Dietrich Theater

Gathering of Singers and Songwriters 8
At the Dietrich Theater
Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets: $5 each.
Join us for an evening of acoustic music featuring George Wesley, Kate Jordan, CJ McKenna, Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or over the phone by calling 570-996-1500.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Last night I saw the best movie ever! Honest! Of course I’m referring to Julie and Julia. It’s sooo good! I don’t have a single solitary criticism of this film. It’s superb. And even though it’s relatively long, I was surprised when it ended. I could have sat there for at least another hour. You just have to see it! Meryl Streep is unbelievable as Julia Child. You almost forget it’s Streep. And she makes Child so utterly charming. The film adds depth to her character – tells you why she worked, who she really was. It’s amazing to see the lifetime love affair she had with her husband. They were wonderfully romantic, lovers in the most passionate sense of the word. And then, of course, there was the story of Julie, lost in the modern world, working a dead-end job, never finishing anything and thoroughly sick of herself. Until, like Julia, she realized that above all other things, she loved to cook. And what better homage to the great Madam Child than to go through her cookbook, page by page, recipe by recipe. And so she does. (It actually makes you really hungry and you want to rush right out and buy the cookbook.) 

     Young Julie’s marriage is not quite as outwardly romantic as Julia’s is, but it is every bit as alive and passionate. Both husbands are portrayed as devoted, loving and willing to let their wives find their bliss. In other words, they are simply grand men! It’s funny, touching, sweet, exciting and loving. In other words, a simply grand film. It will be with us for three to four weeks. Don’t miss it! It’s like fine food and wine – sooooo good!

     And speaking of fine food and wine – I have the best, best surprise for you for gala night, September 18th. Wait til you hear this! Remember when Jeffrey got us LaVieEn Rose before it opened in the rest of the country? Well, he’s done it again!!!! He really has! (Is he the world’s best booker or what?) Opening night of festival only we will show Coco Before Chanel, a bio-pic of Coco Chanel starring Audrey Tatou. It is about Chanel’s early years when she was just starting as one of the primo designers of high fashion in the world. If you go to or any of the sites where they show movie trailers you can see the trailer for it. It’s glorious. Gorgeous sets and clothing and beautiful women and all the wild living of the 1920’s. It’s one of those hugely lavish, rich, magnificent films that comes along so seldom and is such a treat when it does. Make that call to reserve your seats for gala very soon. (996-1500) You don’t want to miss this one. And is it too cool or what that you will be seeing it before they do in NY or LA????? Far out!!!!

     For one week only we have “The Ugly Truth” which looks sort of cute. It’s a date movie, most likely for the younger generation. It’s R rated for some sexual suggestiveness and some language so be forewarned.

     Second week of GI Joe which, as I understand it, is full of exploding stuff. So if exploding stuff is your thing, we absolutely have the movie for you!

     Finally, we have a final week of Funny People. For older people and those who expected a sweet Sandler film, this has been a bit of a shock. The younger folks seem to like it, but some people have come out very annoyed. Let me reiterate – if it’s an R rated comedy it’s going to be edgy, probably have sexual content and most assuredly have language. I think what happened with this film is that the trailers on it showed a pretty sweet film, but the reality of the movie was something quite different. I didn’t get one complaint about the hilarious Hangover, which was also R rated, but that’s because when people walked into that film they knew exactly what was coming at them. It’s the element of surprise that’ll getcha every time. So, I just wanted to warn you, that if you are easily offended, Funny People is not for you.

     And that’s it for the week. Next week it’s Shorts for the kids and Inglorious Basterds (misspelling in the title), Quentin Tarantino’s latest, for the grownups.

     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

G.I.JOE: Rise of Cobra
August 7, 2009 -
August 20, 2009

August 7, 2009 -
August 20, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
July 20, 2009 -
August 13, 2009

Funny People
July 31, 2009 -
August 20, 2009

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

The Ugly Truth
August 14, 2009 -
August 20, 2009

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Gathering of Singers & Songwriters 8
August 19, 2009

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Create a Felted Handbag, for ages 16 and up
July 23, 2009 - August 13, 2009

Decorative Painting, for ages 16 and up
July 15, 2009 - August 26, 2009

Introduction to Knitting
August 12, 2009 - August 26, 2009

Jewelry Making: Introduction to Stained Glass
August 18, 2009

Pottery & Sculpture, ages 13 and up
July 13, 2009 - August 31, 2009

Writers' Group
July 9, 2009 - August 27, 2009

Yoga for You
July 22, 2009 - August 26, 2009

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Next Wednesday night, join us at 7:30 pm as some the region’s most talented singers and songwriters take the Dietrich stage for the 8th annual Gathering of Singers and Songwriters. (I can hardly believe this is our 8th year for this event). Singers and songwriters featured on the August 19th include George Wesley with his blended reggae and rock sound, folk artists Kate Jordan and CJ McKenna, the amazing songwriter Tom Flannery and the folk musician and coordinator of the Old Lynne Concert series Lorne Clarke. You will not only hear remarkable music that night, but you will also get to experience these musicians’ witty and light-hearted banter between songs and their talent of storytelling. Admission is $5.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 or at the door. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening.

Speaking of summer, I can’t believe it is almost over! Our schedule of camps and classes for children was incredible with probably the largest lineup of offerings with the most diverse group of artists that we ever offered. Michaela Moore and Steve and Amy Colley delighted young artists and actors with their theatre and visual arts camps and class. Timothy Walker and David Driskell of Sadie Green Sales Jugband taught all ages how much fun music is as they jammed in a jugband. Children learned about Chinese culture, shadow mask theatre, and shadow puppetry with master puppet artist Hua Hua Zhang. And Everhart educators taught children ages five to twelve about Fossils, Dirt, and more. We hope to provide more opportunities like these for children in our community in the future.

Although summer is winding down, the coming of fall means that the Dietrich’s Fall Film Festival is just around the corner. Hildy and Jeffrey, our booker, are finalizing this year’s line up of films. They always do a great job bringing in the finest foreign, independent, and art films around. The festival will kickoff on Friday, September 18 with the Opening Night Gala and will last for two full weeks ending on Thursday, October 1. The Opening Night Gala is an event not to be missed. Join us for a festive evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, 2 films, and sumptuous desserts by Epicurean Delight. Tickets for the gala are $40 each and can be reserved by calling the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

The Dietrich will also have a variety of classes and events for both children and adults this fall. Preschool Art and Mommy & Me classes will be back for children ages three to five. Amy Colley came up with a few new themed classes that your little ones will love including Donkey Beads and Bells, Super Hero Theatre and Visual Art, and Mask Making. For children ages 5 to 12, Amy and Steve Colley will be offering Trash to Treasures, Mixed Media, and All About Pottery & Sculpture for their weekly after school classes.

For adults, Jan Henning will teach a one-day Watercolor Workshop. Esther Harmatz will guide students as they make their own jewelry in a variety of Jewelry Making classes. Sarah Sidorek will provide instruction on how to make knitted items including a hat, scarf, and a felt handbag. Steve Colley will teach Open Studio and Pottery & Sculpture classes. With Susi Nuss, students can explore basketry and make baskets in one of her workshop. Plus the theater will have many more happenings.