November 19, 2010
Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre Offers Collection of Live Concerts, Stage and Dance Performances Throughout the Holiday Season
The program, “It’s Christmas Time in the City: An Evening with Broadway Star Melissa Dye,” features a variety of music from holiday favorites to the standards of Broadway at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22. The Broadway veteran has played Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera,” Rapunzel in the Tony Award-winning “Into the Woods” and Sandy in the first revival of “Grease.” General admission tickets are $22 and $20 for seniors, students and military.
The Kimball Theatre also brings other performances to its stage this season including the local Celtic band Coyote Run. “Kilted Christmas” features a family-friendly collection of music, storytelling and dance. 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 and 27 and a 3 p.m. matinee on Nov. 28. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors/student, and $14 for children under 12.
Dean Shostak’s “Crystal Carols” program features holiday songs performed on the glass armonica, an instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin, as well as other glass instruments. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22-24, 27, 29-30 and Jan. 1. Tickets are $8. At 7 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 4, Dean Shostak performs, alongside vocal and instrumental performers for a “A Crystal Christmas.” Tickets are $12.
For those in search of 18th-century drama, “Polly Honeycombe” is sure to satisfy. Young Polly searches for a dashing, heroic man to sweep her off her feet in the fashion of her favorite romantic novels. In this farce of mistaken identities, watch Polly try to outwit her practical father and distracted mother as she enacts scenes of excitement, adventure and intrigue from her beloved books. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9, 16, 20, 23 and 25. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for children under 6.
At 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 10 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, local performers present “A Holiday Cabaret,” a heartwarming evening of holiday spirit with music, fun and frolic. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, students and military. From midnight to 2 a.m. on Dec. 3, the Williamsburg Lindy Exchange hosts “The Blues Dance,” featuring more than 100 swing dancers in town for the Grand Illumination and Christmas parade. Admission $5, unless guests have a weekend pass that can be purchased at www.Lindy101.com prior to the event. For more information, call (757) 328-8884.
Williamsburg’s own professional chamber orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphonia, present “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” featuring popular Christmas classics for the whole family. 1:30 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5. Tickets are $20 on Saturday, $25 on Sunday.
Throughout the holiday, enjoy “A Grand Medley of Entertainment.” Join Owen Murdock and his company of performers as their attempt to stage a “Grand Medley” – a traveling show featuring amazing feats, strange beasts and fast-paced hilarity – dissolves into a comedy of errors. 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29, Dec. 5, 13, 21 and 24. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for children under 6.
The following weekend at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 and at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, the Institute for Dance and the Williamsburg Ballet Theatre presents “Christmas Dreams,” a story about a little girl who must take an enchanted journey before Christmas morning comes. Select choreography by Broadway sensation Lloyd Culbreath. Preshow music provided by the Christopher Wren Singers (2:30 p.m. shows) and The Stairwells (7:30 p.m. show). Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for William and Mary students with ID and $10 for seniors/children under 13.
At 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, the Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra presents “A Big Band Christmas,” featuring holiday classics from the 1930s and 1940s. They will perform arrangements by the likes of Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington, as well as other classic names. General admission tickets are $20, $17 for students and seniors.
Steinway virtuoso Don Irwin performs his annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18. Traditional favorites and classical virtuosity combine for show-stopping melodies. All seats $22.
After Christmas, be sure to stick around for John Hardy’s “Yuletide Tall Tales,” at 7 and 8:30 p.m. from Dec. 26-29. Bring your sense of humor for a night of holiday cheer and a series of fast-paced vignettes based on some of your favorite holiday tales. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for children under 13.
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.