This multimedia concert also includes spectacular new and antique glass instruments such as the glass grand harmonicon and glass violin. Adults $7, seniors/students $5.
  • Grand Medley of Entertainment, 7:30 p.m. March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 11, 16, 20, 23 and 30. Colonial performance ticket is $12.
  • 18th-century Play Series, 8 p.m. Colonial performance ticket is $12.
    “Othello,” March 15, 22, April 12 and 26.
    “The Guardian,” March 29, April 3, 10 and 17.
  • Flute Frenzy in Concert, 3 p.m. March 4. In honor of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Flute Frenzy, Williamsburg’s popular youth flute choir, will present a concert of music descriptive of Virginia–its land, its people, and its history. All seats $4.
  • Oni Buchanan, Concert Pianist and Poet, 8 p.m. March 7. Concert pianist and poet Oni Buchanan will be performing the first concert in her three-part “Poetry In Piano” series, featuring piano works inspired by poetry and incorporating the relevant poems. All seats $12.
  • The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Subscription Concert #3 8 p.m. March 8 and 10 and Subscription Concert #4 8 pm. April 18 and 19. Tickets are $27 and $37. Advance tickets are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia by calling (757) 229-9857.
  • Clean Comedy Night featuring comedian Marian Kelly and the Rhythm of Ireland Performing Company, 7:30 p.m. March 9. Marian has gained a reputation for clean, clever wit and relatable style. Her national TV appearances include “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “A&E’s Evening at the Improv” and MTV’s “Half-Hour Comedy Hour.” She has shared the stage with Tim Allen, Jeff Foxworthy and Christopher Titus, and has performed for every type of audience, from casino showrooms to church groups to biker rallies. The Rhythm of Ireland School of Irish Dance Performing Company consists of championship and advanced Irish step dancers who are a joy to watch. General admission $15, seniors/students $12.
  • Two Scenes from “The Beggar’s Opera–One from Then, One for Now,” 8 p.m. March 16. A professional cast sings the best from “The Beggar’s Opera,” America’s first musical comedy. Directed by Claudia Zahn, associate professor, School of Music, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. All seats $8.
  • William and Mary’s Improvisational Theatre, 8 p.m. March 30. See the comedic stylings of the College of William & Mary’s Improvisational Theatre. IT performs both short and long-form improv as seen in Chicago, and everything they do is completely improvised and inspired by suggestions from the audience! The show is family-friendly. Adults $8, students/children $5.
  • “Smith! Being the Life and Death of Cap’n John,” 7:30 p.m. April 5-7, all seats $15, and 5 p.m. April 10, 12 and 15, all seats $12. Did Smith fall in love with the Powhatan Princess Pocohantas? Was there an attempt on his life? Did the Jamestown Council conspire against him? Unravel the mystery behind the life of Captain John Smith in this stage play.
  • An Evening of Jazz, 8 p.m. April 25. The William and Mary Music Department presents a joint concert with the Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Evan Feldman, and the Jazz Combos, under the direction of Harris Simon. General admission $8, seniors/students $5.
  • Emil Israel Chudnovsky: Violinist, 7 p.m. April 27. Emil Israel Chudnovsky has performed all over the world. His latest U.S. recitals include a return appearance at Carnegie Recital Hall. Chudnovsky was born in Moscow, Russia, to renowned violinist Nina Beilina and the late Maestro Israel Chudnovsky, the eminent opera conductor. In 1976, mother and son immigrated to the United States, where he began his violin studies at the Mannes College of Music. Having studied at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, he holds degrees from Yale University and the Mannes College of Music. Proceeds will benefit Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg. All seats $35.
  • The Williamsburg Women’s Chorus and Choraliers present: A Salute to American Music, 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 2 p.m. April 29. In honor of the 400th Jamestown Anniversary, the concert features a variety of styles of American music. Guest musicians include the Harris Simon Trio and Dr. Deen E. Entsminger, Belmont University, who will conduct several of his compositions as well as a composition specifically commissioned for Williamsburg Women’s Chorus, “Godspeed”, a work which inspires us to remember the women left behind as husbands, fathers, sons and brothers departed for the New World. General admission $12, students $5.

    For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit Advance tickets for performances are available by calling toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or by visiting any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.

    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 box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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