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April 25, 2008

CW's Kimball Theatre offers an assortment of entertainment opportunities not to be missed this May and June

From the 18th-century comedies “Wit’s Last Stake” and “The Great Theatrical Disaster of 1790” to “Big Bamboo,” a live radio show featuring an eclectic mix of artists, Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre is offering an exciting line-up of crowd pleasing theatrical, musical and comedic performances to the stage in May and June.

Performances include:

  • Conversations with a Founding Father. May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, June 3, 5, 10 and 12 at noon; June 17, 19, 24 and 26 at 1:30 p.m. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry played crucial roles in the foundation of the American republic. They were all sons of Virginia and part-time residents of Williamsburg. Please make reservations. Ticket: Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or a Good Neighbor Pass required.
  • Lady Washington Remembers. June 1 at 11:30 a.m.; June 22 and 29 at 1:30 p.m. After her husband’s retirement from the presidency, our country’s first First Lady shares memories of her long life and times. Ticket: General admission $5, seniors/students $4.
  • Grand Medley of Entertainment, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. Before the circus and vaudeville, there was the grand medley. Join us and enjoy the type of variety show that entertained George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Colonial Performance Ticket: $12.
  • 18th-century Play Series: Wit’s Last Stake. May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 8 p.m. The Great Theatrical Disaster of 1790. June 18 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. Presented in Williamsburg by the American Company of Comedians, these popular comedies return with beautiful costumes, elaborate wigs, and the magic of the old colonial playhouse. Colonial Performance Ticket: $12.
  • Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert. May 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, June 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 and 30 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dean Shostak’s 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. Ticket: All seats $7.
  • International Cultural Holidays presents: French Chimes and Choir Concert. May 3 at 3 p.m. This group of 45 students from the Albert Camus School in Paris range in age from 11 to 17 and have been practicing and preparing to perform in the United States for two years. They will be singing in English and French and playing the handbells in a program consisting of traditional French songs and American hymns. This program is free but tickets are required.
  • Virginia Premiere Theatre presents: The History of Rock. May 3 at 8 p.m. Washington, D.C.’s hottest classic cover band Bad Dog spins you through decades of classic rock in their concert anthology of the all-time greats. Learn how bands were named, tunes were written and how they hit the charts. The show includes hits from the Beatles, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, the Eagles and Dire Straits, among many others. Features a rock-and-roll light and slide show by Warped Mentality. The History of Rock has it all: live classic rock and the inside stories on how it all began. For more information, go to www.vptheatre.com. Ticket: All seats $15.
  • The Williamsburg Symphonia presents: Subscription Concert #5. May 6-7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42 and $30. Tickets are available in advance through the Williamsburg Symphonia. Call (757) 229-9857.
  • Laughing Redhead Studio presents: Clean Comedy Night Featuring T. Marni Vos and special guest Leslie Norris Townsend. May 10 at 7:30 p.m. T. Marni Vos became one of only seven women in 20 years to be a finalist in the prestigious San Francisco International Stand-up Comedy Competition, where over 400 comics compete each year. Her humor is refreshing, honest, and clean. Marni is a unique performer with a hilarious and positive stand-up act. Leslie Norris Townsend is one of the most entertaining comics on the circuit today. She is a beauty queen with great comedic timing. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
  • The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation presents Successful Campaign: A Concert of Fifes and Drums, May 16 at 8 p.m. The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums present an evening of fife and drum music available to the military musician to celebrate their 50th anniversary. It will include both the Junior and Senior Fifes and Drums. This event is part of Drummers Call 2008. Ticket: All seats $8.
  • The Williamsburg Ballet Theatre presents A Collection of Works, 7:30 p.m. May 17. Enjoy the artistry of our members and guest dancers from the Richmond Ballet as they present a collection of new works and classic scenes from some of the most beloved ballets. Ticket: General admission $18, seniors/students $15.
  • The Virginia Chorale presents American Legacies: Stage and Screen Classics, May 18 at 3 p.m. Join the Virginia Chorale as we celebrate some of the world’s greatest music from the theater and movies. From Broadway hits old and new to beloved jazz standards, this is a concert not to be missed! Tickets are $10–$32; to purchase tickets please contact the Virginia Chorale at (757) 627-8375.
  • Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg presents Emil Israel Chudnovsky: Violinist, May 20 at 7 p.m. Emil Israel Chudnovsky is the winner of top prizes at nine international competitions, including first prize from the Valsesia-Musica International Violin Competition in Milan. All of the proceeds will benefit Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg. Ticket: General admission $25, students $10.
  • Big Bamboo Radio Show. May 31, June 28 and July 25 at 6:45 p.m. This theater variety show takes its inspiration from a multitude of eclectic historical venues and artists. Part old-time radio comedy show, part musical review and part Polynesian night club, the Big Bamboo Radio Show is as unpredictable as it is entertaining. For more information, go to www.bigbambooshow.com. Ticket: All seats $7.50.
  • Virginia Regional Ballet Academy’s Dance Event. June 7 at 7:30 p.m. and June 8 at 2 p.m. Dance Event is an eclectic performance showcasing Virginia Regional Ballet Academy’s students in classical ballet, character, contemporary ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop dance. Ticket: All seats $10.
  • Chaos in the House From producer James McNeil Person and Director Jennifer Mason. June 13 at 8 p.m. Chaos in the House is a hilarious spiritual drama that exemplifies the power of redemption. The characters in this story face many issues that American families deal with every day. Fluorine, being the backbone of the family, has learned how to cope with the highs and lows of her adult children. However, dealing with her own issues becomes another story when a familiar face from her past returns to haunt her. What had been a somewhat controlled life is now one that she doesn’t want to face. Ticket: All seats $25.
  • Laughing Redhead Studio presents: Clean Comedy Night Featuring Dan McGowan and special guest Joey I.L.O. June 14 at 7:30 p.m. Dan McGowan is a popular character actor and voiceover artist who has appeared on Last Comic Standing, Mania TV, The Gong Show, CBS, ABC and NBC. Joey I.L.O. tours the U.S. with his high-energy, charismatic, clean comedy act. Hosted by Teresa Roberts Logan, who has appeared on A&E (Evening at the Improv and Comedy on the Road), HBO, Comedy Central and in the new Warner Brothers’ comedy concert film, Thou Shalt Laugh. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
  • Anthony Lee Wood and Friends present Get Away to the Hits of Yesterday. June 20-21 at 8 p.m. Come and celebrate a magical evening of the greatest music of all time with Anthony Lee Wood and his world-class band. Anthony and an amazing cast of entertainers will dazzle you with the biggest hits of all time made popular by such greats as Elvis, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and many more. It will be an evening of incredible entertainment complete with costumes, staging, lights and sounds that will surely stir up your fondest memories! Don’t miss it! Ticket: All seats $20.

    The Kimball Theatre, formerly the Williamsburg Theatre until 2001, turns 75 in 2008. 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.

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    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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