Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events

The Potential of Living Willow Structures in the Landscape
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m.
For all ages
Presented by: Bonnie Gale
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation
Bonnie Gale has been building living willow structures in the landscape since 2004. In this illustrated lecture and PowerPoint, she will show the basic concepts of building living structures, her development with this work, international examples and the great potential for commercial applications. Her structures have been featured in House and Garden, Vogue and FiberArts magazines, and she appeared on the Martha Stewart Show in 2010. Her website is Call 570-996-1500 for event details.

The Gifts of Wali Dad
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 a.m.
For all ages
Presented by: the Dietrich Children's Theatre
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Wali Dad is a simple, happy man in Pakistan. After several years, he finds he's saved more money than he can possibly use. He wants to do something good, so he sends a gift to a deserving queen. The queen sends him a bigger gift in return. Wali Dad cleverly passes this on to a noble king, who sends Wali Dad an even more lavish present. The more Wali Dad tries to give away the more he is rewarded. How will he ever return to the simple life he loved? Tickets are available at the door while they last or can be reserved at 570-996-1500.
Poe in the Park: Much of Madness
At Tunkhannock's Lazybrook Park
Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.
For ages 12 and up
Presented by: Gamut Theatre Group
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation
Experience the intensity, terror and excitement of some of Edgar Allan Poe's most treasured works, including The Raven, The Cast of Amontillado, Annabel Lee, The Masque of Red Death and The Tell-tale Heart! Five actors use music and movement to bring these and other tales to life on stage in this haunting and memorable original-text adaptation of the original Master of Horror's most celebrated stories and poems. This show will run 80 minutes and is recommended for ages 12 and up. At 6:45 p.m., Bill Chapla will present a discussion on Edgar Allan Poe and following the show actors will host a talkback session with the audience. Call 570-996-1500 for event details.

Basket Raffle Fundraiser
Founders' Day, Sat., June 23
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater
Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5
Many delectable and artistic items, and practical items as well! Baskets with gift certificates, car items, movie gift bags, restaurant coups and lots of fun stuff!  All profits benefit Dietrich Theater programming.  

Fundraiser Day!
Wednesday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
At Perkins Restaurant (Route 6, Tunkhannock)
Please come and dine at Perkins Restaurant on Wed., June 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
20% of your bill will go to the Dietrich Theater to help fund children's programming, including art classes, summer camps, children's theatre and more!! Pick up a Dietrich coupon at the ticket booth and present it with your bill to insure your donation.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

So. I think this retirement thing is going to be the end of me. I mean literally. It wasn’t enough to clean the house and sort out rooms long neglected because I had Dietrich fever. Nope. It wasn’t enough to cook some meals with wine making me the most sophisticated cook this side of West Pittston. Nope. I had to add gardening to the list of post-retirement activities that would make me a better person and make the world more colorful. Right. 

     So I decided to start slowly and just do the former garden area in front of my fencing.
After all, I’d always put flowers there until we opened the theater. But that was eleven years ago. Had I not spent our entire savings (okay, not entire, but a very big amount that now seems totally unjustified) I would have given up the first time my little digger thingie bounced back from the ground as if it had hit solid rock. No, the ground had not metamorphosed  into rock - - it just felt that way. It was grass. Grass! Who knew that pretty green stuff that covers the wetlands of South Auburn could form something called sod and it would feel like cement when you try to move it? I mean, I was busy the last eleven years doing something constructive. And all the while the grass was plotting against me, planning on showing me who’s boss in the land of growing stuff.
     My friend Ann, master gardener extraordinaire, told me that whatever happened  I mustn’t roto-till the sod under. She said that looking at me as though I were one of those posters on America’s Most Wanted. “Don’t!” she shouted, her eyes wide with alarm as I told her that roto-tilling was my solution to the cement façade created by the innocent looking grass. “You’ll never get rid of the grass if you do that. It will come up. From underneath, Don’t do it!”
     I went to Gay’s (where else?) and bought the pitch-forky thing she told me to get. I slid it into the earth. The grass reached out and held onto it like Stephen King’s undead reaching up from under the tombstone. It was creepy. My friend Paul came over and roto-tilled. And then I could put in the million dollar rose bushes and foxglove and whatever and I worked from nine in the morning until eight that night. It reminded me of the early days at the theater when we were here practically around the clock and ate popcorn for most of our meals. Except then the hard work produced this wonderful place where we could see a movie. And I’m not sure the plants I mortgaged the house for will even make it through the summer. Sigh.
     At least retirement has made it easy to stick to my diet. I’m just too tired to eat!
     New movie this week. Rock of Ages looks to be great fun! Starring Tom Cruise, who can be really very, very funny (think Knight and Day and Rolling Thunder), Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bryan Cranston amidst all the young stars I have no clue about, this looks to be a fun film. It’s got a PG-13 rating, but still it looks like it might be fun for older teens and their folks. Give it a try. Nothing more fun than going to the movies with the young folks. It makes for such good conversation when you go out afterwards for some ice cream.
     We’re holding Snow White, Madagascar and Prometheus. Each one very different from the other, but all worth seeing. And, as you know, I never say that lightly. Remember, in the summer most stuff on the telly is barely survivable, but your local movie house offers a world of wonderful entertainment! And don’t forget all those terrific cultural things coming up!
     See you at the Dietrich.
     P.S. Remember, the first matinees of the 3D movies are in 2D. So if you can’t tolerate 3D you have an option. Enjoy!

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

Madagascar 3
June 8, 2012 -
June 21, 2012

Rock of Ages
June 15, 2012 -
June 21, 2012

June 9, 2012 -
June 21, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman
June 1, 2012 -
June 21, 2012

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Living Willow Structures
June 20, 2012

The Gifts of Wali Dad
June 22, 2012 - June 23, 2012

Poe in the Park: Much of Madness
June 23, 2012

Basket Raffle Fundraiser
June 23, 2012

Fundraiser Day!
June 27, 2012

Everhart Museum Bus Trip
July 14, 2012

Celebrate Summer at the River
July 28, 2012

Gathering of Singers & Songwriters 11
August 12, 2012

Porgy and Bess - Broadway Bus Trip
September 12, 2012

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Acting Camp for Kids 1
July 16, 2012 - July 20, 2012

Acting Camp for Kids 2
July 30, 2012 - August 3, 2012

Crazy Commercials
June 25, 2012 - June 29, 2012

Dance! Dance! Dance! - ages 2 & 3
June 4, 2012 - August 7, 2012

Dance! Dance! Dance! ages 4 to 6
July 2, 2012 - August 7, 2012

Dance! Dance! Dance!, ages 7 to 9
July 2, 2012 - August 7, 2012

Digital Arts Camp
June 25, 2012 - June 29, 2012

Food & Culture Around the World
July 9, 2012 - August 6, 2012

It IS Easy Being Green
July 30, 2012 - August 3, 2012

Jammin' in a Jugband, ages 6 to 12
July 23, 2012 - July 27, 2012

Knights, Princesses & Dragons
June 25, 2012 - June 29, 2012

Mount Olympic! Theatre & Visual Arts Camp
July 16, 2012 - July 20, 2012

Pottery & Sculpture Camp
July 9, 2012 - July 13, 2012

Quilting for Kids - Summer
June 20, 2012 - July 25, 2012

Trash to Treasures Camp
July 23, 2012 - July 27, 2012

Pottery for Beginners
April 4, 2012 - September 5, 2012

Introduction to the Game of Go
June 11, 2012 - July 2, 2012

Jammin' in a Jugband, 13 and up
July 23, 2012 - July 27, 2012

Open Studio & Portfolio Prep
April 3, 2012 - August 28, 2012

Quilting for Everyone - Summer
June 20, 2012 - July 25, 2012

Decorative Painting
April 11, 2012 - August 29, 2012

Easy Beads: Create in Clay!
August 13, 2012

Introduction to Stained Glass
June 18, 2012

Kundalini Yoga
June 2, 2012 - August 11, 2012

Writers' Group
April 5, 2012 - August 30, 2012

Yoga for You
April 11, 2012 - September 26, 2012

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich for June 13, 2012
Have you ever been to Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park? Well, you must go…It is simply a gorgeous green space right by the Susquehanna River in downtown Tunkhannock. There is a boat launch and playground, and it’s a perfect place to go walking. One of my favorite features of the park is a living willow structure. It was created in 2004 by visiting artist Bonnie Gale and her students from the Dietrich Theater. It started out as willow poles shaped into a small dome and over the years it grew into a large, lush living structure. It even survived the Flood of September 2011, and morphed into more of a tunnel-like structure with the help of Bonnie Gale and some of her students. 
If you have any interest in gardening and landscaping, I invite you to join us at the Dietrich Theater on Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. for a free presentation on The Potential of Living Willow Structures in the Landscape. During this illustrated lecture, Bonnie Gale will show the basic concepts of building living structures, her development with this work, international examples and the great potential for commercial applications. Bonnie’s work has been showcases in Vogue and House and Garden, and she has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show in 2010. For more information about this presentation or to reserve a seat, call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500.
In addition to the Living Willow Structures presentation, the Dietrich will also be hosting a workshop on the Introduction to Stained Glass next week for adults and students ages sixteen and up. Join the Dietrich’s own Esther Harmatz on Monday, June 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to learn about the first steps of working with glass to create stained glass pieces. During the class, you will learn to work with a design, cut glass, polish, foil wrap and solder. At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a finished item. Admission is $60, which includes all glass supplies and equipment. 
The following week, June 25 through June 29, the Dietrich will kick-off its summer camp series. Visiting artist Rand Whipple of Box of Light Theatre will be in town for the first week of camp to present Digital Arts Camp and Crazy Commercial Camp. In Crazy Commercials Camp, a fun-filled, film class, students ages nine through fourteen will use their imaginations to create the craziest commercials. According to Rand, "They could develop a button that makes annoying siblings disappear or the amazing potato or the ACME instant ninja (just add water. Some side effects may occur)!" As students create their own crazy products and the commercials to sell them, they will learn how to shoot, edit and create the all-important sound effects for digital film. Crazy Commercials Camp will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In the afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. of that week, children ages eight to fourteen will also have the opportunity to experience Digital Arts Camp. As students work in groups, they will explore the arts through claymation, robotics and special effects. This camp truly allows kids’ imaginations to run wild. Plus, they learn how to use technology in order to shoot, edit and score their own short films. Admission to each camp is $60 and space is limited. Call the Dietrich today at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register.