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Wayne Theatre Alliance hosts Red Brick House Mystery Dinner Theater


Murder-Mystery-2015-Poster-194x300The Wayne Theatre Alliance’s 2014 dinner theatre mystery will focus on the Red Brick House.  Inspector Kathy Johnson of Murder is a Game will use her new skills as a clairvoyant to solve the reported the death of the Union doctor and his burial in the basement of the Red Brick House.   WTA’s Dinner Theatre will be held at Fairfax Hall on Friday, February 13 beginning at6:30.  Tickets are available at the WTA Office.

The Wayne Theatre Alliance returns its popular murder mystery dinner theatre to drive away the winter blues.  The newest mystery reaches into the history of Waynesboro and the Civil War.  It takes a novel turn with a near-death experience and ghostly phenomenon leading the way to unravel the legend of the Red Brick House.

One of Waynesboro’s oldest structures, the Red Brick House was built circa 1820 from clay deposits in the area.  It  served as the city’s first school house and for a number of years as the home of Waynesboro’s Masonic lodge.   The House stood near the newly laid tracks as the railroad came to Waynesboro in the 1850s to connect Augusta County with the rest of Virginia’s railroad system. It also witnessed the attempts to destroy Waynesboro during Sheridan’s burning of the Shenandoah Valley. Right in the middle of it all, the little house watched as Confederate and Union troops clashed on March 2, 1865 in the Battle of Waynesboro.  General Early fled leaving his soldiers to surrender to the Union forces effectively ending the Civil War in Virginia.

The Legend of the Red Brick House concerns a Union doctor captured by the Confederacy and housed at the Red Brick House.  According to folklore, he was murdered and his body buried beneath the House.  None know the truth of the tale.  Now the Wayne Theatre steps into the breach.

To solve this supposed event, the Wayne Theatre Alliance has enlisted Inspector Kathy Johnson to solve the mystery.  Since 1988, under the name Murder is a Game, Kathy Johnson has been writing, producing and performing original mystery scripts.  With her new found skills as a clairvoyant, Inspector Kathy is able to call upon her growing ability to bring back the long dead and convince them to participate in the exploration of the crime.  Determining the perpetrator becomes the task of the audience who, because of Inspector Kathy’s persuasion, will be able to speak to the dead and use their powers of logic and institution to find the culprit.

The completing the evening will be a buffet dinner catered by the popular Stella, Bella, Lucy Fine Cafe.  It will include dinner and dessert. A cash bar will be available.

Sponsors for the evening include Edward Jones, West Hills Realtors, The Green Leaf Grill, Union First Market Bank, ReMax Advantage and Shenandoah Valley Electric Coop.

Tickets for the February 13 dinner theatre are $50 per person.  Attendees have the option of ordering a bottle of wine for their table for an additional charge.  Seating is limited.  Reservation can be made by call the Wayne Theatre Alliance at 540-943-9999.



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