Dietrich Theater
Coming in January!

Audition Notice: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
The Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock will be holding auditions for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by Jennifer Jenkins. We are looking for actors. Needed are 5 women, ages 16 - 60, and 7 men, ages 16 - 60, and one boy who could look five years old. Actors will be asked to read from the script; copies will be available at the theater or on our website,
Auditions will be held by appointment at the Dietrich on: Saturday, January 15 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, January 16 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The play will be presented March 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2011 at the Dietrich Theater.
This community-based project will be the culmination of Wyoming County Reads 2011. Everyone is encouraged to audition. If you are interested in working behind the scenes, please let us know, we’d be more than happy to have your help. Whatever your experience level, lots to little, all are welcome.
Email or call 570-996-1511 for an appointment.
Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Presented by: Jeff Mitchell
Admission: Free
From wildlife, to vistas, to old growth forests to waterfalls, Jeff Mitchell will showcase the beauty of the Keystone state in this presentation. See photographs he has taken from hiking trips and other outdoor adventures predominately, in the Endless Mountains region. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the amazing natural beauty of our state. A limited number of Jeff’s latest book, the 2nd Edition of Hiking the Endless Mountains, will be available for sale after his presentation. Proceeds will go to the Dietrich Theater.
Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

 As I write this on Tuesday afternoon it is thirty-seven degrees which prompted my hubbie to ask if I’d like to play a round of golf, it was so balmy. Of course, the problem with that is that thirty-seven although comparatively warm is still not actually warm and, besides, neither of us play golf. Still, it feels very good to have the sun shining and a light breeze blowing and not that awful sub-zero gale that has been afflicting us the past week or so. 

     Movie-wise, we do have a few holiday goodies for you. Little Fokkers is typical…well…Fokkers. The humor is a little off-color although mostly silly, and it depends if you like to see Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller go head to head in a comic battle of wills. It’s light stuff, and sort of nice to just take a few minutes out of the stress of everyday life for some harmless laughs and a good feeling as you leave. We also have Jack Black in Gulliver’s Travels which the kids will like, we’re keeping Yogi Bear once again for the kidlets, and then, for the adults who love good acting, good scripting and two of the best directors in film today, we have True Grit.
     I haven’t seen it yet – hope to this weekend, but everyone who has seen it has simply raved about it! Jeff Bridges is a one-man movie industry, making some of the best films put out in the past two years! And the rest of the cast is equally superb. I know, some people will tell me that they “don’t like westerns,” and I wonder how that can be. Westerns are almost always morality tales, but not the white curtains and lacey morality of urban centers, but the grittier morality of survival in a more dangerous and hostile place.
     I love the fact that while they’re worried about exacting justice from the bad guys, the western heroes also have to worry about feeding their horse, feeding themselves, fighting weather, hostile natives and the effects of laudanum addiction on their mistresses. Now really, what’s not to love about that????
     And so here we are at the end of another year. This next saying is such a cliché, but really, time certainly does fly! I can’t believe that 2010 is, for all intents and purposes, gone. And now we go into a new year, shiny with possibilities. Of course, if you think about it, every day we are allowed to have is shiny with possibilities. Possibilities of reversing course, of heading down a new road, of finding new twists and turns to our stories.
     Take the other night, for instance. My husband and I have taken to riding about our fields around ten at night to feed some feral cats that have come to depend on us. Now, I did this quite reluctantly since I’m not a fan of riding about in the Kawasaki Mule – I always think I’ll fall out and besides, there are no doors or roof and it’s cold and seems like we’ll be blown away when the gusts roar across the meadow. The first few nights we did it I was holding on for dear life, eyes squeezed shut in terror and bundled up like a deranged Nanook of South Auburn. But then on Christmas Eve, so cold I swear the air was full of tiny ice crystals, we went chugging off, flying over the fields as the stars blinked through the clouds and the dusting of snow swirled round and round the frozen earth, and I could feel this sense of joyous adventure take hold of me. Here we were, this man I share my life with, dashing about in the dark of night in the cold of winter and yet it felt warm and secure and…well…just fine. Just fine, indeedy.   And those are the moments we can hope for, look forward to and cherish as these new days come at us. 
     Happy New Year, dear readers. May you have many new adventures, may you be loved and cherished, and may you find peace and joy in this starlit world.
     See you at the Dietrich.    

Now Showing
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December 22, 2010 -
January 13, 2011

December 22, 2010 -
January 13, 2011

December 17, 2010 -
January 6, 2011

December 29, 2010 -
January 20, 2011

Coming Soon
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Audition Notice: Frankenstein
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

Doo Wop at Dietrich High
February 26, 2011

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

Karate Demo
March 19, 2011

Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania Bus Trip
June 2, 2011

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

After School Players
February 26, 2011

Around the World
March 1, 2011 - March 29, 2011

Drawing & Painting for Kids
February 11, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Little People & Nature
March 1, 2011 - March 23, 2011

Mixed Media for Kids
March 11, 2011 - April 2, 2011

Pottery & Sculpture for Kids
January 14, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Quilting for Kids, ages 6 and up
January 12, 2011 - March 30, 2011

Intergenerational Quilting, ages 13 and up
January 12, 2011 - March 30, 2011

Open Studio: Painting, Drawing, & Pottery
January 11, 2011 - March 29, 2011

Basketry: Black Ash Wearable Pouch
May 7, 2011

Basketry: Natural Windowsill Basket
April 2, 2011

Crochet a Shawl
March 8, 2011 - March 22, 2011

Decorative Painting, for ages 16 and up
January 12, 2011 - March 30, 2011

Easy Beads! Create in Clay!
February 21, 2011

Introduction to Stained Glass
February 7, 2011

Jewelry Making: Create a Borissa Bracelet
February 15, 2011

Jewelry Making: Create Tootsie Jewelry
February 1, 2011

Jewelry Making: Intro to Art Clay Silver
January 24, 2011

Jewelry Making: Intro to Glass Fusing
March 14, 2011 - March 28, 2011

Knit a Neck Cozy
February 28, 2011 - March 14, 2011

Pottery & Sculpture
January 10, 2011 - March 28, 2011

Sign Language for Beginners
March 17, 2011 - May 26, 2011

Sign Language: Level 1
March 17, 2011 - May 26, 2011

Writers' Group
January 6, 2011 - March 31, 2011

Yoga for You
January 5, 2011 - March 30, 2011

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

With 2010 coming to a close and 2011 just a few days away, I thought I would take a few moments to reflect on some of the year’s cultural highlights at the Dietrich. So much has happened! Probably our biggest accomplishment of the year was the in the theatre arts. In addition to offering acting camps for elementary school children, an intensive theatre arts program, After School Players, for middle school and high school students, and Shakespeare in the Park, the Dietrich has developed thriving community theatre and children’s theatre programs. The Dietrich’s Theatre Arts Director Jennifer Jenkins started out 2010 by preparing for the community-based production of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath adapted for the stage by Frank Galati. With a cast and crew of over forty community members strong, The Grapes of Wrath was performed for a five-day run in March as the culmination of the 2010 Wyoming County Reads project. Not only was the show a success with full houses for all of the shows, but also a great comradery was formed between the cast and crew. At the cast party, the group was excitedly asking Jennifer what the next production would be and when they could get started. 

After that achievement, the Dietrich’s staff and board of directors decided that children in our community should also be able to experience theatre at a young age. So once again, Jennifer took on the challenge with the help of local actors. The Dietrich Children’s Theatre debuted on Tunkhannock’s Founders’ Day with two free showings of The Gingerbread Man. Based on the positive response from those shows, the Dietrich decided to give schools the opportunity to either bring their students to the theater to see a live show or the Dietrich Children’s Theatre would bring their shows directly to the schools.

Another highlight of the year was when the Dietrich was chosen to be a part of the Pennsylvania Cable Network/Pennsylvania Humanities Council project Humanities on the Road. In May, Dr. Josephine Dunn’s presentation “Alive to the Call: Women in History in Northeastern Pennsylvania” was taped before a live audience at the theater. My favorite part was when audience members shared stories about local women who effected positive change in our region. 

The Dietrich also broadened its class offering in 2010. Not only were participants able to experience visual arts by exploring pottery, sculpture, drawing and painting, but they could also learn basketry, quilting, jewelry making, knitting, photography and more. For those interested in language courses, we offered French, Spanish and American Sign Language. 

In 2011, we will continue offering a broad range of cultural experiences for all ages. For middle school and high school students interested in theatre arts, our After School Players program will begin on Tuesday, January 4th. If you are interested in participating in the Dietrich’s community-based theatre production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, visit our website or call 570-996-1511 to find out how you can be involved. Auditions will be held on January 15 and 16.   If you are more interested in arts and crafts, please call 570-996-1500 for a Winter 2011 cultural brochure or visit for a full listing of all of our offerings.