Jul 13 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter 7/13/2018

Published by at 5:56 pm under Weekly Emails

Variety is our middle name…so to speak.   The Strand presented 3 things for our community.   We showed Glengarry Glen Ross on Tuesday, had our Gettysburg Lecture on Wednesday, and finished with the movie Gettysburg on Thursday.   It was a fun, educational, and thought provoking week. Thank you to all who attended.


Traffic Update: Traffic on Harrison Street continues to cause us grief.  We are making the best of it. Did you notice our marquee? “PLENTY OF PARKING – JUST NOT IN FRONT.”  It is going to be a long summer. We were informed that the traffic lane will be pushed to the west side of the street until the end of August.  This means no parking in front of the Strand. We can deal with that. It also means we cannot have patrons dropped off at the front door of the theater.  That is unacceptable. For our upcoming concerts we have many people that are mobility impaired. This will prevent them from coming to our concert.


We are dismayed at this new development but are working for an equitable solution.  We will let you know what we figure out. If you have a suggestion, please let us know!


ANNOUNCEMENT:   The Strand will hold our first ever OPEN MIC AT THE STRAND on August 8-10.   We will have open mic for music on Wednesday.   Open Mic for comedy on Thursday. Open Stage for performances on Friday.   This will be fun. We will post the details on our website and Facebook page shortly.  Until then, save the date! We want your talent on our stage. A complete set of rules will be published in this newsletter next week.


Several things are on the horizon.   On Wednesday we welcome the Shelby County Players as a presenter in our Community Treasure Series.  This is an opportunity to learn the “behind the scenes” of what it takes to produce a play.   The lecture starts at 7pm and is free.


Magic returns with ROCKIN’ TOGETHER: A MUSICAL MAGIC SHOW on Thursday July 19th.   Magician Daniel Lusk will present a fun evening of magic and learning.  This free event is sponsored by the Shelby County Public Library. Tickets are available from the Library.   The show starts at 6:30pm. Doors will open at 5:45pm.


On Friday we have the Shelbyville Parks Department summer camp coming for their annual RED CARPET DAYS.   This is a chance for the campers to perform on the Strand’s stage.  It is a fun time. The performance starts at 11:30am on Friday July 20th and is free.


The Shelby County Players are hard at work preparing their production of RADIUM GIRLS.   It will perform for two weeks starting on July 27th.


We have something new.  On August 25th the Strand will host our first Hypnotist.  Mat Lavore will bring his MYSTERY & MAGIC to the Strand.  No rabbits out of hats or sawing people in half. No trick boxes or swing pocket watches.  Real magic. Real hypnosis. Real mystery. World-class magician and hypnotist Mat LaVore performs his theatre show “Magic & Mystery” to the Strand.   It’s not your average magic or hypnosis show! LaVore performs mind blowing magic, impossible mind reading, and jaw-dropping hypnosis all in one incredibly interactive show.  Be prepared to walk away astonished! Tickets are available locally at Mickey’s T-Mart (cash and check only) and online at BrownPaperTickets.com.


Strand Fun Fact:  Did you know that we have a skylight in one of our offices?  This was originally installed in 1916 and was covered decades ago.  It is now re-installed with energy efficient glass and looks great. Next time you are at the Strand, ask us to show you.


We are in challenging times.   For whatever reason our attendance is down, hence our revenue is down.   It is stressful for our volunteers. You can help by coming to an event.  We will make it through the road construction, hot weather, phases of the moon or whatever causes this to occur, but it is a steep hill to climb.

We do this all for the quality of life for Shelbyville and Shelby County.   We want to make an impact. We want the performing arts to be accessible to every citizen.  We want to stretch our community’s understanding of historical and current events. Most of all we want all of us to live in a fun, fulfilling place.   We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you! See you at the Strand.

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