Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events

Wyoming County Reads - Frankenstein
At the Tunkhannock Public Library in Tunkhannock
Sponsored by the Dietrich Theater and the Tunkhannock Public Library
Admission: Free
The Tunkhannock Public Library and the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater would like to invite you to read the classic novel Frankenstein by Marry Shelley. You are welcome to borrow a copy of the book at the Tunkhannock Public Library while supplies last. Join us for book discussions and also see the play performed live. Book discussions will be facilitated by Bill Chapla and Dr. Marnie Heister at the Tunkhannock Public Library. Admission to all book discussions is free and refreshments will be provided.
Book Discussion Dates and Topics:
-Frankenstein: Gothic Romance, Science Fiction, or Feminist Novel
Wednesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.
: Psychological Insights
Wednesday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m.
-The Perpetual Struggle: Balancing Nature and Technology
Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, call the Dietrich at (570)-996-1500.
Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeast Pennsylvania
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, February 19 at 11:00 a.m.
Presented by: Rick Koval
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation
Learn about the reptiles and amphibians of northeast Pennsylvania with Rick Koval, naturalist and WNEP Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality. His PowerPoint program will illustrate 44 species of frogs, turtles, salamanders, lizards and snakes including rarities such as the endangered northern cricket frog, timber rattlesnakes, eastern worm snakes and hellbenders that reside in northeastern Pennsylvania. Meet live reptiles and amphibians after the talk.
Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for program details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

What a lovely day! I’m sitting at my computer looking out my dining room window at the Currier and Ives stone walls and trees and fields that rise gently toward the wintry sky. Eddie, the black and white border collie is leaping about wishing that the jacks weren’t so old and crabby and that just this once they’d come out and play tag with him. Sylvester, the big tuxedo cat who moved in with us a couple of years ago, is dashing around with him stopping only to roll in the snow himself, equally joyous at winter’s bounty. 

     Of course I had to spend the morning making potato salad and fried chicken, perfect picnic food as my mother would have said. The idea that a snow day equaled picnic time started when I was about twelve and my sister about six and we were being pounded by one beautiful blizzard. The wind was howling, the snow was piling up in delicious mounds of white and the temperature hovered safely in the mid-twenties. We were all sitting in the dining room, my parents able to savor a second cup of coffee and Jennie and I sitting at the table thrilled with no school and Mamma and Papa home for the day.
     And then the phone rang. It was my mother’s cousin, Tom, who lived about half a mile up the road. He’d called to say good morning and comment on the weather and my father said, “Well, Tom, for an old Navy man, this weather is nothing…in fact…I’d say it’s picnic weather.” To which Tom replied, “Well, hell, Henry, if it’s picnic weather why don’t you all come on up here and we’ll have a good old fashioned picnic…only inside, of course, unless you want to eat out there all by yourself.” Perhaps my father regretted pulling the old navy stuff on Tom, or maybe he didn’t, because he hung up chuckling and said “Mamma – think you could fry up some chicken and make some of that potato salad of yours? Tom’s invited us to a picnic.” My mother most likely thought they’d lost their minds, but the adventure must have appealed to her because she fried up some of the best chicken ever, threw together her super potato salad, bundled up Jennie and I and off we went, out into the storm. 
     Bone cold as it was, I never felt warmer, with Mamma and Papa holding our hands, walking up that snowy road to a picnic I would never forget. And so I got up early this morning to make fried chicken and potato salad and relive one of the best days. Ever.
     I usually don’t recommend reading material to my readers, but I’m going to make an exception. In the new Time magazine Patti Davis has written a gorgeous article about her father, Ronald Reagan, in the years when Alzheimer’s had claimed most of his memory but none of his sweetness.   This is not a political column and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican – this is about our parents and what it’s like to lose them and how they live within us forever. In a particularly beautiful line she writes “…he lives in me on the edge of dreams. He lives in the regrets that burden me and the sweet memories that keep me afloat.” Isn’t that a lovely description of how we remember those we have loved and lost?
     Okay. Movies. You must, must, must see The King’s Speech. It’s superb! We have The Fighter, also superb, although, because it’s about boxing, a bit on the violent side. And we have the first adult 3D film we’ve had since we put in 3D. It’s James Cameron’s Sanctum and this is one of the very few 3D films where the 3D effects add to the film in a profound way. This is a true story about a caving expedition in PA gone terribly awry. The story is heart wrenching but the effects are magnificent. Give it a try. And, remember, what could possibly be better on these cold and bleak nights of winter than some soooo fine Dietrich popcorn???? Oooooh, yeah.
     See you at the Dietrich. 

Now Showing
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February 4, 2011 -
February 17, 2011

January 28, 2011 -
February 10, 2011

February 4, 2011 -
February 10, 2011

January 19, 2011 -
February 10, 2011

Coming Soon
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"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: 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

Sock hops, poodle skirts and the Jitterbug - these expressions are not typical in today’s teenagers’ vocabulary, but the young actors participating in this year’s After School Players can’t get enough of the 1950’s. That’s right! With the direction of Carl Canedy, Patti Dunning, and choreographer Judy Weist, the middle and high school students participating in the program are busy preparing for their production of Doo Wop at Dietrich High, an original musical set in the 1950’s and done in a "GLEE"-ful way. Through this project, the cast is not only learning about the theatre arts, but they are also getting schooled on popular culture of that time. Patti and Carl have even encouraged the students to do some online research in their free time to get a better feel for the time period. On Saturday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m., the group will take the Dietrich stage to perform their show live. It should be a great morning of music, dancing and fun dialogue. We hope to see you there. Tickets are $5 each. For more information, call the theater at 570-996-1500.
Another Saturday morning event coming up at the Dietrich is Rick Koval’s free presentation on Reptiles & Amphibians of Northeast Pennsylvania on Saturday, February 19 at 11:00 a.m. We invite nature lovers of all ages to come out and learn more about some of the fascinating creatures that live in our own backyards. During this program, Rick will show 44 species of frogs, turtles, salamanders, lizards and snakes. He will also talk about rarities such as the endangered northern cricket frog, timber rattlesnakes, eastern worm snakes and hellbenders. After his talk, Rick will invite the audience to meet a few live reptiles and amphibians. Rick always gives wonderful presentations, and you go away with so much appreciation for the great outdoors. 
For children, our Drawing and Painting classes begin next week. Amy and Steve Colley will be teaching students of all ages drawing and painting basics. They will cover concepts including line, shape, texture, value, color and space, while students create their own masterpieces. Children ages 3 to 5 years old and their favorite adults and welcome to attend Mommy and Me classes on Fridays, February 11 through March 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Preschool classes will be held on Saturdays, February 12 to 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Students ages six to twelve years can take a similar class on Fridays, February 11 to March 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission to each class series is $35 and all materials are provided. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register.
For adults, the Dietrich’s own Sarah Sidorek will be teaching a knitting class at the end of the month. She will teach students how to hand-knit a neck cozy, which is just perfect for this time of year. You need to know knitting basics such as casting on and binding off and the knit and purl stitches prior to attending this class. Admission is $25 and all materials will be supplied.  Visit or call 570-996-1500 for more information.