The Strand Reveals a “Seriously Entertaining” 34th Season
[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of Shreveport’s greatest treasures is ready to entertain for another season full of shows — from concerts to musicals and even acrobatic performances. The Strand Theatre recently announced its 34th season, which will kick off with a concert from country music icon Lee Greenwood on Sept. 22 and will wrap up with the ever-popular Monty Python’s Spamalot.
The Strand’s season will feature eight shows, but the historic venue will also play host to plenty of other theatrical performances, shows and concerts in the coming year.
“I think what will make this season a little different overall for us is that the RiverView Theater is closing for renovations, so we will have more rentals,” said Executive Director Jenifer Hill. “We expect the Symphony, the Opera, and Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet all to have shows this next year at The Strand. So while we are announcing our season, which I think will be amazing, we need everyone to keep an eye on the website for a lot of new offerings.”
Ron Weems has served on The Strand’s Board of Directors since 1980 and said the theater has been named one of the top five historic theaters in the country.
“The people who built this also built the Saenger in New Orleans. The Saenger is pretty but it’s nowhere close to this,” he said. “It’s very important to have this in a town like Shreveport.”
Hill said the theater would have handrails in place in the balconies before the season starts.
“We have been taking donations toward that project – which by the way – began with our ushers,” she said. “They made the suggestion and the very first donations. They are amazing.”
2018-2019 Season Line-Up
- Lee Greenwood, 8 p.m. on Sept. 22: With more than 30 albums and seven No. 1 songs, Lee Greenwood is a country music legend and is known for his patriotic hit God Bless the USA.
- Chinese Warriors of Peking, 8 p.m. on Oct. 13: A production featuring martial arts, acrobatics, weapons handling and live stage combat.
- Jersey Boys, 7 p.m. on Oct. 21: Based on the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Tony Award-winning show will take the stage with songs like Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.
- A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage, 7 p.m. on Dec. 21: You know the classic story of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang. Now, you can experience it live with the stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’s classic TV special.
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 8 p.m. on Jan. 25: Jam out to the famous New Orleans jazz band and explore new music through Afro-Cuban sounds, Nigerian funk and Ethiopian jazz.
- The Other Mozart, 8 p.m. on March 9: The story of Nannerl, Mozart’s sister, who was a musical prodigy in her own right is performed in this one-woman show featuring stories and lines directly from Mozart’s family letters.
- Jefferson Starship, 8 p.m. on April 13: With 20 hit singles, Jefferson Starship has secured its place in rock ‘n roll history. Watch original members David Freiberg and Donny Baldwin, along with longtime members Chris Smith, Jude Gold and Cathy Richardson perform songs like White Rabbit and Somebody to Love.
- Monty Python’s Spamalot, 7 p.m. on April 28: The Tony Award winning musical comedy follows King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on their search for the Holy Grail.
Tickets will go on sale June 11. For more information, visit www.TheStrandTheatre.com.