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Public Is Invited, Encouraged to Become a Friend of The Strand Theatre

MOUNDSVILLE — The Strand Theatre Preservation Society had a full calendar of events scheduled for 2020, but because of COVID, events from March through August had to be canceled.

These included events such as Moundsville’s Got Talent, the spring play, the summer musical, children’s acting classes, children’s summer camp, the spring yard sale, the shrimp boil, multiple cabarets and concerts, as well as new programming initiatives such as the Concerts in the Round series.

As 2020 progressed, the Strand Theatre Preservation Society endeavored to find events that could be held which followed state and county health and safety guidelines. As a result, an indoor yard sale, a private rental, two movies and the Nutcracker ballet were successfully scheduled.

In true theatre fashion and despite many events being canceled, the Strand Theatre Preservation Society worked hard behind the scenes throughout 2020.

The last remaining unfinished basement space is currently being renovated to serve as a theatre office. Additionally, a new light board has been installed expanding lighting possibilities opportunities for performances and a new safety ladder has been installed ensuring safe access to the catwalk above the stage. Our future goals include continuing to improve the theatre experience by acquiring a new sound system and upgrading stage mechanics to be safer and more efficient.

Members of the public are invited become a Friend of the Strand in a continued effort to provide an outlet for the expression, education and enjoyment of the arts. When you become a Friend of the Strand, you invest not only in the preservation of this historic landmark, but in the cultural enrichment of the local community.

With the public’s support, the Strand can continue to produce the myriad of artistic and cultural events. The Strand has been able to remain solvent and operational during these unparalleled times because of the generosity of the community.

Everyone is welcome to help the Strand celebrate the arts by becoming a Friend of the Strand. Membership registration can be completed online by visiting www.strandtheatrewv.com/friends-of-the-strand.

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