Feb 20 2015

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: February 20, 2015

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
STAR TREK
February 20, 2015
INTO DARKNESS (2013)
7:00pm
$5

Rock/Blues Concert
PRESSED IN BLACK
February 21, 2015
8:00pm
$5 Advance / $7 Door

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
65TH STREET KLEZMER BAND
with Steven Greenman – Violin
February 22, 2015
2:00pm
Free

SHS National Honor Society
MR. SHELBYVILLE TALENT SHOW
Benefit for Our Hospice of Shelby County
February 25, 2015
7:00pm

Friday Night Frights
MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (2013)
HI-8 (2013)
February 27, 2015
7:30pm
$5

Comedy
MICHAEL MALONE
February 28, 2015
8:00pm
$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

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Feb 13 2015

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: February 13, 2015

Dear Strand Fan,

The Strand is back in action.  We started our 2015 Season with the Shelby County Reads’ showing of “Tales of Despereaux.”   Everything went great and we are ready for the season.

 

This week we finished acquiring some needed equipment.   The hotel we discussed last week decided to sell their amplifier rack that provided audio to all their meeting & ballrooms.   (warning, tech talk ahead)  This was quite the purchase.   The amplifiers all have outputs that range from 4 ohm to 70 volt. This will provide everything we need for our internal monitor system.  This will be especially good news to the theatrical groups who need to monitor the stage from multiple locations.   Ron B. is already scheming how and where each amplifier will be used.  We purchased seven in all, including the rack.

 

Speaking of sound, our final sound system design was unveiled this past Saturday to our Strand technical crew.   In a single word….wow!   The good part is that everything will sound fantastic!   Clear, crisp, and even.  The delay that was put into the speakers for the front to back sound is perfect.  As you walk the length of the auditorium there is no discernable difference in sound.  Mission accomplished.   There were over 100 hours of volunteer labor that were spent this past month in this changeover.

 

There are going to be a few issues with the upgraded sound system.  The Strand will be great once our new proscenium and stage is finished.  Unfortunately until then we will have to work around our speakers.  While not a huge issue, it isn’t ideal, we know that.  We can put a work-around for those performances that need the speakers moved.    We anticipate that will be very few times throughout the season.   The improvement will be worth it.   (editor’s note:  We were all skeptical.  Did we really need all that equipment visible?  Was it worth it?  After hearing learning “rest of the story” of why and hearing a demonstration of all types of performances,  the answer is yes it is well worth it!)

 

Next week we have our Mid-Winter Film Festival.   We will show 4 Star Trek movies.  This will be fun time.   The opportunity to see some of these films in a theatre doesn’t happen often.  Please spread the word, we would hate for any Star Trek lovers to miss it.

 

Our first concert of the season is February 21st.   Kit Haymond will bring his band “Pressed in Black” back to the Strand.   Kit writes most of his own music.  It will be a great concert.   (the sound will be good too!)   Come out and support local musicians and hear “Pressed in Black.”

We follow that with our 2nd concert of the season the very next day.   On February 22nd the 65th Street Klezmer Band will perform at the Strand.   Klezmer music is most easily described as Jewish Dixieland.   It will be a fun concert.   The band is joined by renowned klezmer violinist Steven Greenman.  In addition clarinetist and tsimbl players Kurt and Annette Bjorling will be performing too. (Ok, so you say what is a tsimbl?   Think of it as an Eastern European hammered dulcimer, very distinctive.)  It is sure to be a great concert.   The concert is free and great for the whole family.

 

As the Strand prepares for 2015 so does the Skyline Drive-In.   The Strand and Skyline are partnering in several events this summer.  We have all sorts of goodies in the works.   We have a unique opportunity with both venues, and we hope to highlight the potential of each.   Stay tuned for the fun!

 

Thank you for all your support.  The Strand is magical place.  We hope you can come to one of our upcoming events.  See you at the Strand!

Mid-Winter Film Festival

STAR TREK

February 17 – WRATH OF KHAN (1982)

February 18 – THE VOYAGE HOME (1986)

February 19 – FIRST CONTACT (1996)

February 20 – INTO DARKNESS (2013)

7:00pm

$5

 

Rock/Blues Concert

PRESSED IN BLACK

February 21, 2015

8:00pm

$5 Advance / $7 Door

 

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

65TH STREET KLEZMER BAND

with Steven Greenman – Violin

February 22, 2015

2:00pm

Free

 

SHS National Honor Society

MR. SHELBYVILLE TALENT SHOW

Benefit for Our Hospice of Shelby County

February 25, 2015

7:00pm

 

Friday Night Frights

MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (2013)

HI-8 (2013)

February 27, 2015

7:30pm

$5

 

Comedy

MICHAEL MALONE

February 28, 2015

8:00pm

$20 Advance / $25 Door

Bar Services By: 18 on the Square

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Feb 06 2015

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: February 6, 2015

The month of January the Strand volunteers fix all the things that need attention.   We have been hard at work with a few projects.   First is the renovation of the Strand Annex.   This is the building directly to the north of the back end of the theatre.  It will be used for our dressing rooms, part of the theatre pipe organ, and emergency exit for the auditorium.  As with anything we do, we plan first; execute second.   Steve F. is almost finished with the demolition plan.   We are doing our historical research at the same time.   If you remember stories of when Shelbyville High School played basketball in that space, please let us know.   We still have the backboard!

 

Our dressing room design is in full swing.   The Strand had a stroke of luck.   A dressing room needs lots of mirrors.   They, as you can imagine, are not cheap.  Fortunately for us the former Hilton Hotel on the northeast side of Indianapolis is closing for redevelopment.   As such they are liquidating everything in the hotel!   The Strand purchased mirrors, coat racks and even a fantastic podium.   These were all sold at a fraction of their value.

 

Our sound gurus Ron B. and Gordon H. have been hard at work upgrading our sound system.  We installed new equipment.  (warning, tech talk ahead)   The most important part of the process is “tuning” the room.   This makes sure the sound is even across every seat.   We now have crystal clear sound with a decrease in volume.  We normally run between 95 and 100 dB during rock concerts.   We now can have more sound with clearer quality at between 82 and 90 dB.  Our new subwoofers move enough air to blow out a match.   Bingo, that is what we need!   Our movie sound has also been reworked.  Star Trek will sound great.

 

We look forward to our first event of the 2015 Season on Sunday February 8th.   Please join us as Shelby County Reads presents “Tales of Despereaux.”   The program is free and starts at 2:00pm.

 

Thank you for everything you do.   Your support is what makes the Strand happen.   We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Strand for another great year.   See you at the Strand!

 

Shelby County Reads – Movie

TALES OF DESPEREAUX (2008)

February 8, 2015

2:00pm

Free

 

Mid-Winter Film Festival

STAR TREK

February 17 – WRATH OF KHAN (1982)

February 18 – THE VOYAGE HOME (1986)

February 19 - FIRST CONTACT (1996)

February 20 - INTO DARKNESS (2013)

7:00pm

$5

 

Rock/Blues Concert

PRESSED IN BLACK

February 21, 2015

8:00pm

$5 Advance / $7 Door

 

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

65TH STREET KLEZMER BAND

with Steven Greenman – Violin

February 22, 2015

2:00pm

Free

 

SHS National Honor Society

MR. SHELBYVILLE TALENT SHOW

Benefit for Our Hospice of Shelby County

February 25, 2015

7:00pm

 

Friday Night Frights

MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (2013)

HI-8 (2013)

February 27, 2015

7:30pm

$5

 

Comedy

MICHAEL MALONE

February 28, 2015

8:00pm

$20 Advance / $25 Door

Bar Services By: 18 on the Square

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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

TALES OF DESPEREAUX (2008)

February 8, 2015

2:00pm

Free

 

Mid-Winter Film Festival

STAR TREK

February 17 – WRATH OF KHAN (1982)

February 18 – THE VOYAGE HOME (1986)

February 19 – FIRST CONTACT (1996)

February 20 – INTO DARKNESS (2013)

7:00pm

$5

 

Rock/Blues Concert

PRESSED IN BLACK

February 21, 2015

8:00pm

$5 Advance / $7 Door

 

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

65TH STREET KLEZMER BAND

with Steven Greenman – Violin

February 22, 2015

2:00pm

Free

 

SHS National Honor Society

MR. SHELBYVILLE TALENT SHOW

Benefit for Our Hospice of Shelby County

February 25, 2015

7:00pm

 

Friday Night Frights

MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (2013)

HI-8 (2013)

February 27, 2015

7:30pm

$5

 

Comedy

MICHAEL MALONE

February 28, 2015

8:00pm

$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.

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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.

Credits:
- 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)
  • DEVIL TIMES FIVE (1974)
  • 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
  • ARTIST RECEPTION AND CONCERT
  • Friday, October 10, 2014
  • 6:00pm
  • FREE

 

  • Movie Event
  • JOHN CALVERT FILM FESTIVAL
  • Saturday, October 11, 2014
  • 1:00pm
  • FREE

 

  • Turning Point
  • NO SO NEWLYWED GAME
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • 6:00pm
  • $10

 

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

 

  • Concert
  • AN EVENING WITH TAYLOR ELLIOTT
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  • 7:30pm
  • FREE

 

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

 

  • Shelby County Players
  • Shelby Senior Services
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS PREVIEW
  • 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
  • MUSICAL HAUNTED HOUSE
  • Friday, October 31st
  • Saturday, November 1st
  • Fright Free Hours 4-6pm
  • Frightful Hours 6-10pm
  • $5 Admission

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