Dietrich Theater

 Dietrich Theater Christmas Gift Bags and Poppers make great gifts for employees, customers, family and friends. Give a gift that all will enjoy. Stop by the theater anytime to purchase or call 996-1507 to order any quantity in advance. Happy Holidays!

Upcoming Events

Get Your Book: Wyoming County Reads – Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock and Tunkhannock Public Library
Presented by: the Dietrich Theater and Tunkhannock Public Library
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: the Wyoming County Commissioners Office, Tom Henry, Judy Mead and Ron Williams
Start reading Ragtime now! Join us for book discussions in February and the Movie in March. Book discussions are free and open to the public as is the movie showing on Wednesday, March 6. Call 570-996-1500 for details about Wyoming County Reads.
Stories from Around the World
At the Tunkhannock Public Library
Saturday, January 19 at 11 a.m.
Snow date: Saturday, January 26 at 11 a.m.
For all ages
Presented by: Master storyteller Fiona Powell
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Toni Hockman
Experience a morning of stories at the Dietrich Theater as acclaimed storyteller Fiona Powell sits at her spinning wheel and spins folk tales from around the world for us to enjoy. Wherever your ancestors are from, Fiona probably knows a tale from that land! Although Fiona specializes in tales from her native Wales, Scotland and England, over the years people have “gifted” her with stories from around the world. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for event details.
Open Mic Night
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, January 25 on 4th Friday in Tunkhannock; Open Mic at 7:15 p.m. Feature at 8:15 p.m.
Feature: Breaking Ground Poets
Admission: Free
Come prepared to get on stage or to be entertained. Musicians, poets, story-tellers, comedians, playwrights and other performers are invited to share their talents. Breaking Ground Poets, a Tunkhannock-based group of young people dedicated to self-expression, will perform after the open mic. Led by Katie Wisnosky, the one-year-old group is already known locally for its poetry slams, writing workshops and open mics. Open mic sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your slot early. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.
Ragtime from Barrelhouse to Broadway
Bus will meet at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Sunday, January 27- Bus will depart from the Dietrich at 1:30 p.m. Concert at 3 p.m.
Presented by: Pianist Gary Boerckel and soprano Bernadette Boerckel
Admission and transportation: Free
Sponsored by: Apple Wagon Antique Mall and Sandy & Ron Vieczorek
Pianist Gary Boerckel, host of “Music to My Ears” on WVIA-FM, and soprano Bernadette Boerckel will perform rags from the 1890s to the 1990s, narrating the story of the rise and revival of one of America’s most enduring musical styles. Music by Scott Joplin, Zez Confrey, William Bolcom and excerpts from the musical Ragtime based on the E.L. Doctorow novel. Join us in the Sordoni High-Definition Theater Studio at WVIA for this delightful program, which will be recorded for later radio broadcast. A light reception will follow. Free transportation from the Dietrich Theater to WVIA’s Media Center will be provided. By reservation only. Please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to sign up.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

     This is the best day! Really, truly it is. I am writing this on Tuesday and the first showing of It’s A Wonderful Life has been seated and hundreds of bags of popcorn are being consumed and gallons of soda and a thousand million cheery “Merry Christmases” have echoed through the galleries and everyone is so happy, so full of the spirit of the season and it is so fine. So fine. So you see, it really is the best day.
     Someone once told me that the theater is packed for those showings because they’re free. And I said (this is the clean version…family friendly) “oh, fiddlesticks! I don’t think so!” And the fact is, that’s simply wrong. We talked to folks who came from Wilkes-Barre and Honesdale, from Scranton and Montrose. They came to share the experience of one of the most optimistic and heartfelt films ever made.
     It’s set in a far simpler time, when, admittedly there was a lot in our society that needed fixing, but where the violence we deal with today would have been entirely foreign to them. Imagine George and Mary Bailey hearing a story about some poor lunatic who murdered twenty children and six teachers in cold blood, and with absolutely no evident motive of any sort. That would have been so utterly foreign to their sphere of understanding that I doubt they would have been able to make sense of it at all.
     Imagine George and Mary Bailey and their neighbors all having assault rifles that shot over ten bullets a second. It’s a Wonderful Life would have turned into a Quentin Tarantino movie!
     My father once wouldn’t tell us a story about a small child who had died when an escalator had malfunctioned. He said there was no point in my sister or I knowing about such things. Bad things happen, he said, but rarely and there’s no point in you girls knowing about them. But today, my father’s protectiveness toward his wife and children would be considered odd. After all, the average elementary school child grows up with more violence as a part of his or her daily life then my father saw in Okinawa during WW2. 
     I’m not one who minds a lot of violence in films, but I really hate it when parents bring the wee ones to see them. Children don’t get the subtleties of plot, they just see all the killing. And eventually it has to have a numbing effect. I haven’t  played video games, but I think many of them are very violent and children spend hours and hours and hours playing them. Can’t be good on an impressionable mind.
     And we have to stop pretending that mental illness is a sin and must be kept secret. And that our government can endlessly cut funding to mental health programs. And that the mentally ill can play endless hours of video games and buy high powered weapons and somehow it will all work out okay.
     Do I know what we can do? I have no idea. I just know that growing up we watched a program on the television at night – one -- (and that was when I was nine – we didn’t have one before that) just one, and then we read or talked or played games or whatever families did then. Televisions weren’t babysitters. We didn’t own a lot of stuff, but we had a lot of parental contact. We talked. And we didn’t believe, not my family or anyone else’s I knew, that guns would settle our problems. But there are so many guns. How do we get rid of them? We most likely can’t. How do we help the mentally ill in these times of budget cuts? Why would Hollywood or gamemakers or the NRA or anyone with much money to make and nothing to lose listen to any of us? Maybe they wouldn’t. 
     But we have to talk, anyway. We at least have to talk. Did you read that the one little girl murdered in Connecticut had pleaded to be able to wear her new Christmas dress to school on that terrible day. Her mother gave in and she wore it. It became her shroud.
     We really, really need to talk.
      Bless us one and all.
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

THE HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey
December 14, 2012 -
January 10, 2013

December 14, 2012 -
December 24, 2012

December 14, 2012 -
December 27, 2012

December 19, 2012 -
January 1, 2013

December 7, 2012 -
December 24, 2012

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

Les Miserables
December 25, 2012 -
January 15, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Stories From Around the World
January 19, 2013

Open Mic Night - January 25
January 25, 2013

Ragtime from Barrelhouse to Broadway
January 27, 2013

Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of PA
February 2, 2013

Wyoming County Reads - Ragtime
March 6, 2013 - March 6, 2013

February - Dance Films & Lessons
February 10, 2013 - February 24, 2013

Open Mic Night - February 22
February 22, 2013

Under the Big Top
February 23, 2013

Dietrich Theater Auditions
March 2, 2013 - March 3, 2013

The Power of Story
March 10, 2013

Open Mic Night - March 22
March 22, 2013

Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern PA
March 23, 2013

Spring 2013 Film Festival
April 5, 2013

Philadelphia Bus Trip to the Barnes
April 11, 2013

Tom Knight Puppet Show
April 17, 2013

Auntie Mame - Live Theatre!
April 24, 2013 - April 28, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Holiday Camp
December 27, 2012 - December 28, 2012

After School Theatre Arts
February 23, 2013

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 5- 8
February 8, 2013 - March 1, 2013

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 9 -12
February 6, 2013 - February 27, 2013

Creative Characters From Paper to Puppets
April 9, 2013 - May 7, 2013

Little People & Nature - Tuesdays
March 5, 2013 - March 26, 2013

Little People & Nature - Wednesdays
March 6, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Mixed Media ages 5 - 8 - January 2013
January 11, 2013 - February 1, 2013

Mixed Media, ages 5 - 8 - March 2013
March 8, 2013 - March 29, 2013

Mixed Media, ages 9-12 - January 2013
January 9, 2013 - January 16, 2013

Mixed Media, ages 9-12 - March 2013
March 6, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Movement & Storytelling for Preschoolers
February 6, 2013 - April 24, 2013

Preschool Mixed Media - January 2013
January 10, 2013 - January 31, 2013

Preschool Mixed Media
March 7, 2013

Preschool Pottery & Sculpture
February 7, 2013 - February 28, 2013

Quilting for Kids
January 9, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Writing Your Hat Off: Creative Writing for Kids
March 5, 2013 - March 26, 2013

Quilting for Everyone
January 9, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Decorative Painting
January 16, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Design a Painted Silk Scarf
March 18, 2013

Eating for Health
February 21, 2013 - March 14, 2013

Fused Glass Artistry
February 25, 2013 - March 4, 2013

Intro to Resin Molded Jewelry
March 11, 2013

Introduction to Felting
February 7, 2013 - February 21, 2013

Jewelry Making: Beaded Necklace & Bracelet
March 5, 2013

Kundalini Yoga
January 19, 2013 - May 18, 2013

Little Leather Luxuries
February 11, 2013

Locker Hooking for Beginners
February 7, 2013

Loom Beading Basics
January 28, 2013

February 5, 2013 - February 26, 2013

Open Studio for Drawing, Painting & Sculpture
January 8, 2013 - March 26, 2013

Recycled Glass Artwork
January 7, 2013 - March 25, 2013

Rev Up Your Immune System with Kundalini Yoga
January 15, 2013

Simply Yoga
January 2, 2013 - March 20, 2013

Writers' Group
December 13, 2012 - March 28, 2013

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich for December 19, 2012

It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost here. If you are looking for entertainment for you and yours over the holiday break, the Dietrich is the place to go. Gather up your friends and family and enjoy some Hollywood fare and the best popcorn around at the Dietrich. We will be showing Lincoln, Les Misérables, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Monsters, Inc. in 3-D.

I can’t wait to see Lincoln. There is so much acclaim surrounding that film. Did you know that Steven Spielberg spent twelve years doing research for this movie, which is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin book Team of Rivals? That’s right - he recreated Lincoln's Executive Mansion office accurately, with the same wallpaper and books Lincoln used. I’ve heard a few folks say that Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field are exceptional in their roles as Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, respectively, and that they are planning to see the movie again.

I also want to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Misérables since I read both of those books growing up. The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings series, and from the trailers, it looks just as amazing as those films. And Les Misérables has an incredible cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. This is the first movie where every single song in the film was recorded live on set to capture the actors’ performances as opposed to prerecording the music and having the actors lip sync to it on set.

Speaking of movies, Dietrich Theater gift bags make perfect gifts for just about anyone on your holiday gifting giving list. They are wonderful for movie buffs, teachers, teens, families, customers and employees. Movie bags are beautifully wrapped by Dietrich volunteers and contain two tickets, two bags to bring in for popcorn and two candies. Stop by the theater anytime to purchase them or call 570-996-1507 to order any quantity in advance.

In addition to movies, the Dietrich will be presenting its annual Holiday Camp over the break. On Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., students ages five to twelve years old will have the opportunity to explore the arts as they throw pots on potter’s wheels, create sculptures and design 3-D collages out of recycled household items under the direction of artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley. Admission is $25 and all materials will be provided. Gift certificates are available for this class. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register.

I would also like to remind middle school and high school students to sign up now for the Dietrich’s After School Theatre Arts program which will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 2 through February 23 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.. During this class, aspiring thespians will create their own scripts, props and costumes; learn about stage managing, movement, lighting and sound. This eight-week program led by drama coach Jennifer Jenkins will culminate with a performance of their original production on the Dietrich stage. All students interested in working on stage or backstage are welcome. The theme for this production is "Under the Big Top". Admission is free. For more information or to register, please contact 570-996-1500.