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 …

  • Jan. 15: Early Explorers of Region – Early explorers of the region and their findings, including Lewis & Clark, David Starr Jordan, and others who advanced our record of natural history in the South River watershed and beyond, bridging the period from Jefferson’s survey to early 20th century. Dr. Thomas Benzing Ph D, JMU Professor of ISAT, GS, Tom is a sitting member of the board of directors of the Center for Coldwaters Restoration, member of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, an active partner of the South River Science team, fly fisherman who has spent many hours on the local waterways both in research activities and recreational activities.
  • Feb. 12: Mussels in South River – Mussels in the South River and factors that influence them – Army Corps management, river morphology, flood control, evolution of our mindset in terms of aquatic management. Dr. Jess Jones Ph D, a restoration biologist in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and co-director of Virginia Tech’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center, received the Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jones, who is employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service but stationed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, researches the restoration of endangered freshwater mussel populations, conservation management of rivers, and mussel propagation, population dynamics, and genetics.
  • March 12: NRDA/Impact on South River Restoration – NRDA specifics and explanation of the intended impact of the south river restoration. The South River Science Team was established in 2001 and began conducting studies to understand how mercury enters the South River and why mercury in South River and South Fork Shenandoah River fish continues to remain elevated some 60 years after it was used at the former DuPont facility in Waynesboro, Virginia.
  • 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 …

  • Nov. 27: The Battle of Waynesboro w/ Rick Williams
  • Jan. 29: Early Industrial Development with Bill Alexander
  • Feb. 26: Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities film screening (advance tickets recommended)
  • 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

Jan. 17: Koresh Dance Company

The Wayne Theatre presents the Koresh Dance Company on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Jan. 25-26: A Carole King Tribute

The Wayne Theatre presents Carole King: The Soundtrack of a Generation, on Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students.

Jan. 27: Bumper Jacksons

The Wayne Theatre presents Bumper Jacksons on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m. Tickets begin at $22.

February 2: Alice in Wonderland Workshop

The Wayne Theatre Workshop is back for a third year starting February 2 with “Alice in Wonderland.”

Feb. 2-3: Nat Turner’s Last Struggle

The Wayne Theatre presents Nat Turner’s Last Struggle: Finding His Way Home on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.

Feb. 9: Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar

Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar are bringing fresh adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop and musical theater hits to the Wayne Theatre stage on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m.

Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3: Hairspray

The Wayne Theatre presents Hairspray on February 22-24 and March 1-3, 2019. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees.

March 6-7: Celtic Angels Ireland

The Wayne Theatre presents Celtic Angels Ireland on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

March 8: Peter Pan and Friends on Ice

The Wayne Theatre presents Peter Pan and Friends on Ice for one show only on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.

March 15: Hotel California 2019

Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles returns to the Wayne Theatre for one show on Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

March 16: Wilson Fairchild 2019

By popular request, Wilson Fairchild returns to the Wayne Theatre on Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

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.

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.

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.


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