April 3, 2008
"Get Revved!" with CW's special Revolutionary City® children's programming
The third season of Colonial Williamsburg’s acclaimed outdoor drama, Revolutionary City®, is now family-friendlier. “Get Revved! Revolutionary City For Young Patriots” is a new way for children and their parents to experience the exciting daily performances in the Historic Area by providing opportunities for youngsters to interact directly with various Revolutionary City characters in a more informal, intimate setting.
“We want young children to get actively involved,” said program manager Kristen Spivey, who oversaw the development of the “Get Revved!” programming. “The ‘Get Revved!’ programs help kids to understand better what they’re seeing while also giving them a chance to meet some of the Revolutionary City characters in a smaller, more intimate environment.”
These special programs are designed to alternate with the main events, allowing families to get the full Revolutionary City experience while enriching younger guests’ appreciation and enjoyment.
“Get Revved!” begins every day at 3 p.m. with a 15-minute orientation in which one of the “People of the Past” explains the day’s events while engaging younger members of the audience with a Q&A. A Revolutionary City actor/interpreter explains some of the differences between the 18th century and the present day, and the audience is encouraged to participate in the events they see. A special brochure lists the times and locations of the “Get Revved!” programs and the Revolutionary City events to which they correspond. Trivia and activities to occupy young minds also are included.
Following the main Revolutionary City presentations, special “Just for Families” events convene behind the Raleigh Tavern. Away from the hustle and bustle of Duke of Gloucester St., youngsters and their parents meet some of the Revolutionary City actor/interpreters. Children have the opportunity to give opinions about the events they’ve just seen, and they can ask questions, too. Activities such as helping pick vegetables or getting up-close with one of Colonial Williamsburg’s horses also are available on select days. The “Get Revved!” programming concludes by 5 p.m. each day.
“Get Revved! Revolutionary City For Young Patriots” is part of Colonial Williamsburg’s daily Revolutionary City programming. Attendance is by Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card which provides entry into managed-access program areas.
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. “Revolutionary City®” – a daily dramatic live street theater presentation – is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.
Michael E. Crandol