Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events!

Open Mic Night

At the Dietrich Theater in 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 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. 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 fifrteen foreign, independent and art films. Visit for festival movies and show times. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan


So. Can you believe that the spring film festival is right around the corner? Literally? In two weeks it will be gala night! How fun is that? And as always, Jeffrey has chosen such wonderful films for us. A perfect mix of drama and comedy, of fiction and fact. Now, I’m not that big on documentaries. Probably a main reason is that they look at the sadder or more cruel or whatever side of life and it’s all real so there will be no notice at the end of the picture that "no animals (or children) were hurt in the making of this film. Plus, I love the adventure of fiction – the language and the way the story flows and knowing that this story comes from the mind of an artist and isn’t clipped from a newspaper article. (Not, as Seinfeld would say, that there’s anything wrong with that.) So it might strike you as odd, since I have said all that, that the first film I’m going to talk about to sort of whet your appetite for festival, is the documentary Searching For Sugar Man.

Okay, there are two reasons I want to talk about it. First, it’s already out in DVD, which usually is the kiss of death for a festival film. But I made an exception for this one because it needs to be seen on the big screen in order to properly show its’ beating heart! It’s an exceptional film, all heart, all music, all about what makes a man or woman an artist, all about staying true to your dream, no matter what that dream is, and then, after all that, it’s about the sweet surprises that life can bring you. And, oh, how sweet that surprise is!

Searching for Sugar Man is the story of Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, or just Rodriguez, as he was known in the record industry. In the 1960’s, about the time that Dylan was breaking big, Rodriguez cut two albums. He was so much better than Dylan- - so, so much - -but he didn’t hit big. In fact, he didn’t hit at all. Maybe a relative or two bought an album, maybe a fellow construction worker bought an album, but that would have been about the extent of it. And after that, there would be no more albums and no more hopes about making music as his life’s work.

So he went back to construction work (I don’t think he actually ever left it) and he lived in a little brick house in a seedy section of Detroit, and he wrote songs and he sang them sometimes and he raised his three daughters to love books and music and to be true believers in the arts and what being an artist means. And being an artist doesn’t mean that you’re on the bestseller list, or have a number one album, or that your painting sells for a cool ten mil.. Nope. It’s about how you live your life, how you think of yourself, if you continue to create.

So he wrote, and he played and time passed and even though he was now an old man, he was still an artist to all who knew him.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch….in South Africa…a group of young people raised on the music of Rodriguez, were wondering how he died. Because, of course, they assumed, since he only did two albums (which sold millions of copies in their country) that he was dead. The most popular story of his death was that he had self-immolated, on stage one night, as a protest to something or other. So they set out to find out the real story of his death. And they became sleuths. And they found out he lived in Detroit. And then they found him! Yes! They found the man they thought long gone from this earth!

And they called him! And they talked to him! And they told him something he didn’t know – that he’d sold millions of records in South Africa and had some darn good sales in Australia, too. Of course, he was so surprised. And so happy. True, he’d never seen a dime from those sales, but that wasn’t what his life was about.

Come to South Africa, they said, and do some concerts. He was thrilled. His daughter said she hoped more than 20 people would show up because she loved him so and didn’t want him to be embarrassed. And so the night of the first concert, when over 60,000 fan showed up chanting his name and singing along to every word he’d written, it was the most glorious night anyone could ever have imagined.

Why South Africa? Because his anti-establishment lyrics were the voice of the white anti-apartheid movement! He had inspired a generation and then their children after that to bring justice to their country. From his songs. It’s a grand story. He’s a grand man. I can’t wait to see it on the big screen. And I know you’ll love it, too! Searching for Sugar Man. Put it on the top of your list. It’s one of the most inspirational documentaries you’ll ever see. I promise.

See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
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March 22, 2013 -
April 11, 2013

March 22, 2013 -
April 4, 2013

March 8, 2013 -
March 28, 2013

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
March 20, 2013 -
April 4, 2013

Coming Soon
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March 29, 2013 -
April 11, 2013

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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 - April 2, 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

Kundalini Yoga
January 19, 2013 - May 18, 2013

March 12, 2013 - April 2, 2013

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

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

Acting Camp for Kids - Camp 1
July 8, 2013 - July 12, 2013

Acting Camp for Kids - Camp 2
July 22, 2013 - July 26, 2013

All About Pottery & Sculpture
April 12, 2013 - May 3, 2013

All About Pottery & Sculpture Camp
July 22, 2013 - July 26, 2013

Art Explorers Camp
July 29, 2013 - August 2, 2013

Dance, Dance, Dance
August 5, 2013 - August 6, 2013

Despicable You? Theatre & Visual Arts Camp
July 22, 2013 - July 26, 2013

Digital Arts Camp
June 24, 2013 - June 28, 2013

Jammin' in a Jugband ages 6 -12
July 15, 2013 - July 19, 2013

Kid TV
June 24, 2013 - June 28, 2013

Monsters Art School - ages 5 - 12
July 8, 2013 - July 12, 2013

Monsters Art School for Preschoolers
June 24, 2013 - June 28, 2013

Preschool Pottery & Sculpture
April 4, 2013 - April 25, 2013

Preschool Trash to Treasures
May 2, 2013 - May 23, 2013

Quilting for Kids - Spring
April 3, 2013 - June 5, 2013

Quilting for Kids - Summer
June 12, 2013 - July 31, 2013

Trash to Treasures Classes
April 4, 2013 - April 25, 2013

Trash to Treasures Camp
July 15, 2013 - July 19, 2013

Your Epic Journey: Theatre & Visual Arts Camp
July 29, 2013 - August 2, 2013

Jammin' in a Jugband - for ages 13 to adult
July 15, 2013 - July 19, 2013

Open Studio & Portfolio Prep
April 2, 2013 - August 27, 2013

Quilting for Everyone - Spring Session
April 3, 2013 - June 5, 2013

Quilting for Everyone - Summer
June 12, 2013 - July 31, 2013

Decorative Painting
April 10, 2013 - August 28, 2013

Design a Painted Silk Scarf
June 11, 2013

Eating for Health
May 2, 2013 - May 23, 2013

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

 Live at the Dietrich for March 20, 2013
Frogs, snakes and turtles, oh my! If you are interested in learning more about the reptiles and amphibians that reside in our region, join us at the Dietrich Theater this Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. Local naturalist and WNEP Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality Rick Koval will be at the Dietrich for a free lecture focusing on 44 species of snakes, salamanders, lizards, frogs and turtles of northeastern Pennsylvania. After his photo presentation, he will bring out a few living reptiles and amphibians for you to meet. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to reserve tickets. We hope to see you there!
The night before, Friday, March 22, the Dietrich will host another open mic. Musicians, poets, and other talented performers are invited to come out and share their talents. Open Mic starts at 7:15 p.m. and the doors will open for sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. After open mic, the evening’s featured performers Alan Thatcher and Dennis Gold will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. for a bluegrass jam session. Sound great! Right? Admission is free, but space is limited so come early. 
We also encourage you to reserve your tickets now for the Spring Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala, which will take place on Friday, April 5. It is going to be a fantastic evening filled with great film, food, wine and desserts. Our opening night features Quartet and Hyde Park on the Hudson look equally good. 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. There are just too many films I want to see during our two-week festival. Besides the opening night films, I am looking forward to Amour, Emperor, A Late Quartet, Lore and Searching for Sugar Man. Actually, I have already seen Searching for Sugar Man, but it was so good that I have to see it again! For more information about festival films and show times, visit our website, 
In addition to the Spring Film Festival, we are also looking forward to our upcoming community theatre production of Auntie Mame. Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, this show is based on Patrick Dennis’s best-selling 1955 novel about his aunt. The play follows the unforgettable character Mame Dennis, a New York City gal who inherits a 10-year-old orphan boy after her brother’s death. Romping through the roaring ‘20s, failing spectacularly at jobs during the Great Depression, and embracing experimental views of a child’s education, she is no one’s idea of a role model except for young Patrick who adores her. But will such an irrepressible eccentric be allowed to keep her nephew? Underneath all the splash and glamour beats a heart as big as Manhattan and an unconventional love that never gives up. Auntie Mame is an unforgettable show and a delight for all audiences. Directed by Jennifer Jenkins, this play will be at the Dietrich for a five-day run starting on Wednesday, April 24 and running through Sunday, April 28. Tickets are $10 each. For more information or to reserve tickets, 570-996-1500.