A new theatre option in Downtown Waynesboro
“The opportunity to sublease the facility at 329 West Main could not come at a better time. We are looking towards the reopening of the Wayne Theatre in 2012. This move will provide a natural transition for the Alliance while building on our success with the Radio Hour,” WTA Chairman Bill Hausrath said.
Board member Tracy Straight is working with Wayne Theatre Alliance executive director Clair Myers to develop the first season of performances. “I am very excited about what we are going to be able to do to move our programming forward,” Straight said. “I have been working towards the reopening of the Wayne Theatre since the WTA was organized in 2000 to save the building. This interim step is an ideal way to get the organization and the community ready for what the Wayne will be.”
The Alliance is within $600,000 of completing its $3.2 million capital campaign and is currently working on finalizing a construction loan that can get work going at the historic theatre.
“The process is complicated because of the size of the loan, the nature of the business, and the tax credits associated with the project,” said Jim Wilson, treasurer of the Alliance. “We are confident that all the ‘T’s and I’s’ will be crossed and dotted soon and we will have the funds to complete the project. That will be our next announcement.”
“We are all very excited to begin our life as a presenting and a producing organization,” said Gayle Mapstone, Vice Chair for Administration. “I remember when the Wayne was the community’s entertainment center. I look forward to bringing that energy back to Waynesboro.”
Highlights for October
Oct. 14: Richard Adams Variety Show. A zany creation by musician, writer, composer and comedian, Richard Adams. (2nd Friday of each month). Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $9.99.
Oct. 21: River City Radio Hour. The Radio Hour includes local musicians and comedy combined with original “radio serials” including adventure, humor and mystery. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets: $10.
Oct. 22: Mojo Saturday Night with Bluesman Kevin Chisnell. Show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10.
Oct. 27: Open Mic Night with Lorie Strother, The Dreaded Blues Lady. Show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: Pay What You Will.
Oct. 28: Gateway’s Top Comic Competition. Eight comics square off in a competition to determine Gateway’s top comedian. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10.
Oct. 29: Hootin N Holler Halloween. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20.
More information online at www.WaynesboroGateway.com.