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
- The Cupboard Theatre Company
- COLOR PURPLE the Musical
- Saturday September 20, 2014
- $15 Advance / $20 Door
- 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
- Movie Event
- JOHN CALVERT FILM FESTIVAL
- Saturday, October 11, 2014
- Turning Point
- NO SO NEWLYWED GAME
- Thursday, October 16, 2014
- MIKE GARDNER
- Saturday, October 18, 2014
- $15 Advance / $20 Door
- AN EVENING WITH TAYLOR ELLIOTT
- Tuesday, October 21, 2014
- Three Sisters Books
- POETRY NIGHT
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014
- Shelby County Players
- Shelby Senior Services
- DANCING WITH THE STARS PREVIEW
- Friday, October 24, 2014
- 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