Feb 23 2018

Strand Theatre Weekly Newsletter: February 23, 2018

Published by at 1:54 am under Weekly Emails


Tonight is opening night for MURDER INN presented by the Shelby County Players.   Curtain is at 7:30pm.   Tickets are still available.   The play will be performed this weekend and next.    Come out and support live theater in downtown Shelbyville.




Art in its fundamental form is communication.   The Strand, as an Arts organization, believes in communication.   This next discussion is for our Strand Fans who live here in Shelby County.    This has to do with access to the Strand between now and Thanksgiving.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is rebuilding State Road 9 (Harrison Street) from Broadway Street  to the Bartholomew County Line.    This is something that the local authorities were unaware was starting.   Everyone was notified with the “Road Closed on 3-1-2018” that magically appeared on Muchmore Hill.  Here is what we think is going to occur:


Broadway south to Colescott will be restricted to two lanes (the eastside lanes) starting next Thursday.    This will continue, alternating to the west lanes, through Thanksgiving.   Many of the side street access points will be closed.   Since the Strand is on the westside lanes, there will be NO ACCESS to the Strand.   We are working with the contractor Milestone to come up with a solution.   We are meeting next week and will report what happens.    


SR 9 will be closed from Colescott south to the Bartholomew County line.   This is happening as you read this.    There will be portions that will be open to one lane of southbound traffic only.    This too will be until Thanksgiving.   We have several volunteer that live in the southern part of the County.   They are not jumping for joy.   


Shelby County will have the GIS Thinkmap updated continuously.  Search for “SHELBY COUNTY INDIANA GIS” to access this.   It is public information and is expertly updated by Tom Debaun.  You now know as much as we do, but since this project will impact the Strand, we will keep you informed every step of the way.




The Strand is hosting a 4 part lecture series on the United States Constitution.   These will be held on Tuesdays in March.   Admission is free and the lectures will start at 7pm.   This is in conjunction with Hillsdale College from Michigan.   We presented their Winston Churchill Series a few years ago and that was a great success.   We look forward to an in depth look at our Constitution from an academic viewpoint.    We hope you can attend.


On March 17th we welcome Tim Grimm and company to the Strand performing PURE PRINE: MUSIC OF JOHN PRINE.   NUVO in Indianapolis said PURE PRINE: “dramatically integrates Prine’s graceful lyrics and music into a story warming your heart with pathos, humor, loss, hopefulness and above all, caring about each other….superb musicianship.”   7 musicians present 35 Prine songs that span 30 plus years.    Tickets are on sale now.   They are $20 Advance at Mickey’s T-Mart (cash or check only) or online at Brownpapertickets.com.   As always, we have them at the Strand Box Office during performances.    This is a wonderful value for top flight entertainment.    


On Tuesday April 10th the Strand welcomes international singer-songwriter DAMIAN McGINTY to our stage.   Damian McGinty was born in Derry, Northern Ireland.   Damian is has performed with CELTIC THUNDER and was on the hit TV series GLEE.   We are honored that he put the Strand as a stop on his SLOW DANCE TOUR.   Tickets start at $35 for general admission to the concert.   For admission to the meet and greet the ticket is $60.    For admission to the soundcheck, meet and greet is $100.   This is the first time we have had a $100 ticket at the Strand.   We are pleased to announce that several have already been sold!


We are looking forward to the murder mystery taking place in the Strand tonight.   MURDER INN starts at 7:30pm.    Things like this happen because of you, thank you!   See you at the Strand.

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