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CRIMORA — The Crimora Players will present two short comedies that include hillbillies, Shakespeare and a cabin makeover. The profits will benefit a local man in rehabilitation for a brain injury.

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WAYNESBORO — Local talent will take the state in “Sister Act” as the musical makes its Virginia state premier at the Wayne Theatre in downtown Waynesboro this week. The cast is sure the audience will enjoy the show's message, and the many laughs the comedy evokes.

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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WAYNESBORO — A live band and local vocalists will bring the music of Burt Bacharach alive at the Wayne Theatre this weekend. “The Burt Bacharach Songbook” runs Friday and Saturday. Burt Bacharach is a six-time Grammy Award winner. Songs such as “Close To You,” “Walk On By” and “Do You Know T…

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Catharine League warms up during rehearsals Friday afternoon for that evening’s performance of “SkateTacular Dreams on Ice” at the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro.

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James Tamelcoff III, a 19-year-old Virginia native, portrays Johnny Cash in the band Cash Unchained, which performed at The Wayne Theatre last week. The show was nearly sold out.

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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STAUNTON — Students from all local high schools are coming together to present “Lucky Stiff” with the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School theatre department. The show promises laughs and high-energy with a twisted plot.

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“Say yes to new adventures.” That quote was on my mind a lot during my latest vacation. The diverse trip included everything from a 12-hour drive along the Southereastern U.S. coast, to hours of snorkeling fun off a rickety boat in Cozumel, and an adventerous day of zip-lining in Honduras.

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  • By REBECCA J. BARNABI rbarnabi@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3568
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WAYNESBORO — Lisa Rock and her six-piece band will bring the music of the Carpenters back to life on the Wayne Theatre stage Saturday in an afternoon and an evening show of “A Carpenters Christmas.”

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For the 13th straight year, country star Jimmy Fortune and his band stopped by Augusta Health on Thursday to perform for patients, family members, physicians, nurses and other staff.

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FISHERSVILLE — Wilson Memorial High School students will perform “It’s a Wonderful Life” this weekend, bringing the tale made famous in the 1946 Jimmy Stewart film classic of the same name to life on the stage. 

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The cast of Old Dominion Performance Arts Studio's production of "The Nutcracker" invited children from the community for a "Nutcracker Sweets Tear Party," at Kate Collins Middle School on Saturday.

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WAYNESBORO — A few very special guests are expected to attend a performance at Carnegie Hall Friday night — one that will include the Waynesboro High School Concert Choir. 

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FISHERSVILLE — Bluegrass and country music fans packed Augusta Expo on Friday to hear some of the genres' most talented artists at the All American Indoor Music Festival.

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The Crimora Players are putting on two holiday-themed plays this weekend. They benefit a community member fighting cancer.

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WAYNESBORO — Cast members are encouraging theatergoers to dance all night with them as they prepare for opening night of “My Fair Lady." The classic musical opens at the Wayne Theatre Thursday, Nov. 9, and will continue over the next two weekends. 

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WAYNESBORO — The Waynesboro High School Concert Choir performed a variety of songs Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in the Louis Spilman Auditorium. Act III was comprised of songs from the Broadway show “Rent.” 

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The Waynesboro High School Concert Choir is headed back to Carnegie Hall later this fall, and to help pay for the trip to New York City, the choir will present “Highlights from the Broadway musical RENT."

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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WAYNESBORO — The books will be covered, a path lit with candles and characters will roam the Waynesboro Public Library. For one night, it will be transformed into the Haunted Library. The WPL will get spooky on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. 

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Wrestling returns to Waynesboro on Saturday night as Awesome Wrestling Entertainment puts on “Night of the Superstars” at Waynesboro High School. An event that is expected to be sold out, part of the proceeds go to help the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.

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WAYNESBORO — More than 450 runners are expected to participate in the Fall Foliage Race this weekend. The event complements Waynesboro’s downtown festival, the Fall Foliage Art Show.

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WAYNESBORO — While visitors can expect more of what they have come to know and love about the city’s fall festival this year, the 46th annual Fall Foliage Festival will also something new for the crowds that will pack downtown Waynesboro this weekend. 

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DOOMS — Madame Redrum’s Nine Gates of Doom is back for a second year. Owner Caitlin Mahon said the haunted mill has new, scary scenes that will only add to last year's thrills and chills.

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WAYNESBORO — Fall is back and at Creative Works Farm, so is the corn maze and haunted forest. Staff hopes both events would bring fun and scares — all to benefit the kids.

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STAUNTON — Downtown Staunton will brew with magic and wizardry this weekend as more than 70 businesses transform themselves into houses from the Harry Potter books and invite fans near and far to join in the fun. Queen City Mischief & Magic, formerly known as Potter Party, will keep fans…

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The 3rd annual Virginia Street Arts Festival was held at Basic City Beer Co. in downtown Waynesboro on Saturday, giving kids and adults alike of all skill levels the chance to work on a variety of murals and other artwork. 

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STAUNTON — “The Rocky Horror Show” will be performed at ShenanArts the next two weekends, during which the company hopes to captivate the audience — and involve it with props and lines of its own. “The Rocky Horror Show” will run Sept. 8-10 and 15-17. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p…

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Come Saturday, the epicenter of the boxing world will be located 2,300 miles west of Waynesboro in Las Vegas. But one restaurant right here in Waynesboro is ready to be part of the action.

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Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye brought their 1990s-style country music to the Rockingham County Fair Tuesday night as part of their Roots and Boots Tour.

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WAYNESBORO — Music has a way of bringing people together and on Aug. 19 Valley Music Academy and Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church hope it will bring the community together. The inaugural Valley Music Fest will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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WAYNESBORO — People have the opportunity to have a sneak peak of the prospective Sunset Park in Waynesboro and enjoy the stars on Saturday. “Star Party” will be Aug. 12 at the old landfill — 300 N. Winchester Ave. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. The location is not open to the public, so this gives …

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WAYNESBORO — “Shrek the Musical” opens at the Wayne Theatre tonight, and those involved with the screen-to-stage adaptation describe it as entertaining, family-friendly and a musical not to miss.

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The Augusta County Fair wrapped up its five-day run on Saturday night, providing plenty of laughs, thrills and summer-fun memories for all those who attended. 

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STAUNTON — Local actors and actresses from ages nine to 18 will put on “Seussical” at ShenanArts. The show will be a musical mash up of Dr. Seuss' stories and characters.

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STAUNTON — After directing more than 125 productions in his 29 years with the American Shakespeare Center, artistic director and co-founder Jim Warren will step down as ASC's artistic director at the end of this year.

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WAYNESBORO — Groovin’ on the Greenway returned this summer after a year hiatus. The last band to play was Righteous Friendz from Waynesboro on Thursday. Righteous Friendz are known locally for “positive vibes” and their music is described as in the world and soul rock genre.

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FISHERSVILLE — The Augusta County Fair is back in town on Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 5. This year, there are new attractions as well as the expected traditional ones. “I love to watch people’s faces when they come in and see all of the different things that are going on,” Ellen Shaver Shan…

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STAUNTON — During the summer, Thursday nights at Gypsy Hill Park are all about that jazz. Thirty years ago, a local musician had an idea to start a summer jazz concert series in Staunton. Phillip Nolley came to Lew Morrison’s sign shop with his idea.

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FISHERSVILLE — The Thunder Racing Series returned to Augusta Expo Friday and Saturday nights. The series included seven monster trucks, including Avenger, Brutus and Big Foot. Participants were also invited to take free rides in VA Giant. 

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STUARTS DRAFT — The 14th Annual Sweet Dreams Festival was held at Stuarts Draft Park on Saturday. The free family-friendly festival features children’s activities such as laser tag, a trackless train, crafts, performances by Willy Wonka and Hershey characters and the Kissmobile.

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MOUNT SOLON — Even though weekend temperatures soared and rain showers loomed over the Red Wing Roots Music Festival in Mount Solon on Friday, festival participants were in good spirits and looking forward to the weekend’s festivities.

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WAYNESBORO — When the summer music series Rock n’ Ridgeview ends, Groovin' at the Greenway picks up. The first of the music concerts kicks off next Thursday, July 13 at 6 p.m.

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NORFOLK — Resting on 53 acres in the city of Norfolk, the Virginia Zoo welcomes thousands of guests each and every year to explore a plethora of animals from all over the world. From creatures found in the farmlands of Argentina to those you would see on an African safari, over 500 animals a…