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January 2, 2007

Family programs featured at CW's Kimball Theatre in January and February

The Kimball Theatre in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square features a variety of programs for the entire family. Colonial Williamsburg’s Founding Fathers and Mother, a lineup of musical programs, a lecture and special Presidents Day programming top the slate of entertainment in January and February.

Learn more about one of our nation’s Founding Fathers--Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry or George Washington—during “A Conversation with a Founding Father” Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 2-Feb. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 13 at noon. Reservations and a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or a Good Neighbor Pass are required.

The nation’s first First Lady, Martha Washington, talks about her life and time Sunday, Feb. 11 at noon. General admission is $5, seniors/students $4.
Reservations required.

Laughing Redhead presents Clean Comedy Night 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, featuring Thor Ramsey and Teresa Roberts Logan. Ramsey has headlined every major comedy club chain and is currently featured in the Warner Brothers’ comedy concert movie, “Thou Shalt Laugh.” He is the weekly host of “Bananas” and “Comedy at Large,” as well as having performed on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv” and at the prestigious Montreal and Vancouver comedy festivals. Clean enough for churches and edgy enough for clubs, Logan travels all over the country making people laugh. This is family-friendly, clean humor! Be sure your kids can sit through a two-hour show with a 20-minute intermission. General admission is $15, seniors/students $12.

The College of William and Mary will host “Bidding for Hope: A Benefit Auction Event for the William and Mary International Service Trips” 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. This third annual winter fund-raising event is a live auction that offers a variety of packages and prizes that range from vacation getaways to celebrity encounters. Exceptional student performances, special guest auctioneers and a few other surprises add to the excitement of the event. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items benefit the William and Mary International Service Trips, annual student-led service programs providing medical assistance, improving housing conditions and serving communities around the world. All seats $15.

Several musical performances will be featured throughout February. Singer/songwriter Betsy Q brings her delightful children's music to the Kimball Theatre 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 through her concert, “Wiggle, Jiggle, Clap and Sing Along with Betsy Q.” A resident of nearby Columbia, Va., Betsy Q has been performing her original music from her five-album collection since 1991. In her one-woman show, 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. Proceeds will go to Family Focus-Williamsburg and Grafton, a family resource/community service program of the Colonial Community Services Board. Meet Betsy Q after the concert for photos and autographs. General admission is $5.50, children $4.50.

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents “A Family Concert” 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. This 50-minute concert is designed to introduce American music and music that has influenced American composers. The program includes fife and drum music, a fiddler, jazz-inspired music, European influences, music inspired by the Grand Canyon, music inspired by Native Americans and African Americans, a new composition by a young American from Williamsburg and a piece by one of our great movie composers. This is a program sure to please all ages. All seats $10.

The College of William and Mary's Botetourt Chamber Singers Gala Concert will be conducted 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The members of the William and Mary Botetourt Chamber Singers will step out of their traditional roles and sing solo. The concert showcases the many talents of the group's members and a range of stirring music from big band to Broadway. The concert also will feature William and Mary faculty performers Woody Beckner on jazz guitar, Evan Feldman on clarinet, Mike Williamson on jazz trombone, Harris Simon on piano, and the William and Mary Jazz Combo. Proceeds from the event will go toward the International Tour Choral Fund. All seats $15.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra presents “An Evening of Romance,” featuring violinist Pavel Ilyashov. Ilyashov has performed widely throughout much of Western Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He began studying the violin at age 6 in his native Minsk, Belarus. At the age of 9 Ilyashov was awarded the first overall prize at the “Citte De Stresa” international violin competition. In 1990, in search of greater political and artistic freedom, the Ilyashovs relocated to America. In 1996 he recorded his debut CD, “Fantasie Romantique.” A wide range of musical interests has let Pavel to perform repertoire varying from the baroque to the most modern. This concert benefits the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra. Adult tickets are $12, students $7.

For Presidents Day, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation presents “An Evening with the Presidents: The Role of the Executive and the Bill of Rights” on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Join Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in a discussion about the executive's challenge in protecting the nation while upholding the rights given to individuals under the Constitution's first 10 amendments. Tickets are $12, children under 6, $5.

The College of William and Mary’s English department presents “Ralph Ellison and the South” lecture by Arnold Rampersad, professor of English at Stanford University, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Rampersad is the Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities and the Cognizant Dean for the Humanities at Stanford University. He also is one of the country’s leading experts on African-American literature and culture. In addition to editing the work of Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, he has published biographies of Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois and Jackie Robinson. “Ralph Ellison: A Biography” is forthcoming from Knopf in April 2007. This event is free but tickets are required.

The Waller Mill Elementary Fine Arts Magnet presents “The Journey of a Lifetime” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25. The students of Waller Mill Fine Arts Magnet have developed a musical review that touches on all phases of life. We begin with a slide production of neighborhood children in the adorable phase of “babyhood!” We continue with a musical, choreographed presentation of childhood, teen years, the working world and marriage. We then pay tribute to those who devote a portion of their lives to military service, and a finale that presents an entire lifetime, highlighting the precious memories of a couple in their golden years. Adult tickets are $3.50, seniors/children $3.

For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com. Advance tickets for performances are available by calling toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or by visiting any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.

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 1-9:15 p.m.

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