At The Dietrich
Okay. I need to tell you about this before the aging sieve-like brain forgets and the information goes into brain-overload neverland. One of our favorite kids – Gavin D’Ulisse - - from After School Players – is in a Keystone College production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Gavin, if you aren’t familiar with his work, played “Grandpa Jones” in the players tip-of-the-hat to Hee Haw in the spring. He has a wonderful singing voice, he’s gloriously handsome and he’s incredibly talented! (How did one kid get all those breaks?) Gavin, if I remember correctly, has even done some ads in Scranton. So, this darling eighth grader is playing Benjamin, Jacob’s youngest son. We are thrilled for him and hope folks will go see him if they get a chance. The sneak previews are Saturday, August 11 at 7:30 and August 12 at 3. Then on the 17th and 18th it shows at 7:30 and on the 19TH AT 3:00. For reservations or information call 351-2959.
WAY TO GO, GAVIN!!!!!!!!
To the movies – we are holding The Simpsons and, of course, we will still have The Bourne Ultimatum – which, by the way, is so darn good you can barely take a breath through it all! And then, splitting the screen with The Simpsons, we have Live Free or Die Hard with Bruce Willis. I LOVE the Die Hard movies! Can’t wait to see it. In fact, I have a double feature treat this week because I’ll get to see Bourne and Die-Hard. Wow! That’s a movie treat!
Okay. Now get this. We have our very own movie star in our midst! Truly, we do. And to prove it, we’re going to show you the movie she stars in. On Sunday, Sept. 28 at two and at seven, we are going to show a film called The Hollywood Librarian. And guess who the biggest star in the film is????? Our very own Susan Turrell! Honest! She really is. The movie looks to be a hoot, professionally done, and about the quiet but determined local heroes at the local library. So we intend to make a great fuss about it all here at the Dietrich because, well, for starters, we like Susan. Secondly, we like libraries, (well, really, who doesn’t?), plus we LOVE books here at the Dietrich and finally, we do so many wonderful projects with the library. So, in order to make Susan feel like the star she is, we’re going to have a party with it and have a bit of wine and some munchies and have Susan introduce the film and then do a Q and A afterward. So mark that date on your calendar, folks. You don’t want to miss the show! You can call Erica at 996-1509 for reservations for either show.
So this is a bit of a melancholy month at the Dietrich. This is the time of year when we have to say goodbye to kids who have been with us two or three years. Each year it’s so hard, because, as those of you who come here regularly know, we simply have the cream of the crop here. We have kids who work hard, are endlessly polite, enthusiastic about life, friendly, outgoing, and just plain wonderful. They are funny, fiercely loyal, movie fans, readers and sports enthusiasts. They care about their work here and about their customers. They have wondrous plans for their futures. Oh, my, they are so dearly, dearly young. And all the world is ahead of them, theirs for the taking. I figured out the other day that all the kids who have stayed with us – every one – has gone on to college. That’s something, isn’t it?
So, goodbye, goodbye. May you be well and happy and successful. Goodbye Siena, Vanessa, Claire, Geoff, Jacob and Mike. We will miss you all. Thank you for sharing your young lives with us. We are blessed. Best of luck.
And may the Lord hold you all, dear ones, in the palm of his hand.
See you at the Dietrich.
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Simpsons Movie
Showing the week of August 10 - August 16
The Bourne Ultimatum
Live Free or Die Hard
The Simpsons Movie
Live at The Dietrich
What a great time we had on our bus trip to the Everhart Museum. First we went on a guided tour of the museum. Our guide was excellent and she provided so much information about what we were seeing. You will have to find time to check out their visiting exhibit - American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting, it’s amazing. I can’t believe all of the detail that went into those paintings. After lunch, many of us trekked to the new tree house in Nay Aug Park. It is handicap accessible and provides a beautiful view of the Gorge. I recommend visiting the park and museum as a great family day out.
On the same day, local author Charlee Ganny gave writing tips at a Dietrich Theater workshop. In part of the workshop, writers were invited to share a page of a work-in-progress. Hildy was very impressed by the writings of those who attended and thought the overall workshop was excellent.
Even though August has just, arrived, Margie and I have spent most of our time over the past couple of weeks thinking about the fall and winter months. We just put the finishing touches on our fall line up of classes. We have so many new offerings including photography, knitting, memoir writing and more. I will have to share more about these and other opportunities in the weeks to come.
Now to film festival news! Opening night of the fall festival is on Friday, September 14th. Join us for a fabulous evening of film featuring “The Jane Austen Book Club” (which will not have opened in the U.S. yet) and “Paris, je t’aime”. And of course we will start out the evening with wine and hors d’oeuvres, and then Epicurean Delight will provide desserts in between movies. Tickets for opening night are $40 and can be purchased by calling 570-996-1500.
And remember to join us next week for our two live events. On Wednesday, August 15th at 7:30 pm, Tom Flannery, Lorne Clarke, and Kate and CJ will take the Dietrich stage for Gathering of Singers and Songwriters 6. It’s always an amazing evening of acoustic folk music. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the Dietrich ticket booth or at the door. Then on August 17th and 18th at 7:30 pm, the Dietrich Theater Actors will premiere two original one-act plays by Joe Barone entitled “Sandspots” and “What You May Need is a Gun”. Meet the playwright after the performance. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 570-996-1500.