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At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

What a day! What a super incredible righteous totally absolutely wonderful day! Well, yes, of course it is. I’m writing this on Tuesday afternoon and this is the day we’re showing It’s A Wonderful Life at 2:00 and at 7:00. People were lining up by 11:30. For those who can’t be seated and are turned away, they sometimes can’t understand it. “But it’s only 1:30!” they’ll say. “How can the theater be full?” And the answer is….I don’t know. It’s one of life’s little mysteries, like how do big heavy airplanes actually get up in the air and stay there, or why is chocolate cake so much better than…say…oatmeal? But aside from feeling really, really badly about the folks we can’t seat, it’s just a wonderful day, and night, and movie and, as I always tell the audience, it’s just the best night of the year here at the Dietrich. 

     We got such wonderful news yesterday. Those Cultural folks (Margie and Erica and Jennifer) received notice yesterday from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council that they had received a major grant to fund our fledgling Children’s Theater. Erica had written most of the grant in her impeccable manner, so the Council got a thoroughly coherent and splendidly put together ask. But I thought that the place where it had to make the ladies feel so, so good, was the section where they graded the cultural department on various things. Every category was marked “exemplary,” but “project management” which received a “superior!”   From an organization like PHC that is, to put it mildly, hot stuff!! We’re so proud of our cultural ladies. They do the best work! And the children who will be the beneficiaries will be delighted when live theater comes to their schools. As they would say in Australia – “Good on ya, ladies. Good on ya!”
     So. Have you ever gotten involved, up to your neck, really, in a project that you never meant to be involved in at all but then all of a sudden you were and you can’t tell how it all started, except you can and there isn’t any turning back but still, it’s so much bigger than you thought it would be and…and…sometimes you feel overwhelmed? Well, that’s me right now with my first dose of non-personal animal rescue. By non-personal I mean not just taking in a stray to live with you (my house is full of dear hoboes who came to visit one cold morning and never left) but rather to try to help a colony of homeless animals and make their lives better than they have heretofore been. 
     It started out when I saw a few young cats in a parking lot and thought I’d go say hey to them. Except when I got into full view of them I saw that there were about ten or fifteen and that people had been feeding them but that they had only makeshift shelter and obviously hadn’t been spayed or neutered. So, a few months later we (Indra Lahiri, from Indraloka and her wonderful volunteers) set out to trap cats. Between that colony and another colony we trapped seventeen in a two day period. They will all be spayed and neutered tomorrow. And I still have about seven to go in my little band of kitties and I hope to be able to get them one or two at a time in the next week or two.
Which brings me to the subject of spaying and neutering. For heaven’s sake! If you have animals, get them spayed or neutered! If you have a male cat or dog don’t think it’s not your responsibility because your critter can’t have young ‘uns. Of course it’s your responsibility! And don’t say that you “just want the animal to experience motherhood once before you have it spayed.” Experience motherhood? These are dogs and cats. They do not need to experience motherhood! They need to be protected from their need to procreate. Their lives will be happier and healthier for it. And remember, folks - -   cats can’t survive on their own one whit better than dogs. Especially when the ground is frozen.
     So, in the spirit of this glorious season, have pity on the wee ones, kids, cats, dogs, all creatures great and small and give them a helping hand where you can.   They are all dependant on your mercy. 
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
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NARNIA: 3D Voyage of the Dawn Treader
December 10, 2010 -
December 30, 2010

HARRY POTTER:The Deathly Hallows,Part 1
November 24, 2010 -
December 21, 2010

November 29, 2010 -
December 21, 2010

Coming Soon
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December 17, 2010 -
January 6, 2011

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Audition Notice: Frankenstein
March 9, 2011 - March 13, 2011

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Live Performances
March 9, 2011 - March 13, 2011

Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania
January 15, 2011

"On Time" Photography Exhibit
January 21, 2011 - February 28, 2011

Wyoming County Reads - "Frankenstein"
February 2, 2011 - February 23, 2011

Reptiles & Amphibians of Northeast PA
February 19, 2011

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Holiday Camp, ages 5 to 12
December 28, 2010 - December 30, 2010

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

This past Tuesday the Dietrich was just filled with the Christmas spirit during our free showings of It’s a Wonderful Life. It was great to see so many fans of Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic come out to see the film on the big screen. I know, I know, you can watch it every year at home on TV during the holidays, but there is just something about seeing It’s a Wonderful Life with an entire audience and without commercial interruption. We would like to thank Wisnosky Jewelers for sponsoring the event. What a gift to the community!
Speaking of movies, we will have a great selection of films at the Dietrich for the holidays. (What a wonderful reason to purchase Dietrich movie gift bags for your loved ones!) The third installment of the Ben Stiller comedy, Little Fockers, opens today. According to Stiller, this movie is great for the entire family and its humor should span generations. Plus, in what other film would you find such a stellar cast? I can’t wait to see Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner and Jessica Alba together on the big screen.
We also opened the Coen brothers’ True Grit today. I know so many folks who just can’t wait to see this film, my husband included. Jeff Bridges will play Rooster Cogburn, and Matt Damon and Josh Brolin also star in this movie.
For kids and families, the Dietrich will be showing Yogi Bear. This animated movie will take you to Jellystone Park for a great adventure with Yogi, his sidekick Boo-Boo and Ranger Smith. 

We will also be playing C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 3D. Taking in a movie at the Dietrich is a great pastime over the holiday break - great entertainment, the most delicious popcorn, and don’t forget to check out our Earnshaw Gallery. It’s a Christmas wonderland! 
Another activity for children over Christmas vacation is the Dietrich’s Holiday Camp. Students ages six to twelve years old will be able to explore the arts through pottery, drawing and painting as they learn about artists. The camp will be held on December 28, 29, and 30 with Dietrich art instructors Amy and Steve Colley. Our morning session is full, but there are still a few spaces remaining in our noon to 1:30 p.m. class. Admission is $35. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to sign up. 
After the holidays, the Dietrich’s ever-popular theatre arts program will begin. Middle and high school students are invited to come out for After School Players. Under the direction of Carl Canedy and Patti Dunning of First Act Children’s Theatre, young thespians will prepare for their live show "Doo Wop at Dietrich High", an original musical set in the 1950’s and done in a "GLEE-ful" way. Students will provide input for the show and learn some fun choreography. Admission is free. After School Players will start up on Tuesday, January 4 and will run through their performance date of Saturday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m. Classes will be held at the Dietrich on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register. No experience is required.