Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events "The Help" Book Discussion Wednesday, August 10 at 7 p.m. At the Tunkhannock Public Library Facilitated by Bill Chapla Admission is free. "The Help" the movie opens at the Dietrich on Friday, August 19. Cars! Visual Arts Workshop Saturday, August 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. At the Dietrich Theater For ages 5 - 12 Admission: $20 Design and fabricate your own car using recyclables! Call 570-996-1500 to sign up. Gathering of Singers and Songwriters 10 At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission: Free Join us in celebrating live acoustic music! For the 10th anniversary of the Gathering of Singers and Songwriters we will be reuniting some of the greatest folk talent that has graced the Dietrich stage. Musical guests include George Wesley, Kate Jordan, KJ Wagner, Donna Hill, Tom Flannery, Lorne Clarke and Jay Smar. Don't miss out. Call 570-996-1500 for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Ah, the movie companies! What a treat they are. You absolutely never know what little quirk is ruling their roost from week to week. They are as mysterious as the deepest parts of the ocean without any of the charm. So here’s the deal. We are bringing in The Help on August 19th. It actually opens in “selected cities” on August 12, but for many small towns and cities the release date is one week later. Why that would be I have no idea since they have to make the same number of film prints whether they release them all on one day or over a one week period. But, that’s how it is. So we will have it, for those thousands who read the book and loved it, one week after it opens. Not to say we’re not grateful. We’re happy to be showing it since for a while it looked as if we might be too small to get it at all. So I’m caught between being grateful that they’re giving it to us and feeling frustrated that they’re making us wait a week. Sigh. Go figure. But, since we are getting it, we are very happy to announce that our very own, very smart, (and really cute) Bill Chapla is going to lead the discussion on the book on Wednesday, August 10th , at 7 p.m. at our totally delightful Tunkhannock Public Library. I think it will be a wonderful discussion and I so look forward to it. I loved the book and actually stayed up until three in the morning last year when I read it. It was one of those books I couldn’t put down. It’s a story about hardships and slights that most Caucasians simply can’t imagine. In the section of the book where the employers are discussing the fact that they really can’t allow the “help” to use the bathroom I felt like my head would explode. These women of color raised the white babies, and they cleaned the white homes and yet they couldn’t use the bathrooms????? It’s stuff like that that will make for a lively discussion and, I hope, a movie as good as the book. It’s Dreamworks doing the movie so we can hope they get it right (they usually do). So, remember to put September 16 on your calendar because that is the start of the fall film festival! It’s going to be a little different this year, with some beer added to the menu and a bit more substantial food and a cheaper ticket price and just what I think is going to be a really good time and something a little different. We’ll get the brochures out this month, but if you want to make sure you have a seat, do call 996-1500 to make those reservations. (I’m excited about it because we’ve been doing the same thing for a number of years now and it will be great fun to change it all around.) We’ll see how it goes. So this weekend we are opening the surprisingly well reviewed Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Now for those of us who saw the old Charlton Heston flick about a lifetime ago it’s hard to imagine why they made this and that it could be good. But honestly, as the reviews come in the buzz has been getting louder and louder that this is a hit in the making. At first I thought I wouldn’t see it, but now I’ve changed my mind. After all, just because I liked the original doesn’t mean I should close my mind to the new one. Especially if it’s clever and intelligent and well done! Okay. Erica said Horrible Bosses, although sometimes a bit raunchy, is really very, very, (and another very) funny! She said she laughed right out loud in a few places. So, I’m going to see it this week – I don’t know how I can spend so much time here and miss a movie. How can that possibly happen? But I just wanted to share that with you – Erica gives it two thumbs up. And don’t forget we are holding Smurfs for the kidlets and of course a final week of Harry Potter and his very last stand. See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
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Cowboys & Aliens
July 29, 2011 -
August 11, 2011

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
August 5, 2011 -
August 11, 2011

July 29, 2011 -
August 11, 2011

Horrible Bosses
July 29, 2011 -
August 11, 2011

HARRY POTTER:The Deathly Hallows,Part 2 2D
July 15, 2011 -
August 11, 2011

Coming Soon
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August 19, 2011

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Life on the Susquehanna River Exhibit
August 1, 2011 - September 30, 2011

Gathering of Singers and Songwriters 10
August 24, 2011

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Open Studio: Painting, Drawing & Pottery
April 12, 2011 - August 23, 2011

Decorative Painting
April 13, 2011 - August 31, 2011

Introduction to Stained Glass
August 8, 2011

Pottery & Sculpture
April 4, 2011 - September 12, 2011

Writers' Group
April 14, 2011 - August 25, 2011

Yoga for You
April 13, 2011 - August 31, 2011

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

On August 10 at 7 p.m., the Dietrich Theater and the Tunkhannock Public Library will be teaming up once again to present a book discussion on the acclaimed novel “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett at the Tunkhannock Public Library. Bill Chapla will be on hand to facilitate the discussion. I can’t wait to hear other folks’ opinions of this book that is still a favorite on the New York Times Best Seller List. I read “The Help” almost two years ago upon a recommendation of our Executive Director Hildy Morgan and just loved it. Come out and share your views. Admission to the discussion is free. Then on Friday, August 19, the Dietrich Theater will be opening the much anticipated movie version of “The Help”. With Emma Stone in the role of Skeeter and Viola Davis playing Aibileen Clark, it should be wonderful film. I plan to see it. We also have the Gathering of Singers and Songwriters to look forward to at the end of the month. On, Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m., we will be celebrating our 10th Annual Gathering. I can hardly believe it has been that long since that event came to be. To observe the occasion, we are inviting back many of the great folk musicians who have graced the stage for previous Gatherings. Musical guests will include George Wesley, Kate Jordan, KJ Wagner, Tom Flannery, Lorne Clarke, Jay Smar and Donna Hill. It should be an evening of great acoustic music, plus I love the lighthearted banter between musicians during the concert. You can just tell they enjoy each other’s company, and that it is an honor and a privilege for them to share the same stage. Oh, and did I mention that since it is the tenth anniversary of the Gathering of Singers and Songwriters, admission will be free. That’s right. So give us a call at 570-996-1500 to reserve your tickets while supplies last. The Dietrich will also have another exciting event coming up for children in about a month’s time. The Dietrich Children’s Theatre will be back with a new performance – “Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China” on Friday, September 9 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 10 at 11 a.m. Admission will be free. Call 570-996-1500 for reservations. Most of us are very familiar with the American version of Red Riding Hood, but in this tale that takes place in the Chinese countryside, a mother of three small children travels overnight to visit their sick grandmother or “po po.” She cautions her children not to open the door to anyone, as there might be a wolf, or “lon” lurking about. But when there is a knock on the door late at night, the children will have to decide if it is their po po –or if it is an evil lon po po instead. This play will be a great opportunity for children to experience live theatre and to learn about a different country and culture.