Apr 21 2017

Upcoming Events

Shelby County Players
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
Fri. – April 21 7:30pm
Sat. – April 227:30pm
Sun. – April 232:00pm
Thur. – April 277:30pm
Fri. – April 287:30pm
Sat. – April 297:30pm
Sun.  – April 302:00pm

Faith Based Movie
SAVING FAITH
May 1, 2017
May 12, 2017
7:30pm
May 14, 2017
2:30pm

Shelbyville High School
at JWO Breck Auditorium

94th Presention of
MAY FESTIVAL

Thursday
May 4, 2017
8:00pm

Shelbyville High School
JAZZ BAND CONCERT
Saturday
May 6, 2017
7:30pm
FREE

Community Treasure Series
WSVX GIANT 96
COMMUNITY RADIO

Wednesday
May 10, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

Shelbyville Middle School
JAZZ SHOWCASE
Thursday
May 18, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

Friday Night Frights
LADY FRANKENSTEIN (1971)
May 19, 2017
7:30pm

Improv at the Strand
POINT OF VIEW
COMEDY TROUPE

May 20, 2017
7:30pm

Tribute Concert
The KING, The KILLLER
& The MAN IN BLACK

July 28, 2017
7:30pm
$20 Advance
$25 Door
Advanced Tickets available
at Mickey’s T-Mart or online

Tribute Concert
TERRY LEE and the
ROCKABOOGIE BAND

October 21, 2017
7:30pm
$15 Advance
$20 Door
Advanced Tickets available
at Mickey’s T-Mart or online

Comedy
HEYWOOD BANKS
November 4, 2017
7:30pm
$15 Advance
$20 Door
Students $10
Advanced Tickets available
at Mickey’s T-Mart or online

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Apr 21 2017

Strand Theatre Weekly Email – 4/21/2017

Dear Strand Fan,

 

Tonight the Shelby County Players open their production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE.   This poignant play is an adaptation of the very popular book of the same title.  The performance starts at 7:30pm.   TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE will perform through next weekend.

 

The Strand is busy working on our future schedule.  Our comedy schedule includes Costaki Economopolous on September 23 & Heywood Banks on November 4.   We are also doing something new in the comedy realm.   Improv at the Strand.   Since 2009, thousands have been entertained from their point of view by Point of View Comedy (POV) all over the Midwest.  Similar to the Who’s-Line-Is-It-Anyway, POV brings the laughs leaving you with a memorable experience.    This troupe will be performing on May 20th.  

 

This years is the first without Shelby Idol.   As you recall the event retired last year.   It was a fantastic run and everyone had a good time, but it was time for a change.   The Strand is working with the creative team from Shelby Idol for a replacement format.    There are several ideas in the works and it is going to be fun!   There will be more about the Shelby Idol replacement in the coming weeks, so stay tuned (literally).

 

Ukulele Russ dazzled our audience last weekend.   Russ is from Fairbanks Alaska via Maine.   He has a unique sense of humor and is a top flight musician.   The audience enjoyed music, stories, and comedy with a slightly different twist.   After all, when have you ever heard of a ukulele player headlining?   He said he will let us know the next time his is in the “lower 48.”   It was a fun evening for all who attended.

 

Yesterday our work on the roof was put to the test.   In the afternoon we received 1 inch of rain in 45 minutes.   So far things look good.  We know it is only a matter of time.  Once we have all the issues with the State Fire Marshal resolved we can get back to the important work of taking care of our theater.  Until then it will just have to wait.

 

Every year the transition from heat to air and back again is something we take seriously.   Audience comfort is paramount.   Last week was the first real test.   The theater was comfortable throughout.   All our units have fresh filters and are ready for the season.   (warning, tech talk ahead)   The filters now used in the Strand are 4 inches thick.  Every unit in the theater has the same filter, including the Annex units.   Our old filters were changed every three months.   They were not as thick.   Now we are on a 6 month schedule!   That is a great thing for our volunteers, or should be say Bob S. who takes care of such things.

 

Summer is around the corner, how do we know this?   The 94th edition of May Festival at Shelbyville High School will take place on May 4th.   This has happened the first Thursday in May at 8pm for as long as anyone can remember.   Back in the Paul Cross Gym days it was always hot (remember that?).   In the Garrett Gym Days it was always hot.   Now in the JWO Breck Auditorium era everyone sits in air conditioned comfort, but we still remember those performances of days gone by.    The Strand is dark that night so we too can go to the May Festival.

 

We hope to see you at one of the Shelby County Players performances of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE.    Thank you for the support.   It is always fun to do what we do.   See you at the Strand!

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Apr 14 2017

Strand Theatre Weekly Email – 4/14/2017

Dear Strand Fan,

 

We’ve had an excellent week.  This was posted to our Facebook Page:

 

I want to thank the Strand Theatre for the countless opportunities they have given me. The experience of Shelby Idol at this amazing theatre really has made me into who I am today in my musical abilities. I have been awarded a $5000 scholarship from the University of Indianapolis, and I believe it is because of my time that I spent on that stage. I cherish the memories that I’ve made with some awesome people. They are memories I will never forget. This place is where I have grown up. I hope that there can be many more girls and boys like me to get the opportunities I did in my years of junior high and high school. With much love,  Lauren Taylor

 

That is fun stuff.    Thank you Lauren.  You hit the nail on the head on why the Strand exists.

 

On Saturday we passed our 100,000th patron.   Congratulations to Cathy Samaras our 100,000th patron.   Not only did Cathy hear a great concert that night by the Baggy Bottom Boys, but she also received a genuine commemorative Strand Coffee Mug.   Thank you to all the previous 99,999 patrons, and to Cathy’s husband who was our 100,001st patron!

 

Tonight is DISH IT OUT!   This cooking competition will allow 4 students from Blue River Career Programs culinary class to compete for $3000 in scholarships.    This will be presented in the style of a TV cooking competition.   This is a fun event.   Come out and support these students as they hone their skills.

 

Tomorrow is UKULELE RUSS.    Russ is from Alaska.   He will bring wonderful ukulele playing as well has his Alaska brand of humor.   We aren’t quite sure what that is, but we can all find out together!    We hope you can join us for this event.   The Strand is pleased to bring talent from across our country to Shelbyville.   The key is audience support.    Tickets are available in advance online and at Mickey’s T-Mart.   The concert starts at 7:30pm.   We hope to see you there!

 

This weekend the Shelby County Players load in their upcoming play TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE the 2002 Jeffrey Hatcher-Mitch Albom stage version of the smash best-selling book by Mitch Albom.   The show will hit the Strand stage April 21 for 7 performances over two weekends.  The two-character play is the story of sportswriter Mitch Albom, played by Rocky Miano, who reconnects with his terminally ill former professor, Morrie Schwartz played by Mark Andrews.

 

Directed by Shelbyville native Russ Gross, produced by Cindy Leahy with Tiffany D. Wilson as the stage manager,  this play will warm your heart, make you laugh and leave you reflecting on your own life.  It is a must see for all ages.   We hope to see you there.

 

Did we mention we are still painting?   The amount of things to be cosmetically finished in our offices is staggering.   We are slowly inching forward.  If you would like to help, please let us know.    It is going to be worth the wait when finished!

 

We hope you enjoy having the Strand.  There is always something different and it is always fun.  Thank you for your support.  See you at the Strand!

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Apr 09 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Community Treasure Series
BLUE RIVER
CROSS COUNTRY COURSE

Gary Nolley
Wednesday
April 12, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

Shelby County Tourism
DISH IT OUT
Friday
April 14, 2017
7:30pm
$2

Comedy and Music
UKULELE RUSS
Saturday
April 15, 2017
7:30pm
$10 Advance
$12 Door
$5 Students
online here

Shelby County Players
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
Fri. – April 21 7:30pm
Sat. – April 227:30pm
Sun. – April 232:00pm
Thur. – April 277:30pm
Fri. – April 287:30pm
Sat. – April 297:30pm
Sun.  – April 302:00pm

Faith Based Movie
SAVING FAITH
Wed – May 1, 2017 – 7:30pm
Fri – May 12, 2017 – 7:30pm
Sun – May 14, 2017 – 2:30pm
$7

Shelbyville High School
at JWO Breck Auditorium

94th Presention of
MAY FESTIVAL

Thursday
May 4, 2017
8:00pm

Shelbyville High School
JAZZ BAND CONCERT
Saturday
May 6, 2017
7:30pm
FREE

Community Treasure Series
WSVX GIANT 96
COMMUNITY RADIO

Wednesday
May 10, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

Shelbyville Middle School
JAZZ SHOWCASE
Thursday
May 18, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

Friday Night Frights
LADY FRANKENSTEIN (1971)
Friday
May 19, 2017
7:30pm
$5

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Apr 07 2017

CATRINA and the BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS – Saturday Night!

Catrina and the Baggy Bottom Boys, direct from Metamora Indiana, will perform at the Strand on Saturday April 8, 2017.  The concert starts at 7:30pm.   This concert will welcome our 100,000th patron to the Strand.   Will it be you?

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Apr 07 2017

Strand Theatre Weekly Email – 4/7/2017

Dear Strand Fan,

 

Welcome new Strand Fans.   We added several people to our list this week.  We are an organization with no secrets.   The Strand is your theater, and we want you to always be “in the know.”    We hope you enjoy reading about the Strand.   The anthropologists and historians in the future will be happy to read these too!

 

We are in the middle of a fun week, but we want to share our BIG news first…..we will welcome our 100,000th patron on Saturday night!   Will it be you?     It has been a long haul and we are happy to cross the six figure threshold.   Before you know it we will be announcing our one millionth as a performing arts center (although if you do the math since 1916, the building has long since passed that).   Thank you for helping make the Strand a reality.


This week Poetry helped inch us closer to 100,000.   Three Sisters Books and Gifts hosted another wonderful event.   The next poetry night will be October 18th.     It is always a fun and worthwhile event.

 

Last night we welcomed Donald Davidson back to the Strand.   Donald spent almost two hours telling incredible stories and answering questions.   On the trivia portion of the night our audience proved to be sharp.  Kudos Mr. Harrold and Mr. Jones for answering the tough questions correctly.   Thank you to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this event.   It was nice to see so many patrons from outside Shelby County making the trip to the Strand.

 

We also want to thank WSVX Giant 96 for interviews with the Baggy Bottom Boys and also with Donald Davidson.   It was nice to see Donald Davidson’s picture in the WSVX studios.  

 

Tonight we have Friday Night Frights.   You will see Peter Cushing (not in CG) in HORROR EXPRESS (1972).   The movie starts at 7:30pm and the balcony will be open.   We will announce the next three month’s films shortly.

 

Tomorrow night April 8th our 100,000th patron will be at the Strand to hear CATRINA and the BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS.   This bluegrass group will have your toes tapping.   They always have an entertaining and energetic concert.   The Strand is looking forward to hearing them again.  The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at the door or at Mickey’s T-Mart and online at BrownPaperTickets.com

 

This week we had a pleasant surprise.  A contractor working on our block asked if he could use the spigot at the Strand for water.   We were happy to help and turned the water supply on for his use.    To our surprise the next day we found out our facade had been power washed.   Thank you AK Construction!!!    We live in a great community.

 

We also have a new neighbor.  Welcome to Mach1PC.   Scott and Vinnie are open for business next door at the former Tippecanoe Press Building.   It is nice to finally see the lights on and activity inside.   Vinnie and our own Cody V. are working on providing wireless access, courtesy of Mach1PC,  for all our patrons.   What great neighbors, thank you.

 

You might have seen or heard the Strand in the news recently.   WIBC 93.1FM shared with us that our story on their web site garnered the most traffic of the week.   The Strand’s volunteers sincerely thank all the people who have wished us well after that story aired.   We look forward to moving on, but are happy to gain more Strand Fans.  

 

Uhg.   We were proud to replace all 18 lamps in our auditorium lights last month.   It is an unpleasant job.    It requires a tall ladder, lots of patience, and a strong back.    As you know the world is moving away from incandescent light bulbs.   (warning, tech talk ahead).   Our auditorium lights have to be incandescent because of the dimmer system.   The dimmers we use were industry standard, at the time,  SCR (silicon controlled rectifier) dimmers.   These dimmers work by cutting off part of the sine wave to decrease the voltage.  Modern LED lamps will not work with this type of dimmer, as such we are relegated to using incandescent lamps.  While the glorious light from the lamps, at about 2300° Kelvin looks good, the bad part for us is that a quality lamp isn’t readily available.

 

On Thursday night one of the new lamps burned out, hence the uhg.   That means the other 17 are soon to follow.   One month of use…really?    We are on the hunt for Group 7 industrial 130 volt 40 watt lamps.   We aren’t going to play this game again for at least 2500 usage hours.

 

Next week we have our COMMUNITY TREASURE SERIES with Gary Nolley, DISH IT OUT, and UKULELE RUSS.

 

Dish It Out is a cooking competition.   Competitor’s will have an hour to prepare their dish – and present to the panel of judges for critique.

 

Students participating in this second-year competition include Megan Carter, Gabriela Jones, Andrew “AJ” Roche and Michael “Alton” Danzall. These four students are in the Culinary Arts program at Blue River Career Programs. Chef Jodi Traub, the Culinary Arts Program Director at BRCP, anticipates a great evening of competition from her students. “These students are all extremely talented, and plan to pursue a secondary education in Culinary Arts after high school. Shelby County Tourism and Visitors’ Bureau has created a fresh and fun way for these kids to show off their abilities, while hosting an event everyone can enjoy. The students know what they are preparing, and each have a theme they will be working with in preparation of their selections,” comments Chef Traub.

 

Judges for this years event include Greg Pence, the Head Chef at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, Brad Mendenhall, Senior Chef at Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky and Trish McIlroy, a Professor of Culinary Arts with Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis.  Liz Biro, Food and Beverage Critic with the Indianapolis Star will be the Master of Ceremonies.

 

A $2,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to the winner that evening, with all other participants receiving prizes as well. The winner will also have a booth at this year’s Taste of Shelby County event on June 2, 2017 – so everyone will have an opportunity to try their award-winning dish.   Last year this event was among the most fun of the season, come experience it!

 

Thank you for the support.   It has been a week filled with highs and lows.   Good for us all problems vanish as soon as we walk through the theater’s doors.  Yours will too.   We hope to see you at the Strand!

 

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Mar 31 2017

Strand Theatre Weekly Email – March 31, 2017

Dear Strand Fan,

 

This week and next we are taking the opportunity to fix a few problems at the theater.   It seems as though there is always something.   This week our focus falls on our sound system.   (Warning, tech talk ahead).   Our sound board has given us great service since we opened.   Each year our sound guru Ron B. opens the board and gives it annual maintenance.   This year he was unable to get that done.   We are feeling the effects, or at least we think.  We currently have 4 bad channels and last week we lost our phantom power (don’t you hate when that happens?).  It is time for a little TLC, or more aptly “miracle work” to happen.  We have our fingers crossed everything will be OK.  We know Ron will be in sometime soon to check things out.   

 

We are also going to make sure the stage floor is smooth.   With the wear and tear it becomes necessary to do a thorough inspection and make the necessary repairs.   The final item on the list is our semi-annual ice machine maintenance.   If you own commercial ice machines, you know the issue.   Our machine has given us excellent service.   We intend to keep it that way.

 

How is your bracket doing?   We are taking this weekend off to watch basketball.   We have learned from the past that the Final Four will put a damper on attendance.   Tim Spradlin will attest to that.  Good luck to all the teams.   Arts and sports come together in March in Indiana.  We are having as much fun watching the games as you are.

 

Next week we have POETRY NIGHT on Wednesday April 5 at 7pm.   This semi-annual event is presented by Three Sisters Books and Gifts.   It will feature poet Bonnie Maurer.   Bring poetry to read, or just come to listen.  It is always a wonderful event.   April is National Poetry Month.   Get in the spirit and head to the Strand on Wednesday night.   The event is free.

 

Thursday night April 6th we welcome Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian DONALD DAVIDSON to the Strand.   This free event will give you an opportunity to hear Donald talk about things relevant to this year’s 500 as well as interesting facts from the past.   Donald Davidson is a true gentleman, and we look forward to his return to the Strand.   The event starts at 7pm and is free.

 

Saturday April 8th CATRINA and the BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS return to the Strand’s stage.   The Baggies are based in Metamora, Indiana.   They perform wonderful bluegrass music.   Come on out and have an evening filled with toe tapping music!   The concert starts at 7:30pm.   Tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart or online at BrownPaperTickets.com.    There will be plenty of tickets available at the door.

 

We continued our painting this past week.   It is odd to have work not associated with the stage or auditorium.   Our offices inch closer to being done.   Darlene G. spent a day getting the north office finished.   All that is left is a few touch-ups and to give it a thorough cleaning.   You will know when that is done as the chandelier will glisten and all the bulbs will be clean and bright.  You can see that from the street.

 

We have the south office and the southwest office to finish.   The south office is close, but we haven’t even started on the southwest office.    We have the skylight well in that office to paint.    It already looks good with the skylight (back for the first time in over 70 years!)   Once we are done with all the paint, they we can install the carpet.   It has taken us over a decade, but that is OK.   As you know we work on our core mission areas of the theater first.   The offices just aren’t that important in the scheme of things.

 

Thank you for all your support.  Now more than every the good wishes are appreciated by the all volunteer leadership and staff at the Strand.  We will all find out together what the future will hold.   Until then, see you at the Strand!

 

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