Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events!

Everhart Museum Bus Trip
Depart from the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, July 14. Depart from Dietrich at 9:30 a.m. Return 2 p.m.
For all ages
Admission: $10 per person
Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation
Take a child-friendly tour of the Everhart Museum, explore their BEEyond exhibit, which is all about bees and beekeeping. Then take part in an educational workshop about the exhibit BEEyond. Following the workshop, you will be able to enjoy a box lunch in Nay Aug Park and visit the Nay Aug gorge and tree house. Box lunch is included. Registration is required. Call 570-996-1500 for details and to register.

Celebrate Summer at the River
At Tunkhannock's Riverside Park
Saturday, July 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For all ages
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation
Join us as we celebrate summer at Tunkhannock's Riverside Park. Included in the day's festivities will be live music, environmental activities for children and adults, a nature walk, plein air painters, a River Float, a petting zoo and more. Live music will be provided by Sadie Green Sales Jugband, the blue grass group Coal Town Rounders and the George Wesley Band.
For more information about River Day the River Float, contact Endless Mountain Outfitters at 570-746-9140. Call 570-996-1500 for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

  So here it is.  The middle of the summer.  Someone once said to me that when the fourth of July arrives the rest of the summer speeds by so fast that it seems like it just disappears into the clouds.  For her, the lady said, it was totally over on the fourth.  Now for me, not so much.  But it does mean that summer is on the downhill side and I’m not sure how I feel about that.  Except for the very, very hot days it’s been quite glorious, if you think about it.  Warm dry days, corn as high as an elephant’s eye, daisies and purple clover in battle for space in the fields and the trees casting their shimmering shadows over the velvet grass.  I mean, really, how much lovelier could it be? 

     So, I’ll be sorry to see it go.  But then again, it’s got a ways to go yet.  July and August are the heart of summer and it usually remains warm in September even as the grass crackles underfoot.  These were lazy days, when we were children.  Lazy and time-on-our-hands wonderful.

     Before my mother had to go to work when I was twelve, these days meant playing with my cousin from Queens, reading book after book, swimming most days (but having to wait for half an hour after we ate) helping Mama with the wash and daydreaming.  Specialty in daydreaming.  My favorite dream being that I would grow up to be Jo March.  I must have read Little Women a hundred times, wept each time Beth died (the needle became to heavy for her delicate hand) and cheered at the end when Jo was published and was going to marry her professor. 

     The summer was lovely, the dreams most satisfactory.

     I worry some about the children today – their time taken up so much with things outside themselves.  Video games, cell phones, facebook, television, music videos, organized sports, stuff, stuff, stuff.  And I wonder how they can  develop a rich inner life if they never get a chance to dream -- - alone, unfettered by electronics or  sportsmates or music screaming in their ears.  Do they ever get a chance to just lie under a mighty maple and watch the clouds go by and wonder what the universe is all about?  Do they ever get the chance to watch the leaves play hide and seek with the sun and not feel guilty about it? 

     I suppose they’re all going to be just fine.  They’re young and smart and know so much more than we ever did at their age.  But I wonder if they know how to spend time with themselves, all alone, with just their dreams and their hopes and their ideas.  Because of all the things they need to learn to have a happy life, being able to enjoy your own company is one of the most important.

     And now, for a quick change of topic, we will be getting Magic Mike on July 13th.  Warner Brothers simply wouldn’t give it to us before.  Don’t even ask me why because I have no idea.  One of the mysteries of the universe, like why salmon swim upstream instead of the reverse which would be so much more logical.

     This week we have the incredible Spiderman and then we have the religious film  For Greater Glory, a pro-Catholic film about an attempt by the Mexican government to make the church pay taxes on its’ giant land holdings and the war that started.  (Remember, folks, we don’t make ‘em, we just show ‘em.)  It has a devoted following and we will show it for one week only (it’s all we could get it for.)

     Finally, on the fourth of July my father would go outside in the early rays of morning and put up the American flag.  “There she is,”  he’d say,  “Old Glory.  She’s a fine flag, babe, and don’t you forget it!”  And I’m here to say to my Poppa who has crossed over but remains with me all the same,  “I haven’t forgotten, Pop – not the flag and not you.”

Happy Fourth of July, happy summer, happy memories.

     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

July 3, 2012 -
July 19, 2012

June 22, 2012 -
July 12, 2012

For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada
July 6, 2012 -
July 12, 2012

People Like Us
June 29, 2012 -
July 12, 2012

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

Magic Mike
July 13, 2012 -
July 19, 2012

ICE AGE: Continental Drift 3D
July 13, 2012 -
August 2, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises
July 20, 2012

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

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

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

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

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

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

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

Before I tell you about Dietrich Theater classes and activities, I would first like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have helped with our recent fundraising activities. Our Founders’ Day Basket Raffle was quite a success. We are grateful to everyone who created raffle baskets as well as those who bought a chance on a basket and supported the Dietrich Theater. We also would like to thank Perkins Restaurant in Tunkhannock for the recent fundraiser they hosted for us on June 27. It was great! Perkins gave 20% of their patrons’ bills to the Dietrich when anyone came in with a Dietrich Theater coupon. So if you dined at Perkins that day, we appreciate you too. All proceeds from both fundraisers will support cultural programming for children at the Dietrich Theater.
The theater’s recent Poe in the Park event at Tunkhannock’s Lazybrook Park was also well received. Two hundred and fifty folks came out to see Harrisburg’s Gamut Theatre Group perform some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well known poems and stories. I just loved their interpretation of The Cask of Amontillado and their performance of The Tell-tale Heart. What made the event so special was the span of the audience’s ages – teenagers as well as more mature audiences enjoyed the thrilling intensity of Poe’s work. We definitely will be inviting Gamut Theatre Group back next year.
Speaking of theatre, the Dietrich will be presenting Acting Camp for Kids during the week of July 16 to 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. In this camp, children will use their imaginations and learn all about acting through theatre games, improvisation, storytelling, play making, character creation and more! Instructor Michaela Moore of All About Theatre is excellent at working with children of all ages and really helps them realize the joy of acting. Her students will work together to create a script and at the end of the week they will hold a casual performance for family and friends. The camp is appropriate for children ages six to twelve years old and admission is $60 per child. For more information or to register, please call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500.
Another fun activity for kids to enjoy this month is Trash to Treasures Camp. During the week of July 23 to 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Steve Colley will show students how to turn an old pile of junk into an artistic treasure. I am always amazed by what children create in this camp. For example, one child used a chicken rotisserie container and several toilet paper tubes to create a giraffe; another made a creature out of a hairbrush. Kids just love to explore this 3-D form of collage as they learn about the environment and recycling. Admission is $60 and all materials will be provided. 
And don’t forget to register now for the Dietrich’s Everhart Museum Bus Trip! We will depart from the Dietrich on Saturday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m. for a guided tour of the museum and visit their BEEyond exhibit, which is all about bees and beekeeping. Then we will take part in an educational workshop about the BEEyond exhibit and enjoy a box lunch in Nay Aug Park. After lunch, participants can visit the Nay Aug gorge and tree house or explore more of the museum. Admission is $10 per person and lunch is included. Call 570-996-1500 to sign up