Dietrich Theater

Coming Soon!

Tango - Movie & Lesson
At the Dietrich Theater and Father Nallin Hall in Tunkhannock
Sunday, January 31 from 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm.
Admission: $10
See the movie The Tango Lesson at the Dietrich Theater and then learn the dance at 3:30 pm at Father Nallin Hall. Wear or bring shoes with leather bottoms. Argentine Tango instructors, Jill and Gehred Wetzel, will guide your through basic tango postures, embrace and walking steps.
Call 570-996-1500 for more information.
Wyoming County Reads - The Grapes of Wrath
The Tunkhannock Public Library and the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater would like to invite you to read John Steinbeck’s epic novel The Grapes of Wrath. Please borrow a copy of the book at libraries in Wyoming County while supplies last. Join us for book discussions and see the play performed live. Book discussions will be facilitated by Bill Chapla and Julia Peterson. Admission to all book discussions is free and refreshments will be provided.
Book discussion dates and locations: 
Steinbeck’s Joad Family: Building Character
Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 pm at the Tunkhannock Public Library
Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 pm at the Laceyville Library
Monday, February 15 at 6:30 pm at the Factoryville Library
Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 pm at the Mehoopany Library
Monday, February 15 at 2:00 pm at the Schenk Memorial Library in Noxen
Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 pm at the Methodist Church in Nicholson
Surviving the Dust Bowl: An Education of the Heart
Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 pm at the Tunkhannock Public Library
“Hard Times” Then & Now: Analyzing the Indestructible Human Spirit
Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm at the Tunkhannock Public Library
The Quest for the Promised Land: Overcoming Social Injustice
Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 pm at the Tunkhannock Public Library
Images of the Dust Bowl and the Depression
Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm at the Dietrich Theater.


At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

So. I am writing this on what has to be the gloomiest winter day I remember in a month of Sundays! (Remember when our grandparents used that phrase? I always liked the sound of it even though I didn’t really know what it meant.) It was so foggy and dreary that I thought I could hear Heathcliff and Kathy calling to each other over the South Auburn hills. (Really, I did.)
     Oh me, oh my. What to do about the winter blues? Well, first you could take in a movie or two (or three or four). To begin with you could come to the best little Dietrich in the world and catch George Clooney in Up In The Air – a sophisticated comedy about a man not used to being involved, who suddenly finds himself….well….involved. It has the wit of an old black and white from the forties and in Clooney we can see the stars of yesteryear. Come give it a try.
      Then, if you haven’t yet seen it, or if you haven’t gotten to see it again, we are holding Blind Side one last week. It’s truly a grand picture and I was thrilled to see that Sandra Bullock finally got the attention she deserves at the Golden Globes. It’s a thrilling feel-good movie about a family that takes a chance on a destitute young man and finds that they get so much more than they have given. It’s a charmer from start to finish!
     For the kidlets we have Duane Johnson (The Rock) in a tale made for the little ones, about a hockey player who does a bad deed and is then sentenced to be a real life tooth fairy for one week! Since little ones put a good deal of stock in the tooth fairy, it’s one they should enjoy immensely. 
     Finally, in its second week we have the Book of Eli, an apocalyptic film that gave Denzel Washington his second biggest opening ever! 
     Okay – the cooking class with Bruce and Tom? Sold out after one ad, but we are putting together a waiting list so that if you didn’t make this class you can get in the next (which they have said they will do if this was a success.)
     Do you know what time of year it is? Wyoming County Reads time, that’s what! And this year we’re reading Steinbeck’s magnificent novel about social justice (or injustice would be more accurate), The Grapes of Wrath. The library has two hundred copies of the book, so go there and sign one out so you’ll be able to take part in all those wonderful discussions of the book while we plod through the drear days of February. As always the discussions will be led by our two most shining stars, Bill Chapla (and he’s so adorable, too) and Julia Peterson (same goes for her). The discussions are fun and lively and unlike school, there are no right or wrong answers. So whatever you felt about the book you can talk about. If you’ve never been to one of the book discussions, give them a try. It’s so neat to read a book and then talk about it with a roomful of people. And this is a perfect time to talk about how a devastated economy hurts the poor the most. It’s one of America’s great novels by one of America’s finest novelists. Do come and join us.
      And to follow up on the reading, we are doing a live production of Grapes of Wrath on our beautiful stage. It’s all local people and looks to be gorgeous. Our latest and very lovely staff member (she’s the first person we’ve added to our merry band in over four years), Jennifer Jenkins, is going to direct. And her Dad, Jerry, is building a truck to sit right on the stage for the five performances! We are so happy to have this talented and gentle young woman join us at the theater.  We know she will do great things because her spirit is on fire with a great love for theater and the arts. Isn’t Tunkhannock just the  most wonderful town to have such talented people who want to share what they know with the rest of us? I just love it!!!!
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

The Tooth Fairy
January 22, 2010 -
January 28, 2010

Up in the Air
January 22, 2010 -
January 28, 2010

The Blind Side
January 8, 2010 -
January 28, 2010

The Book of Eli
January 15, 2010 -
January 28, 2010

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

Edge of Darkness
January 29, 2010

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Tango - Movie & Lesson
January 31, 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: 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

I can’t believe the first month of 2010 is almost over. Time seems to be flying by. Our Dietrich After School Players are busy learning choreography for their upcoming play “The Haunted Dietrich”, and before we know it, their March 6 performance will be upon us. I can hardly wait. In the mean time we have many of events and classes to fill up February. But before we get to February, I once again would like to invite you to join us for an afternoon of tango on Sunday, January 31. We will start the event off with a showing of the beautiful and passionate movie The Tango Lesson at 1:00 pm. This story of the tango was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Paris, France. The cinematography and choreography in this film are supposed to be amazing. I look forward to seeing it. Then following the movie at 3:30 pm, we will make our way over to Father Nallin Hall and learn the dance. Dance instructors Jill and Gehred Wetzel will teach us the basic Argentine tango walking steps, postures, and embraces. Admission to the event is $10 and no dancing experience is required. It should be a fun time.  

Looking to February, our book discussions to Wyoming County Reads are about to begin. Join us for our first discussion of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 pm at the Tunkhannock Public Library. Bill Chapla and Julia Peterson will be on hand to facilitate the discussion. And boy is there a lot to discuss in this epic novel about one farm family’s struggle to overcome the devastation of the Great Depression with humanity and dignity intact. Join us each Wednesday night at 7:00 pm in February at the Tunkhannock Public Library for these talks. If you are not able to make it to the discussions on Wednesday nights, Bill and Julia will be taking their show on the road to host discussions at locations throughout the county including the Mehoopany library, the Laceyville library, the Schenk Memorial Library in Noxen, the Factoryville library, and the Methodist Church in Nicholson. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for discussion dates and times.
In addition to book discussions starting next week, director Jennifer Jenkins and the cast and crew of our community theatre production of The Grapes of Wrath will start rehearsing for their live performances which will take place on March 10 to 14 at the Dietrich Theater. Over 30 local actors, musicians and crew members are involved in the project. Our first read through is on Monday night. We are excited. It will be a fun time to get better introduced to the actors, musicians, crew members, and to the play. Visit <> or call us at 570-996-1500 for the play’s show times in March. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Dietrich Theater ticket booth or by calling us at 570-996-1500.
In addition to book discussions and play rehearsals next week, Sarah Sidorek will be teaching another knitting class at the Dietrich. On Thursdays, February 4 and 18 at 7:00 pm, Sarah will show students how to make an easy knitted hat using circular knitting needles. Knowing the basic knit stitch and purl stitch is helpful but not required. All materials are included and admission is only $20. There is still time to register. 
The Dietrich is also teaming up with the American Heart Association in February to present a Celebrate Go Red Month event. On Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 pm, Valerie Bell, M.S.N, R.N. Cardiovascular Health Consultant of the PA Department of Health, will teach us about women’s risks for hear disease and how we can improve our heart health. Come out to this interactive presentation and give yourself a gift for your heart health. Light refreshments will be served and free pedometers will be handed out. Admission is free.