Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events

Stories From Around the World
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
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

     I got a letter today from a man and wife who live in a nearby county, thanking us here at the Dietrich for showing “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Of course, we are very grateful to Ace-Robbins for sponsoring it, because it is an expensive undertaking and we most likely could no longer do it if it were not for the generosity of those that choose to sponsor it. “So many great thoughts come from the movie,” he wrote. To paraphrase, he went on to say that the movie reinforces the idea that life is precious and that we all make a difference. It was a lovely letter and, of course, we love to receive letters like that here, but it’s also a true letter, which makes it really special in my book. 
     Sarah and I were at lunch today talking about why some folks are Christmas Grinches and some love the holidays almost to distraction. I think maybe the Grinches think it’s all about money and presents and what you spend and what you receive. And that makes them nervous, because it’s hard to get that right, no matter how much you try. And many Grinches had bad Christmases as children and that makes the entire holiday seem oppressive to them. I don’t know, actually. I just can’t figure it out. 
      Because it honest-to-God isn’t about the presents. Especially as we grow older. And unless your children are being raised as slaves to popular culture, it really isn’t about the presents for them either. The spirit of Christmas is what “It’s A Wonderful Life” is all about and that’s what draws us to it year after year, and makes us laugh and cry, and brings us joy.
     It’s a Wonderful Life tells us that we matter, in a universe that ofttimes seems to be spinning out of control. And loyalty matters. And good values matter. And, above all else, sacrificial love matters. As does just plain old every day love. In fact, there’s probably no kind of love that isn’t important, because it’s what keeps dreams alive, and our dreams and our lives are so intertwined that one couldn’t exist without the other.
     The people who come every year, come to be reinvigorated, to have it pointed out to them once more that although the arc of history can be long and winding, love and truth and justice always prevail. Always. The way some folks go to church and feel as if the service gives them a jumpstart on their week, so this gentle movie reminds us of what’s important not only during the holidays but also throughout the year. 
     It reminds us that the world is full of great sorrow, that often it is merely chance that saves us from a terrible fate, or it is chance that sets the clock in motion to bring a life not attuned with our wishes. But it also reminds us that there is such sweetness in this life, such unexpected joy, that sometimes our hearts feel as if they might burst from sheer delight. It tells us that the human heart is resilient, that it can turn on a dime from despair to exultation, from sorrow to laughter, from darkness to light. We just have to be open to all this world has to offer and not turn away, too shut inside ourselves to miss that glorious sunset, or the moon hanging delicately in a velvet sky, illuminating the snowy fields with a ghostly light. 
      So for all those who find the holidays less than welcome, I say “look around you…look at the world and all it’s glory. Look at the stars and the sun sparkling on the water and listen to the mournful howl of the wind stirring through the pines. Give life a chance and embrace the season because, no matter what your beliefs, it is about embracing life – no more, no less. And for those who, like me, dearly love this grand time of year, may you find the perfect star to top your tree, may your dinner be magnificent, your cookies the best ever and your family well and happy and enjoying every minute of the day. And when you sit in front of the tree at night with those you love, may your memories of Christmas’s past and present warm you and bring you peace for many, many years to come.
     Merry Christmas, dear friends. See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

THE HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey in 3D
December 14, 2012 -
January 10, 2013

Les Miserables
December 25, 2012 -
January 15, 2013

December 14, 2012 -
January 3, 2013

December 19, 2012 -
January 3, 2013

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

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 28, 2012 - December 31, 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 26, 2012 

With the new year approaching, I always like to take a moment to reflect upon all that has happened over the past year as well as look forward to the coming year. During those reflections, I usually end up making a new year’s resolution or two. Now mind you, these resolutions are not always kept, but one resolution that I have found to be easy to honor is to learn and try new things.
For instance, last year I made that resolution and learned how to make jewelry when I took a couple of jewelry-making classes at the Dietrich. Through those classes I found out how relaxing that hobby was. This year I have taken a few more jewelry making classes including Kumihimo Beading and Brick Stick Earrings and discovered that I really want to continue expanding my knowledge on the subject.
For 2013, I am once again going to make a resolution to try and learn new things. If you plan on making that a goal too, I recommend looking to the Dietrich Theater. We offer a host of classes and events for all ages to enjoy. This January and February middle school and high school students will have the opportunity to explore all aspects of theatre arts in our After School Theatre Arts Program. During this program, students will create their own scripts, props and costumes; learn about stage managing, movement, lighting and sound and will perform their production for an audience on the Dietrich stage. This eight-week program will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays, January 2 through February 23 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Led by drama coach Jennifer Jenkins, admission is free. You can’t beat that! Right? Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register. Space is limited. 
For adults, we will be starting up two new yoga classes in January. On Wednesdays, January 2 through February 6 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., registered yoga teacher Donna Fetzko will be back to teach Simply Yoga. This form of exercise promotes overall health, strengthens the body, improves flexibility, increases energy and can decrease stress. Classes are suitable for all levels of experience and will be presented in the user-friendly YogaFit style. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat or towel, and water. Admission is $60 for a series of six consecutive classes or drop in at $15 per class.
We will also be offering Kundalini Yoga with instructor Barbara Tierney in the new year. Classes will be held on Saturdays, January 19, 26, February 2 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In this series you will experience the gifts that Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, has to offer as you explore breath, movement and mantra leading you into a deep connection with your own truth. According to Barbara, "Kundalini yoga is challenging to everyone yet can be done by everyone." Admission is $40 for a series of four classes or drop in at $15 per class.
If you are more interested in visual arts, Steve Colley will be offering a new class for adults in January called Recycled Glass Artwork. Based on what he has learned from creating unique recycled glass designs, Steve will share various techniques for working with glass such as slumping, casting and mold making as you create your own glass masterpieces. Classes will be held on Mondays, January 7 through 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $65 for a four class series including supplies. Students just need to provide their own safety glasses. 
Visit the Dietrich’s website <> or request a brochure in the mail for a full listing of Dietrich classes and events. From all of us at the Dietrich, we wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2013.