Dear Strand Fan,
It was cold this week! Our theatre kept up with the weather and stayed toasty warm. Since are on borrowed time with our furnaces, keeping warm has become more important to all of us.
The Strand has had fun with our Star Trek film festival. Tonight is the last movie of that series. We will show “Into Darkness” at 7:00pm. Come out and watch, even from the balcony!
The Strand is hard at work on our Annex renovation plans. This week included a tour with a representative of Shelby County Players to get their ideas on the dressing rooms. We also had a visit from David Bottom, one of our pipe organ restoration professionals. The third floor of the Annex will be used extensively for our theatre organ project.
The organ project, endowed by the Shelby County Historical Society, will preserve a wonderful instrument built by the Louisville Pipe Organ Company in 1928. Our organ was originally installed in the Uptown Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. The project will be extensive including many additional things we never envisioned when we first started. This organ project will be something wonderful for the Strand, our community, and theatre organ enthusiasts worldwide.
The balcony bathrooms are almost done! We did it in less than a year. The plan was to have the bathrooms finished in May 2014. Unfortunately we had several months of delay with everything from plumbing, to tile, to electricity, to our ability to manage it in a prompt manner. Though all the problems, things are finally coming together. The bathrooms are beautiful. We hope to have them open for the Michael Malone comedy show onFebruary 28th. It will be worth the wait.
Last fall we installed our stage lighting system in the balcony. This January we continued work on that system. Lighting has been a major problem at the Strand since we re-opened. Up to now the entire stage was lit with 4 lighting instruments that had been donated. We think that had the lights not been given to us they would have been thrown away…and we know why. They were a bit less than fully functional. That was OK. We were appreciate and forced every bit of quality light out the lens as possible. The balcony renovation demolition allowed us to install our new lighting. The most visible addition are the 4 bars that hold the lights. These are at the end of the balcony and on either side of the main auditorium. In addition we have lighting positions on the upper balcony near our follow spot lights.
We purchased 20 brand new lights. (warning, tech talk ahead). The edge of balcony fixtures are 6 x 12 Elipsoidal Instruments. These fixtures have a 6″ lense with the secondary focal length of 12″. An ellipse, as we all learned long ago in geometry, has two focal points. The lamp filament is at one, the other as in this case, is 12″ in front of the fixture. That gives the proper size pool of light on our stage from the distance needed.
We installed 6 x 16 instruments at the back of the balcony. Our stage was previously lit with 1300 watts of stage light. Now we have over 10,000 watts of light available! Big improvement. The new lighting makes it much easier to produce shows and is one more thing that our volunteers don’t have to worry about.
On Saturday night we welcome back Kit Haymond and Pressed In Black. This blues/rock concert will be fun. This is a great chance to hear live music on stage here in downtown Shelbyville. Kit is originally from Waldron and is extremely talented. You will enjoy the show!
Sunday at 2:00pm the Strand will host a concert by the 65th Street Klezmer Band. This group plays music of Eastern Europe. Klezmer music has been used for weddings, dances, and other joyous occasions. The group will be joined by world renowned klezmer violinist Steven Greenman. Come out and support this unique concert and broaden your musical horizons.
Thank you for all your support. The Strand is proud to be a part of our community. We look forward to seeing you at the Strand!!
Mid-Winter Film Festival
February 20, 2015
INTO DARKNESS (2013)
PRESSED IN BLACK
February 21, 2015
$5 Advance / $7 Door
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
65TH STREET KLEZMER BAND
with Steven Greenman – Violin
February 22, 2015
SHS National Honor Society
MR. SHELBYVILLE TALENT SHOW
Benefit for Our Hospice of Shelby County
February 25, 2015
Friday Night Frights
MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (2013)
February 27, 2015
February 28, 2015
$20 Advance / $25 Door
Bar Services By: 18 on the Square
Shelby County Players
NO BODY LIKE JIMMY
by Burton Baumgarner
March 6-8, 2015
March 12-25, 2015