Dietrich Theater Coming Soon

Theatre Fun!
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, January 23 at 11 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

 OMG! We have so many movies for you this week I barely know where to start! I was on the phone with Jeffrey for an hour today trying to make sense of the next month and, by Jove, I think we’ve got it! So many movies, so little time. Or something. I love booking the movies for four screens – it’s like a sudoku game with stories attached. I have my “booking bible” as it’s called (it’s just each month printed off with blanks for each day so I can pencil in the title of the film, the distribution company and which week of play it’s in- - 1, 2, 3 or 4). And you don’t work forward, you go backward! I start with a film I really want, like, say, It’s Complicated, and then I work backward from its release date to make sure that I have given it four weeks on our screen and that I haven’t booked anything that would interfere with the start date. Of course, not all movies will stay the four weeks, so that all has to be considered in the booking, which is why it’s done in pencil and full of erasures. But it is great fun, albeit more complex than my aging brain sometimes can manage.

     Okay, so now that I’ve explained the intricacies of film buying to you, you’d probably like to know what’s coming your way. First, we have Blind Side for another week!!! Wow! If you haven’t seen it you absolutely have to run, not walk, to your nearest Dietrich to see it! What a terrific movie! And Sandra Bullock absolutely outdoes herself as the snappy, confident, gorgeous, wealthy woman with the heart of gold who turns her family inside out to help this dear and homeless boy. And the thing is, as much as they give him the world, he gives it right back to them. He gives them purpose, and love, and, at the end, when he is chosen to play for the Ravens, a reason to stand up and cheer. You will laugh all the way through this movie, but believe me, you’ll have a lump in your throat as you’re doing it!
     Split screening Complicated and Sherlock, so you have this one last chance to see them.  Both worth your time, but, my prejudice shines through – it’s really, really, really worth your time to see Complicated! Then we’re splitting Alvin with Invictus, the incredible Clint Eastwood film about Nelson Mandela’s joyous reuniting of his country as the South African team goes after the World Cup. Starring Morgan Freemna nad Matt Damon, you couldn’t ask for a better story, acting or soundtrack! But, because it is splitting with Alvin, we aren’t allowed to show it for any matinees, so it’s a nighttime only performance. Still, well worth the effort.
     Finally, we’re opening The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. It takes place in apocalyptic times and is the story of Washington’s journey across America protecting The Book of Eli, a text telling humankind how it can save itself. Or something.  Apocalyptic films aren’t my cup of tea, but it’s gotten good reviews and looks to be interesting if you like a good brawl and fisticuffs and stuff blowing up. So guys, this is your bag!
     Okay, movies have now been taken care of (oh…. yes! We are bringing in Avatar in about two weeks). So may I draw your attention to the Cultural ads next to the movie ads to say that Bruce Arrowwood and Tom Kotch are doing a splendid fundraiser for us! They are teaching four classes – four consecutive Monday nights starting Feb. 15, and each week they will specialize in one thing. Week one is Sensational Starters (appetizers, salads, hors d’oeuvre’s); Week two is Soups; Week Three is satisfying Suppers; Week Four -- spectacular desserts. These two men are chefs extraordinaire and we were just tickled when they approached us with this idea. It is limited to twelve people and six are already reserved, so call soon (996-1500)_ and ask Margie to reserve your space if you’re interested.   (Aren’t we so lucky in this town with all the great restaurants we have and terrific chefs? From Twigs to the Beagle to The Bistro to Seasons and Remingtons – and they’re all right in town!!!! And to have one of the chefs do a cooking course – like…far out!!!!!)
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

The Blind Side
January 8, 2010 -
January 21, 2010

Sherlock Holmes
December 25, 2009 -
January 21, 2010

Alvin and the CHIPMUNKS
December 23, 2009 -
January 21, 2010

It's Complicated
December 25, 2009 -
January 21, 2010

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

The Book of Eli
January 15, 2010 -
January 21, 2010

January 15, 2010 -
January 21, 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

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

In just one week, Michaela Moore of All About Theatre Performing Arts School will be at the Dietrich for a morning of Theatre Fun. Please join us on Saturday, January 23 at 11 am for a taste of theatre. Michaela will have us playing theatre games, making up characters, and creating a short play. This is a great hour-long activity for families to try. All levels of experience and all ages are welcome. Admission is free.

Michaela will come back in February for a Let’s Pretend class series for children ages three to five years old. On Tuesdays, February 2 through 23 from 11:00 am - 11:45 am, she will instruct little ones in all aspects of theatre and imagination. They will learn about movement, character creation, storytelling and more. All of these activities will culminate in a casual presentation of a story created by the children for their families and friends to enjoy. Admission is $35. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register.
Besides experiencing theatre, at the end of the month we would also like to invite you to come out and dance. On Sunday, January 31 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm, the Dietrich will be hosting Tango -Movie & Lesson. See the movie The Tango Lesson at the Dietrich and then learn the dance at 3:30 pm at Father Nallin Hall. Dance instructors Jill and Gehred Wetzel will guide you through basic tango postures, embrace, and walking steps. Admission to the movie and lesson is $10. No experience is required. Last year, we had a great turn out for our Tango movie and lesson event. My husband and I even managed to learn a few of the steps. 

For those of you who enjoy curling up with a good book, there is still time to check out a copy of The Grapes of Wrath at your local library and taking part in our Wyoming County Reads project. We ask everyone to read John Steinbeck’s epic novel and then join us in February for book discussions. These discussions will be facilitated by Bill Chapla and Julia Peterson. Topics to be discussed will include but not be limited to Steinbeck’s Joad Family: Building Character, Surviving the Dust Bowl: An Education of the Heart, "Hard Times" Then & Now: Analyzing the Indestructible Human Spirit, and The Quest for the Promised Land: Overcoming Social Injustice. Admission to all discussion is free and refreshments will be provided. Visit <> or call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for discussion dates.
Oh, and our first exhibit of 2010, "Pennsylvania Hands", was just hung in the Dietrich’s Earnshaw Gallery. It is definitely something to see! This display of narrative photos by Sally Wiener Grotta is an ongoing photographic project of narrative portraits of artisans who are keeping alive the traditional functional skills, such as glassblowing, spinning, pottery, weaving, blacksmithing, quilting and so forth. The exhibit will be at the Dietrich through February. We will also be hosting a "Pennsylvania Hands" presentation with the artist on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 pm. Admission is free.