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At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Movies! Movies! Movies!!!! Isn’t it so exciting???? We actually have four different movies for you. Can you believe it? It’s so exciting having four screens for a major holiday! As I was booking in the films I almost had to pinch myself as a reminder that this is for real! So, not wanting to waste a lot of space with my various ramblings, let’s get right on to the terrific movies we will have for you over the holiday. 

     First, there is Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. (I have to admit that “squeakquel” is pretty cute.) It looks to be utterly adorable, and if you remember, the first one was really - not to overuse the word, but…well…adorable! Great fun for kids of all ages. Rated PG so come, bring the family and settle in for a silly, funny, happy good time.
     Then, still for the kiddies, and for adults who loved the old line drawings of the Disney animations, we have The Princess and the Frog. It’s an old-fashioned musical, delightful in every way, telling the old tale with the class and sparkle only Disney can. I recommend it highly for kiddies over seven or eight – I think much younger and they won’t catch the story.
     Then, for the grown-ups, we have two smashingly good films. First, and the film I can’t wait to see and in fact fully intend to on Christmas night, is It’s Complicated starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Now how is that for an all-star cast??? It’s  what looks to be the deeply amusing story of a woman whose husband leaves her for a younger woman and then finds out he’s miserable without her and they begin an affair. Meanwhile she is being courted by Martin who thinks that she and Baldwin have their act together. “Not as much as you’d think,” she says ruefully. This is one of those I’ve waited for for many moons. Of course, if Meryl Streep just wanted to read the phone book for an hour or two on screen that would be fine with me, too. She’s an American treasure – one of the most talented actors to ever grace the silver screen.
     Finally, we have the incredible Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in a modern take on Sherlock Holme. In this comic/adventure version, Sherlock is a lot stranger than in the British original. He’s no exactly Mr. Neat Guy, has a bit of a problem solving conflict without lots of explosions and is a hoot to watch. The movie is probably meant for twenty and thirty somethings, but it looks like an adventure film we can all get a kick out of.
     So, this past week we had a very exciting event. Doctor Arthur Sherwood and his family and Don Sherwood and his family have financed a brand new art gallery at the theater! It’s the space between tickets and the new Kintner Lobby and will lend itself so well to both children’s art and photography and…well…anything, really. We are so grateful for the generosity of both these families because it’s a space we have always wanted to turn into gallery. The Earnshaw Gallery just doesn’t hold all the art we would like to display, so now, thanks to the Sherwoods, artists we couldn’t show before will get a public viewing. We’re all so excited about it! We can’t thank them enough for their incredible generosity! Sometimes the kindness we receive just takes our breath away!!!
     And so it is Christmas. One of my favorite holidays. I love the lights (can’t have too many as far as I’m concerned), I love the cold weather, I love the food and wine and fellowship. I love that my family will have Christmas dinner together and that I will then have to go to work for the evening shows. How cool is that? As old as I am I still have a place in the hustle and bustle of this world. So for those with wonderful families, with fun jobs, with kids they adore, with a good dog (or two), a terrific cat (or three), a good book to read and some chocolate to eat – well then, aren’t we just the lucky ducks? Bless your hearts, dear, dear friends of the Dietrich. We love you all and we are ever grateful for your generosity and kindness.
     Merry, Merry Christmas. See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

Alvin and the CHIPMUNKS
December 23, 2009 -
January 12, 2010

December 18, 2009 -
December 24, 2009

The Princess and the Frog
December 11, 2009 -
January 7, 2010

NEW MOON- Twilight
November 20, 2009 -
December 24, 2009

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

Sherlock Holmes
December 25, 2009 -
January 14, 2010

It's Complicated
December 25, 2009 -
January 14, 2010

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Theatre Fun!
January 23, 2010

Tango - Movie & Lesson
January 31, 2010

The Grapes of Wrath Audition Notice
March 10, 2010 - March 14, 2010

Wyoming County Reads - The Grapes of Wrath
February 3, 2010 - March 3, 2010

Pennsylvania Hands
February 7, 2010

Celebrate Go Red Month
February 11, 2010

Reptiles & Amphibians of Northeast PA
February 20, 2010

The Haunted Dietrich
March 6, 2010

The Grapes of Wrath
March 10, 2010 - March 14, 2010

Determined Spirit: The Story of Amelia Earhart
March 21, 2010

The Pennswood Guitar Quartet Concert
April 25, 2010

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Holiday Camp, ages 5 to 12
December 28, 2009 - December 30, 2009

After School Players
March 6, 2010

Exploring Painting
March 11, 2010 - April 2, 2010

Exploring Sculpture
January 14, 2010 - February 5, 2010

Exploring Shapes
February 11, 2010 - March 5, 2010

If You Build It!
March 2, 2010 - March 30, 2010

Let's Pretend
February 2, 2010 - February 23, 2010

Little People & Nature
March 9, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Mixed Media, ages 5 - 12
January 14, 2010 - April 2, 2010

Quilting for Kids, ages 6 and up
January 13, 2010 - January 27, 2010

Intergenerational Quilting, ages 13 and up
January 13, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Open Studio for Painting, Drawing & Pottery - Days
January 11, 2010 - March 29, 2010

Open Studio: Painting, Drawing, & Pottery - Nights
January 12, 2010 - March 30, 2010

Beginning Bead Crochet
March 16, 2010 - March 30, 2010

Beginning Crochet
March 2, 2010 - March 16, 2010

Creat a Felted Hat
March 17, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Decorative Painting, for ages 16 and up
January 20, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Introduction to Knitting
January 12, 2010 - January 26, 2010

Introduction to Stained Glass
March 29, 2010

Jewelry Making - Cutting & Stamping Metal
January 18, 2010

Jewelry Making: Fun with Findings
January 25, 2010

Jewelry Making: Introduction to Glass Fusing
March 22, 2010 - April 5, 2010

Make an Easy Knitted Hat
February 4, 2010 - February 18, 2010

Pottery & Sculpture
January 11, 2010 - March 29, 2010

Introduction to Spanish
April 12, 2010 - May 17, 2010

Conversational Spanish
May 24, 2010 - July 5, 2010

Writers' Group
December 17, 2009 - February 25, 2010

Yoga for You
January 6, 2010 - February 24, 2010

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

What a festive day it was for this year’s It’s a Wonderful Life.  Both showings sold out again. I am always amazed by how far people travel to see this Christmas classic at the Dietrich. We had audience members from as far as Allentown and Lake Wallenpaupack attend the showings. It’s wonderful to hear movie goers sing along to “Auld Lang Syne” at the end of the film. Some families have made seeing It’s a Wonderful Life at the Dietrich a family tradition and they attend every year. We would like to thank Sybilla Ruark Lenz-New York Life, Tri County Insurance Agency, and Swetland Insurance Agency for sponsoring this year’s showings.
With Christmas break already here, you may be looking for a special activity for your school age children. The Dietrich will be holding its Holiday Camp from December 28 through December 30 from 10:00 - 11:30 am. During this camp, students will explore visual arts as they create pottery, sculptures, drawings and paintings with instructor Steve Colley. I can’t think of a better creative outlet for children than the arts. Admission is $35 and space is still available. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to sign up.
Looking to the new year, the Dietrich has a variety of classes and events scheduled to get us through the winter months. We will be bringing back favorites as well as some new offerings. For children and teens, the Dietrich’s After School Players program will return for it’s eighth year.
From January 5 through March 6, middle school and high school students will have the opportunity to learn all about theatre arts as they prepare to take the Dietrich stage to perform the play “The Haunted Dietrich”. Students not only learn about theatre, but they learn choreography and provide input for the show. Admission is free and no experience is required. Classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register.
For little ones, Amy Colley will be teaching Exploring Sculpture for Mommy and Me and Preschooler classes in January. Young artists will learn to express themselves in 3-D as they work with malleable materials such as clay and dough. Classes for preschoolers will be held on Thursdays, January 14 through February 4 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm. Mommy and Me students will meet on Fridays, January 15 to February 5 from 11:30 am - 12:15 pm. Admission is $35. 
For students ages five to twelve, Amy and Steve Colley will be bringing back Mixed Media classes. In these class series students get to explore a variety of visual arts and work in numerous mediums. For more information about Mixed Media or any of the Dietrich’s other offerings please call us at 570-996-1500.
Oh, and if you are still looking for last minute gift ideas for friends or family members, Dietrich Theater movie gift bags and class gift certificates are perfect gifts for almost anyone on your list.
From all of us at the Dietrich, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2010!