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

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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