Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events

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 zoo mobile 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

     Grrrr. Hollywood! How many years have we been in this business? Eleven? And yet I never get used to their nonsense. 3D is such a travesty, and then the other day I read an article that said theaters in Asia (and therefore coming to the U.S.) are doing 4D. That means smells and vibrations and wind and water and lord knows what all and …get this…it will cost upwards of a million a screen, but (and I totally love this) “it will pay for itself in no time because people just adore it.” That is exactly the lie we were told about 3D. And it wasn’t exactly like we had a choice. It was turn the theaters over to digital and 3D or shut your doors. By 2015 there will be no more film made, so the conversion has to be done by then. And just to prove how willful they are out there in Neverland, they have remade The Great Gatsby in 3D!! 3D?????? Gatsby???? Oh, Lordy, protect us.
     So yesterday Barbara Jones, our wonderful bookkeeper, walks into my office and says – “Guess what I saw yesterday?” Now, Barbara is a lover of old movies, those made in the thirties and forties and fifties, black and white, great characters, great stories.
      “What?” I asked. 
     “Gilda,” she said, practically swooning. And I had to smile. Because Gilda is one of my favorites, too. Because it has a great story. Because the stars were interesting. Because characters were developed. Because the movies back then didn’t depend on smell-o-vision or 3D or any phony stuff. They just had terrific stories acted out by pros.
     Okay, also on my grrrr list, when I looked at the Christmas schedule, guess what? No kids films. Can you believe it??? No kids films at Christmas??? I mean, it doesn’t take Einstein to understand that at Christmas folks want to take the kids and grandkids to the movies. To see something fun. With an elf. Or Santa. Or Rudolph or something else as long as it’s Christmassy. But no, what we’re getting is Gatsby in 3D. 
     I simply don’t know what they’re thinking out there in the land of film creation. Don’t they have families? Maybe they do but maybe others raise their children so they don’t know what kids love or what families love to do on a holiday. Maybe if you spend your Christmas vacation on the slopes in Aspen, or on the beaches of the Mediterranean, maybe you just don’t understand that movies are still the least expensive family entertainment going. (And at the Dietrich we are very mindful of those who choose us when they have so many choices, and it’s one of the reasons we don’t charge more for 3D.) 
     But maybe it’s as simple as this: they don’t care. I can’t think what else it might be.
But I wish they did. Because we try to show the best movies made, and so often lately they are tired sequels to movies so full of special effects that the actors aren’t even necessary. Sigh.
     On a positive note, however, Jeffrey said yesterday that this fall film festival is going to be dynamite! Really. That’s what he said. Because while the pop market is cranking out nearly unwatchable stuff, the art market is thriving and is offering all sorts of fine adult films. So, that’s something wonderful to look forward to!
     Okay. This week we have Ice Age and Magic Mike. A little something for everyone. Ice Age is a hoot – just a wonderful kiddie entertainment (why oh why didn’t they save it for Christmas????) and Magic Mike is a hoot for the ladies. Really. Now I would never go to see male strippers live because I’d be so embarrassed, but in the movies? Well, isn’t that what movies are for? To experience something you really wouldn’t in your everyday life. So come on in, ladies, buy a little popcorn, settle back, and  have a good laugh. A good…ahem…sexy laugh. Heh heh.
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

July 3, 2012 -
July 19, 2012

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

Magic Mike
July 13, 2012 -
July 19, 2012

June 22, 2012 -
July 19, 2012

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

The Dark Knight Rises
July 20, 2012

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

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

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

Live at the Dietrich July 11, 2012
July is here which means the Dietrich is gearing up for its big event of the season, Celebrate Summer at the River. We invite you to join us on Saturday, July 28 at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park for a day of live music and activities for all ages. The day will kick off with a river float from Mehoopany to the park. Floaters will be asked to meet at Riverside Park at 9:30 a.m. This is a great way to explore parts of our area that can only be seen by the river. Then at noon that day, river activities will continue with the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club’s Canoe Race. Fore more information or to register for the canoe race or the river float, contact David Buck at Endless Mountain Outfitters by calling 570-746-9140. The Dietrich will also be hosting a free yoga class at the park from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. that day with instructor Barbara Tierney. I can’t think of a more scenic or peaceful setting for yoga.
Then at 3:00 p.m. at Riverside Park the majority of the day’s festivities will commence. The Ross Park Zoo Mobile will be there with live animals for folks to meet up-close. The Endless Mountains Nature Center will host a variety of children’s activities to enjoy including fish printing t-shirts. The Countryside Conservancy will present a live hellbenders display with Dr. Peter Petokas of Lycoming College. Hellbenders are such fascinating creatures. Dietrich Theater artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley will offer a mural painting activity for children. There will also be a variety of exhibits including a forestry display, a kayak fishing display and discussion, a Susquehanna Water Trail and Endless Mountains Heritage Region display and an Endless Mountain Outfitters kayak display. The Tunkhannock Tree Association will present a "Riverside Park 2012: The Spirit of Survival" gallery exhibit of small poster size photos of, during and after the 2011 flooding as well as the volunteers working to help restore the park. The Endless Mountain Council on the Arts Plein Aire Painters will also be at River Day painting scenes of the Susquehanna. And there will also be nature walks with Bob Daniels and Jerry Skinner. From 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m ongoing live music will be provided at the park by Sadie Green Sales Jugband, the bluegrass group Coal Town Rounders and the reggae/rock inspired George Wesley Band. Admission is free. Plus, Silly Sally will be on-hand to do free face painting for the kids. Oh, and of course, there will be ice cream, cool drinks, snow cones and delicious food by Ma Greenley’s BBQ. For more information about Celebrate Summer at the River, call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500.
The Dietrich will also be hosting a couple of environmental camps for kids this month. In It Is Easy Being Green Camp, students ages five to twelve years old will learn to reuse and recycle our commonplace items as well as what they can do to make the planet greener. They will make all sorts of art projects out of salvaged stuff and recycled items. Plus they will create a wonderful play that is all about saving Earth. This camp will be held the week of July 30 through August 3 from 10 a.m. to noon.
In a similar camp, Trash to Treasures Camp, children will learn to turn a pile of junk into artistic treasure. They will explore this 3-D form of collage as they learn about the environment and recycling. Trash to Treasures will be held July 23 through July 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $60 per camp. For more information or to register for either of these camps, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.