Dietrich Theater

Coming Soon!

Celebrate Go Red Month
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Thursdays, February 11 at 7:00 pm.
Presenter: Valerie A. Bell, M.S.N., R.N., Cardiovascular Health Consultant for the PA Department of Health.
Admission: Free
Ladies, give yourself a gift for your heart health! February is Go Red Month. Become informed! Come and learn about your risks for heart disease and how you can improve your heart health. Interactive presentation. Light refreshments served. Receive your free pedometer.
Call 570-996-1500 for more information.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

  What busy bees are buzzing around the Dietrich! First we have Jennifer Jenkins presiding over the first read-through of The Grapes of Wrath with our very own community theater. It went very well and filled the William Knight Daniels children’s party room with enthusiasm and energy. Jen is frighteningly organized! (I’m awed by that. She’s like our Shirley who also has the world neatly filed away. I’m lucky if I can pack my lunch.)
     And in the Evans we had the ongoing production of After School Players with Patty and Carl leading their merry band to show time in March.   It’s always such fun to see what the creative Patty and Carl have dreamed up for the kids to do. And you know, theater is life changing. Young ones who are painfully shy, have little self-image or come from chaotic homes can find a refuge and hope in performing in a play. It’s all about the process, not the finished product as far as we’re concerned, when we work with kids. Not that finished product isn’t important (and Patty’s and Carl’s is always so fine) but a weary spirit lifted up is so, so much more important!
     More cultural to mention. (Gasp! These cultural people just never quit!) If you haven’t seen the exhibit in the Earnshaw Gallery yet, do come and see it. It’s called Pennsylvania Hands and it’s about the magnificent crafts people residing in our beautiful; state. Sally Weiner Grotta is the woman responsible for the wonderful pictures and great stories about people who do all kinds of intriguing things, from making violins to weaving, to Native American drum making. She will be talking about her PA travels and the fab people she has met along the way at 3:00 Sunday in the Fassett studio. The next stop for this exhibit is the capitol rotunda in Harrisburg, so you might want to catch it while it’s in T’town.
     And I spent about an hour today on the phone with Jeffrey discussing the spring film festival! Can you believe it???? Gala night is April 9th and I don’t know what we’re showing yet but I told Jeffrey he has to make it totally deliriously wonderful as always. As soon as I know what the movies will be I’ll let you know. (It’s so exciting, isn’t it????)
     Okay, now a quick turn from cultural and other things of the spirit and go to Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. wherein Valerie Bell, M.S.N., R.N., cardiovascular health consultant for the PA Dept. of Health will talk to any of you ladies who would like to find ways to improve your heart health. Do think about coming, ladies. You know, heart disease is the biggest killer of women – way more than breast cancer, but ofttimes women never even give their ticker a thought. So start thinking about it and come on down to the Dietrich and learn how you can get so healthy you’ll live to be 200!
      Speaking of breast cancer, I was at my five year checkup with my new oncologist, Dr. Paula Ronjon, a really lovely young woman who just made me feel right at home in the Geisinger oncology unit right here in town. I was sorry not be going to Tyler, but then I was met by those two wonderful chemo ladies – Janice and Lori – from my chemo visits at Tyler, so I felt like I was among friends! Best of all, I don’t have to go back for a year. (I say that knocking madly on wood, throwing bags of salt over my shoulder!) 
      But before I spent time chatting with the delightful Dr. Ronjon, I had talked to an absolutely lovely young woman who had a powerfully strong history of breast cancer in her family but had not yet gotten her baseline mammogram. And, of course, it was fear that kept her from it.   So I told her what I’m going to write here – ignoring facts doesn’t save you! (I wish.) It only gives the cancer more time to grow. Please, ladies, go get those mammograms.  Trust me on this – ten seconds of “ouch” beats a mastectomy every time! Ooooohhhhh yeah!!!
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

The Lovely Bones
February 5, 2010 -
February 11, 2010

Edge of Darkness
January 29, 2010 -
February 11, 2010

January 29, 2010 -
February 11, 2010

The Tooth Fairy
January 22, 2010 -
February 11, 2010

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

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

Faces of Tunkhannock Photo Contest
May 3, 2010 - May 3, 2010

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

After School Players
March 6, 2010

Exploring Painting
March 11, 2010 - April 2, 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

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 Stained Glass
March 29, 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

So many interesting and exciting things are happening this month at the Dietrich and around the area such as Wyoming County Reads, The Grapes of Wrath rehearsals, an upcoming nature presentation with Rick Koval and so much more. Last week’s Wyoming County Reads Book discussion was a true treat. About thirty men and women came out to discuss the characters in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Boy, there was a great deal to talk about from the nurturing qualities in Ma Joad, to Tom Joad’s multifaceted character, to Jim Casy’s sacrificial nature. 
This Wednesday night we will be discussing Surviving the Dust Bowl: An Education of the Heart with facilitators Bill Chapla and Julia Peterson. It is amazing to me what the people of the Great Depression lived through, especially in the Dust Bowl, from the wind and dust, to the lack of food and work. I think John Steinbeck did a magnificent job of capturing what life was like during that time. Join us for tonight’s discussion at 7:00 pm at the Tunkhannock Public Library. Next week we will be talking about “Hard Times” Then & Now: Analyzing the Indestructible Human Spirit. 
Switching gears from the book to the play, last week our program director Margie Young and I got to sit in on the cast’s first read-through of the play The Grapes of Wrath.  We were so impressed with how prepared the group was to start rehearsals. In fact, I think a couple of cast members even had their lines memorized! While director Jennifer Jenkins and her cast and crew are busy rehearsing the play, volunteer costume designer Sandy Vieczorek has started gathering and preparing costumes for the thirty actors and musicians involved in the production. She has taken on the job of making sure each character looks their part and is dressed in ‘30’s-style garb that the men and women of the Dust Bowl wore from hats and shoes, to aprons for the women and overalls for the men. Thank you, Sandy, for all of your hard work.  
Join us for the play’s 5-day run at the Dietrich from March 10 to 14. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Dietrich Theater ticket booth or by calling 570-996-1500. Show times are listed on our website This community-based production is a must-see event!
Speaking of events, we also have a Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeast Pennsylvania presentation coming up at the Dietrich on Saturday, February 20at 11 am. Local naturalist Rick Koval will be sharing his knowledge about 44 specimen of snakes, turtles, salamanders, toads, and lizards that live in this region. Rick’s PowerPoint presentation is perfect for nature lovers of any age. Admission is free thanks to funding from the Overlook Estate Foundation. 
For young artists, Amy and Steve Colley’s February Mixed Media classes start this week. Students will learn about a variety of artists as they explore working with paints, clay, sculpture and more. Classes for children ages nine to twelve will be held on Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:30 pm and, and students ages five to eight will meet on Fridays at the same time. Admission is $35 for the four-week class series.