Transforming the Mission

Transforming the Mission

By Bill Hausrath, Wayne Theatre Alliance Chairman

For 16 years, the Wayne Theatre Alliance Board of Directors focused its energy on saving the shuttered movie house. It struggled to jump hurdles and overcame the many obstacles thrown in its path to success. Finally, after a near fatal change in the tax credit legislation, the final work began in earnest in 2015. The dream of a performing arts center became a reality, and with it, a new chapter begins.

The emphasis of the Alliance now shifts from construction to programming. It will be the board’s responsibility to oversee the operation of the Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center and to make sure that the fiscal demands of the complex are met so that the performing arts center can be an asset for the community, the region, and for Virginia. That is no small task.

The strategy will be to make the Ross Center both a site for local entertainment and educational programming and a destination for tourists who can be enticed to enjoy a performance in the Wayne Auditorium, eat in a local restaurant, stay in a local hotel, shop and visit attractions. It will also promote the rental of the center as an ideal meeting space in Central Virginia. It is a big job, but one that will have significant impact on the culture and economy of our area.

While we are grateful beyond words to our community of donors, volunteers, contractors and entertainers, we are now in the next phase of living the dream – we must operate the theatre successfully! To do that we again embark on a journey of conquering many barriers, but making Waynesboro a better place to raise our families, live and work. Welcome aboard!

   

Upcoming Events

July 7: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

The Wayne Theatre presents Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players on Saturday, July 7, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students.

July 22: Heifetz on Tour

The Wayne Theatre presents a performance of Heifetz on Tour on Sunday, July 22, at 3 p.m.

July 27: The Quebe Sisters

The Wayne Theatre presents The Quebe Sisters on Friday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m.

July 29: The Glenn Miller Orchestra 2018

The Wayne Theatre presents the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Sunday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40.

Aug. 9-19: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Wayne Theatre presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with a two-weekend run, Aug. 9-12 and Aug. 16-19. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Sept. 14: LIVE @ the WAYNE with After Jack

LIVE @ the WAYNE returns to the Wayne Theatre on September 14 at 7:30 p.m. with After Jack.

Sept. 28: The Vocal Illusions of Lynn Trefzger

The Wayne Theatre presents The Vocal Illusions of Lynn Trefzger on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students.

Sept. 29: Switchback

The Wayne Theatre presents Switchback on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Oct. 3: Catapult

The Wayne Theatre presents Catapult on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23 for adults and $12 for students.

Oct. 5: LIVE @ the WAYNE with Wayne Henderson

LIVE @ the WAYNE returns to the Wayne Theatre on October 5 at 7:30 p.m. with Wayne Henderson.

Oct. 12: The Return-A Tribute to The Beatles

The Wayne Theatre presents The Return-A Tribute to The Beatles, on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $22.

Oct. 25: Sugar Skull-Mexico Beyond Mariachi

The Wayne Theatre presents Sugar Skull-Mexico Beyond Mariachi on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Oct. 26: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

The Wayne Theatre presents Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Nov. 1: The Capitol Steps

The Wayne Theatre presents The Capitol Steps on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $45.

Nov. 3: Alsarah and the Nubatones

The Brooklyn-based group brings their ‘east-african retro pop’ sound on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 20: Aaron Diehl

The Wayne Theatre presents Aaron Diehl on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17.

     

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