Dietrich Theater  Upcoming Events

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
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
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 (Quartet and Hyde Park on the Hudson) 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 fifteen foreign, independent and art films.  Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 or visit for details.
Philadelphia Bus Trip to the Barnes
Bus will meet at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Thursday, April 11- Bus departs Dietrich at 7 a.m. and returns at approximately 10 p.m.
Admission: $135
You are invited to join us on a day trip to Philadelphia to visit The Barnes at its new location. While in the city of Brotherly Love, you will enjoy lunch at the historic Reading Terminal Market, take a guided tour of the Barnes and supper at the Mission Grill. Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth and quality, the Barnes Foundation’s art collection includes works of some of the greatest Europeans and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metal work and more. Cost includes bus and museum admission and does not include lunch or dinner. Reservations required. Space is limited. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to reserve your seat or for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Well. Here we are. Another week closer to spring! Isn’t it grand? I know we have a snowstorm or two headed our way still (at least I hope we do) but gee, ain’t it grand to hear the birds begin to sing just a wee bit in the morning, and the deer come out in great groups to feed in the golden fields stretched out in the pale March sun. Just a few more weeks now and we’ll start to see buds on the trees and the days will stretch well beyond six in the evening and birds will start flying in from their winter homes. It’s so exciting, isn’t it?
I know there are people who escape the winter before the first flakes have begun to fly. But when they do that they miss the seasons, they miss the excitement of spring barreling in with its banquet of birds and buds and flowers and grasses and those first dandelions and , well, everything that is beautiful and says that the ice queen of winter is retreating for a while and we are now going to be able to splash about in a riot of color and fragrance and sheer, unfettered joy!
All of our seasons are so spectacular, that I simply couldn’t choose the one I would give up to go someplace else for a few months. Although, if I did it would probably be the months of July and August when Pennsylvania bakes in that hot, humid soup of summer. Still, I wouldn’t want to miss the first tomatoes ripening or the berries that need to be picked or…or… See how that goes? I’m simply not cut out for travel. I’m too afraid I’d miss something happening at home. Sigh.
And speaking of what’s happening. Lots! Those cultural people never rest, I swear! And they have some super stuff cooked up for you in the coming weeks (as always). I want to start by telling you that on Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 o’clock, the wonderful Suzanne Fisher Staples will be at the Dietrich talking about The Power of Story. If you have never read her books, you must read them now, because you are in for such a treat! She is a gorgeous writer, and the stories she tells remind me of the mystical tales from when I was a child and my grandmother would weave her tales about Ali Babba or a beautiful desert princess. Except Suzanne’s stories are based on having spent many years as an AP reporter living in Pakistan and Afghanistan, India and Hong Kong. She wrote hard news before she wrote novels. So her novels, about a young tribal girl living in the desert lands of Pakistan, are based on the facts that she wrote about years ago.
She is a delightful and friendly woman who seems to be genuinely interested in everyone she talks to. She is kind and soft-spoken but the stories she tells roar with truth and color and the excitement of any story well told. Do come to hear her. She will tell you about a part of the world we only see though film footage of wars and death. She will tell you about the people who live there. The real people. You know, the ones like us? Come on now. What could be better on a Sunday afternoon than to learn about a part of the world that we see so much of and know so little about?
Okay. This Open Mic thing. Honestly. It’s amazing! The very first night there were sixty (60)!!!! in attendance. The next Open Mic there were over 70!!! At this rate we’ll have to put up a whole new building to house the “open mic-ers.” It’s so much fun. Come on down. Give it a try. March 22.
And don’t forget to get those gala tix! 996-1500. To get the seats you want you have to call early! (But then, you knew that.)
See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
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March 8, 2013 -
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February 8, 2013 -
March 14, 2013

Coming Soon
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or (570)996-1500 to reserve

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

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

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

Intro to Resin Molded Jewelry
March 11, 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

 It’s hard to believe, but in less than a month the Dietrich Theater will be kicking off its Spring 2013 Film Festival. We hope you can join us for this two-week festival, which starts on April 5 and runs through April 18. It will feature 15 of the finest foreign, independent and art films that have been released over the past few months. Our film buyer Jeffrey and Hildy did an amazing job with the film selection! Festival films include Amour, Barbara, Chasing Ice, Emperor, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, The House I Live In, Hyde Park on the Hudson, The Impossible, A Late Quartet, Lore, Quartet, Reality, A Royal Affair, Rust and Bone, and Searching for Sugar Man. 

The festival will be kicked off in grand fashion with our Opening Night Gala on Friday, April 5. Gather up your friends and family and join us for this festive evening filled with two great films – Quartet and Hyde Park on the Hudson, hors d’oeuvres by Epicurean Delight, Twigs Restaurant and Be Life Café and Marketplace, wine by Nimble Hill Vineyard and Winery and sumptuous desserts by Epicurean Delight. Tickets are $35 each and doors open at 5:30 p.m. To make reservations for opening night, please give us a call at 570-996-1500. For more information about festival films and show times, visit our website, or call us to be sent a film festival brochure. 
The Dietrich will be presenting other exciting events this month including Open Mic Night on Friday, March 22. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and other talents are invited to take the Dietrich stage for this free event. Open Mic begins at 7:15 p.m. After Open Mic, our evening’s feature will begin at 8:15 p.m. where we will enjoy a bluegrass jam session showcasing the musical talent of Alan Thatcher, Dennis Gold, Bruce Stankus and Carrie Myers. 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. 
Then on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m., naturalist and WNEP Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality Rick Koval will be back at the Dietrich for a talk on Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Through a PowerPoint presentation he will share with us 44 species of frogs, snakes, turtles, salamanders and lizards that reside in our region. After the presentation, you will have the chance to meet live reptiles and amphibians. Rick’s presentation is geared for all ages and admission is free. We would like to thank the Overlook Estate Foundation for funding this event. To reserve tickets ahead of time, please call us at 570-996-1500. 
Due to its popularity, I would also encourage you to sign up your children now for April’s All About Pottery & Sculpture classes with instructors Steve and Amy Colley. During this class, students ages five to twelve years old will work with clay as they learn how to create pottery using potter’s wheels and hand-building techniques. The class will also learn a variety of sculpting techniques. Classes will be held on Fridays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $40 per child and all materials are provided. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register.