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December 29, 2005

Nation's chief executives get the spotlight at CW's Kimball Theatre in January and February

America’s Founding Fathers top live performances at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre during January and February 2006. Glass armonica player Dean Shostak celebrates Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday at 10:30 a.m. and noon January 14. This special concert will reveal the music and stories of Franklin’s life. All seats are $5.

At 7:30 p.m. February 19, join the nation’s top executives for “An Evening with the Presidents: The Role of the Executive and the Bill of Rights.” During this special Presidents Weekend program, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison talk about the executives’ challenges in protecting the nation while upholding and respecting the rights given individuals under the Constitution’s first 10 amendments. Tickets for adults are $12, children are $6 and children under the age of 6 are $3.

Guests have the opportunity to meet the nation’s Founding Fathers—Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and George Washington—during programs at 2 and 3:30 p.m. January 1 and 2 p.m. every Monday through Friday January 2-February 28, excluding January 23 and 30.

Live stage productions kick off with “Fully Committed” by Becky Mode and presented by Outskirts Theatre. The production, which can be seen 8 p.m. Friday, January 20 and Sunday, January 22, is a one-act play which follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number one restaurant. A wonderful acting challenge, “Fully Committed” has 40 wildly diverse characters played by a single versatile performer. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Playwrights Premiere Theatre presents “Love Letters” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 9 through Saturday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 14 and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 12. “Love Letters” is a witty chronicle of the lifelong relationship between Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner told through their correspondence from second grade through middle age. Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. At 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, Timothy Mooney performs “Moliere Than Thou: A One-Man Introduction to the Playwright’s Classic Comedies.” Moliere leads the audience through a succession of favorite speeches that trace his career. General admission is $10 and admission for seniors and students is $7.

Youth are the focus of three programs in February. The Williamsburg Symphonia presents a Family Concert 2 p.m. Sunday, February 5. Children will hear professional musicians in a concert hall setting. All seats $5. For more information, please call (757) 229-9857. Family Focus-Williamsburg and Grafton presents “Wiggle, Jiggle, Clap and Sing Along With Betsy Q” at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 11. In a one-woman show, singer/songwriter Betsy Q performs songs that are clever, educational and entertaining. This is a benefit concert for Family Focus-Williamsburg and Grafton, a family resource/community service program of the Colonial Community Services Board. General admission is $5 and admission for seniors, students and children is $4. The Williamsburg Youth Orchestra presents “A Night of Romance,” featuring Christopher Mooney, at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 8. Mooney, a Juilliard graduate, who has delighted audiences all over America and his guest instrumentalists, will present an all-new program of favorite songs and Broadway hits. Admission for adults is $12 and for students is $5.

The College of William and Mary will host numerous special performances during January and February. At 8 p.m. January 26, William and Mary’s International Service Trip organizations present Sadlerday Night Live, featuring more than a dozen of the College’s finest performance groups for one night only. The title and theme of the event are in honor of Student Affairs Vice President Sam Sadler, who will be participating in select performances. All seats are $12. The Botetourt Chamber Singers will perform a selection of Big Band Era music, including songs by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington and Jerome Kern, at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 4. Proceeds support the International Choral Tour. This concert is made possible by the Dean’s Fund for the Arts. All seats are $15.

At 8 p.m. Feb. 25, the college’s Improvisational Theatre performs unscripted comedic scenes based only on audience suggestions. Every performance promises to be a unique experience. I.T. recently toured in Chicago, the home of improv comedy, where many alums can now be seen on the stages of the Second City and ImprovOlympic. All seats are $5.

The College of William and Mary School of Education presents the Hauben Distinguished Lecture featuring Jonathan Kozol at 7 p.m. Monday, February 27. Educator and author Kozol taught in a low-income, segregated elementary school in Boston, where he began recording his observations of the inequities found in academic settings for children living in poverty. Those insights have been published in numerous award-winning books, most recently “The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America.” The lecture is free but tickets are required.

Films feature the best of foreign and American cinema and include:

  • North Country, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m., Jan.1-5. Charlize Theron stars as a resilient single mother, mine-worker who battles incredible opposition in order to support her children. Rated: R.
  • Proof, 7 and 9 p.m., Jan. 1-7. “Proof” follows Catherine (Gwyneth Paltrow) as she tends to her brilliant father (Anthony Hopkins) on his deathbed, and then has to work through her own life’s destination as she settles his affairs. Rated: PG-13.
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Jan 7-13. This drama recounts the true story of a 1950s housewife who began writing jingles to support her family. Rated: PG-13.
  • Corpse Bride, 7 and 9 p.m., Jan. 8-13. Tim Burton’s new claymation masterpiece tells the bumbling tale of Victor (Johnny Depp), who inadvertently marries the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham-Carter) while practicing his wedding vows in the woods. Rated: PG.
  • Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 7 and 9 p.m., Jan. 14-19. Wallace and his dog, Gromit, are back, and on a mission to humanely rid the countryside of garden pests with their “Anti-Pesto” machine in order to save the Giant Vegetable Growing Contest. Rated: G.
  • Ice Harvest, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Jan. 14-19. John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton star in a comedy about two lawyers who steal money from the Kansas City mob. Rated: R.
  • MirrorMask, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Jan. 20-25. From Jim Henson’s creative workshop comes the fantastic tale of a 15-year-old girl who dreams of running away from the circus to have a normal life. Rated: PG.
  • Good Night and Good Luck, 7 and 9 p.m., Jan. 23-Feb. 3. Written and directed by George Clooney, this black-and-white masterpiece follows Edward Murrow’s on-air resistance to the blacklisting of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Rated: PG.
  • The Squid and the Whale, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Jan. 27-Feb. 3. Based on writer/director Noah Baumback’s childhood experiences, this film casts Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney as divorced parents in 1980s Brooklyn. Rated: R.
  • Thumbsucker, 7 and 8:45 p.m., Feb. 4-8. This adaptation of a Walter Kirn novel gives us a new kind of coming-of-age story as Justin (Lou Taylor Pucci) tries to break his childhood habit, and in doing so addresses issues of insecurity, the willingness to prescribe drugs, family, and, of course, love. Rated: R.
  • Ballets Russes, 6:45 and 9 p.m., Feb. 5-8. This elegant documentary traces the emergence of the Russian Ballet as a ruling power in dance and originator of modern ballet. Not rated.
  • Paradise Now, 7 and 8:45 p.m., Feb. 9-13. This film follows Palestinian childhood best friends on what may be their last few days as they bid their loved ones farewell before embarking on a secret mission. Rated: PG-13.
  • Breakfast on Pluto, 6:45 and 9 p.m., Feb. 12-17. The adopted Patrick Braden (Cillian Murphy) leaves his small town life in Ireland to come into his own, which turns out to be a transvestite cabaret star in 1970s London. Rated: R.
  • The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Feb. 16-23. Emmett Louis Till was brutally murdered in 1955 for whistling at a white woman in the South by men who were never brought to justice. This moving documentary tells his story which was a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. Not rated.
  • Bee Season, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Feb. 20-26. A withdrawn father (Richard Gere) and neurotic mother (Juliette Binoche) struggle to keep their family together as he becomes obsessed with Eliza, their 11-year-old daughter, winning spelling bees. Rated: PG-13.
  • Nine Lives, 7 and 9 p.m., Feb. 26-March 2. Rodrigo Garcia (writer/director) explores the subtle connection between the lives of nine distinctive women as they experience love, grief, disappointment and even a few good times. Rated: R.
  • Ushpzin, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Feb. 28-March 4. This documentary takes a humorous and revealing look at the lives of ultra-Orthodox Jews living in modern day Israel. Rated: PG.

    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 The Kimball Theatre box office opens one hour before performances.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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