Dec 15 2017

DONNIE BAKER at the Strand

DONNIE BAKER will be in Shelbyville at the Strand Theatre on December 16, 2017.   There are two shows!   7:00pm and 9:30pm.    The 7:00pm show is sold out, but the Strand will release 10 tickets at the door for purchase the night of the show!   The 9:30pm show is almost filled.   Get your tickets by visiting    The Strand is holding back 10 tickets for sale at the door for the 9:30pm show too.

It will be a FUN night…besides, it has to be after all ITS STATE LAW

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Dec 15 2017

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: December 15, 2017

Dear Strand Fan,


Like the tick tick clock of the stately clock, as it stands against the wall…the Strand’s 2017 season is winding down.   It is hard to believe this year has almost passed.   It has been quite a year.   We have had our ups and downs but are finishing on a high note.


We have 6 things left in 2017.    On Saturday night December 16th (tomorrow) we welcome back Donnie Baker to the Strand’s stage.   This is a popular show.   The 7:00pm show is SOLD OUT.   Tickets are still available for the 9:30 show but it is getting full.   If you still need tickets head on over to Mickey’s T-Mart (for cash or check) or online at     We anticipate being very close to maximum for the second show too!


This performance we will be using our Cabaret Area bar and our balcony Upper Lobby bar.   This will be the first true test of the new serving space upstairs.   Remember, we have bathrooms available in the balcony.   Thank you to The Fly (Pasghetti’s) for providing the bar for this performance.  The restaurants in Shelbyville are ready to welcome our Strand fans before and after the show.   We hope you visit a local eatery.  See you Saturday night….It’s State Law!


Saturday December 23rd the Strand will be rockin’ with the sounds of FENNS STATION.   Nick Fischer and the gang will be performing together for the first time in years.   The concert will open with BLUE RIDGE BANNED.  (Editor’s note:  You might notice our marquee says “Band” not “Banned”   We just did not have enough space on the marquee to spell it properly!)  We look forward to ending the performance year with great local talent.    Tickets are available online and at Mickey’s T-Mart (cash or check only).    We hope to see you at this show for a blast from the past.    


We will finish the public performances of 2017 with two very special events on Christmas Eve Day.   Our friends at First Christian Church need a place for their Christmas Eve Day services.   Their church is undergoing a wonderful renovation.    The Strand is honored to offer our theater to the congregation to celebrate the Christmas Season.   

The first worship service will be at 10:00am on Sunday December 24, 2017.       It will be followed by the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 6:30pm.   Everyone is welcome to attend these services.     

We have well over 100 bookings for 2018.   When we asked one of our new performers for 2018 why they picked the Strand, he reminded us of some of our core beliefs   These are things we do everyday that sometimes we take for granted.  The Strand is committed to our performers.   We are a venue that does not judge.   Whether you like Country or Classical, Rock or Pop, we will not determine what is worthy or not for our stage.  This has allowed us to flourish and to provide a creative performance environment where all are welcome and everyone is respected.    Fortunately for us Whit Stillman characters are not making the decisions on our programming!  Any true art lover knows the best art often comes from the unexpected.


We quoted a lyric from a famous Indiana composer in this email.   If you know the composer and title of the song, let us know!   Reply to this email and if you have the correct answer we will send you a coupon good for a free soft drink on your next visit to the Strand.  If you read us on Facebook or Twitter, just send a message to our account.  Please include your email address so we can send you your coupon.


We want to send special greetings to several members of our Strand Family.   They are having a difficult day today and we wish them well.  They know who they are and are loyal readers of this email.   We look forward to having them on the mend and back at the Strand.


Ok.   Ready, set, go…for Donnie Baker!   We have the our volunteers are ready, our theater is ready, the local eateries are ready, the hotels are ready, the bar is ready, and Donnie is ready.   Come join the fun tomorrow night at the Strand.    Thank you for your support, without it none of this would be possible.    See you at the Strand!

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Dec 08 2017

Strand Weekly Email: December 8, 2017

Dear Strand Fan,

You still have time to see THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.   This delightful production by the Shelby County Players will be performing tonight and Saturday at 7:30pm and a matinee on Sunday.   This production is for the whole family, especially our younger Strand Fans.    You can get your tickets in advance or at the door.  


The week we finish the run by the Shelby County Players and prepare for a busy week ahead.   After the matinee on Sunday, the Strand will prepare for the Christmas Cantata and Holiday Concert on Tuesday December 12th.


The Cantata is performed by Liberty United Methodist Church under the direction of Gloria Thomas.  The cantata that Liberty United Methodist Church will be performing is called “Welcome to Our World.”  The music is a combination of many styles of music from contemporary to traditional.  It even has some Celtic flair.   We will also hear holiday music sung by the Blue River Community Choir under the direction of Francis Jackson.   The event is free and starts at 7:30pm.   


Wednesday December 13th the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce holds their monthly NETWORK LUNCHEON at the Strand.   This will be fun and different for our fellow Chamber Members, as we will have entertainment on our stage!    Thank you to our volunteers who are making this possible in the middle of a work day.   Sometimes that is not the easiest thing to do.


On Saturday December 16th we welcome DONNIE BAKER to the Strand.   There are two shows, 7:00pm and 9:30pm.    The 7:00pm show is SOLD OUT!    There are still tickets available for the 9:30 show.  This year’s show will have a bar provided by The Fly.    We will also be using our upper lobby bar located in the balcony.     We look forward to a packed house next weekend.


This show is always fun and exciting.   For the changeover we need to get 350+ people out of the Strand, clean up, then welcome 350+ new patrons into the Strand…all in the span of 30 minutes.   To make it more fun, our friends and neighbors at the First Baptist Church have their annual Christmas Program that night too!    Cleaning the auditorium that quickly needs an army of helpers.     This performance would be a great time to volunteer at the Strand as we always need the help!   


We have been working on our renovation plans for this coming January.   The primary focus is working on our lighting system.  With a generous grant from Shelby County, we are able to install much needed equipment.  This is not a renovation, but an upgrade.    This week the Strand ordered 20 Ellipsoidal lighting instrument (545 Watt at 19°) along with side arms, safety cables, and knuckles.     We also ordered our new light board.   This board will solve our “flicker” problem when the house lights are set to low.   It will also provide greater flexibility, reliability, and usability.   It also has integrated video capabilities so it will grow with us in the future.    Based on the usage of our current light board, we should be good until about 2039.    Thank you to our friends and partners at Beck Studios for helping us achieve our goal of installing this new equipment.


We also working on our wifi infrastructure this week.   This came to the top of the to-do list because it failed!  Uhg.  (warning, tech talk ahead)  Our free Wifi, generously sponsored by Comcast & Mach 1PC, works via a small PC running firewall software called pFsense.  This helps us provide a free and secure wifi network, where we can easily manage its use.  Unfortunately, that PC failed last week.  To try and get everything back up and going, a VM (virtual machine), was spun up on a server that resides at the Strand.  This server has fiber optic links and is located in a historic place, the nitrate film vault in our projection booth dating from our opening in 1916!  Software incompatibilities with the VM software would crash the server after only running for a few hours.  Luckily Strand volunteer  Cody V., our resident tech guru, was able to bring down his recently retired firewall that runs the same software.  He was able to get the free wifi back up and going just minutes before the Shelby County Players opened the doors to their performance this past Saturday.    


One of the items on our January list is to move the location of our Coke bibs (those are the VERY heavy boxes of syrup that provide the flavor).   They are currently located in the basement under the concession area.   This was the only location available when we opened the Strand in 2008.   This past year Bob S. built a section off the lobby to house this equipment.   This week we prepared that space and are ready to have the Coke Company execute the move!   This will be a welcome upgrade for our volunteers who lug those heavy boxes to the basement.


The Shelby County Historical Society and Grover Museum are preparing for our January renovation too.    They have selected and are preparing a new set of historical photographs for the lobby.    This has been a very popular addition to the Strand and we appreciate the partnership with SCHS and the Grover Museum!


We maintain our equipment meticulously.   We have to take care of what we have and are respectful of the investment in the Strand.   We always do an annual cleaning of our popcorn popper.  This is very thorough.   We had to do a little advance work this week and replace some light bulbs in the machine.   We do not like burned out light bulbs!


We have many things yet this year.   There is something for everyone!   We enjoy hosting wonderful and diverse entertainment.   This week we go from POOH to SINGING to LUNCH to COMEDY!    This is all because of you and your support for all the art that performs at the Strand.   Thank you!   See you at the Strand.

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Dec 01 2017

The House at Pooh Corner

The Shelby County Players present THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.   Performances are:

December 1 – 7:30pm

December 2 – 7:30pm

December 3 – 2:00pm

December 8 – 7:30pm

December 9 – 7:30pm

December 10 – 2:00pm

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Dec 01 2017

Upcoming Events

Shelby County Players
December 8, 2017 7:30pm
December 9, 2017 7:30pm
December 10, 2017 2:00pm


Liberty United Methodist Church
December 12, 2017
7:30pm FREE


Blue River Community Choir
December 12, 2017
7:30pm FREE


Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
December 13, 2017
Reservations made with the Chamber


December 16, 2017
2 Shows 7pm & 9:30pm
$20 Advance
$25 Door
Advanced Tickets available
at Mickey’s T-Mart
or online


Reunion Concert

December 23, 2017
$12 Advance
$15 Door
Advanced Tickets available
at Mickey’s T-Mart
or online

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75 Anniversary of General Release
January 23, 2018
7:30pm $5


Community Treasure Series
February 7, 2018
7:00pm FREE


Friday Night Frights
February 9, 2018
7:30pm   $5


Valentine’s Concert
February 10, 2018


Tribute Concert
February 16, 2018


Tribute Concert
February 17, 2018


Shelby County Players
February 23-25, 2018
March 1-4, 2018

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Dec 01 2017

Strand Weekly Email: December 1, 2017

Dear Strand Fan,


Tonight is opening night for THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.   This delightful children’s play is presented by the Shelby County Players.   The young cast will bring back memories of Pooh and the gentleness that A.A. Milne originally wrote.   It is a appropriate for all ages, especially kids!    Bring your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews to experience this wonderful children’s play.   Curtain is at 7:30pm tonight and Saturday.   There is a 2pm matinee on Sunday.   Next week is the same schedule.


It is a good thing that Pooh performs frequently as it is a busy theater night in Shelbyville.  The annual Shelbyville Middle School Madrigal is tonight too.   This annual event provides a great start to many middle schoolers theatrical career.    It is also opening night for our friends at Buck Creek Players.  They present It’s a Wonderful Life – Live Radio Play now through December 17th at their theater at the Acton Road exit on I-74.


The Strand let us know it was over 100 years old this week.   We have talked many times in the past about the leaking brand new drain line from our lobby furnace.   You might remember that the lobby never had a complete furnace and air conditioner before last year.   The new high efficiency units constantly drain.    We have repaired the women’s restroom ceiling 4 times from leaks.   Yep, number 5 will happen in January.   The darn thing leaked again.   We have had our professional contractors fix it, we have had our plumbers work on it, and we have had our Strand volunteers work on it…twice!   We can now call that three times.   In a fit of disgust, we thought the problem through.   We rerouted the drain and abandoned the old.    Fixed!   Let’s hope we don’t write about this again.


Our stage lights are incandescent.  As a result they can burn out.    That will be a concept in a few years that the kids will not understand, as everything will be LED.    We had two instruments on the same circuit decide to retire.   Fortunately we had extra lamps and they are up and running again.   We are going to order more bulbs because we know the other 14 all have the same amount of usage.    The Shelby County Players have extra bulbs on hand for that eventuality too!


The Strand is proud to host the First Christian Church Christmas Evening Service.   Their church is under construction and they need a place to go.   We are honored to help celebrate the season with their congregation.    The late Rev. Jim Horner was one of those people that made the Strand possible.   The values and passion he instilled in many of the Strand’s leaders manifests itself in projects like our theater.   We are happy to provide the space which just happens to be decorated for Christmas too!


Plans are underway for our January work session.  We have several projects that will be happening concurrently.    The Strand’s board met in a planning session at Shelbyville Fire Headquarters this week to map out strategy.   We now have a plan and are working at assembling the pieces and parts needed to accomplish the tasks.   The majority of the work revolves around installing additional stage lighting.    We will also have plenty of painting to do!


We have talked about how pleased we are with 2018 bookings.   So far we have well over 100 events in the schedule for 2018.   That is good, but sometimes we are a victim of our own success.    We were contacted by Brick Street Poetry in conjunction with the Indiana Humanities Council to bring US Poet Laureate Tracy Smith to the Strand.   This is a great honor.   We have enjoyed hosting many Indiana Poet Laureates in the past and are thrilled at the prospect of our national poet laureate visiting.    Unfortunately the date in November 2018 they need is booked!   We are still going to participate and facilitate that visit, as it will be an honor for our community.     The joys (or sometimes not) of being busy.     


The Strand is part of the quality of life fabric in Shelbyville and Shelby County.   This is because of you.   Your support and encouragement allow our 100% volunteer organization to stay focused on our core values and accomplish our mission.    Thank You!   See you at the Strand.

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Nov 24 2017

ELF – 2 Showings today, FREE!

ELF 2017 Web

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