Dietrich Theater Don't miss this community-based theatre event! 

The Grapes of Wrath
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Show dates and times:
Wednesday, March 10 at 7 pm.
Thursday, March 11 at 10 am - Sold Out
Friday, March 12 at 7 pm.
Saturday, March 13 at 7 pm.
Sunday, March 14 at 3 pm.
Directed by: Jennifer Jenkins Douthett
Tickets: $10 each
The play "The Grapes of Wrath" by Frank Galati adapted from John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel will come to life on the Dietrich stage for a 5-day run. This community-based theatre production will show the story of one farm family’s struggle to overcome the devastation of the Great Depression with humanity and dignity intact.
Call 570-996-1500 for ticket information.

Coming Soon!
Arts for Everyone Open House, for all ages
Saturday, March 20 from 11 am - 12:30 pm.
Presented by: Dietrich Theater Instructors
Admission: Free
Meet the instructors and attend Make It/ Take It art sessions. Explore yoga, decorative painting, theatre arts, quilting, and pottery and sculpture. Also pick up our new spring and summer brochure of classes and events.
Call 570-996-1500 for details.
Determined Spirit: The Story of Amelia Earhart
Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 pm.
Presented by: Monica Hoffman
Tickets: $5 each.
You are invited to embark on a unique sentimental journey. Actress and historian Monica Hoffman will perform as Amelia Earhart in a one woman show that reveals the life and legacy of the world’s most celebrated female aviator.
Call 570-996-1500 for ticket information.


At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Okay, okay. I know it’s not really spring. But as I’m writing this on Tuesday afternoon and the temp. at People’s Bank is reading in the sixties, and the sky is the most incredible blue, and the redwing blackbirds have returned from wherever, then all I can say is if this isn’t spring it’s doing such a fine imitation that I don’t really care. I’ll take whatever this is. Once again we are the winners in the whole change-of-seasons thing. If we hadn’t gone through such a cold and long winter, then this day would be, well, like any other spring day. But it’s the wondrous contrast – the feeling that this isn’t just any day, but a day like no other – that is the joy of living in four seasons. There is only one problem with the warm breezes blowing our way: how do we contain our joy? How do we fully embrace the world we’ve been given? I guess all we can do is say our “thank-you” to the stars and the sun and the morning dew and whisper to the great creator that although we can have no real comprehension of the symphony that is the universe, there are times when we can feel its’ song and for that we are most humbly grateful! 

     So many things going on I simply don’t have room to tell you about all of them in my allotted space. First, do remember that The Grapes of Wrath will be on our stage March 10, 12 and 13 at 7:00 and Sunday, March 14 at 3:00. It’s a sad and wonderful play and Jennifer Jenkins Douthett, Lord bless her, has put in more than her share of time and effort to make this a superb community production! It’s so cool, you know. Bringing a group of amateurs together and saying – “let’s put on a play.” There are all sorts of eccentricities the director has to deal with, all kinds of mini-roadblocks. But Jen is a natural – she loves what she’s doing and the players love her. This is going to be a grand production, and we are so proud that we finally have been able to establish a community theater. With many thanks to Jennifer and her merry band of players. You truly are dream weavers!
     So we’re opening Matt Damon’s The Green Zone. It’s a high action film about life in Iraq after the invasion and is based loosely on the book Life in the Emerald City. It never stops moving as Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller tries to find out what happened to the intelligence that brought us into Iraq in the first place. By the director of The Bourne movies, this is a super high-action film. So if you like something to be happening on the screen every second, you’ll love The Green Zone.
     Of course, we’re holding Alice in Wonderland, the movie that smashed box office records for a March release, bringing in 116 million dollars over the past weekend. It’s the settling argument for 3-D here at the Dietrich. With a nationwide take of that magnitude, we should have sold out every show, but we didn’t. because we don’t have 3-D. So, sometime in the next month or two, we will go digital on one screen, then save up and go digital on the next. I do believe that it’s only a matter of time until all movies are digital and film will be an interesting relic of the past. It makes me sad, but time does march on, with us or without us.
     For four days, Monday thru Thursday, we have Precious for you, in case you wanted to see why it received the Emmy nominations. It’s a tough film, but a must-see this year. And then we have Crazy Heart for one final week. Great performances, great story. Sad, but authentic. Give it a try.
     Okay. This is it. Time for me to announce the start of Spring Film Festival! April 9th we open to The Last Station with Helen Mirren, followed by An Education. Both British. Both superb! And then there’s the food! Epicurean, Twigs, Seasons. Make that reservation soon. Don’t get on the dreaded waiting list!!!! It’s going to be such a great night! 996-1500.
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

March 5, 2010 -
March 18, 2010

February 26, 2010 -
March 18, 2010

February 12, 2010 -
March 11, 2010

The Blind Side
March 5, 2010 -
March 11, 2010

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

March 12, 2010 -
March 25, 2010

March 15, 2010 -
March 18, 2010

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

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

Exploring Painting
March 11, 2010 - April 2, 2010

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

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

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Tonight’s the night! The Grapes of Wrath will open on the Dietrich stage for a five-day run. Adapted by Frank Galati from John Steinbeck’s epic novel, join us for this community-based theatre production that will show the story of one farm family’s struggle to overcome the devastation of the Great Depression with humanity and dignity intact. Under the direction of Jennifer Jenkins Douthett, over forty actors, musicians, and crewmembers have been busy preparing for this stage show for months. I just love how music of that time period has been incorporated so well into the play and how the costumes the actors wear really do reflect the 1930’s. If you are interested in attending a performance, the curtain will open tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 pm and there will be one matinee show at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 14. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling us at 570-996-1500 or by visiting the Dietrich Theater ticket booth. On Thursday, March 11, Tunkhannock Area High School students will be attending a morning show of The Grapes of Wrath. We are so excited to have young people experience not only the work of one of America’s greatest authors, but to experience live theatre. 


In addition to the play, you should also check out the Dietrich’s new exhibit in the Earnshaw Gallery called “"The Great Depression: Our Lives in the 1930's". This exhibit is comprised of items of the ‘30’s, photos of Tunkhannock residents from that time, as well as memories of six Wyoming County residents who lived through the Great Depression. The exhibit transports you back in time from the old radios, to kitchenwares, toys, knickknacks, and so much more. On behalf of the Dietrich’s staff and board of directors, I would like to extend my thanks to all of you who made the exhibit possible. We are so appreciative of everyone who gathered stories and photos, loaned items for the display, and actually hung the exhibit. What a gift to the community!


Speaking of the 1930’s, the Dietrich will also be hosting a live show called “Determined Spirit: The Story of Amelia Earhart”. You are invited to join us on this sentimental journey on Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 pm. Actress and historian Monica Hoffman will perform as Amelia Earhart in this one-woman play that reveals the life and legacy of the world’s most celebrated female aviator. What a great way to learn about history! Tickets are $5 each and can be reserved by calling the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.


As well as theatre events and exhibits, the Dietrich is offering some fun classes for children. In particular, Anki, an educator from the Everhart Museum, is teaching a class called If You Build It at the theater each week in March. Eighteen students are learning how to build, draw, create and explore the world in three-dimensions. For their first class, students learned about the importance of design plans, and created their own design plans of the project they plan to build in the last two classes. They also explored the world of origami as they created origami cranes. At the end of the class series, students and their families will be going on a bus trip to the Everhart Museum in Scranton to visit the exhibit that inspired these classes entitled “Art of the Brick: LEGO Sculptures by Nathan Sawaya”. According to Anki, the sculptures in the exhibit are phenomenal. If you are interested in visiting this special exhibit on your own, it will be featured at the Everhart Museum until May 2, 2010.