Dietrich Theater Coming Soon

Theatre Fun!
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, January 23 at 11:00 am.
For all ages
With Michaela Moore of All About Theatre Performing Arts School
Admission: Free
Come have a taste of theatre! Michaela Moore of All About Theatre Performing Arts School will present a workshop that is all about imagination and fun! Come and create a character, play some theatre games, and create a play. All levels of experience welcome.
Call 570-996-1500 for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

     At last!!!! We have Blind Side for you!!! Good grief – it took so long to get it, but I’m sure now that it’s here it will be well worth the wait. I don’t know how many of you saw the 20/20 program that interviewed the real life woman Sandra Bullock plays in the film, but I have to tell you it was soooo interesting. That woman is a real pistol and Bullock plays her with all the energy we have come to expect form a Bullock performance, so this movie should be a really good time. And since we know it has a wonderfully happy ending there is no reason not to come see one of the most uplifting films of the year!
     And, of course, we still have our terrific Christmas movies. Sherlock Holmes, Alvin and the Chipmunks and my total fave film in forever – It’s Complicated. It’s so so so so good. If you haven’t seen it, do. If you have – I liked it even better the second time around.
     Okay – my promised list of favorites from this past year. Starting in January (and this is such an easy one) we have, of course, Gran Torino starring Clint Eastwood as the lonely, crabby, racist old man who comes to see his neighbors as real, live, loving people who are no different, really, than he is. It’s a grand story well told, did exceptionally well (especially if you consider it was a January release) and proved that a good movie is a hit no matter when it is released.
     Doubt was one of my favorites because it has the incredible Meryl Streep (is there anything she can’t do?) and because it got right to the heart of the male arrogance that has led the Catholic Church down many a terrible path. The performances by all the actors are pitch perfect, with Streep and Phillip Seymor Hoffman in a battle royal for the soul of a young boy and, really, of the church itself.
     Frost/Nixon and In The Loop were my favorites for spring and fall festivals. I loved Frost Nixon because the writing and the actors were so fine, but also because Nixon was the Pres. We loved to hate in my youth and I enjoyed seeing the imperial President from the inside out. And although In The Loop was offensive to some because of the language, I liked it so much because it showed the machinations of a powerful group of people who would profit mightily from a war and so decided to manufacture one. Gave me the chills.
     In May Star Trek (the prequel) came out and blew me away. It was so much fun and so clever that it satisfied even the most ardent Trekkie. Loved it! And June brought Up
which was the only animated film besides Bambi that made me cry. Such a gorgeous film about growing old and not letting entirely go of our dreams. In July Johnny Depp shone in Public Enemy as the 1930’s gangster with  little heart but a fascinating and troubled soul. Gorgeous film – I loved every long minute of it.
     In August Meryl Streep visited us as the inimitable Julia Child in Julie and Julia. It was a wonder of eccentricity from beginning to end and once again  Streep proved herself to be probably the finest actress on screen today. Also in August we had the incredible Inglorious Basterds, the Quenten Tarantino film that made a mockery of the Nazis and gave us a final fantasy scene so fine that you wanted to stand up and cheer!
     In September Capitalism: A Love Story captured my heart as Michael Moore made me laugh and outraged me at the same time.   And Where The Wild Things are did that great rare thing – it captured the Sendak book almost perfectly. Which brings us to December’s It’s Complicated, which, as you know, I simply LOVED! 
      So that’s my list of faves. I’d love to hear from you about the films you loved in 2009 at the Dietrich. Tell me why you loved or hated ‘em and maybe I’ll even put some of your notes in my column. That would be such fun, don’t you think?
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

The Blind Side
January 8, 2010 -
January 14, 2010

Sherlock Holmes
December 25, 2009 -
January 14, 2010

Alvin and the CHIPMUNKS
December 23, 2009 -
January 14, 2010

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

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

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

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

January classes and events are definitely heating up at the Dietrich. Last week our After School Players program kicked off our winter season of classes. And, boy, is it more popular than ever! Thirty-one middle and high school students came out to learn all about theatre arts as they started preparing for their play “The Haunted Dietrich”. 
Each year, directors Carl Canedy and Patti Dunning do a great job of bringing together this diverse group of students and help transform them into a very unified cast. I am always delighted by how the After School Players final performance turns out, but I have definitely learned that the process of producing the play is what is so valuable. Each student learns to be respectful of each other and how to be dedicated to a project while enjoying the fun of theatre. This venture definitely requires commitment; the players meet three days a week from 3:30 - 5:30 pm for nine weeks. So mark your calendars for Saturday, March 6at 11 am for the After School Players live performance. You won’t want to miss it!
The Dietrich’s knitting and felting classes have also proven to be quite popular this winter. Our Introduction to Knitting Class is filled and we are getting a great deal of registrations for the Create a Felted Hat and Make an Easy Knitted Hat classes. The Dietrich’s own Sarah Sidorek teaches these workshops. She has a way of making the process of learning how to knit and felt so easy. The knitted and felted handiwork she brings into work to show us always amazes me. They are always so colorful and creative. For more information about or to register for knitting and felting classes, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 or visit <>.
Another Dietrich Theater staff member, Esther Harmatz, will be teaching her well-liked jewelry workshops at the theater this winter. In Jewelry Making: Cutting & Stamping Metal, students will learn to cut metal using a jeweler’s saw, and then various methods of achieving different finishes and/or stamped designs on the metal item. Everyone will leave with finished pieces. All materials and equipment will be supplied. It is hard to believe that you start out with a simple sheet of metal, beads, etc. and leave the class with a beautifully fashioned pair of earrings or pendant. Esther’s Cutting and Stamping Metal class will be held on Monday, January 18 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Admission is $50.
Then on Monday, January 25 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Esther will teach a Jewelry Making: Fun with Findings class. This is definitely a class to take if you are interested in pursuing jewelry making. You will have fun learning about different types of jewelry attachments and easy wire wrapping techniques. How to make neat loops and coils, add bead embellishments, and how to use a peg template will be included. Students will create a bracelet and a pair of earrings to take home.    Admission is $50. Call 570-996-1500 to register. 
Oh, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” to read for our Wyoming County Reads Project. You are invited to check out a copy of the novel at libraries in Wyoming County while supplies are available.