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January 9, 2009

CW's Kimball Theatre live performances feature a variety of music, comedy and 18th-century entertainment

Singer-songwriter Betsy Q brings her delightful children’s music to the Kimball Theatre 11 a.m. Jan. 24. In her one-woman show, Wiggle, Jiggle, Clap and Sing Along with Besty Q, the audience is encouraged to interact with her while she performs songs that are clever, educational and entertaining.

Betsy Q has been performing original music from her five-album collection since 1991. 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 music sales, photos and autographs.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for children and infants under 12 months are free. Proceeds will benefit Family Focus – Williamsburg and Grafton, a family resource of the Colonial Community Services Board, serving families with young children since 1983.

The College of William and Mary’s Botetourt Chamber Singers will hold their gala concert 8 p.m. Feb. 13. William and Mary’s elite vocal group will present an evening of jazz and standard tunes. The concert will also feature Harris Simon and the William and Mary Jazz Combo. All proceeds go directly to support the International Choral Travel Fund. All seats $15.

Join Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in a discussion about the executive’s challenge in balancing the will of the people with the need to advance individual presidential policies. An Evening with the Presidents: Early Presidential Politics and the Role of Parties in the American System of Government can be seen 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages 6-17 and $5 for children under six.

Meet key political figures of the 18th century during Conversations with a Founding Father: Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Washington or the Marquis de Lafayette. Discover the crucial roles these part-time residents of Williamsburg played in the foundation of the American republic. 11:30 a.m. beginning Feb. 16. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor pass will gain admission to the program.

The College of William and Mary’s Improvisational Theatre offers never-before-seen improvised scenes based on suggestions from the audience. Enjoy an evening of improvised comedy that is appropriate for all ages. I.T. has been performing for the College and the surrounding community since 1986. 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 4-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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