Jan 29 2015

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: January 30, 2015

Happy 2015!!   Last year was a great year for the Strand.   We were closed the first 3 months to renovate our balcony.   We followed that with 94 performances and with over 10,000 people in attendance.  Not bad for getting a late start.

This year the Strand volunteers have been working and planning for upcoming projects in the theatre.  This is our final year in the double digits, as next year we turn 100!   There will be lots of exciting things and plenty of help will be needed.

We reopen with our first event of 2015 on February 8th.   As you can see below, it is non-stop from there on out.   Thank you for your support.   We hope to see you at the Strand!


Shelby County Reads – Movie


February 8, 2015




Mid-Winter Film Festival


February 17 – WRATH OF KHAN (1982)

February 18 – THE VOYAGE HOME (1986)

February 19 – FIRST CONTACT (1996)

February 20 – INTO DARKNESS (2013)




Rock/Blues Concert


February 21, 2015


$5 Advance / $7 Door


Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation


with Steven Greenman – Violin

February 22, 2015




SHS National Honor Society


Benefit for Our Hospice of Shelby County

February 25, 2015



Friday Night Frights


HI-8 (2013)

February 27, 2015






February 28, 2015


$20 Advance / $25 Door

Bar Services By: 18 on the Square

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Jan 17 2015

Michael Malone Returns

Michael Malone

Saturday, February 28th. Show at 8, doors and bar open at 7.


Comedian Michael Malone is a larger than life performer who delivers heavy-hitting punchlines with the weight of a veteran and the heat reserved only for the country’s hottest up and coming comics.

Known best for his top-10 selling comedy album debut on iTunes, Malone is a force to reckon with in the comedy world. His blistering humor and irreverent views on life, love and personal tragedy have earned him recognitions like Campus Activities Magazine’s Top Comedy Performer of 2013, “Hot Comic to Watch in 2013,” and winner of the prestigious 33rd Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2012.

2015 doesn’t show signs of slowing down. His newest comedy album, “Thirty One,” is set to release nationally in February with Uproar Records. The new material explores aging, life and death, and the idiotic ways we deal with both. Recorded at the Joke Joint in St. Paul, Minnesota, Malone is dedicating the “Thirty One” album to his late stepfather Wayne. Fans can also catch Malone in three feature films and a documentary film that will be announced soon!

Malone’s been featured on the Bob and Tom Radio and TV, made appearances on WGN TV, National Lampoon’s Operation Comedy Tour, NBC TV, XM Sirius Satellite radio and the CW. He also has two top-ten selling comedy albums on iTunes. Check out www.MaloneComedy.com for videos, tour dates, and tons of exclusive content.

- Bob and Tom Show
- XM Radio
- NBC, The CW, WGN, Comcast on Demand
- Movies : “Chopping Block”, “Teach”, “Bethlehem”, “Terms”
- Voted HOT Comic to Watch 2013
- Top 5 Comedy Performers of 2013
- 2012 Winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition
- 2013 Comedy Central’s Freshman Faces Showcase
- Top Ten Best Selling Comedy Album on iTunes

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Oct 16 2014

The Blues with Top Hat Blues Revue and Shock Therapy


Catch a couple of the best Blues bands in Indiana right here at the Strand on November 8th.

Tickets are just $10 and are available at Mickeys T Mart after Monday October 20th.

They are available online now at    

strand blues return poster outlined 11x17 web

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Sep 14 2014

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: September 15, 2014


Dear Strand Fan,


Where has the summer gone?   The Strand had been a busy place.   We took a performance break the last few weeks for two reasons.   First, we had some needed upgrades that had to be accomplished (more on that later).   Second, and most important, our schedule for now to the end of the year is packed.  In order to have wonderful HAPPY volunteers, we needed to manage how much time we spent at the theatre.   As you will see below in our list of events, we are busy.  Each and every performance presents unique challenges.   Each will take preparation and coordination.   With an all volunteer staff, we have to be realistic in what we can and cannot do, hence the little break now.


The past few weeks have seen upgrades to many areas.  First is our popcorn machine.  The Strand has purchased a unit that will automatically meter and dispense our oil.   We use 100% coconut oil.   It is solid below 72 degrees.   This new unit also has a heater.  This is a much needed safety improvement.   It will also be easier for our concessions staff to make that wonderful Strand popcorn!  We did this upgrade out of necessity. A big Thank You to Studio 10, who once again popped all the Strand’s popcorn during this period of “necessity.”


Next we continued on our balcony bathrooms.  The Strand uses professional help when the job is beyond the scope and skill of our volunteers.   The tile in the bathrooms is one such job.   The tile was donated by Shelbyville Paint and Wallpaper (thank you!)   As such, we are on a time available installation schedule.   That is OK, there were several other things that have to happen too, so it isn’t delaying us.    Steve Dennis Electric finished the bathroom electricity and the plumbing will be installed as soon as the tile is done.   It is a good thing we didn’t go too fast…


Remember the heavy rain a few weeks ago.   Our downtown rain gauges measured about 2.75” of rain.   The Strand’s roof didn’t meet expectations.  (a polite way of saying it leaked!).   The failure occurred, you guessed it, right above our new balcony bathrooms.   Fortunately it didn’t cause any damage, just a mess on our new tile.   Bob S. ventured on the roof, found the crack, and it is now fixed and secure.   We will be installing a piece of rubber roofing in that area to prevent this from occurring in the future.   This is not the first time this problem spot on the roof has caused us trouble.


The final major project is the installation of our lighting system.   The Strand has been saving for years to complete this phase of the project.  (warning, tech talk ahead).   We are installing our lighting for the balcony.    This project has a zillion tasks that had to be completed before we got to this point.   The dimmer rack we are using is 24 channels.  It is being fed by our new 3 phase power in the projection booth.   The circuits are being run to the lighting positions at the front of the balcony and the back by the spotlights.   The Strand has purchased 20 new lighting instruments from our friends at Beck Studios in Cincinnati.  This is the same group that donated our Grand Drape when we started in 2008.  We will be getting 12) 6×16 Ellipsoidals and 6) 6×22 Ellipsoidal instruments.   These will be lamped at 575 watt.   Each will be on an independent circuit.   We will finally be able to adequately light our stage.  Yippee!


The Strand presented a lecture by author Joel Fox in 2010.   This past week Joel was on CSPAN Book TV.   The national television audience had a chance to learn about his books with lead character Zane Rigby.    You saw him here first, but can watch the interview:   http://www.c-span.org/video/?318931-8/book-discussion-fdrs-treasure-lincolns-hand


Starting this week the Strand is non-stop until the end of the year.   On Friday we present Friday Night Frights.   We will be showing DEEP RED and DEVIL TIMES FIVE.  Both films are from the mid 1970’s.    The show starts at 7:30 and tickets are only $5.


Saturday night is a very special performance at the Strand.   The Cupboard will present their production of “THE COLOR PURPLE.”   This musical, originally developed by Oprah Winfrey was nominated for 11 Tony Awards.   This is live musical theatre.   The Strand is fortunate to be selected as a performance location.   We have a great community, you know that.   Since the cast is very large, so are the expenses.  A few weeks back it became obvious due to the financial commitment we would be unable to present the show.   Not wanting to miss this wonderful opportunity we contacted our friends at the Blue River Community Foundation for advice.   The advice came in the form of a grant from the DePrez Arts Development Fund.   The DePrez Fund not only funded what was necessary to have the production, but they also bought 100 tickets for our County’s high school students!!   All we asked for was advice…how great is that.   Thank you to the Deprez Arts Development Fund for underwriting this wonderful production.   You will not want to miss this.   The performance is Saturday night September 20th at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Tickets are available on-line or at Mickey’s T-Mart.


Immediately after THE COLOR PURPLE is finished, the Shelby County Players load-in for their musical THE 1940’S RADIO HOUR.   This production will be fun and full of familiar tunes from the era.  The Strand will be transformed into a 1940’s live radio studio.   The production will run for two weekends starting September 26th.   It will be a must see production.


After the two musicals back to back, we will have a wide variety of events for October.  You can see by the list below there will be something for everyone!

Thank you for your support.   The Strand exists because you are interested in the Arts and live entertainment.   We have wonderful local talent.  They are joined by regional and national performers on our stage.   We hope that you can make it to one of the many things that are offered in the next few weeks.   Our strong recommendation is that you come to both THE COLOR PURPLE and THE 1940’S RADIO HOUR.   You will have two evenings of outstanding entertainment.   We look forward to seeing you at the Strand!

  • Friday Night Frights
  • DEEP RED (1975)
  • Friday, September 19, 2014
  • $5
  • 7:30pm


  • The Cupboard Theatre Company
  • COLOR PURPLE the Musical
  • Saturday September 20, 2014
  • $15 Advance / $20 Door
  • 7:00pm


  • Shelby County Players
  • 1940’s RADIO HOUR
  • Friday September 26, 2014 7:30pm
  • Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:30pm
  • Sunday, September 28, 2014 2:00pm
  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:30pm
  • Friday, October 3, 2014 7:30pm
  • Saturday, October 4, 2014 7:30pm
  • Sunday, October 5, 2014 2:00pm
  • Evenings $12 Advance / $15 Door
  • Matinees $10 Advance /  $13 Door
  • Youth Tickets $5 Advance
  • Shelby County Arts Fest
  • Friday, October 10, 2014
  • 6:00pm
  • FREE


  • Movie Event
  • Saturday, October 11, 2014
  • 1:00pm
  • FREE


  • Turning Point
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • 6:00pm
  • $10


  • Comedy
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014
  • 8:00pm
  • $15 Advance / $20 Door


  • Concert
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  • 7:30pm
  • FREE


  • Three Sisters Books
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • 7:00pm
  • FREE


  • Shelby County Players
  • Shelby Senior Services
  • Friday, October 24, 2014
  • 7:30pm
  • $10
  • All Things Paranormal
  • PARACON 2014
  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • 5:00pm  - 11:00pm
  • $10 Advance / $12 Door


  • Shelbyville High School Band
  • Friday, October 31st
  • Saturday, November 1st
  • Fright Free Hours 4-6pm
  • Frightful Hours 6-10pm
  • $5 Admission

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Sep 03 2014

The Color Purple- A Musical About Love

Color Purple Shelbyville flyer (3)

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Jul 19 2014

Shelby Idol Final Results

Middle School Division
Sean Garrison

High School Division
Lauren Taylor

Adult Division
Morgan Gibson


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Jul 18 2014

Friday Night Frights – Tonight!

July Friday Night Fridays are tonight at the Strand Theatre.   This month’s movies are:

TROLL 2 (1990)


all seats $5

…the balcony is open too!


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