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The Colonial, See You There!

Addy, The American Girl History American Girl dollHaven't heard about American Girl dolls yet? Just check with your daughter, or granddaughter, niece or younger sister. She'll know. And she'll help you understand.

At The Colonial Theatre, they're well-versed in the phenomenon. As a result, they'll host a show this spring that'll help explain it all. On March 22, 2008, Addy: An American Girl Story comes to The Colonial's historic stage.

The secret behind American Girl dolls is that they are linked to specific times in our country's past, helping to provide a 9-year-old's view of the events that shaped our history. Their stories come to life through the dolls and their clothing, to be sure, but also through a line of books, toys and accessories.

quiltThe story to be presented at The Colonial is that of Addy Walker, a young girl growing up in slavery during the Civil War. When her father and brother are sold from their plantation in North Carolina, Addy and her mother escape to Philadelphia and a new life.

The show is based on the book that accompanies the Addy doll. The Colonial has announced that girls can share their seats with their American Girl dolls at no additional cost, and has suggested girls be on watch for a pre-show tea party for themselves and their dolls.

The mission of the American Girl dolls is to celebrate girls, and to embrace their past and thrill to their future.

Shows are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on March 22 at The Colonial Theatre. Tickets cost $20.

Jazz FestivalMonterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour

The Monterey Jazz Festival has inspired copycat events around the world, all the while retaining its preeminence as the longest continually-running jazz festival in the world. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Monterey is celebrating with a national tour that maintains its tradition of bringing together veteran and younger artists. The show comes to The Colonial on Feb. 27. It begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $45 and $24.

Catch 22 Joseph Heller's Catch 22 In 1961, Joseph Heller's novel Catch 22 swept the nation by exploring issues that remain timely: the absurdity of war, and its impact on American society. The satirical story followed the exploits of American airmen during World War II. Heller eventually developed a stage adaptation for his classic book, and the touring group Aquila Theatre Company brings that show to The Colonial on April 13. The New Yorker said the show retains its relevance "with superb acting and clever staging." The show begins at 4 p.m. Ticket prices are $22 and $35.

A Universe of Dreams Ensemble Galilei with Neal Conan Ready to witness visions from the deepest reaches of space, meshed with dramatic music and spoken words? The A Universe of Dreams show on April 12 projects images from the Hubble Space Telescope in conjunction with the music of the Celtic/Early Music Crossover group Ensemble Galilei and the narration of NPR's Neal Conan, who hosts the Talk of the Nation program. In its review, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said the show presents "Unorthodox instrumental combinations (that) result in interesting textures and imaginative interpretations." It is a feast for the imagination. The show begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $22 and $35.