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!

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Nov 24 2017

Strand Weekly Email: November 24, 2017



Dear Strand Fan,

Did everyone eat too much?   If you are not working today we have an option to Black Friday shopping…come to the Strand.   Today at 1pm and 7pm we will show the holiday movie ELF.   This classic will be on the big screen and is FREE.   Come out, sit in the balcony, have some popcorn and enjoy this holiday classic from your friends at the Strand.   


Last week we had something happen that is rare at the Strand.  We had to cancel the DR. ROCK and the ROLLERS concert.   The high winds caused the power lines behind the library to short and we lost 2 of our 3 phases of electricity.   No electricity, no performance.   It happened at 5pm and Duke Energy didn’t get the power restored until 7:45


We had to make the decision to cancel at 7pm, which at that time we still had no power.   If you purchased tickets online, you will receive a full refund on your credit card.  If you purchased tickets at Mickey’s T-Mart, we will refund your purchase price at any Strand performance.  You can reply to this email to arrange a refund too.    The good news is Darry Hood (Dr. Rock) will return to the Strand in the spring to perform the concert.   The tickets will be good for that event too if you wish to just hold on to them.   Thank you to everyone for your patience.   Needless to say our volunteers were a little stressed, but things seem to be working out.  We were pleased with the performance of our emergency lighting.   It isn’t often it is put into use!


We received holiday wishes from Celtic Woman star Chloë Angew.   She writes:


Hope all is well with our lovely Strand Theatre family!

Sending you lots of Thanksgiving wishes from us.



Chloë will return to the Strand in the Spring of 2018.  Once the date is set, we will let you know.


This weekend we welcome back the Shelby County Players for the two week run of HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.   The Strand has been a busy place since the Shelby County Players last performed.   We have hosted 21 events, so things have to be cleaned up a bit for them to load in the show.   Our volunteers put the theater into shape backstage, stored all our audio equipment, and removed the miscellaneous items it takes to present our concerts, lecture, etc.   We are ready to go and looking forwarded to the talented cast presenting HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.   This play will be a must see for you, your family, kids, and grandkids!    It opens on December 1, 2017 at 7:30pm.   Admission is only $5 advance or $6 at the door.   We hope to see you attending live theater here in the heart of downtown Shelbyville.  


Last week we did a test.   We are planning a Saturday morning classic cartoon series.   We tested the concept after the parade.   Thank you to the 145 patrons young and younger (we guess that is better than “0ld”) who came after the parade to see the Holiday Cartoon Classics.    We are in the process of booking these Saturday cartoon events in 2018.   This will be something different for us with the goal of getting patrons comfortable in the Strand so they can come back to a live event.    We will keep you posted.


We fixed a nagging problem this week.   Actually Steve D. and Darin M. fixed the problem.  You might have noticed that our marquee had two panels that were not lit at night.  (Warning, tech talk ahead) Our marquee has four lamps per panel.  Two run every night, and the other two are lit when we have a show making four total.  We swapped the wiring for the low power and full power lamps.   Bingo, they are lit at night!   This is a short term fix, as we are planning on upgrading to LED lighting in the spring.   Our marquee pulls 10 amps from dusk to dawn and 20 amps for a performance.   We will reduce this to about two amps.   It will save us a tremendous amount, allow us to be good stewards of our resources, and make the marquee of our theater more reliable.   Thank you Steve and Darin!


We have continued booking for 2018.   We have over one hundred events booked.   We will hold a volunteer fair at the Strand in January.   This would be a great chance for you to get in on the fun of volunteering at the Strand!  Very oddly we have fielded questions about working for the Strand.   We are a 100% volunteer organization and have no paid staff.  We are not hiring any part-time or paid staff.    We are proud that we present over 100 performances a year with our dedicated, talented, and focused volunteers.


Suggestions come from everywhere for the Strand’s programming.   This week Strand patron John W. reminded us that this is the 75th anniversary of CASABLANCA.   We did some checking and it was released for general audiences on January 23, 1943.   Guess what we are doing on January 23, 2018?   Wow you are smart!  Yes, we are showing CASABLANCA.    The movie will start at 7:00pm and we will have our friends from the Fly serving at the bar.   They will feature a FRENCH 75 as ordered in the movie.  French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. It is also called a 75 Cocktail, or in French simply a Soixante Quinze (Seventy Five).   The night will be fun.  The restored print is amazing on our big screen.  The balcony will be open!


The weekend of DONNIE BAKER will be busy.  Our neighbors at First Baptist Church will present their Christmas drama COME LET US ADORE HIM.   They perform on December 13, 15, and 16.   Performances start at 7pm.   On Saturday December 16 we have Donnie Baker at 7pm and 9:30pm.   So far we have yet to have a parking issue as their holiday performances has always coincided with Donnie Baker.   Let’s hope we both have a full house!


FENNS STATION will perform at the Strand on December 23, 2017.  This is our final performance of the 2017 season.   This is a reunion of this very popular local band.   They will be joined by Blue Ridge Banned.   Tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart and online at   


Thank you for your support.   It was a topsey tervey week, but we made it.   There are many great events coming and we hope you can attend.   See you at the Strand!


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Nov 17 2017

Strand Weekly Email: November 17, 2017

Another week in the books!   We had a great time with our events including Brooke Steele and Endless Highway and Friday Night Frights.    Our acoustic test worked as expected with the bluegrass band and we are ready for our classical music series next season (at least acoustically!)    We also hosted the annual Snowflake Princess Contest.   The girls were adorable and raised money for their selected charities.   This is always one of our favorite events.


This week we welcomed Joey Gaudin owner of the Skyline Drive-In for our final Community Treasure Series lecture of 2017.   Joey has built a successful drive-in with programming from the past, and new and interesting events that will take him into the future.   In 2018 the Strand and Skyline will have several joint events.    We are both quirky, so it is a great fit!


Tonight after the Holiday Parade, rain or shine, we will have CLASSIC CHRISTMAS CARTOONS.   These are free of charge.   For the kids out there, a classic cartoon runs anywhere from 4 to 7 minutes.   We forget in this day and age that not everyone remembers waking up to Saturday morning cartoons.    The event will start after the parade at approximately 8pm.    The cartoons will run continuously so come and go as you please!


Saturday November 18, 2017 we welcome DR. ROCK AND THE ROLLERS to the Strand stage.  They will bring their high energy early rock and roll music to our theater.   This will be a fun show and starts at 8pm.   Plenty of tickets are still available at Mickey’s T-Mart (cash or checks only) or at    As always we will be selling tickets at the door.


Next week is Thanksgiving so we will be taking a break with only one event.   On Black Friday November 24, 2017 we will have our annual showings of ELF.   This free movie is at 1pm and 7pm.   We hope you can come enjoy this holiday favorite from your friends at the Strand.


When you come into the Strand you will see the Elves have been hard at work!   The Strand is beautifully decorated for the Holiday Season.    Rhonda S, the head elf, lead a creative crew making the Strand feel like you are home for the holidays.  Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help.


We have been working on our renovation plans for this January.   With a generous grant from Shelby County, we are upgrading and expanding our lighting system.  (warning, tech talk ahead)  We have several things we need to accomplish.  First and foremost is the installation of the stage lights close to the stage.   You can see the bars on either side of the auditorium that were installed several years ago for the new lighting.   It will time to hang some lights off those bars.  

The lighting will include 20 stage instruments and 10 LED color controllable lights.   This will be a vast improvement in the usability and flexibility of our stage.   In addition we are upgrading our control system.   The new system replaces our failing ancient (in theatrical years) light board.  We will have the ability to control not only our existing dimmer units, but our LED “rock and roll” lighting all from the same location.    The flickering you see in our house lights will be a thing of the past.   This all takes a tremendous amount of time to arrange and implement, but the results will be worth it.   The biggest winner are the Shelby County Players, as their productions rely on the equipment the Strand provides more than any other user.    They have always taken full advantage of all the improvements we make to the theater.    This is an exciting project!


We are in the home stretch.  This week we passed performance number 83 for the 2017 Season with 19 to go.    This is all because of you!    Thank you for your support.  See you at the Strand.1

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