Dietrich Theater
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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

Whew! It’s over! The entire holiday season! Oh gosh, aren’t you glad? I mean, it’s so much fun, but good grief, it’s so hectic and so rushed and so wonderful and boy, it really really is nice that it’s over. And I do love the food get togethers because they’re all so fun, but now I’m sooo ready to have January snows box me in for a long winter’s rest. It must be my age because I don’t remember the holidays being so utterly exhausting when I was younger. I used to wonder how it was that my mother would sink down in a chair after the tree was down and the gifts put away and the last relative had visited and she’d look at us and smile and say “That was so lovely but I can’t wait to get back to our lives.” I couldn’t agree more. 

     Although, my daughters visit over the last week was so wonderful that it was very, very hard to let go and know that it would be months before I would see her again. She is pursuing her PhD at the University of Minnesota and came in, with her utterly charming Rumanian boyfriend, for a too-short week They were both so happy and full of fun and energy it was a pure joy to be with them, and that’s the only part of the end of the holidays I don’t like - - the saying goodbye. Still, I understand that it wouldn’t be so hard if we didn’t love our children so much,  and the pain of parting was eased a little bit because  I know she’s going back to a challenging and exciting life. And when the summer comes and the snow is melted I’m actually going to take a trip to Minnesota. Since I almost never go anywhere, that’s a really big deal and something to look forward to all through the bleak midwinter.
     You are probably wondering if we’re going to bring in something new this weekend. I sure wish we were, but we have to hold all our Christmas movies one more week. But that does give you some time to catch a couple of the Christmas goodies you may have missed.
     Whatever you do, don’t miss True Grit. It’s absolutely the greatest western since Tombstone or Unforgiven or any of the truly great modern westerns. The acting is so superb, the story haunting and because it’s the Coen brothers you know you’re going to have a good chuckle or two. Really, you don’t want to let this one get away. And for you festival buffs who think only foreign or indie movies have substance (or…er…true grit…) let me tell you that if this weren’t going to be in DVD by festival time (April 8th, by the way) it would be one of our prime festival movies! 
     And we still have Little Fokkers if you just want a silly good laugh. Really, it’s just the same kind of little bit off color (but not a lot - - nothing your Aunt Emily couldn’t see without fainting) jokes with the same characters, so if you liked them in the first two you’ll love ‘em in this one.
     And for the kids we continue with Yogi Bear and Gulliver’s Travels, both simple fare for kiddie appetites (although Yogi plays to a very young audience).
     The following week we will be bringing in The Dilemma and The Green Hornet, both adult films, the first being a comedy and the second an adventure flick. Plus, we are trying really, really hard to bring in The Black Swan and The King’s Speech for everyone. I know they’re both superb and we keep nagging but they keep saying we’re too small a town. But we’re mighty! we say, alas to no avail.   But soon…soon. We will bring them in, I promise. Jeffrey never gives up!
     Have a wonderful first week of the new year. Come to the Dietrich when you can and thank you a gazillion times for all the gift bags you bought over the holidays. Bless your hearts!!!!
     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 13, 2011

December 29, 2010 -
January 20, 2011

Coming Soon
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Audition Notice: Frankenstein
January 15, 2011 - January 16, 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

January is here which means our After School Players program has started up again. I can hardly believe that this will be our ninth year of providing this theatre arts experience for middle and high school students. Under the direction of Carl Canedy and Patti Dunning of First Act Children’s Theatre and with the help of choreographer Judy Weist, students will spend eight weeks preparing for their performance of Doo Wop at Dietrich High, an original musical which is set in the 1950’s and will be done in a “GLEE”-ful way. We have 29 young thespians participating in this year’s After School Players project. About half of the cast is returning students and half is new to the program. It is always amazing to see how much the returning students have grown from one year to the next. Not only are they becoming taller than us, but you can also see their self-confidence blossoming. I think that being involved in the theatre arts is one of the best ways that children and young adults can develop self-assurance, especially with the guidance of great instructors. Our Patti, Carl and Judy ensure that everyone plays an important role in the production, and they create an atmosphere of kindness and respect that the students also develop through team-building games and activities.   We are especially thrilled to have Dakota Moore help Carl and Patti with the program. Dakota participated in After School Players for six years, starting in 5th grade. Now she is in 11th grade and is ready to work behind the scenes to help create a successful production. It has been great to see Dakota develop into such a smart, confident and helpful young lady over the years, and we know she’ll be a great assistant.
Adults will also be able to experience theatre arts this winter through our community-based theatre production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by Jennifer Jenkins. We will be holding auditions for the play by appointment on Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 16 from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information about auditioning, visit or website at If you would like to schedule an audition appointment, please email our Director of Theatre Arts, Jennifer Jenkins, at or call her at 570-996-1511. Jennifer is also looking for folks who would be interested in working behind the scenes. So if you would like to help out, please give her a call. 
In addition to theatre activities and events, the Dietrich is also offering visual arts classes for adults and children this January. Steve Colley will be teaching Pottery & Sculpture and Open Studio for Drawing, Painting and Pottery for adults, and Steve and his wife, Amy, will begin their winter class series with Pottery and Sculpture for Kids. In these workshops children will learn all about the medium of clay as they work on potter’s wheels and learn hand-building (coil and slab construction) and sculpting techniques. Amy will teach preschool classes on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. starting on January 15. She will also offer Mommy & Me classes for children ages three to five years old and their favorite adults on Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. starting on January 14. School age children (ages 6 to 12 years old) will be able to experience pottery and sculpture with instructor Steve Colley on Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting on January 14. Admission is $35 for each four-session class and all materials will be provided. Call us at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register. 
Oh, and for all of you nature lovers out there, please join us on Saturday, January 15 at 11 a.m. for Jeff Mitchell’s presentation “Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania”. Through photographs Jeff has taken from hiking trails, kayak trips and other outdoor adventures, he will showcase the beauty of the Keystone state. Admission is free. After the presentation, Jeff’s latest book, the 2nd edition of Hiking the Endless Mountains, will be available for sale. Proceeds will go to the Dietrich Theater.