Apr 24 2014

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: 4/24/2014

The Strand has been busy, and so have our volunteers.  Sometimes there is just not enough time in the day to get things done.   Here is a short recap of all the happenings.
Our renovation is almost done!   The final job is to drywall our new bathroom construction.   This is a bit more involved than we thought.   It involves a removing a front window and using a boom truck to get the drywall into the theatre.  Once the material is in, it will go quickly.

We sold out for the Heywood Banks show.   Everyone gave rave reviews to the roomier balcony.   We had every seat filled and the new seats and configuration performed perfectly.   Thank you to all who helped get this important upgrade completed.    The bills are in (and paid) and we are proud to announce that the $27,000 grant from the Blue River Community Foundation was spent 100% locally.   We did not spend one nickel of that grant outside our community.   The $5000 grant from Mainstreet Shelbyville for our bathrooms was also spent 100% locally.

The Strand believes strongly in the talent of our community.   This is onstage and off.  Our local contractors and suppliers have the skill and expertise to do anything our community needs.   We do not “shop around” outside our community for a better price.   We believe that since you have funded the Strand through your donations it is our responsibility to keep those funds in our local economy.   Thank you Shelby County!
Our 98 year old theatre threw us some curve balls and we ran over budget, but considering the work done for the funds spent, everyone did a great job!  We put 50 year quality into the renovation.  We intend these changes to last many years.
This week had our annual Spring Poetry Reading.   Three Sisters Books and Gifts organize and sponsor this event.  Local and regional poets shared their works.  It is always a fun evening.   Our next poetry will be in October!
Friday Night Fright’s monthly installment is this Friday April 25 at 7:30pm.   In April we are showing a recent (1985) classic and a new film.  H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator directed by Stuart Gordon is a genre film that has been a staple since it was released.   The film WORM is a new work by Doug Mallette.   The synopsis of WORM is: “In a time where recreational parasites induce your wildest fantasies, one luckless loser struggles to keep the life of his ‘dreams’ from squirming away.”   We love showing new films.  This should be fun.   Doors open at 7:00pm and tickets are only $5.
On Saturday night April 26th COSMOS returns to the Strand Stage.   The band, with leader Laura Harmon, will entertain with songs that are not heard as much live.   This is what the musicians want to present, and it will be fun.   The set list includes songs from King Crimson, David Bowie, Jethro Tull, White Stripes, SRC, Alan Parsons Project, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, Heart and many more!  Come out and enjoy an evening of live music.   All proceeds help the Strand!   Thank you COSMOS.
The Strand has a full schedule in the weeks ahead.   This is all because of your support.  Thank you for making the Strand Theatre the performing arts destination in the heart of Shelby County in Downtown Shelbyville.  Hope to see you at the Strand!
Friday Night Frights
Re-Animator (1985)
Worm (2013)
April 25, 2014 7:30pm
Rock Concert
April 26, 2014 8:00pm
$5 (all proceeds benefit the Strand)
Blue River Community Foundation
April 30, 2014 2:00pm
Shelbyville High School
May 3, 2014
Shelbyville Middle School
May 9, 2014
May 17, 2014
$20 Advance (tickets are selling fast!)

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Apr 13 2014

Cosmos Returns!

Cosmos returns to the Strand Theatre for a concert on Saturday April 26, 2014.    The concert will include Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Prog Rock…and a smidge of Metal.    Cosmos will be joined by special guests Scot and Gary Shrader and Royce Rolls!  The songs to be performed include:

21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
All the Young Dudes – David Bowie
Aqualung – Jethro Tull
Carolina Drama – White Stripes
Checkmate – SRC
Day After Day – Alan Parsons
Don’t Talk to Strangers – Ronnie Dio
Halo of Flies – Alice Cooper
Lemon Song – Led Zeppelin
Mistral Wind – Heart
One More Red Nightmare – King Crimson
Orion (instrumental) – Metallica
Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath
Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac

Come and support the Strand and hear a great concert.  Tickets are only $5.  Show starts at 8pm.

Rev 5 - Cosmos Poster - 2014-page-001

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Apr 13 2014

Poetry – April 23, 2014

Poetry Returns!   National Poetry Month will be celebrated at the Strand Theatre with an evening of poetry.   This annual event is sponsored by Three Sisters Books and Gifts.

Help us welcome Steve Roberts as our featured poet at Poetry Night at the Strand on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 pm.  Open mic to follow so bring your own poems to read and share.   Admission is FREE

Spring Poetry


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Apr 13 2014

Re-Animator & Worm for April FNF

Friday Night Fright in April will feature two films.   H.P. Lovecraft’s classic RE-ANIMATOR (1985) will be joined by the new feature WORM.


WORM – Socially awkward CHARLES lives in a world where we have lost the ability to dream.  He longs for friends and love but has to settle for an over-bearing FATHER and a cosmetically-challenged dog.  When the miracle product Fantasites, a parasite that returns our ability to dream, hits the market, the world quickly gets swept up in the phenomenon, and Charles is no exception.

Charles sees the trendy product as a way to connect with the friends he’s always wanted and finally get JUNE, the girl of his ‘dreams.’  But, Fantasites aren’t without controversy.  Fun-loving fantasies ultimately give way to disturbing side effects, and when the product disappears from shelves, users go to horrific lengths to keep their brains detached from reality.

Charles soon finds himself struggling to keep the life he’s dreamed about from squirming away.

Friday Night Frights at the Strand Theatre in Shelbyville, Indiana starts at 7:30pm April 25, 2014.   Tickets are $5.

Worm Poster Re-Animator poster



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Apr 12 2014

Heywood Banks

Heywood BanksToaster at the ready

Heywood Banks returned to the Strand Theatre on April 12, 2014.   The SOLD OUT crowd laughed the entire evening.   Heywood sang new songs and old favorites.    This was the first sold out performance since the Strand’s balcony renovation.   Everyone was comfortable!

We love these sings

Heywood onstage 2014 Heywood Marquee 2014 Heywood from the new seats

Hello from Michigan Sold out Again!

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Apr 11 2014

Easter Cantata

Easter Cantata 2014

The Blue River Community Choir joined the Liberty United Methodist Church Choir for an evening celebrating the music of the Easter Season.

It was a wonderful evening of music.

Blue River Community Choir 2014 Blue River Community Choir 2014-2

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Mar 26 2014

Strand Theatre Weekly Email: March 26, 2014

Dear Strand Fan,


The month of March has flown by.   We are happy to be basking in the sunshine and warm weather…well maybe our friends at the Strand Theatre in Marietta Georgia are warm, but we are still cold.   The winter season has taken its toll on the Strand’s budget.   The heat cost was alarming.   We are fastly approaching removal of our 1954 heating units.  They have decided to go out with letting us know they can still use the gas!  People ask us what they burn, our answer last year was “fifties” this year is “hundreds”.


Work has progressed steadily on the theatre.   We are ready to drywall our new bathrooms and hallway.  The plumbing, wiring, alarm, exhaust and more plumbing are all done.  By the end of next week we will be ready to start the finishing work.   We have wall finishes, tile, fixtures, handrails and carpet all left to do.  Before we know it, the bathrooms will be ready for 50 years of service.   It is a project worth doing.  We are proud to be able to invest in our theatre.   The generosity of so many has made this possible.   Our biggest donor by far is our ticket buying audience.   This keeps the Strand in operation.  We always talk about building an audience, one seat at a time.   That is what makes the Strand tick.   No matter how beautiful the theatre, how great the new seats, or how comfortable the heat…it is only worth it with an audience to experience a performance.


We still have problems with our spell check on the marquee.  The automatic feature to highlight mistakes is working great (traffic that passes), the auto-correct is a little slow.   The auto-correct feature is weather dependent.   The cold makes it tough on our volunteers to get things changed.  It is the unrelenting winter just wearing us down a bit…but we will persevere!


A quick update on a little volunteer news from a few weeks ago.   Shane K, our webmaster, just had a new baby son.   Mom, sister and baby brother are all doing fine.   That means the much needed fix for our web site is just about done.  In typical Shane fashion, what started as a debug turned into a full makeover of the site.  We should be ready to launch it soon.   We think you will enjoy the new look and features.


(warning, tech talk ahead)  One of the issues identified by Shane was the amount of space and bandwidth that was used by our pictures.   We post all our images in full resolution.  We give anyone rights to use the photographs.  The Strand’s pictures have turned up in some interesting places.   Local media has used our pictures as well as performers.   We are currently on the home page of comedian Donnie Baker (www.shutuprandy.com).  We are also on worldofharmonica.com with an image of Carson Diersling on the Strand’s stage.   You can see us on Facebook and Twitter posts.  All these images were slowing down our site.   The site server is owned and donated by Automotive Parts Network (www.iNeedParts.com).  To help the speed of the site, Shane offloaded all 19 gigabits of images to another server.  This will help our new site load faster.   It is one of the many unseen things continually solved.

Bob S., the chief cook and bottle washer, is recovering from this open-heart surgery.  He is released to drive and is back at the Strand!   He was only out 5 weeks.  That is amazing.   Bob was thrilled to see the finished balcony.   Now if someone would only adjust the 203 seat springs in the balcony….Bob?


We have some fun this weekend at the Strand.   Friday Night Frights returns!   All seats are $5 and the balcony is open!   The Strand will take you back to a time in our history where late night horror films were the norm.  This month was will show “Scared to Death” from 1946 with Bela Lugosi.  It will be followed by the 1959 Vincent Price classic “House on the Haunted Hill.”   The double feature will start at 7:30pm on Friday March 28th.


Our friends at the Blue River Community Foundation need our help.  They are holding a meeting on April 8th at 1:00pm.   This will be held in the Council Chamber of City Hall.  They have been tasked to bring together a cohesive inventory of community assets and develop a plan for our Quality of Life.  The Strand is a big part of this and is proud to be working diligently in making our home a more “livable” community.   In order to get some guidance and ideas, the Foundation is starting with a simple meeting.  This meeting will be a gathering of ideas on how best to approach this task.   Your ideas are what they need!   Each and every person in our County has a unique perspective on what make us a great place, and where the challenges need addressed.   Please try to attend.  Your participation is crucial for the success of this endeavour.   For more information, please call the Foundation at 317-392-7955.


April will be a full and busy month.   As soon as our current projects are finished, we will be assembling our Saturday work crews to start on the Strand annex.   This project must be completed before we start the heating season this fall.  That time will be upon us all too soon (depressing,, we know).   We hope we have lots of volunteers help us bring back the spaces abandoned in 1915 and the 1930’s.   These renovated spaces will allow the Strand to better accomplish our mission of providing an outstanding venue for the Arts and Performing Arts in our community.

Thank you for your support.  You make everything we do possible and worthwhile.  See you at the Strand!


Friday Night Frights


March 28, 2014




Liberty United Methodist Church

Blue River Community Choir

GLORIOUS DAY – A Choral Celebration of Easter

April 11, 2014






April 12, 2014


$20 Advance, $25 Door


Three Sisters Books and Gifts


April 23, 2014



Friday Night Frights


WORM (2013)

April 25, 2014



Rock Concert


April 26, 2014





May 17, 2014

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