Dietrich Theater  Upcoming Events!

Dietrich Theater Auditions
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday March 2 & Sunday March 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only
We will be presenting two shows in 2013: the classic comedy Auntie Mame on April 24 through 28 and the Civil War drama The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock on June 21 and 22. Both shows will be cast from these auditions. Needed are women and men ages 15 to 70 years old, and one boy who looks 10 years old. Auditions will be by appointment and actors will be asked to read from the script. Sides will be available on in 2013. We are also looking for people interested in working behind the scenes; if you have technical or backstage experience or would like to learn, please give us a call. Everyone is encouraged to audition, regardless of experience. This is a non-equity community production. Please call 570-996-1511 for an audition appointment.
The Power of Story
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m.
Presented by: Suzanne Fisher Staples
Admission: Free
Enjoy this presentation about how stories have the power to change the world by award-winning novelist and journalist Suzanne Fisher Staples who has lived and worked in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Hong Kong and many other places. The author will show slides of her experience in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some of Suzanne Fisher Staple’s award-winning novels will be available for sale after the presentation. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register.
Open Mic Night
Friday, March 22 on 4th Friday in Tunkhannock; Open Mic at 7:15 p.m. Feature at 8:15 p.m.
Feature: Bluegrass performance with Dennis Gold, Carrie Myers, Bruce Stankus and Alan Thatcher
Admission: Free
Come to watch or join in. Musicians, poets, story-tellers, comedians, playwrights and other performers are invited to share their talents. After the Open Mic, enjoy a bluegrass jam session featuring the musical talents of Dennis Gold and Alan Thatcher along with Farmdog, the music duo with Bruce Stankus and Carrie Myers. It’s an improvisational event not to be missed. Doors open for Open Mic sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.
Reptiles & Amphibians of Northeastern PA
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m.
For all ages
Presented by: Rick Koval
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: The Overlook Estate Foundation
Learn about the reptiles and amphibians of northeastern Pennsylvania with Rick Koval, naturalist and WNEP Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality. His PowerPoint program will illustrate 44 species of frogs, turtles, salamanders, lizards and snakes, including rarities such as the endangered northern cricket, frogs, timber rattlesnakes, eastern worm snakes and hellbenders that reside in northeastern Pennsylvania. Meet live reptiles and amphibians after the talk. Call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500 for details.
Spring 2013 Film Festival Opening Night Gala
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, April 5, doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $35 each
Enjoy a festive evening filled with hors d’oeuvres, wine, two films and desserts. Reservations are required for Opening Night only. Space is limited. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for reservations or details.
Spring 2013 Film Festival
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday April 5 through Thursday, April 18
Admission: $9 - Evening (After 6:00 p.m.)
$8 - Matinee (Before 6:00 p.m.)
Enjoy fourteen days of 15 foreign, independent and art films. Visit for festival movies and show times in March 2013. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

     So. We are starting the film festival with two extraordinarily lovely films – Quartet and Hyde Park on the Hudson! Plus we are having such great food – from our dear friends at Twigs, from our other dear friends at Epicurean Delight, and from our new but hopefully soon-to-be dear friends at Be-Life in Clark Summit. So we have all kinds and fashions of great food for you on Gala night, as well as the wonderful wine and beer from Nimble Hill. And all for $35.00 per ticket!!! Food, wine and two movies – far out! Totally best night ever, so do call soon to get your seats reserved. Remember, you can now reserve the seats you want, as long as you call early. And you can choose which theater you wish to see the movie in and therefore, which movie you will see first. Quartet will be in the Evans and Hyde park on the Hudson will be in the Murray for their first showings. And then they switch theaters for the second showing. (The people stay put, the movies change.) You’ll want to call 996-1500 to make those reservations. April 5 is the big night. Come join us. It’s soooo much fun!!!!
     Now I bet you’d like to know some of the other films we’re showing, so here’s the lis. .A Royal Affair (Danish – nominated for Golden Globe and Best Foreign Language Film. Amour – won Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. Run Time – best at Cannes. A Late Quartet (I know, two movies with Quartet in the title, but totally not the same film, I promise.) Searching For Sugarman – best doc at the Oscars – and one of the best docs I’ve ever ever seen. Superb! Leaves you cheering! The House I Live In – about the foolishness of the “war on drugs.” The Impossible – Naomi Watts nominated for Best Actress for her role as a woman who survives the tsunami in Thailand. Happy People, Rust and Bone, Emperor, Barbara, Ginger and Rosa, Lore, Reality and Chasing Ice. Now tell me that isn’t some lineup???? I can hardly wait! 
     And now, for a total change of subject. My neighbor, Barbara place, wife of Alfred, mother of Debbie and Chuck and Eric, grandmother of Ryan and Nathan and Erica, of Adam and Seth and Rebecca and Kristin died last week. Her funeral, held at St. Joaquin’s in Meshoppen, was both incredibly sad and deeply inspiring. Barbara was in her mid eighties, so no one mourned a life cut short. But everyone in that church mourned her passing. Her husband of sixty-five years, Alfred, a rugged, independent dairy farmer who just gave up driving school bus a few years ago, looked as if he was using all the strength he had just to get through the services. Her children carried themselves with great dignity. Her grandchildren wept openly, quite a tribute to a grand woman, that her grandchildren, all grown and with lives of their own, would openly weep for a woman who could never be replaced in their lives. Her grandson Seth, fighting back tears, told the assemblage that his grandmother had taught them all that inside each person lived an ideal, the person they would want to be. Search for that ideal, she told them, and then do whatever you have to do to live it. 
     What an incredible philosophy to pass on! She encouraged her children and grandchildren to take on life with gusto and optimism, to challenge themselves and others to be the best they could possibly be, and she loved them all without reservation, understanding that as humans we are imperfect and can only strive for ideals, and that striving might not get us there, but that’s okay, too. She loved her big, sprawling, talented, brilliant, individual, stubborn, gorgeous family with all her heart and they loved her back with all of theirs.
     I wish I’d known her better, but the times I sat and talked with her I always came away awed by her intelligence and compassion. She will be sorely missed as a neighbor, and as a friend. Her family will miss her forever. But oh, my, what a life to remember with joy! They were throwing confetti in heaven when she came there to live – she was a grand dame in every sense of the word, and that, if you think about it, is as good as it gets!
     See you at the Dietrich.

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

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 5- 8
February 8, 2013 - March 1, 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 - March 2013
March 8, 2013 - March 29, 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
March 7, 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

Jewelry Making: Beaded Necklace & Bracelet
March 5, 2013

Kundalini Yoga
January 19, 2013 - May 18, 2013

March 12, 2013 - April 2, 2013

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

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

Simply Yoga
January 2, 2013 - March 20, 2013

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

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Last Saturday 32 middle school and high school students in the Dietrich’s After School Theatre Arts program took to the Dietrich stage for their original production “Under the Big Top”. The show was fantastic! It started out with a circus parade as the cast made their way into the theater. The circus cast was comprised of a ringmaster, a singer, a dancer, lions, lion tamers, a magician and his assistant, a seal, a giraffe, monkeys, a contortionist, a snowboard cat, a skateboard queen, a mime, a funhouse manager plus many more unique characters. Their costumes were absolutely spectacular thanks to the time and talent of costume designer Sarah Henn, and cast’s big number “The Candy Man” was outstanding. We would like to thank Jennifer Jenkins, Laurel Radzieski, Judy Weist and Sarah Henn for their leadership and commitment to After School Theatre Arts (ASTA). We are also grateful to program sponsors Wells Fargo, the Overlook Estate Foundation, Bob and Fern Boyce and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. This performance was the culmination of eight-weeks of hard work for the ASTA students.
Our Wyoming County Reads project featuring the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow is also wrapping up for the year. For the past four weeks, 24 adults attended book discussions at the Tunkhannock Public Library regarding topics raised in the novel. We discussed issues including technology, race, change and more. We would like to thank Bill Chapla for facilitating these discussions. On Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Wyoming County Reads will conclude with free movie showings at the Dietrich Theater of the movie “Ragtime” starring James Cagney and Elizabeth McGovern. Admission is free. All are welcome to attend. 
The Dietrich will also be hosting another free event next weekend. Join us on Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. for The Power of Story with award-winning novelist and journalist Suzanne Fisher Staples. During this presentation she will share how stories have the power to change the world. Suzanne has lived and worked in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India Hong Kong and other places. During her presentation, she will share her experiences through slides of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The lecture will conclude with a question and answer session, and some of Suzanne Fisher Staples award-winning novels will be available for sale after the presentation. They include “Under the Persimmon”, “Shabanu Daughter of the Wind”, “Haveli”, and “The House of Djinn”. For more information or to reserve a seat for this free event, please call us at 570-996-1500.
The Dietrich will also be presenting a variety of classes for all ages this month including Amy and Steve Colley’s Mixed Media classes. In Mixed Media, children will have the opportunity to explore a variety of media including clay, paints, drawing and 3-D collage as they create their own masterpieces. Along the way, students will learn about famous artists and their works of art. Classes for children ages five to eight years old will be held on Friday, March 15, 22, 29 and April 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mixed Media for students ages nine to twelve years old will be offered on Wednesdays, March 6,13, 20, 27 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information about Dietrich classes and events, please visit or call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.