Dietrich Theater
Upcoming Events at the Dietrich

- Live on Stage
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Show Dates and Times:
Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. (sold out)
Friday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Directed by: Jennifer Jenkins
Tickets: $10 each.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by Jennifer Jenkins, will come to life on the Dietrich stage for a 5-day run. This community-based theatre production will follow Victor Frankenstein's triumph as he reanimates a dead body, and then his guilt for creating such a thing. When the "Frankenstein monster" realizes how he came to be and is rejected by mankind, he seeks revenge on his creator's family to avenge his own sorrow. Tickets can be purchased by calling the theater at 570-996-1500 or visiting the Dietrich's ticket booth.

Karate Demo
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m.
For all ages
Presented by: Kevin Robinson of Robinson’s Martial Arts Studio
Admission: Free
During this demo, Kevin Robinson will present traditional karate forms and weaponry as well as self defense.
Call 570-996-1500 for more information.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

At the risk of being redundant, I want to once again mention the After School Players and the absolutely incredible show they put on here (to a packed house) on Saturday morning. Carl and Patty had the kids doing funny little skits about life in the Fifties at “Dietrich High” and Judy Weist gave the entire cast lessons in dancing to any rock and roll beat. It was such fun to see the kids onstage having the time of their lives, and it was so heartwarming to know that although the play was marvelous (best ever) that what we saw onstage was not about the play, it was about the kids. Because in After School Players these young fledglings find acceptance and inspiration and love and they will carry all those wonderful things with them for the rest of their lives. So, thank you Patty and Carl and Judy, one more time, for the time you spend encouraging our wee ones to test their wings so that someday, strong and confident, they can fly away into a future we old ones aren’t privy to.  

     And while we’re on the subject of theater, Jennifer Jenkins is doing her second major production with us (and, don’t forget, she’s fully in charge of our incredible Children’s Theater) and it looks to be as fine as anything she’s ever done here. Frankentstein is a tough play to produce and none of the theatrical scripts stayed close enough to Mary Shelley’s classic, so Jen adapted it herself. I repeat, she actually wrote the script staying as true to Shelley’s work as possible. And now she’s directing and the actors are working like mad to bring this still popular classic alive on our stage. Tickets are starting to sell pretty quickly, so you might want to reserve yours soon (although there are usually some for sale at the door) because you won’t want to miss local people doing this timeless production. And thank you to all the folks who are working on this production, from the actors to the set people to the costumers to…well…everyone involved. It’s a grand, grand thing you’re doing!
 Okay. This week we have an absolutely terrific little movie for the kids and the young at heart. Rango is the story of a little Chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) who desperately wants to be a super hero. And then he comes to an old western town that desperately needs one! Therefore the chameleon has to figure out what to do exactly to keep the townsfolk safe and win the heart of his true love. It’s a classic western and honestly, Paramount has made an instant classic here. It’s got loads of laughs for the kiddies, but plenty for the grown-ups, too. The computer graphics are incredible and the spoof of the western genre is just plain old-fashioned fun. Come and have some popcorn, an ice cold soda, kick back and just be entertained. In your own home town. Where it doesn’t cost you your life’s savings to fill the tank with gas (Do remember, that when you see movies here in your home town, you’re really saving quite a bit of money with the price of gas spiraling ever upward.)
     And, just a reminder, that next week we’ll have Mars Needs Moms in 3D. Again, it looks like some terrific animation and a fun story for the kids. Gosh, for awhile we haven’t had any kiddie movies and now we have two! How’s that for cool?
     So. What did you think of the Academy Awards? (No, not the show, the actual awards.) I thought that most of the choices were right on, and even when I wished the little statue had gone to someone else, I understood that the recipient was just as good. But I have to say that I couldn’t have disagreed more vehemently with the choice of Natalie Portman as Best Actress. To me, that should have gone to Annette Benning for her superbly subtle and complex performance as the Mom fighting for her family in The Kids Are All Right. To me, Portman had two expressions in Black Swan - -- scared and crazy. That does not an Oscar make. Oh yeah. But it did. Sigh.
     See you at the Dietrich.
PS – Thanks for the pet foods. Keep it coming if you can. The barrel is in the Kinter Gallery now.

Now Showing
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March 4, 2011 -
March 24, 2011

February 27, 2011 -
March 10, 2011

March 1, 2011 -
March 10, 2011

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

Karate Demo
March 19, 2011

Spring 2011 Film Festival
April 8, 2011

Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania Bus Trip
June 2, 2011

Bridal Bliss
June 26, 2011

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

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

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

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

Live at the Dietrich March 2, 2011

As you are reading this, there is just one week to go until the opening night of Frankenstein. And boy, the excitement is building! I can hardly wait to see the final product. It always amazes me to see how theatre productions come together. Not only have the actors, stage managers and director been busy preparing for the show, but the crew has been putting in extra long hours as well. Sandy Vieczorek, Sarah Henn, Alice Edwards and Millie Ryczak have been creating the most spectacular costumes for the production. Bob Kulow and Laurel Radzieski have been tailoring the perfect sound and lighting designs for the play, respectively. Jerry Jenkins and many volunteers have been working on the set. Through all of their hard work and leadership, all of the pieces of this project will fall into place during this final week of rehearsals.
Join us at the Dietrich for our community-based production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on March 9th, 11th and 12th at 7:00 p.m. or on Sunday, March 13th at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the theater’s ticket booth or by calling 570-996-1500. I am delighted that Jennifer Jenkin’s stage adaptation is very true to Shelley’s book, and I look forward to observing the audience’s reaction as this novel is brought to life on the Dietrich stage.
Speaking of the novel, we held our final Wyoming County Reads discussion of Frankenstein at the Tunkhannock Public Library last week. Bill Chapla did a great job of guiding us through a discussion on the feminist aspects of the novel, and we also shared our views on the balance between nature and technology. As I anticipated, there were a variety of opinions shared, which is exactly why Frankenstein is such an enduring novel. The topics in her book are as relevant today, or even more so, than when Mary Shelly wrote it in the early 1800’s. We would like to thank Bill Chapla and Dr. Marnie Hiester for leading this year’s discussions. 
In addition to the final Wyoming County Reads book discussion last week, the Dietrich’s After School Players presented their musical Doo Wop at Dietrich High this past Saturday. The cast of middle school and high school students did a fantastic job! The play was very high energy, and I just loved all of the dancing and music. Their performance for family and friends was the culmination of a two-month theatre arts program under the direction of Carl Canedy and Patti Dunning. We would like to thank Carl, Patti, assistant director Dakota Moore, and choreographer Judy Weist of Stage Door Dance Studio for their dedication to the project. And if you run into any of the After School Players cast members (Sawyer Aitken, Melissa Compton, Nadine Daley, Kira DeRemer, Elizabeth D'Ulisse, Trevor Dunning, Emily Dunning, Maggie Elias, Autumn Frost, Jessica Hall, Mykenda Harvey, Lindsay Heck, Mayling Ijomah, Gwen Murray, Emma Pizzolanti, Ashli Quick, Erin Rome, Leah Rome, Christine Rossi, Stephanie Seward, Tori Stimac, Elissa Stretch, Sadie Trochak Iolaus Trowbridge, Nate Wilson, Cassie Wisdo, and Abigail Yurksza), please congratulate them on a job well done!
While After School Players has ended, the Dietrich will be starting up a Mixed Media art series for children in March. In these classes students will be able to explore the arts by working with a variety of mediums. They will create pottery, paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures. Amy Colley will teach a preschool class on Saturdays, March 12 through April 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. She will also be offering a similar Mommy and Me series on Fridays, March 11 through April 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Steve Colley will be teaching a mixed media class for students ages six to twelve years old on Fridays, March 11 through April 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In these classes, students will also learn about famous artists in addition to working with different mediums. Admission is $35 to each four-class series. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register.