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

Nov. 26: Sister Act auditions

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet!

Nov. 30: Christmas with Annie Moses

The Wayne Theatre presents Christmas with Annie Moses on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Dec. 2: Christmas Home Tour 2017

The Wayne Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the Christmas Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Dec. 7-Feb. 25: Painting Virginia

The Wayne Theatre hosts an opening reception for Painting Virginia on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5-7 p.m.

Dec. 9: Wilson Fairchild Christmas

Wilson Fairchild, the country music duo of Wil and Langdon Reid, is back at the Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Dec. 23: A Carpenters Christmas

The Wayne Theatre presents A Carpenters Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 23.

Jan. 13: Cash Unchained-Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute

The Wayne Theatre presents Cash Unchained: The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute, on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m.

Jan. 26: SkateTacular Dreams on Ice

The Wayne Theatre presents SkateTacular Dreams on Ice on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. 

Feb. 9: Velvet Caravan

Velvet Caravan is bringing its unorthodox, high-energy musical stylings to the Wayne Theatre for a show on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

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

The Wayne Theatre presents Linda Davis, John Berry and Lenny LeBlanc in The Heart Behind the Music on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m.


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