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February 29, 2008

CW's Kimball Theatre features crowning moment for Mrs. Virginia United States

The Mrs. Virginia United States 2008 Pageant continues its 22-year tradition at 6 p.m. March 1 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. Jennifer Phillips, Mrs. Virginia United States 2007, will be on hand to crown her successor in this one-night event featuring the most beautiful and accomplished married women from across the Commonwealth.

If you would like further information about the Mrs. Virginia United States Pageant, go to or call the State Pageant Offices at (302) 250-6975. Tickets will be available the evening of the pageant in the Kimball Theatre lobby and are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 12. Children under 5 are free.

Binns of Williamsburg presents Prom Fashions 2008 on March 15 at 1 p.m. The latest prom fashions at all prices will be featured on the runway. Local high school juniors and seniors model fashions from designers from around the world. Binns will be giving away a “Prom Booster” – one lucky attendee’s ticket stub will be drawn for a $500 gift certificate to be used by the winning student’s school. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Dress for Success and the Battered Women’s Shelter of Williamsburg. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students with valid ID and are available at Binns by calling (757) 229-3391 or through any Colonial Williamsburg ticket facility and 1-800-HISTORY.

The Kimball Theatre is the venue for a variety of programs throughout March and April. Colonial Williamsburg’s Founding Mother and Father bring stories of the executive office to the Kimball Theatre. 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 11:30 a.m. on March 3-4, 6-7, 11, 13-14 and noon March 18, 20, 25, 27, April 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29. Reservations are required. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card is required. 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. March 9, 16, 30 and April 6. General admission is $5 and $4 for seniors and students.

Guests can enjoy several programs straight from the 18th-century stage. Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert combines music, history, art and science to make his concert a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26, 28, 31, April 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30. 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 $7. Grand Medley of Entertainment is the type of variety show that entertained George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and can be seen at 7:30 p.m. March 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, April 7, 14, 21 and 28. Tickets are $12. Wit’s Last Stake, part of Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century Play Series, features the return of popular comedies with beautiful costumes, elaborate wigs and the magic of the old colonial playhouse. Enjoy this play at 8 p.m. March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 and 24. Tickets are $12.

The Kimball Theatre offers music for a variety of tastes through March and April. The Williamsburg Symphonia will present two concerts in its subscription series on March 4 and 5 and April 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42 and $30. Advance tickets are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia at (757) 229-9857. Lovers of the Kingston Trio will not want to miss the Williamsburg-based Three Jolly Coachmen at 8 p.m. on March 7. The tribute group faithfully and exuberantly reproduces the lively, infectious music that Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard took to the top of the pop music charts in a simpler time. Special guest emcee John Magliola, afternoon host on WMBG-AM 740, will give welcoming remarks and introduce the band. All seats $12. Feirefiz: A Multi-arts Retelling of the Parzival Story is a multimedia reworking of Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval telling of the grail quest at 7:30 p.m. April 5, with an original musical score performed by the College of William and Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. General admission is $15 and $10 for students. The William and Mary music department presents a joint concert with the Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Evan Feldman, and the Jazz Combo, under the direction of Harris Simon, 8 p.m. April 16. General admission is $8 and seniors/students are admitted for $5.

Celebrate April Fool’s Day, April 1, with a performance of music, mime and mischief for the whole family at 7 p.m. at the Festival of Fools. Three performing groups will appear onstage for one night only. Dean Shostak and his popular Fiddleworks! cast will provide high-energy music, dance, and songs. Brilliant mimes Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell have performed throughout the United States and this is their Williamsburg debut. Back by popular demand, Lord Foppington and Company is a comedy troupe from Washington, D.C., who have sold out every performance they have given in Williamsburg. A portion of the proceeds will go to Child Development Resources Inc. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students.

If it’s laughter you’re after, Laughing Redhead Studio presents two special events in March and April. Sherri Shepherd appears 6:30 and 9 p.m. March 8. Sherri’s down-to-earth “tell-it-like-it-is” personality won her the coveted position as co-host of ABC’s “The View,” alongside Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg. She is a featured actress on the Emmy-winning “30 Rock,” and will be seen in the upcoming film “Push” with Lenny Kravitz, as well as being the voice of Ben Stiller’s mother and Bernie Mac’s wife in the upcoming animated movie “Madagascar: The Crate Escape.” Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show.

Leland Klassen will perform 7:30 p.m. April 12 during Clean Comedy Night. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Klassen is recognized as Canada’s premier clean comedian. Klassen decided early on that he would not compromise his act to go for cheap, easy, shock humor. As a result of staying clean, this farm boy carved out quite the niche for himself in the world of comedy. He was named a finalist in the search for Canada’s Funniest New Comic in 1997 and made two appearances in the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal where he was named a runner-up for the Homegrown Comic Competition of Canada. Klassen not only headlines clubs across Canada and the United States but showcases his comedic talent on television and radio. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.

The College of William and Mary’s Improvisational Theatre offers improvised scenes based on the suggestions from the audience at 8 p.m. April 4. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for 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

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