December 13, 2007
Miss Williamsburg Scholarship Pageant highlight of programming at CW's Kimball Theatre in January and February
“Here she is! Miss America!” The journey to the Miss America pageant for one lucky young woman begins Jan. 5 at the Kimball Theatre. The 2008 Miss Williamsburg Scholarship Pageant, an official preliminary to the Miss Virginia and Miss America Scholarship Pageants, crowns its 2008 delegates for Miss, Teen and Pre-Teen at the Kimball Theatre.
The competition for Miss Williamsburg’s Outstanding Teen and Pre-Teen Pageant begins at 2 p.m. Jan. 5. Admission to the pageant is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 6 are free. The Miss Williamsburg Scholarship Pageant is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Children under 6 are $5.
The Kimball Theatre is the venue for a variety of programs throughout January and February. Colonial Williamsburg’s Founding Mother and Father bring stories of the executive office to the Kimball Theatre. “Lady Washington Remembers” is the first First Lady’s account of her long life and times. Mrs. Washington can be seen at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 13, 20, Feb. 10 and 24. General admission is $5 and $4 for seniors and students. “A Conversation with a Founding Father” looks at the crucial roles George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry played in the birth of a nation. Performances are at noon on Feb. 19, 21, 26 and 28. Reservations are required. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor pass is required.
A special program, “An Evening with the Presidents: The Role of the Executive and the Bill of Rights,” will be held 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Join Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Madison in a discussion about the executive’s challenge in protecting the nation while upholding the rights given individuals under the Constitution’s first 10 amendments. Cost is $12 for adults and youth ages 6-12 and children under 6 are $5.
Laughing Redhead Studios will present two Clean Comedy Nights in January and February. At 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, Robert G. Lee will appear with special guests Mike Goodwin and musician Nicole Belanus. Lee has been Hollywood’s top warm-up comic for almost two decades. He’s a veteran of more than 1,000 episodes of such shows as “Just Shoot Me,” “Becker,” “The Drew Carey Show” and, most recently, “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” His job is to keep countless audiences entertained for hours between costume and set changes with rapid-fire ad-libs and humorous interviews.
At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Bob Smiley will appear with special guest Mikey McClain. Bob Smiley has been doing comedy for more than 10 years all over the globe, including the United States, Canada, England, Wales, El Salvador, Guatemala and East Kentucky! He has toured with Newsboys, Mercy Me and Toby Mac. Smiley performs some 90 shows a year, has released three DVDs and a new book. Cost for each show is $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.
Children will love “Wiggle, Jiggle, Clap and Sing Along with Betsy Q” 11 a.m. Jan. 26. Betsy Q has been performing original music from her five-album collection since 1991. In her one-woman show, the audience is encouraged to interact with her while she performs songs that are clever, educational and entertaining. Her music is appropriate for children of all ages while her messages are embraced by the young at heart. After the concert, Betsy Q will be available for sales, photos and autographs. This is a benefit concert for Family Focus – Williamsburg and Grafton. General admission is $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for children.
The Kimball Theatre offers a wide range of concerts for every musical taste. Musician Dean Shostak welcomes the New Year with his Crystal Concerts on Jan. 1, 2 and Feb. 27 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. His ability to combine music, history, art and science makes his concert a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family. He showcases classical and traditional music from around the world on glass armonica, Japanese glass violin, English glass handbells, French cristal baschet, and the 1823 American glass grand harmonicon. All seats are $5.
At 8 p.m. Feb. 2 the College of William and Mary’s Botetourt Chamber Singers Gala Concert presents an evening of jazz and standard tunes including “The Lullaby of Broadway,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “All of Me” and many more favorites from the Andrew Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The concert will feature Dr. Evan Feldman and the dazzling William and Mary Jazz Ensemble, Professor Tom Payne and his magic 12-string guitar, and the intoxicating sounds of Harris Simon’s jazz piano and harmonica. All proceeds support the International Choral Travel Fund. All seats are $15. The Williamsburg Symphonia’s Family Concert at 1:30 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 3 delights young audiences with the musical masterpieces, “Peter and the Wolf” and Dr. Seuss’ famous story, “Gerald McBoingBoing.” All seats are $10.
Dar Williams in Concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 features one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation. An idiosyncratic songwriter who writes folk songs from a unique, often insightful perspective, Williams takes pains to avoid the coy and the quirky; her songwriting and performing style have been compared to that of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez but with a few acidic and, at times, hilarious twists. All seats are $30. Acclaimed Chinese pianist Xiayin Wang, direct from her triumphant Carnegie Hall debut, makes her first Virginia appearance at the Kimball Theatre at 8 p.m. Feb. 22. She will play masterworks from Bach, Ravel, Mozart, Scriabin, Liszt, and Gershwin. General admission is $20 and $18 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 box office is open 1-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.