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  • Strand Theatre: Weekly Newsletter 2-8-19

    February 8, 2019
    Strand Performing Arts Center
     Weekly Newsletter
    Volume 13 Number 6

    Our 12th Season

    Friday Night Frights
    THE GOLEM (1920)
    February 15, 2019
    7:30pm  $5
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    Country Music Concert
    February 16, 2019
    8pm   $20

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    Shelby County Players
    February 22 - 7:30pm
    February 23, - 7:30pm
    February 24 - 2pm
    February 28 - 7:30pm
    March 1 - 7:30pm
    March 2 - 7:30pm
    March 3 - 2pm

    Community Treasure Series
    "Conversations on Local History"

    1913 FLOOD
    March 6, 2019
    7pm Free
    Broadcast on Facebook Live

    March 9, 2019
    8pm $20
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    Sunset Stomp Dixieland Band
    featuring Hopkins & Miller

    March 10, 2019
    2pm  $12
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    Festival Film Series
    Shown in 16mm
    THE MAZE (1953)
    March 12, 2019
    7pm   $10
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    Indy 500 History 

    March 15, 2019
    7pm Free

    Friday Night Frights
    March 22, 2019
    7:30pm  $5
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    March 23, 2019
    7:30pm  $10

    American Legion
    Victory Post 70
    Veterans' Film Series

    WINGS (1927)
    April 2, 2019
    7pm    $5
    Veterans and Active Military
    Members - Free
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    Community Treasure Series
    Conversations on Local History

    1913 FLOOD
    April 3, 2019
    7pm  Free
    Broadcast on Facebook Live

    Ricks-Weil Theatre Company
    & Strand Theatre present

    Featuring Danny Russel
    One Act Play
    April 4, 2019 7:30pm
    April 5, 2019 7:30pm
    Tickets $5

    April 6, 2019
    8pm  $20
    Mature Audiences Only
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    Band Concert

    April 7, 2019
    2pm  Free

    Forever Young Tour
    From Celtic Thunder & Glee
    April 11, 2019
    5:00pm Sound Check $100
    5:45pm  Meet & Greet $60
    7:30pm Concert $35
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    Dear Strand Fan,

    We’re off and running!   The Strand’s 2019 schedule is in full swing.  The past weekend we paid tribute to Buddy Holly on the 60th anniversary of his untimely death.   We started with the Buddy Holly Story. This movie took us back to a simpler time in the 1950s.  Winner of an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards in 1978. Gary Busey, who played Buddy Holly, was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor.   It looked and sounded great and got everyone in the mood for the next night’s concert.


    Saturday the Strand presented Kenny James and Rave On as Buddy Holly.   The concert started with our auditorium dark listening to the first verse of Don McLean’s 1971 classic American Pie.    After the line “the day the music died” music started from the stage, lights came up and the concert began. The day the music died referred to February 3, 1959.  That night Buddy Holly took off from the Clear Lake, Iowa airport after his show at Surf Ballroom. The aircraft crashed killing all on board minutes later.


    The concert played all of Buddy Holly’s hits.   After the final tune “Rave On” the auditorium went black.  As the applause died down the 1959 radio broadcast came over the sound system announcing the plane crash and death of Richie Valens, J.P. Richardson (the Big Bopper), and Buddy Holly.    After the announcement the lights came up and the band played the most famous of Buddy Holly hits. It was a fantastic evening. We would hope that our audience had as much fun at the Strand as they did at the Surf Ballroom on February 2, 1959.   


    Our Festival Film Series, shown in glorious 16mm film, kicked off this week.   We had our largest crowd yet for one of these films. Thank you to all near and far who came to the first FFS of 2019.


    Our Community Treasure Series started with our talk on local history about Major Fires in Shelbyville.   Fire Chief Tony Logan talked about the more notable fires and told some stories surrounding the events of the past 34 years.   Audience members told stories about fires and the volunteers who fought them. Alex Krach, director of Grover Museum, moderated the talk.   For the first time we broadcast on Facebook Live. We had an audience of 19 watching online. The next event is March 6. The topic will be the 1913 Flood.  Ron Hamilton will be the historian taking us on a journey back in time. Thank you to all who supported this event, especially Jeff Brown of the Shelbyville News and Kristiaan Rawlings of the Addison Times.  We are excited about the new format and the partnership with the Shelby County Historical Society on this series.


    Friday Night Frights starts a new season on Friday February 15, 2019 with the showing of the 1920 film THE GOLEM.   Widely recognized as the source of the Frankenstein myth, the ancient legend of the Golem provided actor/director Paul Wegener with the substance for one of the most adventurous films of the German silent cinema.


    COLTON CHAPMAN returns to the Strand on February 16, 2019.  Colton will play his distinct style of country music and modern country.   It will be a fantastic show.


    We are continuing on some renovation work this week.   The project de jour is removing our 1916 water tower from above the stage.   We have tried unsuccessfully for the past 3 years to get this accomplished. We have thrown in the towel and hired a contractor to do this on our behalf.   We know a few things about this decision: 1) It will be happen quickly 2) It will happen safely. Very much worth it for us.


    The Shelby County Players presents the Noel Coward classic  BLITHE SPIRIT.  This play opens on Friday February 22, 2019.   The cast and crew have been working at SCP Offstage preparing the production.  They load-in on February 17th. We look forward to welcoming back the Shelby County Players and their production of BLITHE SPIRIT.


    Our Veterans’ Film Series is being presented by the American Legion Victory Post 70 in honor of their 100th anniversary.   The film series will present films representing WWI, WWII, Korea, Cold War, Vietnam, and the Middle East. They start on April 2, 2019 and run one per month  through September. April starts with the 1927 Academy Award winner for Best Picture WINGS.   This movie stars Clara Bow and Gary Cooper.     Since we do not yet have our theater organs installed, the movie will be accompanied by the famed organist Gaylord Carter on the organ installed Stark Wurlitzer in Los Angeles California.  It was recorded in 1985.


    We have lots of events for 2019.  We just added comedian Michael Malone on May 18th.   There are a few things we are waiting on final confirmation, but the 99% of our 2019 is booked!   


    Thank you for the support.  Thank you to all who came to one of our first 4 events.   We received a note from a patron in Columbus, Indiana saying that the Buddy Holly Concert was “was the most outstanding one my husband and I have ever seen.”   That’s what we like! See you at the Strand.


    If you would like to volunteer for an event, email to: rhonda.schwegman@StrandPAC.org


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