One of the hallmarks of the Earl Hamner Jr. Theatre is its systematic development of new scripts. Although the theatre space in Nellysford was closed last fall, the Hamner has continued its Virginia Playwrights and Screenwriters Initiative (VPSI) under the direction of its Artistic Director Boomie Pedersen and joined with WTA’s Gateway to present a new series of developing scripts.
Kevin Chisnell closes out his popular monthly show, Mojo Saturday Night, with Erin Lundsford and The Smokey Bandits. He discovered the group at the last Waynesboro Chili, Blues and Brews Festival and was impressed by the response of the audience that did not want them to leave the stage. The May performance of Mojo Saturday nights is at 8 pm on May 18. Doors opening at 7:30pm.
The very talented young country singer SaraJane McDonald will make her River City Radio Hour debut in May. She will combine her talents with the Boogie Kings and Marsha Howard to provide a fast-paced and entertaining hour at WTA’s Gateway on Friday, May 17. The one-hour performances are at 6:30 and 8:00.
The 20th century was a time of unparalleled turmoil and opportunity for America’s Native population. Nowhere was that more true than here in Virginia. Larry Jent will trace that journey in his lecture Native Trials and Tribulations at WTA’s Gateway on Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm.
The Three Sillies will bring two evenings of fun for the whole family to WTA’s Gateway on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. The show is an original theatrical production created by Boomie Pedersen, the Artistic Director of the Earl Hamner, Jr. Theatre. The performances are at 7 pm at 329 West Main in downtown Waynesboro.
Barefoot Puppet returns to WTA’s Gateway with Dreamtime on Friday, April 26. The performance is inspired by a collection of Aboriginal folk tales from Australia. A unique feature of the Barefoot Puppet performances is an opportunity for the audience to see how the puppets are made and how they work. The public performances are at 4 pm and 6 pm at 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.
John Hardy, the acclaimed actor, playwright, director and former Artistic Associate at Virginia’s Barter Theatre, will return to WTA’s Gateway on Saturday, April 27 in his one-person drama Rattlesnake. Hardy plays sixteen roles in the drama with only a few pieces of furniture of props to highlight the action. It is a real tour de force for the accomplished actor. The 8 pm performance is at 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.
After a month off due to illness and too many players out doing St Patty’s gigs, we at Mojo Saturday Night are overdue for night of musical fun!
WTA’s Gateway will host the fourth round of the Open Mic Talent Night Competition on Thursday, March 28 at 7 pm. The prize for the winner will be a $50 cash prize and a chance to participate in the final competition in June. Winner of the final round will receive a contract for a paid-performance at WTA’s Gateway or the Wayne Theatre and a professional produced video for posting on websites and Facebook.