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Jun 01 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 6/1/2018

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Dear Strand Fan,


June is busting out all over….    Did you notice the hot weather? So did we, fortunately the Strand is nice and cool.   We are ready for the summer heat and humidity.

 

Saturday night we welcome ERIC SOMMER to the Strand’s stage.     The theater is completely accessible. Indiana Department of Transportation and their contractor made good on their promise to the Strand.   The sidewalks were poured on Thursday and they are ready to go. The will be no problem getting into the theater for Saturday night’s concert.

 

The State Road 9 rebuild hasn’t been the easiest for the our management, but it hasn’t been bad either.   There are a myriad of details that need oversight. Fortunate for us the crew working on this project has done a great job of staying in communication with us.   Last week we cancelled our Friday Night Frights. This was the right thing to do. There was no sense in having a temporary sidewalk installed for one event.

 

We had to work with the State road engineer for the distance from the front of the building to the new walk.   We had a good comprise that poured new concrete up to 18” from our building. We also had to work on our marquee drains which flow under the sidewalk to the street.   The contractor has an entire underdrain crew! The installed the new drains before the new walk was poured. It is a needed repair.

 

We worry that our local patrons see the construction and are reticent to come to our events.   Trust us, it is fine! We could really use your support for the talent we are bringing to our community.

 

Next week is our rescheduled GLEN CAMPBELL TRIBUTE CONCERT with Ralph Curtis.   This will be an outstanding show and we hope you can join us. Saturday June 9, 2018 @ 7:30pm

 

This week Strand volunteers David F. and Maurice F. traveled to Chicago to acquire items for our theater pipe organ project.  (warning, tech talk ahead)

 

Our organs are built by the Louisville Pipe Organ Company (LPO).   LPO was a very small firm that existed from 1925 – 1928. We have 3 complete LPO organs, but will be building a large concert instrument from LPO components.   There are two items that will be almost impossible to find. First is a xylophone. We know that LPO built one for Opus 523 installed in the Temple Theatre in Louisville.   That organ still exists and is playing, but there is no LPO xylophone. It is an item lost to the decades. We think that is the only xylophone LPO built.

 

The second item was never built by LPO.   Large concert instruments have several tuned percussions.   Ours will have a marimba. This is the same marimba you would find in an orchestra or a concert band.   The only difference is that it plays from the organ. Larger instruments would have a marimba. Since LPO never built a theater organ larger than 10 ranks, they would have never used an expensive percussion such as a marimba.    

 

In order to have what we need, another manufacturer is necessary.   J.L.Weiler, Inc. of Chicago has served as consultants on the historic nature of our project.   When they found out we needed those two items they graciously offered a xylophone and marimba manufactured by Wurlitzer to the Strand.    This week we retrieved these components and they are safely back with the rest of our project waiting on restoration. Thank you to Jeff Weiler and the always cheery Robert Ridgeway for making this possible.    

 

Lots of fun happening.   Check out our schedule to the left.    We hope you will be able to attend one of our upcoming events.

 

Thank you for your support.   We try not to get discourage, but it seems like we deal with one thing after another that has a negative impact on our shows.  From bullying by the State Fire Marshal, to power outages, to this road construction, it tends to get us down. That lasts until we open the doors for a performance, then all is right with the world.   That is why we exist and we are proud to accomplish our core mission each and every week. The performance on Saturday night is number 53 for the 2018 season! We are proud of our pace and what we bring to the community.    See you at the Strand!

 

SUMMER CONCERT

SERIES

 

 

Tribute to Glen Campbell

June 9

 

Buddy Holly Tribute

with Kenny James

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23

 

King, Killer, and the

Man in Black

August 11

 

Fun 4

Beatles Concert

August 18

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May 25 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 5/25/2018

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Dear Strand Fan,

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS – CANCELLED TONIGHT

 

Road work in front of the Strand makes it difficult for the contractor to maintain access to the theater.   They have graciously offered to keep things open for us, but we are partners as well and have opted to cancel Friday’s event to help facilitate the smooth and effective renovation of our curbs and sidewalk.  The sidewalk was will be replaced to 18” from the front of the theater. They will maintain our marquee drains under the sidewalk that were existing. This is a complex project, and we appreciate INDOT and the contractor working with us to maintain the integrity of the Strand.

 

We are dark until Saturday June 2, 2018 when we welcome ERIC SOMMER to the Strand.   Our community would like to grow, this is one way we can help. Bringing excellent entertainment to downtown Shelbyville.   We hope you will join us for the concert that starts at 7:30pm. If you are interested in his music, check out his website www.ericsommer.com

 

This past week we had a six event week.   It was fun and exhausting at the same time.    On Sunday we had a private concert for the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.   Artist Tim Duckworth brought in his Hauptwerk Virtual Organ. It filled the Strand will true theatre organ sound.  Tim is a talented young artist and we enjoyed hosting the group.

 

Strand Fun Fact:   To date the Strand has hosted 1179 events with at a total audience of 112,401 patrons.    Each year the Strand produces our “Annual Arts Impact Statement.” This flyer, available in our lobby, highlights thenumber and type of performances plus audience by year.   We have done this each and every year since we opened. We are proud to provide opportunity for the arts each and every week, not just now and then. It takes hard work and a focused vision.   We have both.

 

As we go into summer we want to extend our congratulations to our graduating Senior class.   The high schools in our county produced well prepared students that are ready to take the next step in life.   Many student volunteer with the Strand and we are always tickled by their growth and maturity. Good job CLASS of 2018.    Stop by and take a picture in front of the marquee to honor your efforts.

We are looking forward to a great summer.   It is all because of you, thank you! See you at the Strand.

 

SUMMER CONCERT

SERIES

 

 

Tribute to Glen Campbell

June 9

 

Buddy Holly Tribute

with Kenny James

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23

 

King, Killer, and the

Man in Black

August 11

 

Fun 4

Beatles Concert

August 18

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May 18 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 5/18/2018

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Dear Strand Fan,

 

Dr. Rock rolled at the Strand last Saturday night!    The band had the place jumpin’. Thank you to all who supported the Strand by attending.   We know you had a good time!   The good time continues this Saturday night.   We welcome COLTON CHAPMAN who making his Strand Theatre debut.  Colton has his album release party and concert starting at 7:30pm.   He is a country music musician and we look forward to his performance.   Tickets are still available.

 

TRAFFIC ALERT:   Next week the contractor for the State Road 9 project will be working in front of the Strand.   We will have limited street access for a few days. This has been planned. Starting May 21st we are dark through June 2nd with the exception of Friday Night Frights.   This will give the contractors the time needed to do the work without having to worry about us. The improvements will be worth it.

 

We have 7 HVAC units.   Any unit can fail and we have others to cover…except one.  As luck would have it that is the one that failed. This is the unit that cools the lobby and the offices.   We could tell, it was HOT. JR Wortman & Co. paid a visit to the Strand this week. This is the same unit that was totally replaced 6 months after installation.   This time is was a leaky fitting. A few hours later and the lobby was cool.

 

Our summer concert series continues with ERIC SOMMER on June 2nd.   Singer/songwriter Eric Sommer is an unbelievable intersection of improbable influences and experiences channeled into an amazingly diverse catalog and a reś uméthat reads more like a musical travel & adventure novel than a series of career bullet points.

 

Sommer emerged from the Boston music scene in the ’80s with a vengeance, a Folk guitarist with a percussive, open-tuning style adapted from the likes of David Bromberg, Steve Howe, Townes Van Zandt and Brit Folk legend Davy Graham. But Boston was also a hotbed of New Wave, Power Pop and Punk at that point, and Sommer absorbed those influences as well, creating a Byrdsian jangle sound that earned him opening slots for national acts and regular bookings at the Paradise Theatre.    We hope you can attend.

 

The Shelby County Players will be presenting RADIUM GIRLS in July.   Auditions will be June 4th & 5th at SCP Offstage. In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece.  9 to 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts. We are looking forward to the production.

 

Strand Fun Fact:  Did you know the Strand was built in 1916?  You most likely knew that since it is on our logo, however did you know the Strand started as two buildings?   The stage portion of the Strand is actually the old livery stable built in 1845. If you look on Broadway Street, you will see Adams Glass is the same building as the Strand.    In 1916 they divided the building and knocked a hole through the side. This hole is what allows the audience to see the stage. If you notice closely, you will find there is an 18” offset on the left side of the auditorium.  This hides the steel beam installed to support the weight. As such, our stage is not centered on the auditorium. Now you know!

 

Thank you for your support.   This is a 5 event week. We had over 200 attend last night’s SMS Jazz Concert.   It has been fun, and that is all because of you. Thank you for the support. See you at the Strand!

 

SUMMER CONCERT

SERIES

 

Dr. Rock & the Rollers

May 12

 

Tribute to Glen Campbell

June 9

 

Buddy Holly Tribute

with Kenny James

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23

 

King, Killer, and the

Man in Black

August 11

 

Fun 4

Beatles Concert

August 18

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May 12 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 5/12/2018

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Dear Strand Fan,

 

Tonight!   DR. ROCK and the ROLLERS.   This energetic 50s/60s group will be a blast.  Plenty of tickets are available. The performance starts at 7:30pm.  

 

The SHS Jazz Band performed their annual concert at the Strand last weekend.  The band is was conducted by Mr. Russell Smith (in his 32nd year) and assistant conductor Mrs. Allison Anderson.     They performed an energetic concert. The students played a 15 chart first set followed by a 16 chart second set!  That is equivalent to any professional big band. We heard everything from String of Pearls to All The Things You Are. The first set included a killer arrangement of George Gershwin’s SUMMERTIME from his opera Porgy and Bess.   It cooked! The SHS students were impressive. They played well and we look forward to having them back next year.

 

Advantage Shelby County held their graduation at the Strand this week.  This was the first class to complete the program. Advantage Shelby County is unique.   The post secondary educational opportunity extends to every high school senior in Shelby County.   We are proud of the graduates and the program.

 

Retro Bill came to Shelbyville for a motivational talk to Shelbyville 5th graders.  The Strand was packed with kids hearing his inspiring message. Retro Bill likes the music loud.   He got a good dose of just how loud the Strand can get. We vibrated all the items off the sound booth shelf!    He knows his stuff, as the energy the music created was incredible. Thank you to Floyd Hastings and the D.A.R.E. program for bringing Retro Bill to the Strand.

 

Strand Fun Fact:  Did you know that if you make a donation it is sent to the Blue River Community Foundation?   While the Strand doesn’t solicit like most not for profits, we do accept donations. When we started the Foundation was our fiscal sponsor.  This was a vital function for our new organization. We have long since received our 501c3 designation, but our board has opted to remain in partnership with the Foundation.  We welcome the oversight that this arrangement provides. Funds given to the Strand are subject to the greatest scrutiny. We love the oversight and partnership.

 

Our volunteers were amazing last week (as they will be next week too!).  During the Saturday night Jazz Band concert Mike R. was at the Strand about 5pm to paint the last remaining office.  He just showed up. Sure enough, but the end of the performance he as done. During the Advantage Shelby County graduation we had the opportunity to see several Strand volunteers on stage receiving recognition.   They are a wonderful group of volunteers and future community leaders.

 

Last week the Strand participated in a round table discussion with our friends and neighbors from the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Brown County Playhouse in Nashville, the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington, and the Park Theatre in North Vernon.   We talked about the issues we face, and how we are each moving forward to do positive things for our communities. As you know, the Strand is ultra focused on our core values and mission. It is nice to be with others of similar minds. We look forward to meeting again in the fall.

 

Next week we have the Shelbyville High School JAG Graduation Ceremony on Monday, and our Community Treasure Series Lecture on Wednesday.   This month’s lecture will feature the Shelbyville Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol. We hope you can attend.

 

On Thursday we welcome the Shelbyville Middle School Music Department for their JAZZ SHOWCASE.   The performance is at 7pm and admission is free.

 

Next weekend we welcome up and coming country music musician COLTON CHAPMAN to the Strand’s stage.   Tickets are still available for the concert.


As always the Strand is fun.  We are looking forward to kicking off our summer concert series tonight!   Thank you for all the support. See you at the Strand.

 

SUMMER CONCERT

SERIES

 

Dr. Rock & the Rollers

May 12

 

Tribute to Glen Campbell

June 9

 

Buddy Holly Tribute

with Kenny James

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23

 

King, Killer, and the

Man in Black

August 11

 

Fun 4

Beatles Concert

August 18

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May 04 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 5/4/2018

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Dear Strand Fan,

 

This weekend we welcome the Shelbyville High School JAZZ BAND to the Strand for concert on Saturday May 5, 2018.   If you have not been to one of their concerts, you need to check it out.   The musicality and understanding of the repertoire is outstanding. The joint will be jumpin’, that is for sure.   The concert starts at 7:30pm and admission is FREE.

 

Did you make it to the Shelby County Players’ production of All About Eve?   It was fun weekend of live theater. It is always a pleasure to welcome the Players back to the Strand.   We look forward to their next production in July. Until then, they have lots of other things happening, so make sure you check out their website for more information.

 

Poetry was a success this week.  Thank you to Three Sisters Books and Gifts for arranging this inspiring evening of spoken word.  Our next poetry will be in October.

 

The 95th May Festival at Shelbyville High School is in the books.   The Strand congratulates all the participants. We extend best wishes to the 95th Queen of the May Emily Coffey!   Many of the May Festival participates have performed at the Strand.

 

We are starting something new this week.  We will publish a “Strand Fun Fact” each week.  This will help answer questions yet to be asked.  

 

Strand Fun Fact:   Did you know it takes about a minimum of 4 hours of volunteer time to book each and every show?   The work starts months ahead of the event. Even something simple like a lecture or film takes tremendous time.   We keep meticulous track of our volunteer labor hours. According to our friends at the Blue River Community Foundation the current rate used for volunteer hours is $24.69.    So far in 2018 with performances alone we have logged 792 volunteer hours. With 41 performances in the books in 2018, we have spent 164 hours booking events. This doesn’t count the dozens of hours spent doing renovation and the business of running a business.    As we do the math our volunteers have donated an equivalent of $23,603 this year alone. Doing more math (Mr. Murphy would be proud) that is $576 in volunteer labor directly related to every performance individual this year. We have WONDERFUL volunteers.

 

We welcome elementary students to the Strand this weekend for RETRO BILL.   Later in the week Advantage Shelby County will hold their graduation ceremony.    

 

Our summer concert series kicks off next weekend with Dr. Rock and the Rollers.   We will have a fun filled summer.

 

SUMMER CONCERT

SERIES

 

Dr. Rock & the Rollers

May 12

 

Tribute to Glen Campbell

June 9

 

Buddy Holly Tribute

with Kenny James

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23

 

King, Killer, and the

Man in Black

August 11

 

Fun 4

Beatles Concert

August 18

 

The volunteers of the Strand Theatre are working hard to bring a variety of entertainment to downtown Shelbyville.   We could not do this without your support. Thank you for attending, thank you for your voluntary donations, and thank you for believing that our community deserves a vibrant venue where the performing arts can flourish.  See you at the Strand.

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Apr 20 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 4/27/2018

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Dear Strand Fans,

 

The Shelby County Players take the stage tonight in their production of ALL ABOUT EVE.   This is a radio show format and will be a fun time of live theater.    We hope you can make it to see this production on either Friday or Saturday night.   While the performance is free, a ticket is required. If you would like to go, please reply to this email with your name, night to attend (Friday or Saturday) and number of tickets.   We will have them at the door for you.

 

On Monday Night we will host POETRY NIGHT produced by Three Sisters Books and Gifts.   This edition will feature the poetry troupe RESERVOIR DOGWOODS from Bloomington Indiana.   It is sure to be an inspiring evening of poetry.   The event start at 7pm.

 

If you have always wondered what poetry night is all about, now is your time to find out!    This event is almost ten years to the day of our first Poetry Night. We remember that evening.   What would it be like? Would anyone show up? Will everything be in Old English? Those questions have long since been answered.   Monday will be the twentieth poetry night by Three Sisters Books. We are fortunate to have a locally owned independent bookstore in downtown Shelbyville.   If you haven’t been to their store, stop by and take a look. While there, grab some coffee at the Bookmark Coffee Shop next door. You will be glad you did.  (editor’s note:  As we wait to finish our offices, the counter at the Bookmark has served as the Strand’s corporate office on many occasions)

 

We had fun last week with DISH IT OUT and CATRINA and the BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS.   They were two diverse events on successive nights. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped reconfigure the theater from a cooking show back into a concert venue.   Kudos to Rachael Ackley and her crew from Shelby County Tourism for a well orchestrated event.

 

The Strand booked a first for us…a hypnotist.   On August 25, 2018 Magician and Hypnotist Matt LaVore will bring his entertainment to the Strand.   Matt writes:

 

Hello, Strand Fans!

 

I am looking forward to bringing my Magic, Mind Reading, and Hypnosis show, “Magic & Mystery,” to the Strand on August 25th! Come see me change someone’s memories, read minds, swallow needles, hypnotize people to forget their own names, and predict the future in my amazing showcase of mystery arts that is guaranteed to leave you astonished!

 

I have been touring “Magic & Mystery” all over the country to over 34 states and I am excited to be bringing the show to an Indiana stage once again. If you love David Blaine, Penn & Teller, or Harry Houdini you will not want to miss this show! See you August 25th!    Matt LaVore

 

We look forward to trying something new on our stage.  Tickets will be available soon.

 

Work continues.  Tomorrow a crew from the Strand is traveling to Indianapolis to retrieve some pipe organ parts built by the Louisville Pipe Organ Company.   This came out of the organ original installed in Trinity Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. We have that organ, but were missing the bass pipes.   Lo and behold they surfaced and we are joining those pipes with the rest of the organ this weekend. It has been decades since these ranks of pipes have been complete.   

 

Our friends at the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society will be making the trip to Shelbyville for a day filled with theater pipe organs.   They will start their day at the Strand. We look forward to that.

 

Thank you for the support.   We have a full lineup of summer fun, and hope you can join us.  See you at the Strand!

 

SUMMER CONCERT

SERIES

 

Dr. Rock & the Rollers

May 12

 

Tribute to Glen Campbell

June 9

 

Buddy Holly Tribute

with Kenny James

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23

 

King, Killer, and the

Man in Black

August 11

 

Fun 4

Beatles Concert

August 18

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Apr 20 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 4/20/2018

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Dear Strand Fan,

 

We continued with several projects at our work session this week.   Finishing our offices is becoming critical to the health of our organization.   We are too large and have to many wonderful things we bring to the community to be working out of banker’s boxes.   We have a permanent home, we just have to get it ready. Like any project the closer you get to the end of that project, the harder it is.    This is true for the Strand offices. We are working hard to get to the point where they will be beneficial to our organization and hence the community.    Thank you to the dozens of people who have helped. We still have that last mile to finish, we hope to see you working with us too!

 

Friday Night Frights is an odd little film series.   About 10% of the Strand’s yearly programming is film.   The series is an homage to the B-movies that were shows in the past life of the Strand.   While passe to some, to others this series is heaven, as the patron gets to see these classics in a theater, sitting in the balcony eating popcorn just like the the 50s 60s and 70s.    This month we had patrons travel from eastern Kentucky to see Invasion of the Killer Bees. As everyone knows, we have a vast variety of programming. This was the second event in a week to attract out of state patrons to Shelbyville and Shelby County to the Strand!

 

Road Work Update:   State Road 9 directly in front of the Strand is going through a major rebuild.  The project will impact the Strand. So far the travel lane next to the theater is blocked off.  This is a good thing for us. We can park and not have anyone in the adjacent lane zip by us. While it is nice for the time being, it will not be so in the future.    

 

The curbs in front of the Strand will be replaced soon.  When this happens, there will be no access from the street to the sidewalk.  The Strand is working with INDOT and the contractor to find a time when we have no events to do the work.    The sidewalk is being replaced and we are coordinating that work with our schedule too. Hopefully we will have our safety bollards installed in front of the theater.   There have been two instances in the past where a vehicle has traveled onto our sidewalk. We just cannot take that chance. Since Harrison Street is a state road, we have to follow all those rules.   What seems simple is sometimes, as in this case, very complex.

 

Everyone is invited – free of charge – to the Strand on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 at 7:30 pm for a  very different and exciting evening of nostalgia and laughter. Shelby County Players and SCUFFY are presenting a live performance of the 1951 Lux Radio broadcast, All About Eve.

 

The radio show is based on the classic film All About Eve, a humorous yet chilling look behind the curtain of the Broadway stage.  The movie was nominated for 14 Oscars, winning Best Picture and Best Screenplay in 1950. The screenplay was expertly adapted for radio without losing its dramatic flair, suspenseful plot turns, or witty dialogue.  Subsequently, it became one of the top rated radio shows of all time.

 

Directed by Triton High School teacher and drama coach, Jeff Wilson, this is a joint venture between Shelby County Players and SCUFFY.  The SCP Artistic Team and Board of Trustees will channel famous actors such as Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, George Sanders, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, and Marilyn Monroe.

 

SCUFFY personalities, Angie Davies and Dave Fisher (costumed as the man with a big heart), will sing some original SCUFFY radio commercials.

 

Tickets are free but required. To reserve tickets call 317-392-6844 or go to tickets@shelbycountyplayers.com, You can also pick up tickets at the Strand box office or the SCUFFY office at 126 N Harrison Street, Shelbyville.

 

Three Sisters Books and Gifts presents an evening of POETRY on Monday April 30, 2018.    Our local poets will be joined by the Reservoir Dogwoods. The RESERVOIR DOGWOODS is a spoken word trio that has been bringing a unique style of collaborative live performance to classrooms, theatres, street fairs, bars, and butcher shops since 2008. With a saucy blend of humor, drama, street smarts, literary acumen, homespun wisdom, worldly events, personal catharsis, and bawdy pokes at the human condition, the Dogwoods bring enthusiasm and poignancy to every performance. Each has an established individual style — together they are an amplified juggernaut of poetic expression.    The event starts at 7pm and is free. Come celebrate National Poetry Month at the Strand.

 

Our Festival Film Series continues on May 1st.  Little Miss Innocence aka Teenage Innocence is a 1973 film directed by Chris Warfield. The story this movie tells was remade in another 1977 movie called Death Game.  Most recently the same story was told in the Eli Roth film Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves.

 

The film was Chris Warfield’s directorial debut.  He was originally a contract player at MGM in the studio system’s twilight years and amassed an impressive roster of ’60s TV credits on shows like Perry Mason and My Three Sons.   Little Miss Innocence serves as a correction for the rampant misogyny of the day. Many find Little Miss Innocence an extremely well written and directed film. Perhaps too salty and cynical for most tastes when it was initially released, it is a forgotten gem and is presented as part of our Festival film series.    Mature audiences only.

 

Dr. Rock and the Rollers performs on May 12th at the Strand.  This concert was originally scheduled in November, but we had a power outage that caused us to cancel that show.  If you have tickets for that performance they are still good! Dr. Rock and The Rollers is a “Rock and Roll Revival Show Band.”  They have played all over the state of Indiana. They specialize in the “Good Time Rock N Roll Music of the Fifties and Sixties.”

Many of the band members grew up in the fifties and sixties and have lived the music they play.

The band consists of seven members and besides vocals, they feature the sounds of guitars, bass, keyboards, sax, flugelhorn, and percussion. They also feature the “Doo Wop Girls” who do back-up vocals.

Put on your blue suede shoes and come hear some of your favorites from the golden rock and roll era of the fifties and sixties on May 12th!
 

As you know the Strand has no secrets.   This week we did a little statistical analysis.   Here is where we are to date. Since we opened in January 2008 the Strand has hosted 1156 events (1157 is tonight!).   Our total audience since opening is 110,292. We always like to remember the vast majority of our patrons traveled to downtown Shelbyville at night.   We also keep track of sell-out performances. So far we have sold-out 32 times since we opened. Now you know.

 

This week we also heard from Ralph Curtis who will be performing his Glen Campbell Tribute on June 9th:

 

I am so excited about coming to see you once again on June 9th to perform a tribute to Glen Campbell.  My band and I will perform Glen’s greatest hits such as; Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get to Phoenix, Gentle On My Mind, Dreams of the Everyday Housewife and many more… As in most of my shows, I will also be performing impersonations of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and other country greats during a special segment of the show.  As a member of the Country Music Association my goal is to preserve classic country music. If you are a classic country music fan you will not want to miss this show. Thank you for your support of the Strand and the wonderful staff. I hope to see you June 9th.

 

Sincerely, Ralph Curtis

 

The Strand is a busy place.   Thank you for your interest and support.   See you at the Strand!

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