Jul 27 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter 7/27/2018

Published by at 5:58 pm under Weekly Emails

RADIUM GIRLS opens tonight!  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.   The Shelby County Players present this play this weekend and next. Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Plenty of tickets are still available.


The Shelby County Players have been hard at work getting the scenery and lighting ready for their performance.    The set utilizes the height of our auditorium. It is always nice to see new and creative uses for the Strand.


Last week we discussed our trials and tribulations with our Coke machine.  This week we are happy to report that it is fixed! It required 9 volunteer labor hours to solve a problem that took 20 minutes to fix.   We look forward to not having to go through that process again. When you’re at the theater this weekend you can enjoy a Coke!


We have had a stressful summer.  The road construction has been detrimental to our attendance.   At Friday Night Frights a patron came to us and said “you need help.”  She gave us a very generous donation. Things like this reinforce our belief that we live in a wonderful community.


We also had a patron inquire about a hearing assistance system.   Rather than just ask, we received a very generous check to cover 100% of the system.  We will be starting work soon on installing this complex hearing system. Work sessions will be needed to help with that too.   On behalf of the Strand and our community THANK YOU to these generous donors.


Strand Fun Fact:   The Strand is located on Harrison Street and Post Street.   Yes, the alley behind the Strand is actually a street. The Strand Annex is addressed on Post Street.    


Look at our schedule, we have something for everyone.   We hope to have a great turnout for all our events. If you are interested in OPEN MIC, turn that interest into action and perform on the Strand’s stage!    

We do all this because of the support and generosity of our community.    We had over 450 people attend Strand programs last week. This is all because of you, thank you.   See you at the Strand!

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