As a person who has been involved in the Strand Theatre project for over 10 years, I am proud to report on its exciting successes. With the help and support of the entire Marietta and Cobb County community, the Strand has become an important and vital aspect of everyday life on the Marietta Square. With an actively involved and committed Board of Trustees, the Strand continues to offer a diverse and exciting schedule of activities.
When we began this exciting adventure, we were optimistic that the theatre would prove to be a valuable asset to the Marietta Square and to our entire county. We are proud to report that patrons from over 303 different zip codes visited the theatre in 2012. Everything we hoped for has exceeded our expectations. The economic impact of the Strand is unquestionable.
In 2012, the Strand broke every record regarding attendance and activity. The Strand hosted over 450 public and private events with over 84,000 patrons visiting the facility. Without a doubt, 2013 will surpass the records that were set last year. In July alone, attendance and participation in the theatre were outstanding. Only one day in the entire month of July was not booked with an event. The theatre has hosted plays, musicals, weddings, civic events, community activities, concerts and educational events.
The Strand feels an obligation to give back to the community that has contributed to our success. Since opening in 2008, the Strand has partnered and worked with MUST Ministries, the Humane Society of Cobb County, the Cobb County School System, the Georgia Ballet, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Reconnecting Families, the Cobb/Marietta Junior League, the Marietta Visitors Bureau, the Marietta Pilgrimage, the Taste of Marietta, the Marietta School System, Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, The Marietta Schools Foundation, the Gone with the Wind Museum, the Marietta Museum of Art, the Historic Marietta Trolley, the Marietta Museum of History and many other important organizations in our community.
In July alone, over 200 students participated in arts activities at The Strand. The Call-A-Thon raised over $100,000 in 12 short hours. The Motown Sound was extremely successful with over 3,300 people attending the show. Concerts were sold out and musical theatre camps were filled to capacity.
This would not have happened without the support and assistance of the citizens of our county, our city and our patrons.
It is with sincere gratitude and appreciation that I say thank you to everyone who has supported the Earl Smith Strand Theatre.