Mar 24 2017


March 24, 2017
$5 Advance
$7 Door
bar provided by 18 on the Square


Three Sisters Books & Gifts
April 5, 2017


Motor Speedway


April 6, 2017
7:00pm – FREE


Friday Night Frights
April 7, 2017
Admission $5


Bluegrass Concert
CATRINA and the
April 8, 2017
$7 Advance
$10 Door


Community Treasure Series

Gary Nolley
April 12, 2017


Shelby County Tourism
April 14, 2017


Comedy and Music
April 15, 2017
$10 Advance
$12 Door
$5 Students
online here


Shelby County Players
Fri. – April 21 7:30pm
Sat. – April 227:30pm
Sun. – April 232:00pm
Thur. – April 277:30pm
Fri. – April 287:30pm
Sat. – April 297:30pm
Sun.  – April 302:00pm


Shelbyville High School
at JWO Breck Auditorium

94th Presention of

May 4, 2017


Shelbyville High School
May 6, 2017


Community Treasure Series

May 10, 2017


Shelbyville Middle School
May 18, 2017


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Mar 24 2017

Strand Weekly Email March 24, 2017

Dear Strand Fan,


Tonight come join the party.   We are showing THE BIG LEBOWSKI at 7:30pm Friday March 24th.   This is being hosted by the Schwann Bicycle Team.   It will be fun with White Russians available from 18 on the Square.   Tickets are available at the advance price at Mickey’s T-Mart of online at    There will be plenty of tickets at the door.  We hope to see you there!


The Strand had a patron drive from Anderson, Indiana to come to our Friday Night Frights showing.  We love that.


Many people from out of town came to hear Brooke Steele Saturday night.  We love that too!


On Tuesday we had patrons from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Illinois make the trek to Shelbyville to hear Chloë Agnew’s concert.    We are pleased that the Strand is attractive outside our community as much as we hope it is to everyone living here in Shelby County.


For our concert on Tuesday night we needed a certain type of piano for the artists.   Thank you to local musician Jeff Sponsel for loaning the Strand his Roland G8 for the show.   It sounded great on stage.   Everyone had a good time at the concert.   Thank you to Chloë, Dermott, Naomi, Bonnie, and Clyde for making the trip to Shelbyville.


We explained to the out of state audience that the Strand will be dark next weekend.  For those of us in Indiana, we know why, but for those folks we had to explain our state’s common religion….BASKETBALL.   One thing we know we can’t compete against…Indiana teams in the sweet 16 and hopefully the final 4.


The night of Chloë Agnew’s concert was also the night of the Indiana Tornado Drill.   Our volunteers reviewed our procedures.  If you are curious, the safest place in the Strand during a tornado is under the balcony.  The balcony is very strong and all steel and concrete.   When we opened in 2008 we sought out the advice of an engineer and that was where we need to be.    We are happy to participate in this critical safety drill.    Did you?


This week we also held our monthly fire drill.  Remember being in school and having those drills?   We do them too, each and every month.   We keep logs and our alarm company keeps a record too.   As you know, if seated in the auditorium the nearest exit is to your right or behind you where you came in.  We have to admit, it is fun getting to pull the handle on the alarm.   


The performance break will be good for our volunteers even though the less that desirable things we are dealing with keep trudging along.   We hope to have a resolution soon.  You can read all about it in either the Shelbyville News or online with WSVX Giant 96 radio.   


Over the winter one of the things that happens is our marquee gets filthy.  In particular the 304 light bulbs get covered with road soot.   A few weeks ago we had torrential rains.   This was good for several reasons.   First, we were able to check our roof leaks (that didn’t go so well).  Next, Mother Nature decided to volunteer for the Strand and she cleaned all 304 marquee lights.  They are spotless!   Thank you Mother Nature.   We had another nice rain this past week.   This time our newly patched roof held!!


Thank you to all the well wishes from across the country.  The Strand’s volunteers have some very tough decisions to make in the coming weeks.   Bottom line is we are all volunteers and cannot take being bullied.   Time will tell what tact we take.


After the basketball break we will start with 2 very fun events.   On April 5, 2017 we will hold POETRY NIGHT in honor of National Poetry Month.   This is arranged each year by Three Sisters Books and Gifts.   Come out and enjoy an evening of verse.   The poetry starts at 7:00pm and the event is free.   Stop by Three Sisters Books for your very own 2017 Poetry at the Strand bookmark!


On April 6, 2017 the Strand welcomes DONALD DAVIDSON.   Donald is the long serving historian for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.   We have listened to Donald on the radio for decades.  This is your chance to hear him in person, ask questions, and learn first hand that the nice fellow you hear on the radio is the same in person!  The event is free and starts at 7:00pm.  


On April 8, 2017 we welcome back CATRINA AND THE BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS.   This will be a wonderful evening full of bluegrass music and fun.   Tickets are on sale at Mickey’s T-Mart, online at, or at the theater.   We hope to see you there for an evening of toe tapping fun!


The Strand is a safe haven.   When the lights dim and the performer is on stage, everything is right in the world.   We hope you come to a future event and experience this first hand with us.   We are able to do this all because of you.   Thank you.  See you at the Strand!


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Mar 23 2017

The Big Lebowski – March 24, 2017 – 7:30pm

The Schwinn Bicycle Team presents a party at the Strand.   The BIG LEBOWSKI will be showing one night only on March 24, 2017.   The movie starts at 7:30pm.   18 on the Square will provide the bar and the balcony will be open!

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Mar 18 2017

CHLOË AGNEW – March 21, 2017

CHLOË AGNEW will perform at the Strand Theatre in Shelbyville, Indiana on Saturday March 18, 2017.    Tickets are available in advance at Mickey’s T-Mart or online at

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Mar 17 2017

Strand Weekly Email 3/17/2017

Dear Strand Fan,
Did you wear Green today?    In honor of St. Patty’s Day we are showing the 1958 Vincent Price classic HOUSE ON THE HAUNTED HILL.   The movie starts at 7:30pm and is part of our Friday Night Frights series.    OK, we don’t know what Vincent Price and St. Patty’s Day has to do with each other, but it seems reasonable to us!

What is more reasonable is Irish singing star CHLOË AGNEW of Celtic Woman returns on Tuesday March 21st.   It will be a very special concert.  Tickets are on sale at Mickeys T-Mart or online at   This is a treat to have an international talent perform at our theater.   We hope you are able to attend this very special event.

Saturday night we welcome the BROOKE STEELE BAND to the Strand.   The concert will feature bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel music.   We look forward to Brooke’s first performance on our stage.  She will be fantastic.   To support this concert we had a donor place newspaper ads in surrounding communities!    Thank you to that donor who is helping highlight the great talent in Shelby County and the wonderful things go on at the Strand.

The Strand had a chance to promote several of our shows on WSVX radio last week.   We were the guest of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  Their show Chamber Chat is on every Friday.    Thank you Julie Metz and the great crew at the Chamber who help the Strand each and every day.

The Shelby County Players finished their run of Vasha and Masha and Sonia and Spike.   The show was funny and all who attended had a great time.   Live theater returns to the Strand in late April with the production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE.  This is an adaptation of the 1997 best seller book of the same title.   We look forward to seeing this live on stage.

We had our second Community Treasure Series lecture this week.   Alex Krach, director of the Grover Museum, told us all the exciting things happening at the Museum and the Shelby County Historical Society.   This series is an excellent way to hear in depth about the things happening in our community.   The next event is April 12th where we will learn about the Blue River Memorial Park Cross Country Course.    The event is free.

2017 is turning out to be a year of surprises.   We thought we finished with that in 2016 but the “fun” just keeps on coming.

A group of volunteers went to the roof last week to tackle our pesky roof leak.   Armed with 2 pails of top quality roof coat, we stirred and spread the product in the affected area.   (warning, tech talk ahead)   The auditorium roof has quite a slope and is constructed of built up asphalt.   The common replacement strategy is to replace the section with a rubber membrane roof.   We installed rubber on the section of roof above the offices, but have yet to do the main auditorium.   There are 14,500 reasons we haven’t done that job, but are working on it.  Until then our problems are always in the same area, as the roof drains into a trough section.   During the cold weather the asphalt cracks and we have leaks.    The coating we used is impregnated with fibered aluminum.  It flows and seals those cracks.  The patch will hold only until the next time some walks on the roof in cold weather or the building flexes, as it naturally does.    The roof of the Strand gives a unique view of our community, but honestly we are a bit tired of the experience.    Time will tell on our quest to replace the roof.

Work is proceeding in our offices.   We started preparing the south office floor for carpet.  The old glue from the tile is giving us a fight, but power tools always win.   It should be done soon.  Things are getting better and better, safer and safer.    It will be nice to reclaim that space sitting dormant since 1967.

Last week we talked about an odd visit from the State Fire Marshal’s office.   It was odd, that is for sure.   Three inspectors came to the Strand to look at the construction progress.   They left citing us for not applying for their Construction Design Release for replacing our electrical panels in 2009 or replacing our existing HVAC.   The design professionals helping with this are still mystified as they have never experienced such a thing.   The work they are potentially fining us for was accomplished in 2009!  Remember when we talked about replacing our 1916 electrical panel we dubbed the “Frankenstein Switch?”    That is what they are worried about.   We are scratching our heads at their actions, but are going to get to the bottom of it one way or another.   Until then our work at the Strand will stop while we get this in order.   It will be a very sparse June and July, as those are the shows that require our effort now.

Once the weather warms a little bit we will be replacing the lamps in our marquee.  We have one panel completely dark and the others are headed that direction too.  The panels are heavy and require a lift, which requires decent weather, which requires conditions we do not have now!

The Strand organ project is rolling along.   It too is negatively impacted by the diversion of our time for the 2009 permitting issue (did we mention we had all the local permits and inspections?).   This week two positive things happened.   We had a visit from David Bottom from Lexington KY.   His is the professional guiding the volunteer restoration.   He toured our new organ shop.   We are fixed on what our first job will be and look forward getting that project into full swing.

Strand volunteers made a trip to Chicago to visit the organ shop of J.L. Weiler, Inc.   Jeff W. and Robert R. were gracious hosts and worked with us on making sure our plans for preservation of our historic instrument are communicated well.   They have more than a few play toys in their organ shop and we enjoyed playing the Wurlitzer Style B Special erected as a demonstration instrument.    Robert, a talented recording engineer, gave us concert recordings of the Uniphone Theatre Pipe Organ installed in the Rivoli Theatre in Indianapolis.   Both Strand volunteers were at those concerts in the early 1970s and it brought back a flood of happy memories.

Next week Friday  March 24th –  put it on your calendar….Earl and the Schwinn Team is sponsoring THE BIG LEBOWSKI.   This 1998 classic (if it can be called that) movie will provide quite the party at the Strand.   Our bar vendor 18 on the Square will be there with all the appropriate libations.   We will have popcorn too!  Thank you to Kris Meltzer and Tyler Brant for making this possible.

Tonight – HOUSE ON THE HAUNTED HILL.   Saturday – BROOKE STEELE BAND.   The fun continues, but only because of you.   Thank you for the support.  See you at the Strand!

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Mar 10 2017

Strand Weekly Email 3/10/2017

Dear Strand Fan,

TONIGHT!   Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike!   On stage tonight, Saturday, and Sunday.   You will not want to miss this funny Christopher Durang comedy.   The Shelby County Players finish their run of this very entertaining play this weekend.   We hope to see you there!

Next week we have the second in our Community Treasure Series.  On Wednesday March 15th (beware!)  Alex Krach, director of the Shelby County Historical Society, will be the featured speaker.   The Shelby County Historical Society owns and operates the Grover Museum.   The talk will be interesting and informative.   The event is free.   Et tu Brute…

The week finishes with Friday Night Frights featuring House on the Haunted Hill with Vincent Price.   Saturday we welcome the BROOKE STEELE BAND to the Strand for some bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel music.   It will be a busy week.

The Shelby County Players will be striking (taking down) their set after Sunday’s matinee.  On Monday the Strand is having a rather odd visit from the leadership of the State Fire Marshal’s office.  As best we can tell, this is very unusual.   We will all find out together.    As you recall the Strand had a very disappointing interaction with them in what appeared to be requirements placed upon us using erroneous assumptions.    They corrected that, but not without costing our organization valuable time and assets.

The work is continuing.  This week we finished some miscellaneous trim work and continued getting the projection booth ready for paint.  We also found an original 1920s projector part.   That projector is now on display in the Grover Museum.  We got the part to them and hopefully reunite it with the projector in the correct spot!    We are still painting, painting, and more painting.

Last weekend we also removed the tile flooring from the north and south offices.   Everyone was suspect of that tile.   We knew better.   It came up easily.  On the back was the original installation tag.   It was indeed Battleship Linoleum tile produced during WWII.   The tag says “Owing to the difficulty in procuring regular supplies of pigments, we cannot guarantee that shades of green will match.”   The tile was manufactured by Farr & Bailey Mfg. Co. of Camden, NJ.   This would have been between 1941 and 1945.   Shelbyville Paint was in business then…maybe they sold it to us!

We are holding a STRAND WORK SESSION tomorrow, Saturday March 11th from 9:00am – noon.   We will paint, scrape, and also take out some trash that has accumulated.      We are making headway and the results are very satisfying.  We would love to have you join us.

Our neighbors at Mach1 PC are coming along nicely next door with their building.  When you walk to the Strand, take time to look into their windows and see the progress.  Thank you to Scott and Vinny P. for leaving the lights on!  Our block is looking better and better.

The Strand Organ Project had progress this week.  David Bottom, who will lead the restoration effort, made the trip from Lexington KY to the Strand.  We are in the process of finishing the planning document.  Next will be finding a suitable weeknight for our weekly work sessions.   Things are going well.

Want to volunteer?  We would love to have you join the Strand Family.   We have wonderful shows that require concessions, tickets, ushering, and theater maintenance.   If you are interested, please reply to this email and Rhonda S. will get back with you.
CHLOË AGNEW of Celtic Woman returns on March 21st.   It will be a very special concert.  Tickets are on sale at Mickeys T-Mart or online at

Thank you for your support.   The Strand can sometimes be frustrating, but seeing the performances on stage makes it all worth it.   It is always better seeing it with you too!   See you at the Strand.


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Mar 04 2017

Strand Weekly Email 3/4/2017

Dear Strand Fan,
Wow, that was a fast week.   Shelby County Players’ production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens tonight!   This is a funny play and one you will not want to miss.   You might have noticed we put only “SHELBY COUNTY PLAYERS” on our marquee not the title of the play.   Everything has a reason, and so does that.   There are 5 letter “N”s in the title and 8 letter “A”s.   We just don’t have enough letters.  Spelling out ShelbY CountY PlaYers with the 3 letter “Y”s is hard enough.    When we upgrade to an LED marquee it will not be an issue, but until that time…

Work has progressed steadily this week.   Darin M. from Steve Dennis Electric was assisted by Bob S. and David F. in reinstalling our emergency and exit lights in the new upper lobby area.   We also replaced the ceiling lights in the projection booth.   A 30 minute job took two days, but that is what happens when you deal with 1916 wiring.   Everything was safe, but we made it safer.   The projection booth will soon be usable.  It no longer serves for projection, but has a soundproof view of the stage for stage management.

Volunteer Darlene G. worked this week painting the north office.  If you look from the street you can see what she accomplished.   It is starting to look like a real office!   We are excited to finally be able to take all the bankers boxes and totes from our basements, attics, and cars and have a single place for our corporate records.

We have a problem.   Too many show posters and not enough display space.  We finally had to go to a smaller poster because places like the BOOKMARK on Public Square, CAGNEY’S across the street, and the POWERHOUSE in Columbus didn’t have enough window space for all our posters.    It is a GREAT problem to have.

Since we opened we have voluntarily listed groups with similar goals in our programs.   Mainstreet Shelbyville, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, City of Shelbyville, Blue River Foundation, and Shelby Arts Alliance have had their logos featured in each and every one of our programs.

We do this voluntarily because it is the right thing to do.    We do this because we know that we will all have better success together.    In 2017 we are now including their logos on all our posters.   In addition we are listing Shelby County Tourism, Shelby County Development Corp.,  and the League of Historic American Theatres.  Just like our lobby displays by Grover Museum, we don’t charge or ask for anything to be included.    We want to leverage our strengths to help everyone.   We are proud to be a community partner.

This past Friday our doors were installed.   They look great.  Thank you for all the nice comments.  We have many people who read these emails who do not live in Indiana.   Here is how that day went a week ago.   We started Friday in the mid 60’s.  The temperature reached 79° in the afternoon.   On Saturday we woke up to snow on the ground.  Some are thinking right now “boy I miss living in Shelbyville” and some are thinking “I don’t miss Indiana weather.”    We went from air conditioning to heat in 24 hours.  Good thing our new HVAC system at the Strand can handle that type of change.

The doors are wonderful.   The new doors fit perfectly.   They make the lobby quiet.   Harrison Street traffic noise used to filter into the lobby.  Not any more.    The biggest difference is they are dust tight.   Our lobby will be much cleaner.   We put a sign on the old doors “$100.”   In less than 24 hours, the doors were gone!!

The Shelby County Players continue their performances of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike through next weekend.   We have a full slate for the rest of the month.   There will be something for everyone.
Thank you for the support.   It is humbling to our organization how many people and businesses help us in unique ways.   See you at the Strand!

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