Making Good BetterAnyone 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.