Apr 08 2015

Mike Gardner

Friday April 10th, 8:30 PM


Mike Gardner

$15 in advance, $20 at the door.

For those of you who were in attendance for Donnie Baker’s second show this past December you will definitely remember Mike as the  feature comedian who blew everyone away prior to Donnie coming on stage.

For those who missed him, well, don’t let it happen again. Now he is coming back as a headliner for a full show and he is by far one of the funniest comedians ever to grace our stage.

Comedian Mike Gardner is best known for his dead on social observations and willingness to push the envelope beyond what most deem as “comfortable”. He will share many stories about his own life making you laugh at his misfortunes before turning the table on the audience to share their insecurities.  “A Dr. Phil that swears” was recently quoted by a critic at a live Mike Gardner show. “He saved my marriage just with a single comedy show”.  You’ve seen him on MTV, Fox, WGN, and heard him on national powerhouse radio program The Bob and Tom Show.  Come see him live before he kills himself to be more famous.Mike Gardner poster

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Mar 27 2015

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: March 27, 2015

Dear Strand Fan,

 

We always start our emails with that salutation.  The concept of this email came about long ago when we were working on the concept that would become the Strand.  We decided that most not-for-profits had a “curiosity” about them, and sometimes people wondered what they were up to.   The Strand was to be different, no secrets, no hidden agendas.   How could we accomplish this task?   You are reading it; our Weekly Email.   The salutation was from Steve F. who came up with the “Dear Strand Fan” as well as our motto “Building an audience, one seat at a time.”    So now you know.

 

How are your brackets doing?   The Strand is respectful of the incredible interest the Tournament attracts, and as such has a light schedule these next two weekends.   But tonight we are having fun with the March installment of Friday Night Frights.

 

Tonight’s films are from Indiana Filmmaker Joshua Hull.   The first film is  “The Impersonators” (2014)  It is about a ragtag group of birthday party superhero impersonators hired by a small town to help brighten up their streets and boost local morale. But when the local crime syndicate mistakes these misfits for actual heroes, the impersonators soon find themselves in over their heads in a hilarious fight for survival.

 

The second film is the brand new “Chopping Block” (2015)  The movie follows a group of corporate types who get laid off. Desperate times call for desperate measures. They decide to kidnap their ex-boss’s daughter for ransom. Things take a bloody turn, when the boss’s daughter just happens to be the only survivor of a masked psychopath. A masked psychopath still out for blood. Hilarity & bloodshed ensue…A Slasher Comedy About Kidnappers, a Final Girl & One Very Angry Slasher.. “Horrible Bosses meets Halloween!”

 

These films are selected by the Strand’s hard working volunteer in charge of FNF.   That is Branden Y.  Branden has worked not only to secure films, but is a one man marketing machine.   He was featured on Giant 96 Radio as well as an article in the online version of NUVO.  He has social media covered.  The result is an ever increasing audience to this event.  Good job Branden!

 

On April 1st, the Strand welcomes Gloria Thomas and her talented singers.   The Liberty United Methodist Church Choir is joined by members of the Blue River Community Choir and will perform an Easter Cantata.     This group always provides a wonderful  performance.   Come out and hear for yourself, admission is free!

 

Did you notice the snow is gone?  So did we.  We also noticed the mud and dirt on all our sidewalks.  We had to take a hose and clean them off.   It is a constant struggle to keep the front of our facade clean.  State Road 9 does an excellent job of kicking up dust and dirt.   We wouldn’t trade our location for anything!   The Strand is one of the most visible locations in downtown Shelbyville…just the way we like it!

 

The Strand will be holding a work session on Saturday April 11, 2015.   We will start at 9:00am.   Later in the morning we will be joined by volunteers from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ “Day of Community Service.”   We are looking forward to really making headway that only comes with lots of volunteers.   If you can make it, we will have 3 different projects at the same time.   Steve F. will be guiding the crew in our Strand Annex.   David F. will be leading the crew in our offices.   Rhonda S. will be working in the auditorium.   If we have enough people we will also send a group to our projection booth to disassemble our 1930’s projector being donated to the Shelby County Historical Society.  It will be a fun day!

 

The final subject this week is something that is very important to talk about.   We live in a great community.  If you read these emails you know that.   This week the Strand received a wonderful donation.   As you might have read, the Bears of Blue River Festival decided to retire this year.   We have said many times they have been doing the mission of the Strand with live music for over 30 years!

 

This week in the mail the Strand received a letter from the Bears of Blue River Festival Committee.  They sent us a very generous donation as part of the disbursement of their remaining funds.   A local community leader upon hearing this news said it best: “Bravo!”   Thank you to the BBRF Committee for all they have done for our community.  Your hard work, dedication, and generosity are what helps make Shelby County the place to Live, Work and Play!

 

April will be a month filled with a wide variety of entertainment at the Strand.  It is all possible because of your support….thank you!   See you at the Strand.

Friday Night Frights

THE IMPERSONATORS (2014)

CHOPPING BLOCK (2015)

movies of Joshua Hull

March 27, 2015  7:30pm

$5

 

Liberty United Methodist Church

EASTER CANTATA

April 1, 2015 7:00pm

FREE

 

Comedy

MIKE GARDNER

April 10, 2015 8:30pm

Mature Audience Only

 

Three Sisters Books and Gifts

POETRY READING
April 22, 2015  7:00pm

 

Friday Night Frights

PIECES OF TALENT (2014)

HEADLESS (2015)

April 24, 2015  7:30pm

Mature Audience Only

 

Comedy

HEYWOOD BANKS

April 25, 2015  8:00pm

Appropriate for All Ages

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Mar 20 2015

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: March 20, 2015

Dear Strand Fan,

The Strand’s volunteers participated in a meeting facilitated by the Blue River Community Foundation.   The topic was quality of life with Arts and Culture.   About 50 members of the Arts community attended.   It was an interesting event.   The Strand is proud of our accomplishments not only to the Arts in Shelby County, but to our overall effect on Quality of Life.

 

Did you notice our marquee last week?  We had “CONGRATS ECHO EFFECT ARTS.”  We have received lots of questions, what is that?   The marquee started the conversation which was the intent.  Echo Effect Arts is our newest arts group started by Thurmond Adams.  He founded the organization to encourage participation in the arts.   We wish Thurmond and his group all the best and welcome to the family.

 

Steve Dennis his trusty crew were hard at work upgrading the Strand’s electrical system.   The week they reworked our sound systems control relays.   The old relays had a few problems.  The new system works like a charm.   We can control more directly from the sound board.   It is a much needed improvement.

 

In addition to the sound system power, they installed all the electrical items in our new balcony bathrooms.   We had fans, lights, emergency lights, strobes, switches, and outlets all needing finished.   In addition they replaced all the batteries in our alarm system.   That is one of those expensive things that people really never consider.    It is all good and we are improving our safety every day.

 

The renovation work really never stops.   The most important part of the Strand is what happens on stage.   Even though we focus on our performances, we cannot stop our steady renovation process.   Our second floor offices are next on the agenda.   We really need to have permanent offices with the equipment necessary to produce our marketing materials.   Along those lines the local law firm McNeely Stephenson donated conference room chairs for our new board room.  This multi purpose room will give us a comfortable place for our many planning sessions.   It is the office to the south as you look at our facade.   It will be a great space.   Thank you!

 

Mr. Shelbyville Competition presented by the Shelbyville High School National Honor Society was a hit!   Funny too.    The group raised money for Our Hospice of Shelby County at their performance Wednesday night.

 

You will notice we are very light the next two weekends.   Last time we checked the Strand was still in the heart of Central Indiana.   In March that means basketball.   We know better than to compete, after all we learned our lesson when Butler went to the Final Four.   We had an audience of 6 that night!

 

There are lots of fun things coming to the Strand.   We hope to see you there.

 

Thank you for your support.   We love the Strand just like you.   See you at the Strand!

 

Friday Night Frights

THE IMPERSONATORS (2014)

CHOPPING BLOCK (2015)

movies of Joshua Hull

March 27, 2015  7:30pm

$5

 

Liberty United Methodist Church

EASTER CANTATA

April 1, 2015 7:00pm

 

Comedy

MIKE GARDNER

April 10, 2015 8:30pm

Mature Audience Only

 

Three Sisters Books and Gifts

POETRY READING
April 22, 2015  7:00pm

 

Friday Night Frights

PIECES OF TALENT (2014)

HEADLESS (2015)

April 24, 2015  7:30pm

Mature Audience Only

 

Comedy

HEYWOOD BANKS

April 25, 2015  8:00pm

Appropriate for All Ages

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Mar 13 2015

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: March 13, 2015

Dear Strand Fan,

 

The Strand welcomed the Shelby County Players to the Strand for their production of “No Body Like Jimmy.”    The production is funny and there are lots of laughs coming from the audience!    The play is directed by the talented Tom Krughoff.   The Strand’s volunteers love when Tom directs.  He is always prepared, helpful, and puts a great production on stage.   There is one thing that Tom attracts we don’t quite like….

 

Opening night of “No Body Like Jimmy” was the 824th performance on our stage since the Strand was transformed into a performing arts center.   In those 824 different shows we have had a bat visit us only once, that was until this past Friday night.   We had a bat decide to make an appearance in Act I.   The actors kept their composure even though the bat wanted to join the action on stage and everywhere else.   Steve F. did the duty of trying to catch the little sucker during the interval.   Quick thinking by the actors backstage resulted in a clean catch and release outside.   We did some quick checking and found that the ONLY other time we had a bat was during the play “Diary of Anne Frank.”   Guess who directed that?   Yep, it was Tom.   There seems to be trend developing…

 

Thank you to the Shelbyville Street and Parks Department for helping us out of the snow last week.  Our snow is normally removed by Strand volunteer Kevin Black.   Kevin has always been very gracious to the Strand.   Last week because of rehearsals every night he could not get in front of theatre because of parked cars.   On Friday, which as you recall was very cold, it was frozen solid.  Our friends at the City took care of the whole thing in a matter of minutes.   Thank you!

 

The snow has started to melt.  This week we went back on the Strand’s roof to see if we can discover our little leak.   Bob S.  walked all around.   We found our problem.  A crack developed in the main valley of the roof.   A quick repair and it all is tight again.   This is just one more little reminder that our theatre turns 100 years old in March 2016.

 

We recently had Michael Malone perform on our stage.   Michael wrote on his web site:  ”My whirlwind weekend wrapped up over at the beautiful Strand Theatre in Shelbyville Indiana last Saturday night.   I have not been back to the Strand in almost three years, however it still remains one of my favorite venues to play in the country.   The crowds there are so warm and welcoming, the staff treats you like family and the venue itself is as gorgeous as it is old.”

 

We appreciate Michael’s kind comments.

 

Our work continues in the Annex, bathrooms, our offices, and the roof.   We are fortunate to have a theatre that is full of potential.  Our community understands this potential and is making use of the Strand to its fullest.   That is what we are here to do.

 

This weekend continues the run of “No Body Like Jimmy.”   Come see this funny play, you will be glad you did.

 

As always everything we do is because of you.   Your support is the glue that keeps things together.   Thank you.   See you at the Strand!

 

Shelby County Players

NO BODY LIKE JIMMY

by Burton Baumgarner

March 13, 2015  7:30pm  Friday

March 14, 2015  7:30pm  Saturday

March 15, 2015  2:00pm  Sunday

 

SHS National Honor Society

MR. SHELBYVILLE – TALENT SHOW

benefits Our Hospice of Shelby County

March 18, 2015  7:00pm

(this is a rescheduled event)

 

Friday Night Frights

THE IMPERSONATORS (2014)

CHOPPING BLOCK (2015)

movies of Joshua Hull

March 27, 2015  7:30pm

$5

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Mar 06 2015

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: March 6, 2015

Dear Strand Fan,

 

This past weekend we were busy.   Friday night saw the return of Friday Night Frights (FNF).  We showed 2 independent films.   The audience said they liked them!    Our FNF series is growing steadily.   It is now under the direction of Branden Y. who has an eye for creative films.

 

Saturday night comedian Michael Malone returned to our stage.   Michael brought with him 3 other comedians.   It was a great night at the Strand.   Everyone was laughing and Michael gave our audience a great show.   We will be busy with comedy this spring so there will be plenty of chances to see great comic talent here in downtown Shelbyville.    We will also see Michael again this month…although it will be on our movie screen.  Michael stars in the FNF film Chopping Block on March 27th.

 

The Shelby County Players loaded-in on Sunday for their production of Burton Bumgarner’s NO BODY LIKE JIMMY.   A quick synopsis: On the evening of Ralph and Eloise Vanlandingham’s political fundraising dinner, Ralph’s best friend from college shows up with a problem. Harold has a dead body in the back of his van and he needs a place to stash Jimmy. Harold’s timing couldn’t be more awful as the Vanlandinghams are expecting a house full of major campaign donors in about five, four, three, two…    This is a very funny farce and you will have a good time.   The production is this weekend and next.   Please come out and see this fine production.

 

Drip, drip, drip….that is the sound from our ceiling.   Not a good thing (warning, tech talk ahead).   Last week we talked about this problem.   Bob S. went on the roof and declared the problem was condensation.   He blocked off the offending hole and all was well….for about 48 hours.   Then drip, drip, drip.   The condensation was most likely part of the problem.  When we installed our new electrical system, Steve Dennis our excellent electrician, “modified” a hole from the third floor over the stage to the auditorium ceiling attic.   He made it huge!    Bob surmised the warm air from the third floor was getting into the cold attic space and causing the problem.   We are now going back on the roof to find the problem.  This could be more than a little task.   To add insult to injury we re-coated our roof in October of last year.   We should not have these problems.   Oh well…..just another “to do” item.

 

Our bathrooms are getting done.   We have installed the toilet paper holders, mirrors, doors, and door trim.   This week we plan on completing the locks and hardware.   The water heater is energized and working great.   Soon we will be done.   We will not define soon.

 

The Strand donated our 1930’s carbon arc movie projector to the Shelby County Historical Society.   They plan to display this great piece of local history.   We will have a work session to disassemble, move, and reassemble the projector at the Grover Museum.   This will be something that will require several people.   It will also require a few who can really lift the weight.   We have moved two of these projectors before and we know that even disassembled they are heavy.    As soon as the weather breaks we will get that scheduled.

 

In like a lion and out like a lamb.   We hope that March will hold up to the saying.   We hope you will venture out and come to the theatre.   The Strand is always more fun with you there.

Thank you for all your support.   Our volunteers are always working hard to help make our community a better place.   No Body Like Jimmy opens tonight!  See you at the Strand!

Shelby County Players

NO BODY LIKE JIMMY

by Burton Baumgarner

March 6, 2015  7:30pm  Friday

March 7, 2015  7:30pm  Saturday

March 8, 2015  2:00pm  Sunday

 

March 12, 2015  7:30pm  Thursday

March 13, 2015  7:30pm  Friday

March 14, 2015  7:30pm  Saturday

March 15, 2015  2:00pm  Sunday

 

SHS National Honor Society

MR. SHELBYVILLE – TALENT SHOW

benefits Our Hospice of Shelby County

March 18, 2015  7:00pm

(this is a rescheduled event)

 

Friday Night Frights

THE IMPERSONATORS (2014)

CHOPPING BLOCK (2015)

movies of Joshua Hull

March 27, 2015  7:30pm

$5

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Feb 27 2015

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: February 27, 2015

Dear Strand Fan,

We had fun this weekend.   Star Trek “Into Darkness” on Friday night started things off great.   The movie looked and sounded good.   Thank you to the one fan who saw all four movies!    If you are a Star Trek fan, the Strand was the place to be.

 

Saturday night Kit Haymond performed with his band Pressed In Black.   The opening act was one of Kit’s students Morgan Fields.   Morgan did a fine job.  It isn’t easy getting on the Strand’s stage and singing with stage lights in your eyes and the audience in the darkness.   Everyone has to start somewhere and we are happy that Morgan got her start with us.   We look forward to hearing her talent again at the Strand.

Kit was another young artist that started at the Strand.   It is amazing what 7 years can do!  Kit has developed into a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist.   His entire show was original music.   He has a very bright sound.  His lyrics speak to both broad and focused topics.   It was especially fun to hear the influence of such greats as Lennon and McCartney come out in Kit’s music.   It was a fantastic show!

 

Sunday we welcomed the 65th Street Klemzer Band to the Strand’s stage.  This group is from the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.   It’s members are made up of congregants from many walks of life.   (One trumpet player happens to also do a few things for the Strand)  This band was also joined by three professional klezmer musicians.   Steven Greenman, violin and Kurt & Annette Bjorling.   The three played with the band and did two short sets as a trio.   Their instrumentation included violin, harp, tsimble and clarinet.   Everyone in attendance got a healthy amount of traditional Jewish music.   The only thing missing was some dancing!

 

The Strand did well in the bitter cold.   We had performances every night and things worked great…until Sunday.   It seems as a leak developed on our roof from the melting snow.   Strand building maven Bob S. reminded us this was not the first appearance of that leak.  We had it with the same circumstances about 6 years ago.   OK Bob, we forgot….but he didn’t.   It just so happens we have all the rubber roofing and cement ready to fix the problem.   As soon as things thaw, up we will go onto the roof to get that fixed.   If anyone has experience with rubber roofing, Bob has asked for some help.   We don’t do this every day, and we’re trying to do it right without mistakes.   Give us a call or email if you have the experience and are willing to help.

 

The cold also causes a bit of havoc with our schedule.   On Wednesday we has the SHS Mr. Shelbyville talent competition planned.   The Saturday night SHS boys basketball game was cancelled due to snow.   The rescheduled game is (you guessed it) Wednesday.   Mr. Shelbyville has been rescheduled to Wednesday March 18th.    This gives the contestants extra time to prepare, something the audience will always appreciate.

 

Last week we talked about our balcony bathrooms.   We were silly when we said they would be done by Michael Malone’s show.   Friday Runnebohm Construction came through and installed the bathroom partitions right on schedule.   Unfortunately, we forgot about the locks, closers, trim finishing, alarm strobes, exhaust fans, lighting trims, final painting, and a few other “details.”   We might be done, but then again it might just take a little more time.   We love having all volunteers, it makes even the simple stuff exciting!

 

This Friday is the return of our Friday Night Frights series.   Strand volunteer Branden Y. has worked hard to bring a different variety of movies for 2015.   The double feature starts at 7:30pm and all tickets are $5.00.

 

Michael Malone returns to the Strand Saturday February 28th.   He is funny!   Tickets are still available.  Please come out and support top flight comedy at the Strand.  You will be glad you did!

 

Thank you for your support.   The Strand is unique, although many of us don’t realize that.   From the 23rd Century outer space to 19th century Eastern European Music all in one week.   Maybe we are a bit out there.   Don’t forget your tickets to Michael Malone!   See you at the Strand!

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, 2015  7:30pm  Friday

March 7, 2015  7:30pm  Saturday

March 8, 2015  2:00pm  Sunday

 

March 12, 2015  7:30pm  Thursday

March 13, 2015  7:30pm  Friday

March 14, 2015  7:30pm  Saturday

March 15, 2015  2:00pm  Sunday

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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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