Making Good Better

Making Good Better

A view from the balcony at a sold-out show. (Mark Miller Photography)

A view from the balcony at a sold-out show. (Mark Miller Photography)

Anyone who walks through the Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center is taken with the beauty of the facility, its variety of venues, and the quality of its support spaces for performers and audiences. Visitors to the building celebrate that it is done. But to those who use and live in the space, there are a few more tweaks that need to be completed.

“The opening of the preview season in March was a great success,” said Tracy Straight, Executive Director, “but it did reveal a number of additions and changes that must be made to the Center to make it the ideal performance facility in Central Virginia and expand its service to the community.”

Some of the additions are minor such as stage rugs for acoustical performances in the Wayne and portable platforms. A few are major like the Electronic Active Field Control Reverberation Enhancement System which is a top-of-the-art sound system that will make the Wayne sound like Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, and a video projection package which would allow the Ross Center to make broadcast videos for productions like the Shenandoah Jamboree and for private events like weddings.

“When a project like the Wayne opens, everyone assumes there is no need to make additional contributions,” said Emeritus Executive Director Clair Myers. “But there are always needs, no matter the project, that could not be met within the construction budget. The goal now is to bring the resources that will take a very good facility to the next level and make the theatre a premiere venue of its kind in Central Virginia.”

Contributions towards finishing the equipment needs of the Ross Center will be considered donations to the Wayne Project Capital Campaign.


Upcoming Events

Sister Act: The Musical

The Wayne Theatre is proud to announce the Virginia state premiere of the Broadway hit “Sister Act” – Feb. 22-25 and March 1-4.

March 8: Linda Davis, John Berry and Lenny LeBlanc in The Heart Behind the Music

The Wayne Theatre presents The Heart Behind the Music on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m.

March 9: Richmond Ballet

The Wayne Theatre presents the Richmond Ballet on Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m.

March 16: Live@TheWayne featuring Blues Soup

Live@TheWayne features Waynesboro’s own Blues Soup on Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.

March 17: Pinkalicious

The Wayne Theatre presents the Virginia Repertory Theatre production of Pinkalicious the Musical on Saturday, March 17, for two shows, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

March 24: Wilson Fairchild

Wilson Fairchild returns to the Wayne Theatre on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. 

April 7: The Grand Gala - Where the Stars Align with jazz vocalist Nicole Henry

The Wayne Theatre presents The Grand Gala: Where the Stars Align on Saturday, April 7.

April 14-15: Anne of Green Gables

The Wayne Theatre presents Anne of Green Gables on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.

April 28: Robin and Linda Williams

The Wayne Theatre presents Robin and Linda Williams on Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m.

May 18: The Modern Gentlemen

The Wayne Theatre presents The Modern Gentlemen on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m.


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