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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
Enjoy a festive evening filled with hors d’oeuvres, wine, two films and desserts. Wine will be provided by Nimble Hill Vineyard & Winery and food sponsors include Epicurean Delight, Twigs Restaurant and Café and Be Life Café and Marketplace. Call 570-996-1500 for event details or to reserve tickets.
Spring 2013 Film Festival
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, April 5 through Thursday, April 18
Admission: $8 - matinee (before 6 p.m.)
$9 - evening (after 6 p.m.)
Enjoy fourteen days of fifteen foreign, independent and art films. Visit for festival movies and show times. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details
Open Mic Night
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, April 19. Open Mic begins at 7:00 p.m. Feature at 8:15 p.m.
Feature: Here We Are in Spain
Admission: Free
Open Mic is early this month, so make sure your act is ready. Come to get on stage or to be entertained. Musicians, poets, story-tellers, comedians, playwrights and other performers are invited to share their talents. After the Open Mic portion, stick around to see Here We Are in Spain, an improv comedy troupe sure to delight. Join Britain Perry-Giblin, Don McGlynn, Pat Holmes, Pat Martin, Rob Klubeck and Baxter Pancake as they utilize audience suggestions to create entertaining skits. Doors open for Open Mic sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your slot early. Seating is limited. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.
Auntie Mame – Live Theatre!
by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m.
Directed by: Jennifer Jenkins
Admission: $10
Sponsored by: the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Live! Live! Live! Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!” This is Mame Dennis’s motto, a New York City gal who inherits a 10-year-old orphan boy after her brother’s death. Roaming 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 Manhatten and an unconventional love that never gives up. Based on Patrick Dennis’s bestselling 1955 novel about his aunt, Auntie Mame is an unforgettable show and a delight for all audiences. Tickets are available by calling 570-996-1500 or visiting the Dietrich’s ticket booth.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

 I’m not sure of the actual date when spring officially starts. For me, it’s not about the first robins, because it seems to me that they always come a tad too early, or the longer days or even that "certain slant of light" as Emily Dickenson would have described the changes going from winter to more hospitable temperatures. No, for me it’s Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. No matter how cold either of them are, it’s the time of patent leather shoes, flowery bonnets, baskets filled with chocolate delights, and lovely memories of a loving family. 

I know Easter is a religious holiday for many and I have great respect for that. But for me it’s a ragtag of memories that I love and that jumble together come the holidays to give me a sense of what we were, so many, many years ago. The season started with Palm Sunday when we all went to church because…well…that’s what we did every Sunday…and the choir sang and Jennie and I looked up from the pews in the tiny country church to see our mother and father and our aunts and uncles singing "Jerusalem, Jerusalem," in their altos and bass’s and Aunt Lettie’s glorious soprano floating high above, making entrance to heaven seem certain. And, of course, there were the Palm fronds that were given out by Sophie Post, the piano player. (I was always amazed at how her right and left hands never hit the chords simultaneously – the left always hit first followed a second or two later by the right. If one was paying close attention it could be unnerving, but I was always listening to the singing and since that was the church I’d grown up in, I had long since made the assumption that that was how hymns were played.) And then my folks would go home and take the palm fronds from the year before from behind the picture on the living room wall and replace them with the new fronds. I never quite understood how that was going to bring the family "good luck," but my mother assured me they would, and that was enough for me. 
But then the real excitement started. Sometime during the week, my father would decide the time was right (it always had to be "right") to dye the eggs and he would appear as if by magic with two dozen gleaming white eggs that needed to be hard boiled so that we could dye them a rainbow of pastels. To this day, the smell of vinegar makes me smile as it takes me back to those days with Pop, so patiently showing us how to dip the eggs in the dye solution, swirl them carefully about and then put them back in the carton. And if shaky young hands dropped one, he’s say he’d hoped we’d do that because he was so hungry for an Easter egg and he’d eat it on the spot and make us laugh.

And then there was the dress – pink or pale green or blue with crisply starched skirts. There was the bonnet (one day, I vowed, I’d get to have a veil on mine like the grown-up ladies had)and the new patent leathers and the socks with lace. And a lady never, ever forgot her white gloves with the pearl button at the wrist! 
And then on Easter morning all those wonderful new clothes were worn for the first time (if it was cold we had to wear a coat over them – sigh - -) and then it was off to church to hear my father singing "Up from the grave he arose!" and my mother and aunt joining in "with a mighty triumph o’er his foes" and my heart would about burst at the wonder of it all, and then we were home and we could look for our Easter baskets, filled with that most incredible treat – the chocolate egg, made by the German Chocolatier in town and so beautiful that we had to study it for at least five minutes before we broke off the first piece. Which we weren’t allowed to do until after dinner, anyway. 
And then we were there, all together, at the dinner table. Mamma and Pappa, Jennie and me, in our snug little house in the mountains, where only good things happened, where we were safe and warm and well fed and much loved, and we would carry that love with us for all the days of our lives, and it would make us believe that all things were possible. 
May you be surrounded by love on this sacred holiday and may you believe in miracles and the sweetness of the world. And may your memories be a comfort and a joy. Happy Easter, dear, dear friends. 
See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
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March 22, 2013 -
April 11, 2013

March 8, 2013 -
April 4, 2013

March 29, 2013 -
April 11, 2013

March 22, 2013 -
April 4, 2013

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

Coming Soon
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Spring Film Festival
April 5, 2013 -
April 18, 2013

April 5, 2013 -
April 18, 2013

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Spring 2013 Film Festival
April 5, 2013

Philadelphia Bus Trip to the Barnes
April 11, 2013

Tom Knight Puppet Show
April 17, 2013

Open Mic Night - April 19
April 19, 2013

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

Free Children's Movie Event
May 4, 2013

Cinco de Mayo -Guitar Music of Mexico
May 5, 2013

Green Fire - Movie & Book Discussions
May 11, 2013

Peter and the Wolf - Live Theatre
May 18, 2013

Romeo and Juliet - Live Theatre
May 19, 2013

Open Mic Night - May 24
May 24, 2013

Breaking Ground Poets Poetry Slam
May 26, 2013

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
June 4, 2013

Cinderella on Broadway Bus Trip
June 5, 2013

Overview of the Civil War 150 Years Later
June 19, 2013

The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock
June 21, 2013 - June 22, 2013

Open Mic Night - June 28
June 28, 2013

Everhart Museum Bus Trip
June 29, 2013

Civil War Era Music
June 30, 2013

A Day at the River
July 20, 2013

Open Mic Night - July 26
July 26, 2013

Gathering of Singers & Songwriters 12
August 21, 2013

Open Mic - August 23
August 23, 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

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

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

Kundalini Yoga
January 19, 2013 - May 18, 2013

March 12, 2013 - April 2, 2013

Writers' Group
March 28, 2013 - August 29, 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

Golden Days of Radio Players
April 30, 2013 - June 4, 2013

Jewelry Making: Kumihimo Beading
July 10, 2013 - August 7, 2013

Jewelry Making: Multi-Strand Bracelet
August 22, 2013

Jewelry Making: Right Angle Weave
June 26, 2013

Jewelry Making: Spiral Rope Bracelets
May 14, 2013

Kundalini Yoga at the River
July 20, 2013

Let's Dance
May 3, 2013 - May 31, 2013

Photography for Beginners
May 6, 2013 - June 10, 2013

Recycled Glass Artwork
April 1, 2013 - August 26, 2013

Revitalizing Writers' Workshop
May 8, 2013 - June 26, 2013

Simply Yoga
April 3, 2013 - August 7, 2013

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich for March 27, 2013
Excitement is mounting at the Dietrich as we prepare for our upcoming Spring Film Festival. I can’t think of a better way to welcome spring than with two weeks of the finest foreign, independent and art films that have been released over the past few months. Our Opening Night Gala on Friday, April 5 is definitely not to be missed with fantastic hors d’oeuvres, wine, desserts and of course films. Our featured films of the evening include Quartet and Hyde Park on the Hudson. Quartet is a lively film directed by Dustin Hoffman, which features Maggie Smith (I just love her as the Dowager Countess in "Downton Abbey"), Bill Connolly and Michael Gambon. And I’ve heard that Bill Murray’s portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Hyde Park on the Hudson is remarkable and Laura Linney always manages to shine in all of her roles. Tickets for Opening Night are $35 each, and they are moving quickly. To make reservations, please call us at 570-996-1500. For more information about the thirteen other festival films, visit our website or pick up a brochure at the theater. 
Switching gears to programming for children, the Dietrich has two free class series for preschoolers in April. Instructor Michaela Moore of All About Theatre will be back with her popular workshop Movement & Storytelling for Preschoolers. In these classes students will explore drama as they learn about movement and storytelling, play theatre games, interpret music and create characters. This series is a wonderful creative outlet for preschoolers’ mental and physical energy. The workshop will culminate with a casual presentation of a story created by the students. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
The Dietrich will also be hosting a free Preschool Pottery & Sculpture series in April with Amy Colley. Young artists will explore working with clay as they create animal sculptures and learn to create pottery using a potter’s wheel and hand building techniques. Preschool Pottery & Sculpture will take place on Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Space is limited for both of these classes so register now by calling the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.
Amy and Steve Colley will also be teaching an All About Pottery & Sculpture class series for children ages five to twelve years old. In past classes, students have created birdhouses, teapots, bowls and unique sculptures out of clay. The studio is equipped with several potter’s wheels for the children to learn how to use, plus Amy and Steve also teach their students coil and slab construction techniques to make pottery. Classes will be offered on Fridays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $40 and all materials will be provided.