Jun 29 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter 6/29/2018

New things thrill us.   We hope they thrill you too.   We are trying something new. You will see our upcoming posters at the bottom of this newsletter.   Please let us know if you like them. We understand that it will slow the load speed, but we don’t know how much.   We have many great events and it has been challenging in 2018 to have an audience. Hopefully this will help. We know if we stay static, nothing will change.


This week our only event was the Community Treasure Series Lecture by the SALVATION ARMY.   It was very informative.   If you or your organization would like to be included in our lecture series, please reply to this email.  Coming up we are scheduling a talk on the Birds of Shelby County. This is by an individual, not an organization.   If you do have an organization and want to present a program, we would love that too. Let us know.


Strand Fun Fact:  Did you know that our new sidewalk is 18” wider than our old sidewalk?


Strand not so fun fact:   Traffic is going to get difficult for us.   After being spoiled by having our own private lane in front of the theater, that is going away.  According to the contractor, the traffic will become southbound only in front of the Strand. This will mean for the next 15 days starting today, we will not have parking in front of the theater.   We can live with that, but it also means we will have no place to drop off in front of the Strand. Many of our mobility challenged patrons need to be let off in front of the door. This is going to not be a good situation.  We are working with the contractor, state, and local officials to come up with a solution. We will keep you informed.


We are dark this week.   You can visit us nightly at the Shelby County Fair in the Brinson Building.  We will be there with all our Arts Alliance Partners.   We are taking advantage of having no events and doing a few housekeeping items.   First off is our annual inspection by the State Fire Marshal’s office as part of the Department of Homeland Security.    We have checked all our paperwork and to do list of things suggested, and we are good to go. For a decade we enjoyed a productive relationship with DHS.   We hope to reestablish that. Our theater is the safest it has been in our 102 year existence.


We are also going to move furniture into our new offices.   This will take some help. As soon as we have a date for a work sessions, we will let you know.   We only have two items left in the offices. Two ceilings need a final coat of paint, and our historic windows need refurbished.  We have applied to Mainstreet Shelbyville for a grant to help offset part of the cost of a historic window restoration. We had some additional information needed for Mainstreet, but finally have gotten that together.  We will let you know how that goes.


JULY 10 – GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.   This movie is an adaptation of the David Mamet play.  In simple terms it is a modern take on Death of a Salesman.   Not too many theater show this film because of the language. When you get past that, the story is one that is too reflective of what is often American life.    It stars Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin Spacey, and Ed Harris. As you can see, it is an all-star cast. This is not an easy subject matter, but is an excellent adaptation from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet.   If you saw it on stage (which we would rather have), you know what we mean. We are proud to show it as a part of our Festival Film Series.


JULY 11 – GETTYSBURG LECTURE.   As part of our recognition of the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg we are doing two events.    This lecture will take our audience to the battlefield. The lecturer, Andrew McRoberts, will discuss the strategy, topography, and the outcomes of this historic battle.  The evening will finish with an Abraham Lincoln interpreter delivering the Gettysburg Address. This should be impactful after learning the details of that fateful battle.


JULY 12 – GETTYSBURG (1993).   We are showing the 1993 epic film on based on the book The Killer Angels.   The film chronicles the events of the battle, bringing the audience onto the battlefield.   Seeing this film will have a new viewpoint for most of us after learning the details at the previous night’s lecture.


Thank you for all your support.  We have lots of things this summer (and the rest of the year too!).   We are busy booking for 2019. If there is something you would like, please let us know.   Many of our concerts and programs come from suggestions. Enjoy the posters. See you at the Strand!

Gettysburg WEB Festival Film Series 1 WEB Fun 4 Poster WEB King Killer 2018 Poster WEB Mat Lavore Poster WEB FNF July SMALL Radium Girls TV

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Jun 22 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter 6/22/2018

KENNY JAMES and RAVE ON – BUDDY HOLLY TRIBUTE, Saturday night!   Plenty of tickets are available for this outstanding show.


Last Friday night we had a surprise.    Downtown was packed with everyone for the Wine Walk.   We had Friday Night Frights.  The Strand has the largest FNF audience this year!   Amazing how that works.   Several patrons from the Wine Walk ventured down to the theater to see if we were hosting a winery.   We gave them all free popcorn for their effort! It was a fun night for everyone.


We continued the fun on Saturday night with TODD McCOMAS and JEFF VIBBERT.   They recorded their performance for a comedy CD and broadcast on Sirius XM. Sound engineer Allan set up an array of microphones to catch the crowd reaction to the jokes.   Stage and auditorium videographers captured the images. The comics were funny! Everyone had a great time. Thank you to Todd and Jeff for using the Strand for this fun event.


Our Festival Film Series continues on July 10th with the David Mamet drama GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.   According to educator M.P. Ossa “The similarities between Death of a Salesman and Glengarry Glen Ross are quite evident in the setting (the everyday life of a salesman), the problem of the story (the need to be on top and enjoy a life of economic freedom in search of the American Dream, the atmosphere (hard times, tough competition), and the sad ending in both stories.”   This is a movie that isn’t seen often on the big screen, but is an icon of American Literature. David Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize for this play in 1984.


The Shelby County Players present RADIUM GIRLS in July.   In 1926, radium was a miracle cure.   Madame Curie was 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, and 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, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporations, 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 and highly theatrical.  Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.


We were terrified last Friday.  (Warning, tech talk ahead). Horror Express was not the cause.    We came to the theater to prepare for our event and our house lights would not come on.   After some investigation we found that our 30 year old dimmer pack that operates our stage and house lights had failed.  No lights, no show. A quick email among board members and we were at the theater trying to fix the problem. Cody V. and David F. checked to make sure the DMX signal from our light board was good.   They installed a new DMX splitter in the projection booth and it indeed verified a good connections. It also provided an alternate 3 pin to 5 pin conversion to check the adaptor. They then took out the DMX card from the dimmer pack.  It was carefully cleaned. Cody reseated the IC circuits, something that is very delicate. The dimmer rack was reassembled and power was applied. After the boot up sequence, all the lights worked perfectly. The entire rack will be taken apart and cleaned in the next few weeks.   If corrosion was the cause, we want to nip it in the bud. Thankfully it worked perfectly the rest of the weekend. We are working for an alternate solution that is more permanent. It is things like this that keep cardiologists in business!

Strand Fun Fact: Did you know our main lighting dimmer racks were manufactured in 1989? They were manufactured by Electonics Diversified Industries, often referred to as ED boards. The dimmers are great with stage lights, rock solid, but sadly not compatible with LED. That is OK, as our stage lighting is all tungston halogen.


TRAFFIC UPDATE: Road work continues.   Milestone, the contractor for the project, informed the Strand the traffic on State Road 9 in front of the theater will switch next Wednesday or Thursday.   They will be working on the middle lane of SR 9. Because of this traffic will be southbound only from Broadway Street to Mickey’s T-Mart. This portion of the project is anticipated to take 15 days.   As with all work outside, the schedule is dependent on weather.


The Shelby County Fair is right around the corner from July 3-7.  This year the Strand will be at the Brinson Building with all our other arts partners.   Stop by and visit us! There is plenty of live entertainment all week at the fair. We love that.

Thank you for your support.  Our goal is always to keep you “in the know.”   We have no secrets and the Strand is for everyone.   See you at the Strand!

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Jun 15 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter 6/15/2018

TODD McCOMAS with JEFF VIBBERT.   Tomorrow 8pm!  Tickets are still available.   This comedy show is being recorded live for broadcast on SiriusXM.   It is always nice to have “From the Strand Theatre in Shelbyville Indiana…” going across the airwaves.    Doors open at 7pm and it should be a fun time at the Strand.

Speaking of fun, Ralph Curtis played all of Glen Campbell’s hits last Saturday.   The small but enthusiastic audience was treated to an evening of music from the 7 musicians on stage.   There was even a horn section! Thank you to all who came to this concert.


You will notice we are trying something new.   On Monday we are launching and email titled “This Week at the Strand.”   It will have our weekly schedule only. We wonder if we don’t suffer from being too busy.    We believe that the Strand is here to be utilized. We book up to the capacity of our volunteers.    In 2018 we have scheduled just over 120 different events. It is hard to keep track, so maybe this new email will help.   Let us know what you think.


Just when we get the new event list started, we had a hiccup.   Did you notice this week we have no pavement in front of the Strand?  Did you notice that the sidewalk to the north is torn out? Did you notice the sidewalk to the south is torn out?   We scratched our heads…just how will people get to our front doors for the Community Treasure Series Lecture? They can’t use the street or the sidewalks, so it pretty much negated the chance of having an event.   We cancelled and rescheduled the SALVATION ARMY LECTURE.   The new date is Wednesday June 27th at 7pm.   (Editor’s note:  The road construction and lack of access and perceived lack of access is devastating to the Strand.   While this is very hard on us, especially financially, we want to compliment Milestone Construction for working with us and staying in excellent communication.   We still think: Why us?)


Our performer 2 weeks ago gave us an excellent suggestion.   He asked for a brochure on the history of the Strand. We don’t have one.   To be honest, we’ve never considered it. That is about to change. We are producing a tri-fold brochure that will highlight the history of the theater.  We are fortunate to trace our roots back over 100 years. You will see the new brochure in the lobby soon.


Strand Fun Fact:   Did you know that Strand is a fully licensed music performance facility?   Through great effort and the help of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, we were able to navigate the waters of licensing, rights, and royalties.   For music we are licensed through the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI); and Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC).   Royalties are paid for all music played at the Strand. It takes lots of work to keep up with the reporting and requirements, but it is the right thing to do. This is for music only and does not cover film rights or grand (theatrical) rights, that is another story altogether.


Our TODD McCOMAS and JEFF VIBBERT were on the Bob and Tom show this past Tuesday.   It is always fun to hear the Strand referenced and known by the cast of the show.   Todd McComas gave us our start in comedy. He along with many others have helped the Strand continue to bring outstanding comedic entertainment to the our stage.   Hear for yourself. Todd and Jeff take the stage at 8pm tomorrow night.


This weekend is busy.   Tonight we encourage everyone to come to downtown Shelbyville for the annual WINE WALK.   This is a wonderful event full of great wine and foods.   The festivities start at 5:30pm. This year there will be a concert on the steps of City Hall featuring BLUE RIDGE BANNED.   This talented group performed at the Strand in December of last year.   We know you will love their music (and the wine is good too!) We are showing HORROR EXPRESS (1972) at 7:30pm for Friday Night Frights too!


Saturday morning you can start with the FARMERS MARKET in its new location on West Washington Street across from what was Major Hospital.    Our Strand volunteers love shopping at the market.

Saturday night we have COMEDY at the STRAND.   If comedy isn’t your taste, then head out to Blue River Memorial Park for the Shelby Arts Alliance/Shelbyville Parks Department MUSIC IN THE PARK.  The concert is from 7-9pm and is free.    After all our events are done, many different bars in town offer live music.   In Shelbyville, we have something for everyone. You are always fulfilling the mission of the Strand when you attend a live performance, whether at our theater or elsewhere.




With Special Guest BARNEY FIFE


Thank you for your support.   See you at the Strand!

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Jun 08 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter 6/8/2018

WOW!  What a lineup.   The next three Saturday nights will be filled with outstanding entertainment at the Strand.  

This Saturday June 9th we welcome Country Music Association artist RALPH CURTIS presenting a TRIBUTE TO GLEN CAMPBELL.   You will hear all your favorites from this Nashville Tennessee based band.    The concert starts at 7:30pm and plenty of tickets are still available.


Saturday June 16th we welcome back TODD McCOMAS for an evening of comedy at the Strand.   Todd will be joined by the very funny JEFF VIBBERT.    This concert is special, as it will be recorded for broadcast on Sirius/XM.   Be ready to laugh! The comedy starts at 8pm and plenty of tickets are still available.


Saturday June 23rd KENNY JAMES and RAVE ON return to present BUDDY HOLLY.   This concert was sold out last year.   It is very entertaining and will include a special performance by BARNEY FIFE.   Sometimes we forget just how funny Barney is…Kenny James brings him to life on our stage with all the wit and humor only Barney can convey.   The show starts at 7:30pm and plenty of tickets are still available.


What a fun three weeks.   GLEN CAMPBELL TRIBUTE, TODD McCOMAS and JEFF VIBBERT COMEDY, and a tribute to BUDDY HOLLY.   We hope to see you at one of these concerts!


Strand Fun Fact:   This week’s Strand fun fact is a new fact.   So new, that we just learned it ourselves. The new sidewalk in front of the Strand is beautiful.   It will be easier to clean, and always look good. Did you know that the sidewalk is wider? Neither did we until we changed the marquee last Saturday.   The sidewalks is approximately 18” wider than the old walk. That is a big deal for our volunteers who put a ladder to change the marquee each and every week.   Now you know our new fun fact.


We had someone comment to us about the sign in front of the Porter Center.   They said they get their Strand information from that sign. Thank you to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce who places our events each week to help get the positive word out of great things happening at the Strand.  Sometimes we take things like this for granted and really never know the impact. Thank you to our patron for sharing their story with us.

As you know we talk about everything in this email.  The good, the bad, the ugly. Last Saturday night the Strand hosted ERIC SOMMERS.  This national touring artist was booked back in November of last year. He is a fantastic singer/songwriter.   That is the good (actually great). For the concert we had 13 Strand volunteers preparing the theater, setting up the sound, cleaning the auditorium and bathrooms, and getting the concessions ready.   That was great too.

We knew we were in for a difficult night.   The shows so far in 2018 have not been supported with audience.   Friday night made our hearts sink. We sold a total of ONE ticket.   This was to a patron from New Palestine. Not a single Shelbyville or Shelby County patron came to this concert.   It was embarrassing for us, but for Eric as a true professional, he presented a complete concert as though it was a sell out.  Since Eric writes his own music, we were able to broadcast a portion of the concert on Facebook Live.


It is very difficult to continue to bring the variety and scope of programming to the Strand without support of ticket sales.  We do not solicit our community for funds. It makes it very difficult for us to meet our obligations if no one comes to the programs.  We constantly hear people wanting things to do locally. We do that. Let’s hope for a better showing at the GLEN CAMPBELL TRIBUTE concert on Saturday June 9th or the TODD McCOMAS SPECIAL with JEFF VIBBERT COMEDY SHOW on June 16th, and BUDDY HOLLY on June 23rd.    We have had low attendance, but Saturday night’s lone patron was unthinkable.   That is the ugly, and for us, it was heartbreaking. Help us correct that.

The Strand is guided by our four core values.   Quality of Life, Community Self Esteem, Economic Vitality, and Artistic Freedom.   We hit the mark on four this past week and each week. Help us continue. Thank you for your support.  See you at the Strand.

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Jun 07 2018


Glen Campbell Poster 2 WEB

CMA Artist Ralph Curtis will perform the music of GLEN CAMPBELL!    Ralph writes:

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. You may have saw me last year when I performed Johnny Cash in the show “The Killer, The King and The Man in Black.” 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

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Jun 06 2018

Upcoming Events

Buddy Holly 2018 WEB FNF July WEB FNF June WEB Todd McComas - WEB Glen Campbell Poster 2 WEB Daniel Lusk SMALL Festival Film Series 1 WEB Community Treasure Series 1 Poster WEB

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Jun 01 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 6/1/2018

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!






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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