Dietrich Theater
Upcoming Events!

Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, September 9 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.
A play performed by the Dietrich Children’s Theatre
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Out in the Chinese countryside, a father travels overnight to visit his three small children’s sick grandmother, or “po po”. He cautions his 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, is it their po po – or is it really an evil lon po po instead?
Tickets are available at the ticket booth of by calling 570-996-1500 while they last.
The End: Authorship, Nostalgia and the Beatles
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by: Kenneth Womack
Admission: Free
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Through an audio- and video-oriented discussion, Beatles scholar Kenneth Womack brings the story of the Beatles vividly to life. Womack traces the group’s creative arc from their salad days in Liverpool to the mean streets of Hamburg, through Abbey Road, and to the twilight of their career. In an effort to communicate the power of the Beatles’ remarkable achievement, audiences investigate the origins of the group’s compositions, as well as the songwriting and recording practices that brought them to fruition. Through a carefully choreographed multimedia presentation, Womack reveals the ways in which the Beatles gave life to a musical synthesis that would change the world. 
Call 570-996-1500 for reservations.
Fall 2011 Film Festival & Oktoberfest
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Oktoberfest Opening Night Gala – Friday, Sept. 16. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35 each. Reservations are required for opening night only – Call 570-996-1500 for tickets.
Come out to our first Oktoberfest Opening Night Gala. Bring your friends and enjoy food, film, beer, wine, desserts and good fun. The evening’s featured films include “Beginners” and “Midnight in Paris”. Food will be provided by Epicurean Delight, Twigs Restaurant & Café, Seasons Restaurant, and The Fireplace Restaurant. Nimble Hill Brewing Company’s new beer will be available as well as other microbrews. Reservations are required for Opening Night only. Call 570-996-1500 for tickets.
 Fall 2011 Film Festival – Friday, Sept. 16 through Thursday, Sept. 29.
Film Festival Tickets: Matinee - $8; Evening - $9
Enjoy fourteen days of sixteen foreign, independent and art films. Visit for festival movies and show times.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Okay. Now hear this! You just gotta see The Help! Honest. You do.
You really really do! It was a wonderful adaptation of the book by the
author, Kathryn Stockett and the director, Tate Taylor. Margie and I saw it
at its first matinee showing on Friday afternoon and I have to admit I had a
little trepidation when the lights went down, because I had so loved the
book and was afraid it might not be as good. But if any of you have those
thoughts, let me put your mind at rest. It’s a completely wonderful
adaptation. Of course, there are things left out because a three hundred
some odd page book would translate, if every single thing were included in
the film, to a move lasting between three and five hours! So some things
have been left out. But everything important is right there.
And listen, if you didn’t read the book that’s okay. You don’t need to
have read it. The movie is self-explanatory. It takes place in the early
Sixties in Jackson, Mississippi, one of the most violent and vicious areas
of the segregated South. It takes place at the time of the assassination
of civil rights leader Medgar Evers and it’s a story told from the point of
view of the African American women in service to the wealthy white women of
Jackson. Although the black women raise the babies of the white women,
oftentimes leaving their own babies in the care of others, the servants (The
Help) are treated in ways that, I assure you, will raise your blood
pressure to dangerous levels!
The cast is superb. There isn’t a single miscasting. It’s as if all
the women in the film were born to play those parts. Emma Stone is perfect
as "Skeeter," the young society girl fresh from four years at Old Miss, who
shines a light on the meanness of the society she was raised in. Viola
Davis is magnificent as Aibilene, the maid/nanny who is taking care of her
"last baby" before she will retire. Octavia Spencer is Minnie, the servant
with the sassy attitude who is falsely accused of theft because she isn’t
humble enough. Your heart breaks for these women, Aibilene who has lost her
son in an act of terrible racism, and Minnie who not only has white ladies
to deal with but an abusive husband. You cheer for them, you care deeply
about them. You feel ashamed that people could ever act the way they acted
in Jackson (and I’m sure in many parts of the country) and you want to think
it couldn’t happen again. Although just last week some teenagers in
Mississippi decided to go "kill themselves" some black man and they did,
unprovoked and viciously.
The movie will make you think, it will make you laugh and it might even
cause you to shed a tear or two. And really, you can’t hardly have more fun
than hating Miss Hilly (Bryce Dallas Howard) and laughing right out loud at
the performance of Sissy Spacek as the hateful Hilly’s Mum.

So, have I convinced you? You’ll just love it. I know you will. Don’
t miss it. You really need to see it on the big screen!
Want to be sure about seats on gala night? Call 996-1500 to reserve
now. Remember, you can choose your seats! Makes it a nice night, since the
earlier you call the better your seating will be.
So. We were sitting at the table having a staff meeting and all of a
sudden the building began to shake! I looked across the table and Fernie’s
soda was doing a little dance across the table top. At first we thought it
might be a truck or something so we went downstairs to see, but the street
was full of people saying – "Did you feel that? Did you? How strange!"
Wow! Never felt anything g like that before. Hope to never again! But it
sure was interesting!
See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

August 19, 2011 -
September 1, 2011

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
August 26, 2011 -
September 1, 2011

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
August 5, 2011 -
September 1, 2011

August 19, 2011 -
September 1, 2011

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China
September 9, 2011 - September 10, 2011

The End: Authorship, Nostalgia and the Beatles
September 14, 2011

Fall 2011 Film Festival & Oktoberfest
September 16, 2011

How to Collect Antique Quilts
October 1, 2011

Classical Guitar Music from Argentina
October 2, 2011

Bus Trip to Grey Towers, Dingman's Ferry & Milford
October 12, 2011

Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
October 14, 2011 - October 15, 2011

Semi-Public Executions - A Lecture
October 19, 2011

Barbershop Vocal Clinic
October 29, 2011 - November 12, 2011

Sister Act on Broadway - Bus Trip
November 2, 2011

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
November 11, 2011 - November 12, 2011

Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
December 2, 2011 - December 3, 2011

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
December 7, 2011

It's a Wonderful Life
December 13, 2011 - December 13, 2011

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 5-8
September 16, 2011 - October 7, 2011

Bearing Creative Fruit! ages 5-12
October 4, 2011 - October 25, 2011

Drawing and Painting, ages 5 to 8
October 14, 2011 - November 4, 2011

Drawing from Life, ages 9 to 12
October 27, 2011 - December 8, 2011

From the Easel: Oil Painting
September 15, 2011 - October 20, 2011

Holiday Camp, ages 6 to 12
December 27, 2011 - December 29, 2011

Painting Together, ages 3 & 4
October 14, 2011 - November 4, 2011

Quilting for Kids, ages 6 and up
September 14, 2011 - December 14, 2011

Sculpting Together, ages 3 & 4
September 16, 2011 - October 7, 2011

Trash to Treasures
November 11, 2011 - December 9, 2011

Trash to Treasures Together, ages 3 & 4
November 11, 2011 - December 9, 2011

Young at Art: Painting for Preschoolers
October 13, 2011 - November 3, 2011

Young at Art - Sculpting for Preschoolers
September 15, 2011 - October 6, 2011

Young at Art - Trash to Treasures for Preschoolers
November 10, 2011 - December 8, 2011

Intergenerational Quilting
September 14, 2011 - December 14, 2011

Open Studio/ Portfolio Prep
September 13, 2011 - November 29, 2011

Acting Workshop
October 6, 2011 - November 10, 2011

Create a Felted Scarf
September 27, 2011 - October 11, 2011

Decorative Painting
August 31, 2011 - December 14, 2011

Easy Beads: Create in Clay
October 3, 2011

Golden Days of Radio Players
October 4, 2011 - December 6, 2011

Introduction to Stained Glass
November 15, 2011

Jewelry Making Basics
December 5, 2011

Jewelry Making: Intro to Glass Fusing
October 24, 2011 - November 7, 2011

Knit a Slouchy Hat
October 18, 2011 - November 1, 2011

Mosaic Design
October 26, 2011 - December 7, 2011

Photography for Beginners
September 12, 2011 - October 3, 2011

Photoshop 101
October 5, 2011 - November 16, 2011

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

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

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

 This past Wednesday’s Gathering of Singers and Songwriters 10 was quite a celebration. We were delighted that so many of you came out to enjoy the evening. The Dietrich was just filled with glorious music from instrumentals on the banjo, fiddle and guitar by Jay Smar to George Wesley’s reggae inspired tunes, to Kate Jordan’s humor in "These Last Few Pounds", to KJ Wagner’s positive message in her upbeat songs, to Donna Hill’s songs about perseverance. And of course, Lorne Clarke and Tom Flannery entertained us with their lively banter and amazing lyrics. Their songs, inspired by family members’ struggles with Alzheimer’s disease, were especially moving. We would like to thank Tom, Lorne, Jay, George, Kate, Donna and KJ for being so generous to us with their time and talent. This year’s concert was the best ever!

Rehearsals also started this past week for the Dietrich Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of "Lon Po Po: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from China". It should be fantastic. I love the script, and Sarah Henn always does a beautiful job on costuming. Plus our ensemble of actors, including Rich Ryczak, David Swanson, Laurel Radzieski and Doreen Schottman, are so energetic. Kids will love to see the similarities and differences between the Chinese version of this beloved folk tale and the Little Red Riding Hood tale that they are familiar with. During the play, kids will learn a few Chinese words and interact with the cast of characters. Performances will be held on Friday, September 9 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 10 at 11 a.m. After each show, storyteller Fiona Powell and the actors will have a question and answer session with the audience. And the best part is that admission is free thanks to funding from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to reserve your free tickets, or you can pick them up at the ticket booth while supplies last.
Dietrich fall classes will start up the week following "Lon Po Po". Visit for a full slate of classes for all ages. In September, you will notice, that we are offering pottery and sculpture courses for all ages at the Dietrich. From little artists and their moms, dads, and grandparents, to school age children, to adults, everyone will have the opportunity to experience working with clay. In Sculpting Together, children ages 3 and 4 and their adults will create sculptures and begin working with clay on a potter’s wheel. Preschoolers in Young at Art will also explore a variety of methods of working with clay. Students ages 5 to 8 years old will learn hand-building and sculpting techniques and will learn to throw pots on potter’s wheels. In the adult and teen class, participants will learn techniques for working with clay and will have the opportunity to make hand-built pottery, decorative chargers, decorative tiles, vases, mugs and teapots. Call 570-996-1500 for class schedules and to register.
Oh, and don’t forget to make reservations for our upcoming Oktoberfest Opening Night Gala on September 16. You won’t want to miss out on great film, food, beer, wine and fun. Tickets are $35 each. Call 570-996-1500 for tickets and visit for a complete listing of film festival movies and show times.