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May 8, 2007

Drummer's Call Weekend kicks off at Kimball Theatre

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, along with The Mountain Fifes and Drums from Lake Arrowhead, Calif., will present a concert of military music 8 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Kimball Theatre with the program, Successful Campaign. John Moon, former director of music for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and former senior drum major of the Brigade of Guards and of the British Army, will host this event. This program is part of Drummer’s Call Weekend.

Celebrate the founding of America with other live performances throughout May and June including:

  • Founding Fathers, May 10-11, 15, 17, 22, 24-25, 29, June 1, 5, 7-8, 12, 14-15, noon. Meet one of Colonial Williamsburg’s favorite founding fathers—Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry or George Washington—on stage for a live performance of historic proportions. Reservations are required. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, William and Mary student ID or Good Neighbor pass are required. Reservations are required.
  • Grand Medley of Entertainment, May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, 7:30 p.m. Part circus, part carnival and part vaudeville-like entertainment, “Grand Medley of Entertainment” brings an 18th-century traveling show to the stage. Ticket: Colonial performance ticket is $12.
  • Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert, May 14, 16, 21, 23, 26-28, 30, June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and May 18, 10:30 a.m. and noon. Dean Shostak performs a riveting concert featuring music and stories of Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica. This multimedia concert also includes spectacular new and antique glass instruments such as the glass grand harmonicon and glass violin. Ticket: General admission $7, seniors/students $5.
  • 18th-century Play Series. The Virginia Company of Comedians present “The Guardian” on May 17, 31 and June 14 at 8 p.m. Ticket: Colonial performance ticket is $12.
    Lady Washington Remembers, June 3, 10, 17, 11:30 a.m and June 24, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Join Martha Washington for stories of times past from the perspective of America’s premiere first lady. Ticket: Admission $5, seniors/students $4.
  • Smith! Being the Life and Death of Cap’n John, May 8-10 and 25-27, June 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 5 p.m. Did Smith fall in love with the Powhatan princess Pocahontas? Was there an attempt on his life? Did the Jamestown Council conspire against him? This historical drama by award-winning writer and retired Colonial Williamsburg archaeologist Ivor Noel Hume is an intimate and haunting portrayal of one of the Jamestown Settlement’s most commanding characters. Ticket: Admission $15, seniors/students $12.
  • Successful Campaign: A Concert of Fifes and Drums, May 18, 8 p.m. This event is part of Drummer’s Call Weekend. Ticket: All seats $6.
  • A Tribute to American Music, May 19, 8 p.m. Join local musicians from the Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble conducted by Marvin Western for a celebration of great American music. Selections include: “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Variation on a Shaker Melody” by Aaron Copland; “America the Brave” by Stephen Melillo; “Dixieland, Front and Center!” by John Warrington; “Shenandoah: A Sea Fantasy” by Claude T. Smith and more. Ticket: Admission $12, seniors/students $8.
  • Williamsburg Symphonia Subscription Concert #5, May 20 and 22, 8 p.m. Featured selections include the Overture to “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini; “In the Steppes of Central Asia” by Borodin; “Octet” by Stravinsky; and “Symphony in C” by Bizet. Ticket: Admission $37, $27. Advance tickets are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia. Call (757) 229-9857 for reservations.
  • Eric Lindell in Concert, June 6, 8 p.m. WTYD—Tide Radio’s Skookum Music Series presents California-born, New Orleans-schooled roots rocker Eric Lindell. His original compositions combine soul-shaking rhythm and blues, reggae grooves, swamp pop and blues. Lindell is accomplished on guitar, harmonica, keyboards and bass, and has performed with some of the jam band community’s biggest names. Tune into 92.3 The Tide for songs from his new album, “Change in the Weather.” Ticket: All seats $12.
  • A Celebration of American Music, June 10, 7:30 p.m. The Lynnfield Middle School Pioneer Singers of Lynnfield, Mass., bring the best voices of Lynnfield Middle School to the Kimball Theatre for an exciting presentation of colonial era songs, songs associated with Virginia and original commissioned music by Dr. Elliot Gyger of Harvard University and Kristiana Rasmussen. Ticket: Event is free, but tickets required.
  • An Evening of Dance, June 19, 7:15 p.m. Students of the Virginia Regional Ballet Academy showcase performances in classical ballet, contemporary ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop dance under the direction of artistic director Heidi Robitshek and studio director Adelle Carpenter. Ticket: All seats $10.
  • Jefferson and Adams, June 29-30, 7:30 p.m.; July 1, 3 p.m. “Jefferson and Adams” examines the beginning of the American identity through the voices some of our favorite founding fathers. Renowned character historian Bill Barker portrays Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Schumann is Abigail Adams and Sam Goodyear is John Adams. This play is presented in cooperation with the Jefferson Legacy Foundation. Ticket: Admission $12, seniors/students $10.

    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. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

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    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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