Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events

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 Manhattan 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. 
Bill W. – Movie Event
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S.
Bill W. tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine’s 100 Persons of the 20th Century. Interviews, recreations and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women – a success that made him an icon in A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world. The movie will be followed by a Q & A session. Tickets are available at the door while they last or they can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500. 
Free Children’s Movie Event
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m.
For all ages
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: The Kintner Family in loving memory of "Jeeterbug"
Children and families are invited to the Dietrich Theater to see The Jungle Book. Admission, popcorn and soda are free! Tickets are available at the door while they last or can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500. 
Cinco de Mayo – Guitar Music of Mexico
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m.
Presented by Jay Steveskey
Admission: $10
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the sounds of the guitar music from Mexico! Classical guitarist, Jay Steveskey, will pay tribute to Mexico’s rich folk music heritage by performing our southern neighbor’s vibrant songs and dances as well as exploring and sharing the country’s exciting and diverse contemporary classical music for the guitar. Featured composers include Manuel Ponce, Agustin Lara, Julio Cesar Oliva, Ernesto Garcia de Leon and more. Tickets are available by calling 570-996-1500 or visiting the Dietrich’s ticket booth. 
Green Fire – The Film
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Countryside Conservancy, South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition, Lower Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Association, the Overlook Estate Foundation, the Dietrich Theater, the North Branch Land Trust, and the Endless Mountains Heritage Region
Join us at the Dietrich Theater for Green Fire, a documentary on the life and land ethic of Aldo Leopold, one of the most important conservationists of the 20th century. Leopold is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and the science of ecological restoration. The film will be followed by a Q & A session and you will have the chance to visit environmental organizations’ displays in the theater lobby after the movie. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Okay. So here’s the thing. We hoped to bring in The Big Wedding. Big wonderful cast – Robert DeNiro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton just to start! Everything we love at the Dietrich. Grand old actors in a good (and funny) storyline. Lionsgate won’t give it to us. Oh, eventually they will – we’ll get it maybe a month or so out, but by that time most folks who wanted to see it will have and it will play to empty houses when if we had it opening weekend we would pack the house!   Ah, you may ask, why aren’t they giving it to you? Is it because you’re too small? The town is too small? They just won’t give to any theater that starts with the letter “D”? No, no and no! It’s because we only have two digital screens and they’re both in use. It hurts us not to be fully digital. 
     Ironic, isn’t it? The whole point of the expansion was to make us more competitive so that the Dietrich would be here long after we old broads were but a distant memory (gasp!!! Oh no!!!!!). And then, as if some wicked genius were hatching a plot to destroy small town theaters the country over, the Hollywood bosses decide that all theaters everywhere have to go digital. Because it’s cheaper for the studios to make a DVD than to use film. And, oh, by the way, if small town theaters can’t convert, all the better for the spoiled boys of Tinsletown – because those pesky little theaters will just cease to exist and won’t have to be dealt with any more!
     Except, we’re still here! We’ve managed to convert two screens and have raised the money to convert our small third theater. The Evans, which is in desperate need of
Conversion, will have to wait, hopefully not past the autumn. We’ll need the full conversions by Thanksgiving. We are the last of Jeffrey’s many cinemas to be converted. We are the last cinema in the area to need conversion. 
     It’s nothing we have a choice about. Now I would prefer to see everything on film. I actually hate digital. I hate that super-bright clarity. I like the mistiness of film. Film lends itself to dreams, digital to nightmares. But most young people, and many older folks too, love the look of digital – they love the bright colors and the extreme clarity. It’s easier to see. It’s more vivid.  It puts you right in the thick of things.
      And anyway, it really makes no nevermind whether I like it or not. It’s something we have to do or all our work here will have been in vain. And so we’re asking you for a bit of help, as we always do. We wish we didn’t have to keep coming to the well. And believe me, if it weren’t for expansions and floods and conversions, we wouldn’t be asking. And I do believe that once this is over, there won’t be another major fundraising push for a long, long time, if ever. We understand that you’re probably tired of hearing us ask. But remember, we are a non-profit arts center, and even the Met has to fund-raise. The arts, sadly, never support themselves!
     Okay - -one last thing before I go. Totally good thing. We’re less than a week out from Jennifer Jenkins’s latest blockbuster show – Auntie Mame!” Do get your tix! Do come see it! Do have a great laugh! Because Auntie Mame is one of the greatest plays ever written. The star of this production is the wonderful Brenda Wenner – in case you don’t remember the name, she played Nurse Ratchett in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest last year, and she played her with steely, icy (brrrrr) determination! I expect she is a joyous, enthusiastic, wonderfully jolly Mame.  Ms. Wenner is a terrific actress and we are so happy to have her on stage at the Dietrich.
     And playing her adorable nephew, Patrick, is ten year old Trent Frazier, who by all reports is as cute and talented as they come! So, mark the dates – April 24-27 (Wed. thru Sat.) at 7:00, and Sunday (the 28th) afternoon at 3:00. Do come. Call for your tix early because so often we sell out (although walk-ins are always welcome!). Call 996-1500 for your reservations. And remember, there is nothing on earth as fine as live theater. (And you can bring the kids to this one!) Thank you, Jennifer. Thank you a million times!!!!
     See you at the Dietrich.

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March 22, 2013 -
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April 5, 2013 -
April 25, 2013

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Open Mic Night - April 19
April 19, 2013

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

Bill W. - Movie Event
May 1, 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

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

Kundalini Yoga
January 19, 2013 - May 18, 2013

April 9, 2013 - August 27, 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 April 17, 2013
"Live! Live! Live! Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" This is Mame Dennis’s motto. Join us next week as the comedic play "Auntie Mame" comes to life at the Dietrich. Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee and adapted from Patrick Dennis’s best-selling novel, twenty-five members in this production’s cast and crew have been working tirelessly to bring us this unforgettable show. Brenda Wenner has the lead role of the irrepressible eccentric Mame and Trent Frazier will play her nephew, young Patrick. Directed by the Dietrich’s Jennifer Jenkins, this play will have a five-day run with show times on Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. This show is pure fun that is sure to delight. Tickets are $10 each and are available by calling us at 570-996-1500 or visiting the Dietrich’s ticket booth. You won’t want to miss out.
Shortly after our production of "Auntie Mame", the Dietrich will be presenting a series of classes for adults on radio theatre. Do you remember old time radio? Did you always wonder how sound effects were made or what it felt like to use your voice to sound like a variety of characters from hero to villain? Well, here is your chance! We invite you to see what it is like to put together a live radio comedy or drama. Directed by Hoyt Keiser and Esther Harmatz, classes will be held on Tuesday, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will culminate with a live performance on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. No experience is required and admission is free.
In addition to the Golden Days of Radio Players, the Dietrich will also be presenting a host of other classes for adults. If you are interested in health and wellness, Donna Fetzko will be back to teach Eating for Health on Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. During these classes, she will explain the what, how and why of healthy eating to improve or maintain health throughout our lives. Classes will include discussion, practical tips, recipes and more. Admission is free.
Then on Fridays in May, we invite you to grab your partner and dosey doe to the Dietrich for square dance lessons. Modern Western Square Dance Caller, Dave Taylor will teach adults and students ages 16 and up the basics of square dancing. You will experience the history of square dancing from contra dancing, to line dancing, to country "barn" dancing to Dave’s specialty modern western square dancing. Lessons will be held on Fridays, May 3, 10, 17 and 31 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. These dances are fun and easy to learn and admission is free. Space is limited.
For those who interested in learning about photography, Steamtown National Historic Site Photographer Kenny Ganz will be back at the theater for Photography for Beginners. During these classes, you will learn the basics of photography whiling gaining practical shooting experience. Each week students will meet at the Dietrich and then proceed to various locations to photograph. Classes will be held on Monday, May 6, 13, 20, June 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. I took this class a few years ago with my husband and really enjoyed it. It taught me to think more about the composition of my photographs and to experiment more with my photography. Admission is $75 and students are asked to bring their own cameras.
We also will be presenting a writers’ workshop for adults in May. This class is sure to invigorate your writing through prompts and exercises that will expand your skills, shake up your work and get your writing to unexpected placed. Taught by Laurel Radzieski, she will have you write in a variety of genres including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, play writing and more to stretch your literary muscles. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $75. All skill levels are welcome.
For more information or to register for any of these classes, please call us at 570-996-1500.