Aug 03 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: August 3, 2018

Radium Girls – Friday, Saturday, Sunday!!


We have a busy month ahead.   This weekend are the final performances of RADIUM GIRLS presented by the Shelby County Players.    This powerful drama…


August will be fun:

AUGUST 11 – King, Killer, and the Man in Black

AUGUST 18 – Beatles Concert – The Fun 4

AUGUST 25 – Mystery & Magic – Mat Lavore Hypnotist


August will also include OPEN MIC!

AUGUST 8 – Music

AUGUST 9 – Comedy

AUGUST 10 – Open Stage


August fun continues with:

AUGUST 15 – Community Treasure Series – Special Education SCS

AUGUST 17 – Deep Red (1975) Friday Night Frights


We have a great lineup.  We need your support. Please consider attending one (or all) of these events.   We are proud to bring top flight local, regional, and national entertainment to the Strand.    Parking hasn’t been a problem, we just don’t have our spaces on Harrison Street.


Is it possible to change someone’s memories? Read minds? Predict the future? Find out by coming to the Strand Theatre on August 25th. Nationally touring magician and hypnotist, Mat LaVore, will be bringing his critically praised theatre show, “Magic & Mystery” to the Strand’s stage ONE NIGHT ONLY. You will not want to miss this.  Are you a Harry Houdini fan? Come see LaVore perform one of his most famous magical feats!

“Magic & Mystery” showcases 90-minutes of the most spellbinding and revolutionary magic and hypnosis ever performed on stage.  August 25, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now at Mickey’s T-Mart (cash or check only) and online at

Starting in 2008 Kit Haymond started writing his own songs and formed his own group called Pressed In Black. Their first performance ever started at The Strand and 3 albums later they are back to play select songs from their 3 album catalogue. The band consists of Kit Haymond on Guitar/Vocals, Alex Moss- Bass/Vocals, and Cole Bettner on drums.   Kit will be joined by Trent Moss and the Fairland Ramblers in concert on Saturday September 1st. This is

outstanding local talent.


Strand Fun Fact:  Smelzer’s Jewelry Store was located in the Strand Building.   It was in the storefront where our current concession stand and men’s bathroom is located.   Chet Smelzer sold that business to Mr. Connor. It moved a few doors down and operated another two generations.    We have a ring box in our collection that is from Smelzer’s Jewelry Store.


We are hard at work booking our 2019 season.  This week the Strand met with Alex and Sarah from the Grover Museum.   We are working on collaboration for 2019 events. On the list that was discussed is the 60th Anniversary Buddy Holly Tribute, Lincoln series, and a potential lecture series highlighting religion.   Sarah and Alex are two stars in the community and are eager and creative. We love their fresh perspective. It will be a fun year.


Time for trash talk once again.   Trash talk inherently isn’t good.  This too fits that definition. We are all volunteer.   We clean the theater 120 times a year, and it is in performance shape every day of the year.   We rely on our 4 trash totes in the back of the theater. Unfortunately people think those are for general use.   Once again we are starting a 4 performance week with no trash availability because they are full of other people’s rubbish.   We have endured our bins being stolen, used, and removed by others. This week we placed signs on our building and each bin warning they are for use by the Strand Theatre Only.   This is a needless expense, a hassled, and a sad commentary of our downtown. This can change if we all work together and lower our tolerance for activity that harms our community.  The question is easy, the answer is difficult.


We have wonderful sound equipment.   We have worked diligently and invested heavily in good equipment and quality components.    After 10 hard years of use, it is starting to show its age. One big problem is mic cables (warning, tech talk ahead)   The XLR cables are soldered at the connector. After constant use, the connections fail. This week we finally purchased a cable tester.    Our next work session in a few weeks will be focused on checking and cataloging all our sound equipment. We are like kids in a candy store.  This will be fun. We get to play with all our play toys! In the process we will find out what works, what needs repair, and what needs replacement.   This will be just in time for our concerts this month.


This week we had our annual fire extinguisher.   All of our extinguishers are inspected and cleaned by a volunteer each month.   Our vendor and supporter Crossman Fire certifies each unit every year. We passed!   We added a new fire extinguisher in the fly loft above the stage. This is a good thing to add, as it means we are making progress.  


Have you noticed our social media posts?   We want to thank our dedicated team of volunteers who diligently get things listed online.   Kori H. is one of our new volunteers and she is doing a wonderful job. She is extremely qualified for the job (by virtue of being a teenager), much better than the rest of us.


The Strand is a happy place.   We love seeing the creativity that comes to our theater each and every week.   The Shelby County Players are presenting a powerful well produced play, we hope you can attend.   Next week we have music that will get you dancing the the aisles and the list goes on. This is all because of your support and generosity, thank you!   See you at the Strand.

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Aug 02 2018

Upcoming Events


Shelby County Players


August 3 – 7:30pm

August 4 – 7:30pm

August 5 – 2:pm


Talent Showcase



August 8, 2018

7pm – $3


Talent Showcase



August 9, 2018

7pm – $3


Talent Showcase



August 10, 2018

7pm – $3


Tribute Concert

KING, KILLER, and the


August 11, 2018

7:30pm – $20 Adv/ $25 Door


Community Treasure Series



August 15, 2018

7pm – Free


Friday Night Frights

DEEP RED (1975)

August 17, 2018

7:30pm -$5


Fun 4


August 18, 2018

8pm – $30

6:30pm Meet & Greet $45


Skyline Drive-In


featuring the Beatles

HEAD (1968)

featuring the Monkees

after the concert

$5 with concert ticket


Hypnotist, Magic, Mind Reading



August 25, 2018

7:30pm  $20 Adv. / $25 Door




featuring Kit Haymond

September 1, 2018

7pm – $10




October 13, 2018


$20 / $27 Premium Seats


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Jul 29 2018

OPEN MIC at the Strand




General Rules

  1. All performers will be limited to 5 minutes, no exceptions.
  2. First come first serve.   Limited to 20 performers per night.
  3. Sign up starts in the lobby at 6:30pm
  4. Doors open at 7:00pm
  5. No entry fee, but must purchase a $3 admission ticket
  6. Concessions will be available
  7. Respect the “Light” which is shown when you have 1 minute left
  8. Performers cannot be intoxicated or under the influence.
  9. Do not heckle. Ever. Period.
  10. Have Fun!!



  1. Limited to 5 minutes
  2. Acoustic instruments only
  3. Groups limited to 3 performers
  4. 2 microphones and 2 DI inputs available
  5. Keyboard available
  6. No drum sets
  7. Plug and play format
  8. Tracks must be on device with ⅛” headphone plug.  No lock codes



  1. Limited to 5 minutes
  2. Exercise good judgement
  3. Groups limited to 5 performers
  4. Use original material.  Don’t read jokes you’ve seen on the internet.
  5. Do not use jokes from other comedians.


Open Stage

  1. Limited to 5 minutes
  2. Exercise good judgement
  3. Groups limited to 6 performers
  4. Soliloquies, Dance, Scenes, and all performing arts accepted
  5. Music is limited to a cappella only.  No mics, no tracks, no instruments
  6. Tracks for dance etc must be on a device with ⅛” headphone plug.  No lock codes

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Jul 27 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter 7/27/2018

RADIUM GIRLS opens tonight!  In 1926, radium was a miracle cure.   Madame Curie was an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage – until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.   Inspired by a true story, RADIUM GIRLS traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, and idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees.   As the case goes, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporations, but with her own family and friends who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

Written with warmth and humor, RADIUM GIRLS is a fast-moving and highly theatrical.  Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.   The Shelby County Players present this play this weekend and next. Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Plenty of tickets are still available.


The Shelby County Players have been hard at work getting the scenery and lighting ready for their performance.    The set utilizes the height of our auditorium. It is always nice to see new and creative uses for the Strand.


Last week we discussed our trials and tribulations with our Coke machine.  This week we are happy to report that it is fixed! It required 9 volunteer labor hours to solve a problem that took 20 minutes to fix.   We look forward to not having to go through that process again. When you’re at the theater this weekend you can enjoy a Coke!


We have had a stressful summer.  The road construction has been detrimental to our attendance.   At Friday Night Frights a patron came to us and said “you need help.”  She gave us a very generous donation. Things like this reinforce our belief that we live in a wonderful community.


We also had a patron inquire about a hearing assistance system.   Rather than just ask, we received a very generous check to cover 100% of the system.  We will be starting work soon on installing this complex hearing system. Work sessions will be needed to help with that too.   On behalf of the Strand and our community THANK YOU to these generous donors.


Strand Fun Fact:   The Strand is located on Harrison Street and Post Street.   Yes, the alley behind the Strand is actually a street. The Strand Annex is addressed on Post Street.    


Look at our schedule, we have something for everyone.   We hope to have a great turnout for all our events. If you are interested in OPEN MIC, turn that interest into action and perform on the Strand’s stage!    

We do all this because of the support and generosity of our community.    We had over 450 people attend Strand programs last week. This is all because of you, thank you.   See you at the Strand!

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Jul 20 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter 7/20/2018

Fun at the Strand!   This week we have 4 events.   2 down, and 2 to go. We had our Community Treasure Series Lecture featuring the Shelby County Players on Wednesday.   Tom and Noelle Krughoff longtime volunteers with SCP spoke about the ins an outs of play production. They also discussed their upcoming production of RADIUM GIRLS which opens July 27th at the Strand.


Daniel Lusk returned with his new magic show on Thursday night.   The Shelby County Library sponsored this event and we had a full house of thrilled children enjoying the magic and hijinx.   We look forward to having Daniel back in 2019. Until then we wish him the best of luck on his grueling schedule and all those other things that get in the way.


Today as this email is launched will have a full theater for the Shelbyville Parks Department’s RED CARPET DAYS.  This is a talent show presented by the summer campers at the Parks Department.   Each year we are tickled with the creativity presented. A big thank you to all our volunteers who make this middle of the day event possible.   As an all volunteer organization things like this take lots of coordination.


Tonight we finish with Friday Night Frights and presentation of the 1932 classic FREAKS.   Needless to say this presentation is in glorious Black and White.   The movie starts at 7:30pm and admission is $5 at the door.


Speaking of creativity on our stage, now is your chance.   For the first time ever we are having OPEN MIC at the STRAND.
Do to the length allowed by this email, the rules will be sent in a separate email (sorry).

OPEN MIC is August 8 – Music; August 9 – Comedy; August 10 – Open Stage.   We hope to see you there!


The KING, KILLER, and MAN in BLACK performs music of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash on Saturday August 11th.


The following week on Saturday August 18th  we welcome the FUN 4 for a BEATLES CONCERT.  In addition to the concert the SKYLINE DRIVE-IN has announced that after the concert they will be showing YELLOW SUBMARINE and the Monkee’s movie HEAD.   This will be the ultimate Beatles weekend from the Strand and the Skyline.    


The following Saturday August 25th Mat Lavore presents MYSTERY and MAGIC.  This show features Hypnosis, Mind Reading, and Magic.   Mat LaVore has toured “Magic & Mystery” for the past five years across 34 states to countless college events and numerous sold out theater shows and is now coming to the Strand!


Blending cutting-edge magic, theatrical mind reading, and state-of-the-art demonstrations of hypnosis, “Magic & Mystery” offers audiences a full array of all the mystery arts in an incredible 90-minute medley of wonder.


Those are just the highlights, we have several other events in August too!   Getting there will be interesting. Did you notice the road is under construction?


After several suggestions last week for dropping off patrons, we have a solution.   Some of the suggestions included blocking off traffic, closing the road, and using a golf cart to transfer patrons.   The winning and doable idea is utilizing the new handicap parking space at the the corner of Hendricks Street. That is the indentation into the new sidewalk just past the Strand.  You will see our STRAND LOADING ZONE sign there for all performances until the parking is restored. It is relatively close to the front door and is safe for the patrons. We used it this week and it worked perfectly.   While not as good as in front of the theatre, we feel it is a workable solution.


Strand Fun Fact:   The concession stand serves Coke products.  Did you know at the equipment is located under the concession stand in the basement?  That basement required 6 weeks of cleaning and removal of “treasures” when we renovated in 2007.   


We have a wonderful relationship with Coke.  They are a large company, and sometimes it isn’t the easiest on small customers.   This week we had a failure of our pump that distributes Coca-Cola to the fountain.  We found out that Coke reorganized how they do repair. It took all week, but we are on track to have the problem fixed.   Coke is also making arrangements to move our equipment from the basement to the new storage closet just outside the basement entrance.   Our youthful crew can’t quite carry the heavy product and CO2 down the stairs like we did a decade ago, so thankfully it will be upstairs soon.

When the problem occurred Robert Lewis owner of The Bears Den came over and helped us troubleshoot the problem.  He also provided excellent tips on maintenance of the pumps to help prevent this type of problem in the future. The Strand crew loves Hurriburgers with Squeezy Cheese.  (editor’s note: you know you are from Shelbyville when you order squeezy cheese, as it is not listed on the menu!)


We hope you enjoy our programming.   2019 is shaping up to be our best season yet.  For 2018 we are 65 performance done, 60 to go!    It is all because of you, thank you. See you at the Strand!

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Jul 13 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter 7/13/2018

Variety is our middle name…so to speak.   The Strand presented 3 things for our community.   We showed Glengarry Glen Ross on Tuesday, had our Gettysburg Lecture on Wednesday, and finished with the movie Gettysburg on Thursday.   It was a fun, educational, and thought provoking week. Thank you to all who attended.


Traffic Update: Traffic on Harrison Street continues to cause us grief.  We are making the best of it. Did you notice our marquee? “PLENTY OF PARKING – JUST NOT IN FRONT.”  It is going to be a long summer. We were informed that the traffic lane will be pushed to the west side of the street until the end of August.  This means no parking in front of the Strand. We can deal with that. It also means we cannot have patrons dropped off at the front door of the theater.  That is unacceptable. For our upcoming concerts we have many people that are mobility impaired. This will prevent them from coming to our concert.


We are dismayed at this new development but are working for an equitable solution.  We will let you know what we figure out. If you have a suggestion, please let us know!


ANNOUNCEMENT:   The Strand will hold our first ever OPEN MIC AT THE STRAND on August 8-10.   We will have open mic for music on Wednesday.   Open Mic for comedy on Thursday. Open Stage for performances on Friday.   This will be fun. We will post the details on our website and Facebook page shortly.  Until then, save the date! We want your talent on our stage. A complete set of rules will be published in this newsletter next week.


Several things are on the horizon.   On Wednesday we welcome the Shelby County Players as a presenter in our Community Treasure Series.  This is an opportunity to learn the “behind the scenes” of what it takes to produce a play.   The lecture starts at 7pm and is free.


Magic returns with ROCKIN’ TOGETHER: A MUSICAL MAGIC SHOW on Thursday July 19th.   Magician Daniel Lusk will present a fun evening of magic and learning.  This free event is sponsored by the Shelby County Public Library. Tickets are available from the Library.   The show starts at 6:30pm. Doors will open at 5:45pm.


On Friday we have the Shelbyville Parks Department summer camp coming for their annual RED CARPET DAYS.   This is a chance for the campers to perform on the Strand’s stage.  It is a fun time. The performance starts at 11:30am on Friday July 20th and is free.


The Shelby County Players are hard at work preparing their production of RADIUM GIRLS.   It will perform for two weeks starting on July 27th.


We have something new.  On August 25th the Strand will host our first Hypnotist.  Mat Lavore will bring his MYSTERY & MAGIC to the Strand.  No rabbits out of hats or sawing people in half. No trick boxes or swing pocket watches.  Real magic. Real hypnosis. Real mystery. World-class magician and hypnotist Mat LaVore performs his theatre show “Magic & Mystery” to the Strand.   It’s not your average magic or hypnosis show! LaVore performs mind blowing magic, impossible mind reading, and jaw-dropping hypnosis all in one incredibly interactive show.  Be prepared to walk away astonished! Tickets are available locally at Mickey’s T-Mart (cash and check only) and online at


Strand Fun Fact:  Did you know that we have a skylight in one of our offices?  This was originally installed in 1916 and was covered decades ago.  It is now re-installed with energy efficient glass and looks great. Next time you are at the Strand, ask us to show you.


We are in challenging times.   For whatever reason our attendance is down, hence our revenue is down.   It is stressful for our volunteers. You can help by coming to an event.  We will make it through the road construction, hot weather, phases of the moon or whatever causes this to occur, but it is a steep hill to climb.

We do this all for the quality of life for Shelbyville and Shelby County.   We want to make an impact. We want the performing arts to be accessible to every citizen.  We want to stretch our community’s understanding of historical and current events. Most of all we want all of us to live in a fun, fulfilling place.   We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you! See you at the Strand.

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Jul 06 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter 7/6/2018

No parking, no problem!


As those of you in Shelbyville know, we cannot park in front of the Strand because of road construction.  This week it is no problem…as we are spending the week with all our arts partners at the Shelby County Fair.   Come visit us in the Brinson Building.


Exhibiting this year are our friends at the Arts Alliance, Shelby County Players, Shelby Art Guild Association (SAGA), Wool Spinning, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Tourism, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, The Icing Shoppe, and Tim and Janice Conway doing stained glass.   (As you enter the Strand you are always greeted by Tim Conway’s lovely stained glass hanging behind our ticket booth) It is quite the party, come join us. As an added bonus the Brinson Building is air conditioned!


While we are out of the theater we did some much needed work.  The students from Advantage Shelby County helped with a work session to move our office furniture into place.   This sounds easy, but in order to do the job, we had to bring the furniture in the alley doors, through the auditorium, up the stairs to the balcony, through the upper lobby, and into place.   Some items took another staircase up to the projection booth. This was a big project that went as planned.


Things go up, things come down.  In this case the large green metal cabinet (that was in the offices since who knows when) came down the stairs, through the auditorium, out the door into the alley, on a trailer, and over to Grover Museum.   When we were done with that we placed our Wurlitzer Marimba and Xylophone with the rest of the organ. These are the items we just received from J.L.Weiler, Inc in Chicago. Things are definitely coming together!


We had our annual Department of Homeland Security State Fire Marshal inspection.  It went perfectly. We appreciate the inspector Dave Millhoan’s offer to help us with safety issues.  His 35+ years of experience will be nice. Our annual Amusement and Entertainment Permit is renewed for another year.


Big news on the marketing front.  The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce just launched a new community calendar!   This can be accessed at  It will be a comprehensive list of everything.   The Chamber has always been wonderful to the Strand always helping market our events.  Our Chamber membership is a valuable part of the Strand. The new calendar is another step up.  It will include all events, whether Chamber members or not. If you have an event to list, please contact them through the new website.


While we are munching on corn dogs we have everything ready for a busy week ahead.  We kick things off on Tuesday July 10th with the 1992 film GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. Based on the David Mamet play of the same name, this difficult subject takes the audience on a ride of greed, averous, and economic doom.   A modern day Death of a Salesman, it is worth the 100 minutes invested in seeing this movie. Please note the film contains mature language.


We continue on Wednesday July 11th with our Gettysburg Lecture.   This informative lecture, given by Andrew McRoberts, will take us through the battle of Gettysburg.   The lecture will finish with Danny Russel, an Abraham Lincoln interpreter, giving the Gettysburg. The president will be escorted by Civil War guard Shawn Bentz who is a Union soldier interpreter.   All three will be available for questions after the lecture.


The week wraps with the showing of the film GETTYSBURG.   This will be especially impactful after learning about the battle, and the stories associated with that military conflict.   The film starts a 6:30pm. It is 4 hours and 10 minutes, but will have an intermission. This beautifully shot film tells the story based on the book Killer Angels.  We are proud to have a theatrical showing of this important film so we can all remember those events that shaped our history.


The Shelby County Players are working on their coming pro.   Rehearsals take place 4 nights per week along with work sessions to build scenery on Saturdays.   The director is Carey Nigh, a Morristown High School alumni, and a teacher of economics at Franklin Central High School.  His dad Mark is a frequent Strand performer too. The set will be multi level creating a diverse space for different scenes.  Play opens Friday July 26, 2018. Advance tickets are available.


We have added new poster images at the bottom.  Check them out.


Lots of fun happens at the Strand.   It is all because of you. Thank you for the support and encouragement.   See you at the Strand!

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