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March 2, 2010

Crystal concerts, conversations with a Founding Father and Clean Comedy Night highlight March and April schedule at CW's Kimball Theatre

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre presents an impressive schedule of one-of-a-kind live performances for March and April. Shake off the winter doldrums and welcome spring with a family night out with these entertaining options.

March

  • Conversations with a Founding Father, 11:30 a.m. March 1-12 (except March 7), every Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 p.m. March 16-30. Talk with Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington or the Marquis de Lafayette about issues that transcend time. A question-and-answer session will follow. Ticket: Available with any Historic Area admission pass.
  • Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert, 2 p.m. March 1, 3 and 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on March 17, 24, 29 and 31. Master of glass instruments Dean Shostak features crystal handbells, a glass violin, spectacular new instruments from around the world, and Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica in this amazing concert. Ticket: All seats $5.
  • Clean Comedy Night, 7:30 p.m., March 6. Laughing Redhead Studio presents Marian Kelly, who has delighted audiences in comedy clubs, conventions, corporate events, churches, colleges and civic organizations. She has appeared on numerous television programs including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” A&E’s “An Evening at the Improv” and Lifetime’s “Girls’ Night Out.” She has performed in 40 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Ticket: All seats $15.
  • Betsy Q: A Benefit Concert for Family Focus Grafton and Williamsburg--A Family Focus Sustainability Campaign Event, 11 a.m. March 13. 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. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors/students/children and free for 12 months and younger. Proceeds will go to Family Focus Grafton and Williamsburg.
  • Hard Day’s Night, the Band, A Beatles Tribute Band in Concert, 7:30 p.m. March 13. Take an exciting and nostalgic trip back to when four lads from Liverpool, England, create both a musical and social revolution that affects our lives and the way we listen to music even today! Ticket: All seats $10.
  • Masterworks: Subscription Concert #3, 8 p.m. March 15 and March 16. Tickets: $30 and $42 and available through (757) 229-9857.
  • The College of William and Mary’s Improvisational Theatre, 8 p.m. March 19. The College of William and Mary’s Improvisational Theatre team has been performing for the college and the surrounding community since 1986. The group offers never-before-seen improvised scenes based on suggestions from the audience. Appropriate for all ages. Ticket: $10 adults and $5 students.
  • A Grand Medley of Entertainments, 7:30 p.m. March 17, 22 and 29. Enjoy the type of variety show that entertained George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Ticket: $12 for adults and youths ages 6-17 and $6 for youths under age 6.
  • 18th-century Play Series: Polly Honeycombe, 7:30 p.m. March 18 and 25. 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. Ticket: $12 for adults and youths ages 6-17 and $6 for youths under age 6.
  • Pipsy’s Productions presents An Irish Celebration, 7:30 p.m. March 20. Enjoy an enchanted evening celebrating the best of Irish song, dance and Broadway! A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Angles of Mercy. Ticket: All seats $20.
  • Young Life’s Capernaum presents Timothy Olbrych in Concert, 7:30 p.m. March 26. Timothy Olbrych, a member of the performing artist faculty at the College of William and Mary, has performed throughout the East Coast in orchestral, chamber and solo settings. This is a benefit concert for Young Life’s Capernaum, an organization that provides community and social opportunities for adolescents with special needs in the Historic Triangle. Ticket: All sets $15.
  • Christopher Norman in Concert, 2 p.m. March 28. Hailed as one of the finest flute players of our time, Chris Norman brings to life the energetic traditional dance music of Maritime Canada, Scotland and Ireland. His brilliant and imaginative flute playing has contributed to groups as diverse as The Baltimore Consort, Skyedance, Helicon, Chatham Baroque and Concerto Caledonia as well as Hollywood soundtracks and seven solo recordings. Chris will present a solo concert featuring traditional and early music on flutes, pipes and song and then be joined by a flute choir from the Boxwood’s Williamsburg Flute Choir Weekend to share a variety of inspired arrangements and compositions in the traditional folk, renaissance and baroque styles. Ticket: All seats $15.

    April

  • Conversations with a Founding Father, every Tuesday 12:30 p.m. April 6 - 27, and Thursday, April 1. Talk with Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington or the Marquis de Lafayette about issues that transcend time. A question-and-answer session will follow.
  • 18th-century Play Series: Polly Honeycombe, 7:30 p.m. April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. 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. Ticket: $12 for adults and youths ages 6-17 and $6 for youths under age 6.
  • Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert, 11:30 am. and 1:30 p.m. April 3, 5, 7, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28. Master of glass instruments Dean Shostak features crystal handbells, a glass violin, spectacular new instruments from around the world, and Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica in this amazing concert. Ticket: All seats $5.
  • On the Occasion of Robert Schumann’s 200th Anniversary, Music of Love, 7:30 p.m. April 3. This solo program by Viennese pianist and actress Elisabeth Eschwé describes the dramatic love story between Clara Wieck and Robert Schumann. Combining recitation, drawn from Clara Wieck’s diaries and letters and Robert Schumann’s boldest piano pieces, Eschwé gives the audience an intellectual and emotional insight into the relationship between Robert and Clara Schumann. Ticket: All seats $15.
  • A Grand Medley of Entertainments, 7:30 p.m. April 5, 14, 19 and 26. Enjoy the type of variety show that entertained George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Ticket: $12 for adults and youths ages 6-17 and $6 for youths under age 6.
  • Clean Comedy Night, 7:30 p.m. April 10. Laughing Redhead Studio presents Bean and Bailey, the team of Bradley Bean and Jackson Bailey. A Bean and Bailey show includes a song about finding love at Wal-Mart, a lament to the atrocities of road kill and a song warning of the evils of spandex, just to name a few. Recently, audiences are also enjoying their new song highlighting the awkward silence of men’s public restrooms. Ticket: All seats $15.
  • Masterworks: Subscription Concert #4, 8 p.m. April 12 and April 13. Tickets: $30 and $42 and available through (757) 229-9857.
  • The College of William and Mary’s Jazz Ensemble in Concert, 8 p.m. April 18. The William and Mary Jazz Ensemble, composed of music and non-music majors from the college, performs a variety of styles ranging from the standard Big Band tunes of old to popular songs of today. The ensemble will be joined by the Antfarm Quartet. For the past few years, the quartet has been bringing their special mix of melody, swing and improvisation to audiences throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Ticket: $8 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students.
  • The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg presents OPUS ONE, 8 p.m. April 20. For the closing concert in its 2009–10 series, the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg brings the world-renowned talents of four extraordinary instrumentalists to the Kimball Theatre -- pianist Anne-Marie McDermott; violinist Ida Kavafian; cellist Peter Wiley; and violist Steven Tenenbom. Ticket: All seats $20.

    Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater. For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.

    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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

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    Penna Rogers
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