Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events!

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, November 11 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 12 at 11 a.m.
A play performed by the Dietrich Children's Theatre
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Humanities Council
An exaggerating little mosquito tells a fib to an iguana, who puts sticks in his ears to keep from hearing such nonsense.  But this scares the snake, who frightens the rabbit, who startles the monkey.and soon, that one little fib has grown into such a great big lie that the sun cannot rise and the whole animal kingdom is plunged in darkness!
Tickets are available by calling 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last.

Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday and Saturday, December 2 & 3 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
Enjoy this favorite Jim Henson Christmas movie at the Dietrich.  Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas is about a poor otter family who risks everything for a chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas. Presented in-part by the Jim Henson Legacy Foundation.
Call 570-996-1500 for details.

Holiday Workshop
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, December 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For all ages
Admission: Free
Sponsored by Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
Get into the holiday spirit!  All ages are invited to come out and enjoy a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady.
Call 570-996-1500 for details.

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Directed by: Valerie Paulus
The Dietrich Theater Radio Players are back by popular demand!  Come out and see their live performances of favorite radio plays.  Experience the "theater of the mind". 
Call 570-996-1500 for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

 So, the other night there were about ten people in the Dalton theater watching something and Esther looked down from above (no, she wasn’t in the great beyond, she can see from the projection room) and saw a woman sit down next to her husband, open a large purse and start taking out food and drink. Candy, soda, pretzels…you know, concession stuff. Only she didn’t buy it at the Dietrich. Esther didn’t say anything to the people, but when she told me about it she was undeniably upset. "Don’t people understand that it’s concession that keeps us open?" she said, a note of real frustration in her voice. "Hmmmm," I said. "Maybe it’s time for me to explain that again," I said. "After all, it’s been awhile."

Okay. So this is how it works for a movie theater. No matter how much you charge for a movie, somewhere around 60% immediately goes to Disney or Warner Brothers or Sony etc. in the form of royalties. That money comes right off the top of the ticket sale. So if you buy two tickets at eight dollars apiece, almost ten dollars is immediately sent away. Then the theater has to pay for the posters (called one-sheets in the trade) and the shipping of the trailers and the films. By the time all the film related expenses have been paid, there is almost nothing left. Honest. That’s how it works. Of course, the price for shipping etc. is fixed, so if you sell a thousand tickets you make more than if you sell two hundred, but still, there is little profit to be made in ticket sales. It’s pretty much a zero sum game.

So, how do movie theaters stay alive? Popcorn, dear readers, popcorn! And soda. And a bit o’ candy to satisfy the sweet tooth. Every once in awhile I hear someone complain about the price of popcorn – and it’s true, it’s an expensive treat. But it’s what keeps the theater open! And although our popcorn might be, compared with home popping, a tad pricier, just think of what you get in return. Your concession money keeps the best little theater on earth (and no, I’m not exaggerating…it really is…I’m sure
it says so in a legal book somewhere!) in business! Popcorn, soda and candy are the moneymakers of theaters everywhere. So if you cheat, and bring in your own treats, you endanger the future f the Dietrich. And maybe you saved a couple of bucks bringing in your own stuff, but imagine if you had to travel all the way to Cinemark or that movie theater by the mall (ooooh,
it makes me shudder to think of it…you…out on those dark and lonesome roads…having to go so far just to see a flick on the silver screen….oooooh, shiver once again.). Think how much that would cost you in gas money and in
time and inconvenience. Awful, isn’t it? 
So, now that you know how much we depend on the concession sales, you won’t do that any more, right? Because we really, really, really need you to buy concession. Because we’re struggling right now. Putting a brave face on it all, but life’s been a struggle since the flood. If it weren’t for Erica’s logical brain and our wondrous, amazing, terrific volunteers, I don’t think the theater would have survived - - the damage was that bad.So, another way you can help is by becoming a member. That money goes right to cultural, to help them out. Because when the movies are slow, then cultural suffers, too. Oh, and gift bags. The holidays are coming up and gift bags are the perfect gift! When you give a loved one a gift bag, you’re giving them an evening of dreams, of love stories, of high adventure. An evening to be in another place and another time. And you help to keep the
Dietrich firmly rooted in beautiful T’town! 
Okay…this week…Tower Heist with Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller! What a hoot! And the magnificent George Clooney in Ides of March. Puss in Boots holding!!! Wow! A great time for all!!!!
See you at the Dietrich!

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

Puss in Boots
October 28, 2011 -
November 10, 2011

Tower Heist
November 4, 2011 -
November 10, 2011

Ides of March
November 4, 2011 -
November 10, 2011

October 28, 2011 -
November 10, 2011

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

BREAKING DAWN: Twilight Saga
November 18, 2011 -
November 20, 2011

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Barbershop Vocal Clinic
October 29, 2011 - November 12, 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

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

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

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

Decorative Painting
August 31, 2011 - December 14, 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

Mosaic Design
October 26, 2011 - December 7, 2011

Photoshop 101
October 5, 2011 - November 16, 2011

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

 What a day!  This past Wednesday the Dietrich hosted a bus trip to New York City to see Sister Act the musical on Broadway. In my mind, the day was perfect! We had free time when we got to the city to shop, dine, and sightsee. I know a couple of folks visited the 9/11 Memorial while there. A few of us from the Dietrich met with Jeffrey Jacobs, the theater’s film booker, for lunch. It was wonderful to see him. And when you talk with Jeffrey, it is obvious that Tunkhannock and the Dietrich hold a special place in his heart. His first concern when we met with him was to find out how our community was fairing after the flood. He was shocked by the photos, but was also very encouraged by how members of our community have come together to help one another recover. 

We are very lucky to have Jeffrey. He puts an enormous amount of time and energy into booking the best blockbusters, and foreign and independent films out there for us. In fact, I know Hildy and he are cooking up ways to bring in even more of the films you want to see in 2012. 
Oops, I got sidetracked! Anyway, after lunch in New York, it was time for Sister Act at the Broadway Theatre. And let me tell you, the show was pure fun – full of sequins and disco music! The cast had us all on our feet by the end of the show. I was especially impressed and awed by the set design. So many talented people come together to make a show come to life. And we are lucky enough to have one of those talents from Broadway in our midst. Douglas Carter Beane, who lives part-time in Wyoming County, was nominated in 2011 for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for his work on Sister Act. Exciting, right? He has also written Lysistrata Jones, which will open on Broadway on December 14. 
Oh dear, I’m off topic again! After the show, all thirty of us went to Carmine’s for a family style dinner. I tell you, it is my favorite Italian restaurant to dine at with a group. Their Penne alla Vodka dish is delicious.  We would like to thank all of those who attended the trip. In fact, we received so much great feedback , we will be planning another adventure in the spring. Stay tuned for details – you won’t want to miss it. 
Speaking of live theatre, the Dietrich Children’s Theatre will perform this Friday and Saturday on the Dietrich stage. Join us for one of their three performances of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears on Friday, November 11 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 12 at 11 a.m. In this high-energy tale, an exaggerating little mosquito tells a fib to an iguana, who puts sticks in his ears to keep from hearing such nonsense. But this scares the snake, who frightens the rabbit, who startles the monkey…You’ll have to come out to find out what happens next. These shows are free and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. It’ll be great fun for the entire family.
And remember to join us next Wednesday at the Tunkhannock Public Library for a book discussion on Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at 7:00 p.m. It will be interesting to discuss the book before the film comes out this December. Admission is free.