Dietrich Theater
Upcoming Events

Songs and Games for Tots
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, November 3 at 11:00 a.m.
For all ages
Presented by: Bill Frye
Admission: Free
Enjoy a morning of songs and games with Bill Frye and his supercharged guitar. Children and adults will share smiles and sing and dance together to familiar, popular songs Bill will play with his trademark zest. Children are encouraged to bring their own instruments to this fast-paced musical experience. Call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500 for details.
Northeastern Pennsylvania in America History
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Sheldon Spear
Admission: Free
During this lecture, Dr. Sheldon Spear will discuss a variety of historically significant events that occurred in northeastern Pennsylvania throughout history including the frontier warfare before and during the American Revolution, anthracite-based industrialization and the growth of the labor movement. He will relate how these and other developments fit into American History as a whole. Call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500 for more details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Oh, there are so many things I want to talk about today that my mind is in a veritable whirl. Of course there’s this whole Frankenstorm business. What a treat! So I’m actually writing this in my office on Sunday mid-day, having come down to help prepare the theater for any flooding that may occur. There’s simply no way to know what’s going to happen as I write this. Hurricane Sandy might come in here is a total fury and linger for days, at which point we will be in big trouble. Or it might breeze on through leaving us in one piece. Just no way to know. So everything is being done to prepare that can be done, and the rest is up to the Gods.
     And then I want to talk a bit of movie. Because I’m writing this on Sunday (since they keep saying we’ll probably lose our electricity when Sandy lands) I can only tell you one movie I know we’re opening. I can’t tell you what else because we book on a Monday. But we will have Wreck It Ralph which is a totally delightful Disney flick for the whole family. The children will be delighted and the moms and dads will get a good chuckle along the way, too. It’s a must see for the kidlets, so bring ‘em on down and share a couple hours of fun and popcorn with ‘em.
     And now to what I really want to talk about. Thursday night I went to the Wyoming County Treatment Court dinner and graduation ceremony. The evening is sponsored by Sandy and Ronnie Vieczorek in memory of their beloved son, Randy, who died from a heroin overdose. Unlike many families who deal with drug deaths in a secretive way, as if addiction by its’ very name is shameful, Sandy and Ronnie went public with Randy’s death and talked about it openly and honestly. It was a terribly hard thing to do, but they did it because they wanted to tell others that secrecy and shame should not override all other concerns when a beloved family member is addicted. Going a step further, Sandy founded Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. and spent the next few years working to influence drug policy wherever she could.
     At the same time, there were people who believed in a new way of dealing with addiction – something called “Drug Court” although most places now call it Treatment Court. Simply put, it gives the addict a choice – you can go to jail, or you can work very very hard at getting you addiction under control and at the end of two successful years your arrest is wiped from the books, you are clean and sober and if you were a high school drop-out you will have your GED. 
    It’s so hard. So hard. Drug tests are done often and randomly. The person receiving treatment has lots of help, but really, in the end it comes down to faith and will and hard, hard work.
     Thursday night there were four graduates and when they came up to receive their graduation certificate, they each spoke a few words. “Thank you,” they said, “for giving us back our lives, our ability to work, and our families.”
     Since the program began in this county there have been thirty graduates. Nine GEDs have been earned. 6,738 hours of community service have been served. When someone is put in prison, no good comes of it. Prison serves only to undermine the soul, to ravage and destroy. Jail days not served total 8, 484.   Money saved: millions!
     One of the graduates stood in front of the crowd, nervous about speaking. She took a deep breath. “It comes down to this,” she said. “If it weren’t for Treatment Court, I’d be dead. Now I have a college degree, a good job, a loving husband and a beautiful baby girl.”
     And that’s what makes this project so amazing and awesome and brilliant and wonderful. It gives hope. It provides a path to a good life. Each person involved gets their own resurrection. They rise up from the road to death and destruction and they come back to open arms and families who love them more than words can ever say.
     For all the people whose hard work makes Treatment Court possible – bless you. You are earthbound angels. You do God’s work.
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
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October 4, 2012 -
November 1, 2012

October 13, 2012 -
November 8, 2012

October 26, 2012 -
November 1, 2012

October 24, 2012 -
November 1, 2012

Coming Soon
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November 2, 2012 -
November 22, 2012

November 16, 2012

Twilight Saga MARATHON
November 15, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
November 2, 2012 -
November 8, 2012

Pitch Perfect
November 2, 2012 -
November 8, 2012

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Barbershop Vocal Clinic
October 20, 2012 - November 3, 2012

Songs and Games for Tots
November 3, 2012

Northeastern Pennsylvania in American History
November 14, 2012

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
December 4, 2012

Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
December 7, 2012 - December 8, 2012

Holiday Workshop
December 8, 2012

It's a Wonderful Life
December 18, 2012 - December 18, 2012

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Green Inventors, ages 5 to 8
October 12, 2012 - November 2, 2012

Green Inventors, ages 9 to 12
October 11, 2012 - November 1, 2012

Holiday Camp
December 27, 2012 - December 28, 2012

Mask Making, ages 5 - 8
November 9, 2012 - December 7, 2012

Mask Making, ages 9 to 12
November 8, 2012 - December 6, 2012

Movement & Storytelling for Preschoolers
September 26, 2012 - November 28, 2012

Preschool Green Inventors
October 11, 2012 - November 1, 2012

Preschool Mask Making
November 8, 2012 - December 6, 2012

Quilting for Kids
September 12, 2012 - December 12, 2012

Holiday Candy Crafts
November 10, 2012

Quilting for Everyone
August 24, 2012 - December 12, 2012

Decorative Painting
August 21, 2012 - November 28, 2012

Gingerbread House Workshop
November 17, 2012

Golden Days of Radio Players
October 2, 2012 - December 4, 2012

Introduction to Sculpture
September 11, 2012 - November 27, 2012

Jewelry Making: Expressions in Fused Glass
October 29, 2012 - November 12, 2012

Jewelry Making: Introduction to Silver Clay
November 5, 2012

Jewelry Making: Kumihimo Beading
October 18, 2012 - November 15, 2012

Knit a Ruffled Scarf
November 20, 2012

Kundalini Yoga
September 8, 2012 - December 1, 2012

October 8, 2012 - November 5, 2012

Painting From Life
September 10, 2012 - November 26, 2012

Tips and Tricks for Making Jewelry
November 26, 2012

Writers' Group
July 26, 2012 - December 13, 2012

Yoga for You
September 5, 2012 - November 28, 2012

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich for October 31, 2012
The Dietrich was filled with excitement and enthusiasm as the Dietrich Children’s Theatre brought Balto: A True Story of the Bravest Dog in America to life last week. Over 200 children, teachers and parents came out to Friday’s free show. And boy did those kids get involved with the story! They encouraged and helped Balto and the other sled dogs throughout the entire tale. We would like to thank Jennifer Jenkins for directing this production, which was written and adapted for the stage by Laurel Radzieski. Laurel also played Balto and our hats are off to her and the other Dietrich Children’s Theatre actors including Brenda Wenner, Josh Harris and Rich Ryczak for their amazing performances. 
We would also like to thank the Tunkhannock Public Library for collaborating on this children’s theatre project with us. Last week the library hosted a story hour related to Balto called Tales From Alaska. Master storyteller Fiona Powell dazzled the very young to the more mature members of the audience with tales about Alaska and its people. I think I could have listened to her for another hour. And I would be remiss if I did not thank the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for funding this project.
The Dietrich will be hosting another free event for little ones this weekend called Songs and Games for Tots. On Saturday, November 3 at 11 a.m., you and your children are invited to come out for a morning of singing with Bill Frye and his supercharged guitar. Bill will have you and your little ones up and dancing and singing in the aisles. We encourage your little ones to bring their own instruments to jam along with Bill. For details about this musical morning, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500. 
The theater will also be presenting a new series of visual arts classes for children in November. Instructors Steve and Amy Colley will be teaching Mask Making. How fun? Right! In these class series, students will create a variety of three-dimensional masks using an array of materials as they learn about different cultures and functions of masks. Preschool Mask Making is free and will be held on Thursdays, November 8, 15, 29 and December 6 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Our Mask Making series for children ages 9 through 12 years old will also be held on those same four Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and students ages 5 to 8 years old will meet on Fridays, November 9, 16, 30, and December 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission to the mask making series for 5 to 8 year olds and 9 to 12 year olds is $40 per child. For more information or to register, please contact the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500.
The Dietrich will also be offering a Jewelry Making Workshop for adults and teens next week. Instructor Esther Harmatz will be teaching Introduction to Silver Clay on Monday, November 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In this class, you will have fun learning the basics of working with clay silver to create pieces of silver jewelry. Students will learn to fabricate their choice of pendants, rings, earrings or pins. Admission to the class is $65 and all materials will be provided. For more information or to register, please call us at 570-996-1500.