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September 25, 2007

Eighteenth-century theater, music and dance focus of CW's evening programs

Colonial Williamsburg guests will get a taste of 18th-century theater, music and dance during evening programs this holiday season.

During “A Capitol Evening,” guests can enjoy lighthearted entertainments, such as dance, comedy, amazements and amusements, during a journey through the Capitol building. 7, 7:20, 7:40, 8:20 and 9 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 31. During the walking tour, “Christmastide at Home,” guests can journey back through time and experience Williamsburg Christmases past. 7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:15, 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at the Robert Carter Office. “A Grand Medley of Entertainments” re-creates an 18th-century traveling show at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Theatre on Nov. 26, Dec. 2, 10, 17, 25 and 29.

The Kimball Theatre also will be the site of two 18th-century plays during the holiday season. Find out what could stand in the way of an insolvent young gentleman inheriting his old uncle’s fortune and marrying his true love in “Wit’s Last Stake.” 8 p.m. on Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 1, 13 and 27. “The Guardian” is a fast-paced comedy of arranged marriages, mistaken love interests and a meddling servant that helps things go from bad to worse. 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 24.

Learn about our nation’s musical beginnings through a variety of concerts. “‘Upon a Violl at Sea’: A 1607 Concert” discusses how music evolved in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Enjoy an evening of music played on the violla da gamba and harpsichord. 7:30 and 9 p.m. Nov. 23, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 27 at the Capitol. During the “Palace Concert,” the home of the Royal Governor comes to life by candlelight as Colonial Williamsburg’s early music ensemble, the Governor’s Musick, offers an elegant evening of chamber music. 7:30 and 9 p.m. Nov. 24, 27, 30, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 31, and Jan. 1, 2008. Celebrate an evening of 18th-century harpsichord music with Williamsburg’s premiere musician Peter Pelham during the “Capitol Concert.” 7:30 and 9 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 3, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Dance was a popular pastime in 18th-century Williamsburg and dancers were expected to put their best foot forward. “An Evening of Dance at the Palace” illustrates country dances, reels and the most fashionable dance, the minuet. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 and 29 at the Governor’s Palace. Learn new dance steps in the candlelit Capitol during “Dance, Our Dearest Diversion.” Dancers discuss various types of 18th-century music and dances, and demonstrate them for the audience. At intervals throughout the program, guests will be asked to participate in the fun. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

A separate ticket is required to attend these programs. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit the Internet at

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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