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October 28, 2005

It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays at CW's Kimball Theatre

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre welcomes new productions and brings back some old favorites for the holiday lineup this year. Live performances range from British slapstick to traditional holiday concerts to the Babes in Toyland, which are sure to delight the young and young at heart.

Experience the holidays 18th-century style with special live performances that include:

  • Martha Washington Remembers Christmas, 10:30 a.m. and noon Dec. 13, 15, 19, 27 and 29 at and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 31. General admission $5, seniors/students $4. Reservations are required.
  • Crystal Christmas Carols, 10:30 a.m. and noon Nov. 28, 30, Dec. 2, 7, 10, 14, 16, 21, 26, 28 and 30. Dean Shostak’s popular holiday concert featuring the glass armonica, crystal handbells, glass violin and spectacular new instruments from around the world. All seats $5.
  • Crystal Christmas With Benjamin Franklin, 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 5 and 23. Celebrate the holidays and Franklin’s 300th birthday with a special concert hosted by Philadelphia’s own Ben Franklin, portrayed by Ralph Archbold, with Dean Shostak on glass armonica and violin and Kelly Kennedy on piano, guitar and vocals. All seats $10.

    Families are sure to enjoy a variety of musical concerts and stage plays that include:

  • Christmas with the Coyotes, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25-27. Well-known “New Celtic Alternative” band Coyote Run brings all of these aspects of the holiday spirit to life with unforgettable musicianship and virtuosity, wry humor and remarkable energy. General admission $15, seniors/students $12.
  • A Pop Tart! Christmas, 6 p.m. Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 3, 11, 14 and 21. Playwrights Premiere Theatre presents Pop Tart!—a female Mr. Bean. In the tradition of Red Skelton and Lucille Ball, Pop Tart! takes you on a whirlwind holiday adventure that includes live music, Christmas carol sing-alongs and physical comedy at its absolute wackiest. All seats $5.
  • The Williamsburg Symphonia Holiday Concert, 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Williamsburg’s own professional orchestra will perform its annual holiday program teaming up with the Williamsburg Chamber Ballet in a program of holiday favorites. All seats $18.
  • The American Boychoir in Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. A holiday concert presented by the American Boychoir, whose musical sophistication, expressive power and innovative programming have established its reputation as the premier U.S. concert boys’ choir. General admission $30, seniors/students $27.
  • Robert Hodge in Concert: Pianist, Vocalist, Raconteur, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Robert Hodge brings his unique talents to this special concert that will celebrate not only the holiday season but also the release of his sixth CD. All seats $20.
  • The Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble in Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. This 50-piece wind ensemble, including local professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians, will play classical and contemporary Christmas favorites. General admission $10, senior/students $7.
  • Celebrate the Season: Don Irwin in Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Pianist and Steinway artist Don Irwin returns to Williamsburg for his annual holiday concert. All seats $20.
  • The Victorian Christmas Magic-Lantern Show, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Authentic 1890s projected extravaganza--the kind of show that led to the movies! For adults and children ages 6 and up. General admission $12, seniors/students $10.
  • Toyland featuring Rainbow Puppet Productions, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22 and Dec. 23. This annual holiday tradition continues features the premiere of a “brand-new song” written by Victor Herbert. Two-time Oscar-winning legend Mickey Rooney provides the vocal performance as the Master Toymaker. General admission $10, seniors/students $7.
  • Chapter Two, 8 p.m. Dec. 26, Dec. 28 and Dec. 30. A timeless comedy, this play mixes laughter with heartache. A feel-good show just in time for the holidays. All seats $16.50.

    “When a bell rings an angel gets his wings!” The Kimball Theatre brings back the holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life!” 3 and 6 p.m. Dec. 18. This film is being shown as a gift to the community from Old Dominion Homes, LLC, of Williamsburg. Tickets are free and available at the Kimball Theatre box office, any Colonial Williamsburg ticket facility, or by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

    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 offers live performances and art films seven days each week. For theater program information, call (757) 565-8217. Tickets are available at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing location or by calling toll-free (800) HISTORY or visiting www.kimballtheatre.com. The Kimball Theatre box office opens one hour before performances.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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