Signature Speaker Series

Signature Speaker Series

The Wayne Theatre presents Science and History Talks as part of the Signature Speaker Series.

All events begin at 7 p.m. with a Q&A following the presentation. Admission is Pay What You Will. Advance tickets are recommended and may be reserved at no cost.


Science Talks

The Science Talks are a partnership with the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

The upcoming schedule includes …

  • April 16: South River and Economic Impact – The South River and what do we do going forward with this vital economic driver? Len Poulin is the Chair of the Center for Coldwaters Restoration, a member of the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation Board, an entrepreneur and businessman, has been active in efforts to redevelop Waynesboro’s downtown Greg Hitchin CE cD, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the City of Waynesboro, a member of the Center for Coldwaters Restoration Board of Directors, member of the International Economic Development Council, a non-profit membership organization that serves economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind.


History Series

The upcoming schedule includes …


  • March 26: Strategy, Statecraft, and Leadership in the Founding Era by Dr. James R. Sofka – While Jefferson is widely lauded as the “author” of the American Revolution and later as one of the sages of Founding generation, he was also an inspired and at times cunning political leader. This presentation will investigate Jefferson’s leadership methods and strategies across his 40-year political career and how his education and practical experience shaped the skills he deployed to such great advantage in his statecraft and how they informed the legacy he left to future generations of Americans.
  • April 30: The Surprising Roles of Virginians in the Great War by Dr. Lynn Rainville – Travel back 100-years ago with Dr. Lynn Rainville as she explores the many contributions of Virginians during World War I. The Old Dominion played a surprisingly large role during the Great War, supplying the Allied Forces with food, horses, and steel in 1915 and 1916. After American entered the war on April 6 1917, Virginians served in a number of military and civilian roles, from Red Cross nurses to sailors and from shipbuilders to pilots. In this talk, Dr. Rainville takes the audience on a journey through historic sites in Virginia that served as a backdrop for these efforts. She concludes her lecture with an analysis of the rituals that Virginians used to commemorate and remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives during the war.


Upcoming Events

March 29: Vienna Boys Choir

The Wayne Theatre presents the Vienna Boys Choir on Friday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored in part by Jeane Custin.

April 5: LIVE @ the WAYNE with Wanda and the White Boys

LIVE @ the WAYNE returns to the Wayne Theatre on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. with Wanda and the White Boys.

Beginning April 9: Preschool Workshops

Through music, movement and innovative storytelling, we will explore ways to feed their imaginations while learning the basics of theatrical performance.

April 13-14: Alice in Wonderland, The Musical

The Wayne Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland, the new musical version, for two shows on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m.

April 26: Mutts Gone Nuts

The comedy thrill show "Mutts Gone Nuts" comes to the Wayne Theatre for one show on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $18.

May 3-5 and 10-12: The Bridges of Madison County Musical

The Wayne Theatre presents The Bridges of Madison County on May 3-5 and 10-12, 2019. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees.

May 17: The Grand Gala with Mike Super

The Wayne Theatre presents The Grand Gala fundraiser on Friday, May 17, at 6 p.m. Dress to the nines and support the Wayne during our annual Gala event where we literally roll out the red carpet for you - our strongest supporters.

June 10-14: Imagination Stage Summer Camp

Using dramatic play movement, music, with a hint of visual art, we will explore variety of theatre subjects including improvisation, physical theatre, and acting. Recommended for grades K-5.

Production Camp: Junie B. Jones Jr. The Musical

During this two-week program June 17-28, students will work with Director Hank Fitzgerald and his creative team to present Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr. Recommended for Grades 4-12.

June 28-29: Junie B. Jones Jr. The Musical

Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie’s best friend Lucille has found new best friends - and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school.

June 30: Nightingales of the Shenandoah Valley

The Wayne Theatre presents Nightingales of the Shenandoah Valley on Sunday, June 30, for one show at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students/$18 for adults.

August 8-18: Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical

The Wayne Theatre presents Matilda The Musical on August 8-11 and 15-18, 2019.


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