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January 2, 2007

Explore popular 18th-century pastimes during winter 2007 programming in CW's Historic Area

Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both favored the theater as a form of entertainment in 18th-century Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg’s winter 2007 programs examine the diversions that both theater and music provided during the period.

During Pleasures of the Playhouse, enjoy the variety of entertainments that range from comedy to tragedy, music and song that can be found in an evening at the playhouse. The program can be seen at 10-10:30 a.m. at the Raleigh Tavern on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays Jan. 1-Feb. 10 and Feb. 28-March 17 or at 10-10:30 a.m. at the Mary Stith Shop on Feb. 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24 and 26.

“And Went to the Play…” traces the influence of theater and its place in colonial history. Find out more about Virginia’s popular pastime at 10-10:30 a.m. at the Raleigh Tavern on Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, March 6 and 13 or at 10-10:30 a.m. at the Mary Stith Shop on Feb. 13, 20 and 27.

Theater and the Road to Revolution focuses on the impact of the political climate on theater during the war years. The program addresses the role theater played during a time when theatrical performance was actually banned by the Continental Congress. This program will be held at 10-10:30 a.m. at the Raleigh Tavern on Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, March 1, 8 and 15 or at 10-10:30 a.m. at the Mary Stith Shop on Feb. 15 and 22.

During Pleasures of the Dance, guests can spend some time with Colonial Williamsburg’s dance mistress to learn more about one of 18th-century Virginia’s favorite pastimes at 2 and 2:30 p.m. at the Mary Stith Shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 9-March 15.

Meet the Musician features one of the members of Governor’s Musick, Colonial Williamsburg’s Resident Performance Ensemble. Guests will learn not only the importance of music in a time when people made their own entertainment but also enjoy samplings of a wide variety of musical morsels. The program can be seen at 2 and 2:30 p.m. at the Mary Stith Shop on Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10 and 17.

Experience musical diversions in a time of change during Music for a Revolutionary Generation at 2 and 2:30 p.m. at the Mary Stith Shop on Wednesdays and Fridays Jan. 10-March 16. Members of the Governor’s Musick will perform selections that would have been popular in both England and Revolutionary America during the 18th century on period instruments.

A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Pass or College of William and Mary faculty and student ID is required to attend these programs.

For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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