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Nov 17 2017

Strand Weekly Email: November 17, 2017

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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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Nov 10 2017

Strand Weekly Email: November 10, 2017

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Tonight Friday November 10, 2017 is the final movie in our 2017 Friday Night Frights series.   This month we present the 1961 classic HORROR HOTEL.   In this film a young coed goes to New England to write a paper on witchcraft.  Her professor recommends that she spend her time in a small inn called the Raven’s Inn.  There, she notices some strange happenings.  She then discovers she is marked for sacrifice.    This presentation is 76 minutes long and starts at 7:30pm.   


Next Friday November 17, 2017 we have something completely different!   We will be showing CLASSIC CHRISTMAS CARTOONS after the Holiday Parade.  The Parade starts at 7:00pm at the Porter Center.   It should be over about 8pm.   Maurice Finkel will have his calliope (weather permitting) in front of the Strand after the parade to play all your Holiday Favorites.   There is a 60% chance of showers, so we will just have to wait and see what happens.  Either way it will be dry and warm in the Strand for these holiday classics.  The event is FREE.  Come and go as you please.  Most of the cartoons run about 7 minutes.   We will have fresh Strand Popcorn ready too!


The final Friday November 24, 2017 the Strand kicks off the holiday shopping season by giving you an out….take the kids (grandkids, yourself, etc) to ELF at the Strand!   This is a FREE movie.   Showtimes are 1pm and 7pm.   Each year this movie stands the test of time as a holiday classic.   Get into the holiday spirit and avoid the checkout lines at the Strand.


Now to the Saturday line-up.   This Saturday November 11, 2017 we start the day with the Kappa Delta Phi SNOWFLAKE PRINCESS PAGEANT.   This is a fun event every year where the girls raise money for their favorite charity.   The sorority does a wonderful job of starting the habit of philanthropy in our children.   The event is free and starts at 1pm.


Later Saturday night we welcome back BROOKE STEELE AND ENDLESS HIGHWAY.  When you think of Endless Highway, you think of tunes that the band has made their own, with their own take on traditional Country/Bluegrass Music. Endless Highway takes you from the beautiful sounds and harmonies of The Stanley Brothers to Rhonda Vincent and from such artists as Loretta Lynn to the smooth vocals of Larry Sparks. They have a sweet blend of music in every show. The band has been joined by Indiana’s best regional musicians and have been making their way across the state over the past few years. Endless Highway is composed of Brooke Steele-Stephens on lead/harmony vocals/rhythm guitar, Carl Bentley on lead/harmony vocals/lead guitar, Evan Wilson on lead/harmony vocals/mandolin, and Holden Stephens on vocals/bass.  Advance tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart or you may purchase them at the door.   This concert will fill the Strand with the rich heritage of American music, very fitting as we celebrate our Veterans.    The concert starts at 7:30pm.


Next Saturday November 18, 2017 we welcome DR. ROCK AND THE ROLLERS to the Strand’s stage.   This group will play rock and roll from the 50s and early 60s.   It is sure to be a fun time.   Check it out!   The concert starts at 8pm and tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart (cash or check only), online at or at the door.  


On Wednesday November 15, 2017 our final Community Treasure Series lecture will be held at 7:00pm.   This free event will feature Joe Gaudin.   Joe will talk about the SKYLINE DRIVE-IN.   Joe has continued the tradition of drive-in movies in Shelby County at this iconic theater.   Joe will also talk about his current filmmaking projects.   Come learn more from one of our Community Treasures!


The end of the month we welcome the Shelby County Players and their production of THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.   In this production Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest. Probably they’ll go to the North Pole or to the South Pole. For there is a dark, mysterious threat that he’s to be sent away to Education. Nobody knows exactly what or where that is, and if he’s sent to such a distant place, what can his friends possibly do without him? So it’s generally agreed that they’ll run away. As the situation becomes clearer, Christopher Robin isn’t quite so sure that running away is the answer.   Come and join the cast in laughs as they present this adaption of the A. A. Milne classic.


We continued improving the Strand this week.   Shelbyville Paint and More installed our outdoor carpet.  This special carpet grabs the dirt of your feet and helps keep our lobby clean.  We removed the old carpet during our renovation this past January.   It might have taken a little time, but we finally finished the installation of the new carpet.   


We are hard at work planning our January renovation sessions.   We have some major work to accomplish.  One of the tasks will be to remove the 1916 water tower from the area above the stage.   Did you know we had a water tower?   Volunteer Bob S. has it planned.  He said it won’t be hard, just time consuming.    When that piece of machinery is removed, we can then place our new (to us) stage lighting dimmer rack in the same location.   


We are in the home stretch of our season.   Tonight will be our 80th performance of the 2017 season, with about 20 to go.    This is all because of you, Thank You.   See you at the Strand!

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Nov 03 2017

Strand Weekly Email: November 3, 2017

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Dear Strand Fan,


HEYWOOD BANKS – Saturday Night!   The show starts at 7:30pm.    There are plenty of tickets available.   Locally you can go to Mickey’s T-Mart (cash or check only), online at or at the door.   Remember, we now take credit cards at the Strand!


Heywood is funny.   He is completely appropriate for you and your family.    Come out and enjoy an evening of first class comedy.   Got toast?


We have been working on bookings for 2018.  So far we have over 70 events booked!    We are pleased to announce our 2018 Friday Night Fright line-up  (drum roll….)


February 16, 2018



March 30, 2018



April 13, 2018



May 25, 2018

VAMPYR (1932)


June 15, 2018



July 20, 2018

FREAKS (1932)


August 17, 2018

DEEP RED (1975)


September 21, 2018



October 19, 2018



November 9, 2018



In addition to Friday Night Frights, we have booked many other events.   One event, November 9, 2018, is an NCAA  coaches symposium sponsored by the Blue River Cross Country Course.   We will double dip that night, as it will finish in time for us to start our final Friday Night Frights of 2018.    


Last week was a blast.    5 days, 5 events.    The final event was Saturday night’s concert featuring Aftermath and Sleeping Dog.   There was a plethora of great music that night.    Thank you to all who attended.  


Music is in the air these next few weeks.  On November 11th we welcome ENDLESS HIGHWAY BLUEGRASS BAND and on November 18th DR. ROCK AND THE ROLLERS take the stage.  Tickets for both are available.

Thank you for all your support.   The Strand is committed to staying absolutely focused on our core mission.   We do this because of you…thank you!   See you at the Strand.

FNF 2018 Season Poster WEB

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Oct 27 2017

Strand Weekly Email: October 27, 2017

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Dear Strand Fan,

Party tonight!   Mayor Tom DeBaun decided he wanted a party at the Strand, so he is sponsoring ANIMAL HOUSE (1979).    Togas are definitely encouraged.   The Fly will be there with a bar, our concessions will be open and admission is free!   Thank you Mayor Tom DeBaun.


Saturday night we have AFTERMATH and SLEEPING DOG performing their show THE GREATEST SHOW UNEARTHED.    This rock and roll show features music from the early 1970’s.   Some would say deep cuts, others would say “just the songs I listen to every day!”   Either way it will be Halloween Fun at the Strand.    The concert starts at 8pm.  Tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart and online at


This week we started the week with our JFK Lecture by Andrew McRoberts.   It was fascinating as Andrew took us through the cast of characters, motivations, implications, and theories.  The lecture was followed on Wednesday night by our showing of JFK (1991) directed by Oliver Stone.   This film was responsible for the 1992 JFK Record Act that has great importance this week.


Last Saturday President Trump tweeted “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.”


As we found out yesterday, that did not hold true.  2800 documents were released.   The remaining documents President Trump withheld pending a national security review.  Those documents have been given a 180 day review period.   I guess we will revisit this issue in six months!


Friday Night Frights occurred on Thursday this week.   Boy did that mess with us….either way we had a fun time on Thursday screening the 1959 Roger Corman film WASP WOMAN.  


Tonight is ANIMAL HOUSE and we finish our busy week with THE GREATEST SHOW UNEARTHED performed by AFTERMATH and SLEEPING DOG.   This is a Rock and Roll show that will explore music not often heard in a live concert setting.  Costumes are encouraged!


This week we utilized the capabilities of our flexible projection system.   Cody V., our board member who designed the system, certainly provided for all sorts of scenarios.  It is part of what we do and are happy that the problems were easily solved. (Editor’s note:  That is not quite true, they were solved, but it was a bear).


We are excited to announce that our grant to Blue River Community Foundation for upgrades to our lighting system was granted!   The funds were provided by Shelby County through their Racino Funds.   Thank you to all who made this possible.   This project will have a huge impact on all our performances.   We are hard at work planning our improvements for January.   With luck everything will be done and ready to use for the first performance in 2018.


This week Dick Delaney, former owner of the Strand, gave us the original operating instructions for our 1934 and 1936 Westinghouse “Widerange” Sound System.   These are very interesting and fill in answers for equipment we removed.   Thank you Dick and the DeWitt Family.


We are almost ready to announce our 2018 Friday Night Frights schedule.  This should be ready next week.   We will also announce several exciting performances for our 2018 season.   The excitement is building!


The Strand is a fun place.   This week is a five performance week.  Thank you to the numerous volunteers who allow us the opportunity to maintain an aggressive schedule.   Thank you to you for supporting the Strand!   See you at the Strand.

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Oct 20 2017

Strand Weekly Email: October 20, 2017

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Dear Strand Fan,


Wow!   The Shelby County Arts Fest Choir Concert was wonderful.    The 5 choirs sung beautifully.   The finale was a Mozart piece sung by all 5.   The sound was glorious. Thank you to all who worked on behalf of this annual event.


On Wednesday we double dipped.   In the afternoon we participated in the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Community Expo.   This annual event is held at Shelbyville High School.   It was nice to see everyone who stopped by our booth.   It is always a pleasure to spread the good word about the Strand.    

Wednesday evening we hosted POETRY NIGHT.  This event, coordinated by Three Sisters Books and Gifts, drew a number of talented poets.    The verbal pictures that were painted evoked an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices.    The event was well attended brought out Shelby County’s vibrant writing community.


Tonight we welcome ROCK STEADY BOXING’s  COMEDY FOR A CAUSE.    This comedy fundraiser will tickle your funny bone as well as bring awareness to the transformative work done by the Rock Steady Boxing program for their Parkinson Disease participants.  Program founder, former prosecutor, and funny man Scott Newman will be there to share some thoughts on his journey that lead to the founding of Rock Steady Boxing.   Master of Ceremonies and regular Strand performer Mark Steenbarger will guide the evening with 4 comedians performing.    It will be fun, hope to see you there!


Tomorrow we welcome back TERRY LEE and the ROCKABOOGIE BAND to the Strand’s stage.  Terry brings his high energy show of early rock and roll.   He focuses on Jerry Lee Lewis, but we will also hear Elvis and a little gospel too!   It is always entertaining.   Tickets are still available.


Will he or won’t he?    Our bet is he will.    We will all find out on October 26th the scheduled release date of 3500 JFK documents from the National Archives.    President Trump is the only person that can halt the release.    As we prepare for this potentially historic new information the Strand is hosting two events:


JFK Lecture


Tuesday October 24, 2017

7:00pm  FREE


JFK (1991)

Film by Oliver Stone

Wednesday October 25, 2017

7:30pm  $5


The real knowledge will come on Tuesday night as we listen to JFK historian Andrew McRoberts speak about the events before and after that fateful day in November.    Andrew is a history teacher, so he will take us through the events methodically and factually.    The spin that Oliver Stone put on the assassination with his 1991 movie is not shared by all, but it was the film that most closely covered the topic.    The Strand is proud to participate in this national event helping elevate the knowledge of our community and re-starting a conversation that has faded through the years.   What is your bet?


The week continues on Thursday October 26th  with Friday Night Frights.   (Editor’s note:  Yes, we know that it is a Thursday night, but happily every Friday night in October was booked.   We call it our “Thursday Edition”) This month we will screen WASP WOMAN (1959).    The balcony will be open!


Friday night you need to make sure your toga is pressed and ready to go.   ANIMAL HOUSE (1979) is coming to the Strand.    This FREE movie is sponsored by Mayor Tom DeBaun.   As with the JFK question….will he or won’t he?  We’re betting Tom’s toga might be too worn for public display.   Come out and join the party and celebrate at the Strand the accomplishments of living in a wonderful small town.  


But wait, there’s more….Saturday night we welcome AFTERMATH and SLEEPING DOG to the Strand for THE GREATEST SHOW UNEARTHED.   Aftermath was formed this summer and is comprised of 4 people who were in the now-defunct band, Cosmos, plus 2 new people who are very good at their craft and have worked with each other for a long time. They joined together for their love of the music of Jethro Tull, Heart, Led Zeppelin and many other artists.  Band members include Laura Harmon, Davey Berling, Alanna Toon, Brian Kelley, Bob Medearis, and Seth Eoff.


Sleeping Dog formed in 2014 in Indianapolis as an all-original rock band with their roots based around classic rock.  Striving for an organic sound they are driven by tubed amps to capture that raw unadulterated sound of pure rock & roll.  You will find an array of writing styles that are incorporated in their music. With a no-frills approach in their recordings and during live performances, Sleeping Dog brings the feeling, attitude, and appreciation that only well written songs can deliver.  Their songs are not masked by effects and gimmicks.   Band members include Ronnie Brewer, Ron Stewart, Jim Hargraves, and Ray Rowlett.   It will be a fun show.   Come in costume!


The fun continues, just look at the list to the left!   This is all because of you, thank you for the support.   See you at the Strand.

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Oct 13 2017

Strand Weekly Email: October 13, 2017

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Dear Strand Fan,

Tonight we welcome the annual Shelby County Arts Fest Choir Concert.   This free concert will feature the BLUE RIVER COMMUNITY CHOIR joined by MORRISTOWN, SOUTHWESTERN, TRITON, and WALDRON HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS.     It is always a music filled evening highlighting wonderful local talent.    We hope you can join us at 7:00pm tonight for this very special concert.   


This past week we wrapped up the Shelby County Players’ performance of BOEING BOEING.   We heard great things from patrons and even better from our own volunteers.   It was a funny and thoroughly enjoyable evening of live theater!   The Players will be back the beginning of December with their children’s show.


Our Community Treasure Series lecture featured CHIEF TONY LOGAN of the SHELBYVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT.   Chief Logan gave a very informative talk about what it takes to maintain a first class department.   Our local firefighters do an outstanding job protecting our health and property.    Thank you Chief Logan for sharing with us during Fire Safety Month.


This week a Strand performer was featured on network television!   On November 8, 2014 the TOP HAT BLUES REVIEW was joined by SHOCK THERAPY in  Blues at the Strand.    The concert (our 75th that season) featured Brian Berholder’s band Shock Therapy.   This week on CNBC Brian was featured on the show Adventure Capitalist.   While not in his performing capacity, it is still nice to see one of our performers make it to the national stage.   Check out his products at




COMEDY FOR A CAUSE:  Rock Steady Boxing.     The Strand will be filled with laughter on Friday October 20th for Comedy for a Cause.   Rock Steady Boxing is a program that helps Parkinson Disease patients.    This fundraising event will feature laughs along with information on this wonderful program.   Advance tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart and online at


TERRY LEE and the ROCKABOOGIE BAND:   Terry Lee makes a return engagement to the Strand with is Rockaboogie Band on Saturday October 21st.  His show is very energetic and features music of Jerry Lee Lewis and that of the early rock and roll era.    We look forward to having Terry bring some high energy fun to the Strand!  Advance tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart and online at


JFK LECTURE, ANDREW McROBERTS LECTURER:   The Federal Archives are scheduled to release 3500 documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy on October 26, 2017.   This week we have JFK scholar Andrew McRoberts presenting a lecture on the events of that November day in 1963.  Andrew is an educator who has been studying all things President John F.

Kennedy from an early age. By the age of 12, he had read over 50 books related to JFK.  Of particular interest to him are the events surrounding November 22, 1963. With so many conspiracy theories about the assassination, including who shot from where, who covered up what, and who may or may not have been killed to keep quiet, it is easy to forget that our country lost an incredibly bright and young leader.  As much as Andrew

enjoys overanalyzing all of the theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, he reiterates to his students the importance of using facts and research to back an argument or hypothesis. This is why the October 2017 release of crucial documents related to the JFK assassination is of great historical significance. It will be an interesting discussion and preamble to what we might all discover in those released documents.    Admission is FREE.


JFK (1991):   Director Oliver Stone’s award winning movie JFK will be shown on October 25th.   While this film became embroiled in controversy, it is fitting to be watched on what might be a historic day.     Tickets are available at the door.


JFK DOCUMENT RELEASE:  While not a Strand event, we are all curious to see if this will actually happen.


THE WASP WOMAN (1959):  Friday Night Frights returns with a special Thursday October 26th edition.    The Wasp Woman was directed by famed director Roger Corman.   If you watch closely you will see a cameo by Mr. Corman!


ANIMAL HOUSE (1979):   We will stay in movie house mode for the showing of ANIMAL HOUSE on Friday October 27th.   Mayor Tom DeBaun is sponsoring this film for the community.   He encourages (as do we) togas and has his pledge pin ready.    Come join the fun.   Admission is FREE


THE GREATEST SHOW UNEARTHED:   Laura Harmon’s AFTERMATH will be joined by SLEEPING DOG for this rock and roll show on Saturday October 28th.   Costumes are encouraged for this concert featuring deep cuts from the rock and roll catalog.   Advance tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart and online at


There are many wonderful events this month at the Strand.   We are proud of what you just read above.   It takes a tremendous about of volunteers to dedication to coordinate and present a wide range of entertainment for our community.   This is all because of you.   It would not be possible without your support and encouragement –  Thank you!     See you at the Strand

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Oct 06 2017

Strand Weekly Email: October 6, 2017

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Shelby County Players

TONIGHT – 7:30pm

Saturday  – 7:30pm

Sunday – 2:00pm


Dear Strand Fan,

The Shelby County Players’ production of BOEING BOEING continues this weekend.   This is a very funny and entertaining play.   At last night’s performance a patron commented “Everyone in town should see this.   It is a great night of theater!”   Tickets are available.   Come out and get ready to take off with BOEING BOEING.


Did you notice the rain yesterday?   We did.   Our rain gauges had over 4” of rain during the morning hours.   We did a quick check of the theater and everything was dry.   We are on borrowed time with the main roof over the auditorium.   Each time it rains extremely hard we get a little nervous.


The Strand is poised for a jam packed month.    This week the SHELBYVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will present at our Community Lecture Series.    The event is Wednesday October 11th at 7:00pm.   Come out and hear all the good things happening SFD.


Next Friday we welcome the BLUE RIVER COMMUNITY CHOIR and the SHELBY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS for the annual Arts Fest Concert.   The program starts at 7:00pm and is free.


Poetry, Comedy, Rock and Roll, Movies, Lectures…they are all on tap in the next few weeks.  Take a look at the schedule to the left for a complete listing of upcoming events.


The Strand is pleased to announce that DAMIAN McGINTY of Celtic Thunder will perform at our theater on Tuesday April 10, 2017.   Damian McGinty is an actor and singer from Derry, Northern Ireland.  He has been performing for over a decade, and was a member of the group Celtic Thunder for four years starting when he was fourteen.  Damian appeared on the reality show The Glee Project, earning him a seven-episode guest-starring role on the hit Fox television show Glee which was later extended to 18 episodes.    We look forward to welcoming Damian to the Strand Theatre next year.


We have lots of events on tap.    You can start tonight at BOEING BOEING.    We appreciate your support.  It is an honor for us to host so many talented performers at the Strand.   See you at the Strand!

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