Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by Suzanne Robinson & sponsored by Ed Battestin in memory of Pat Battestin
The Dietrich Radio Players are back by popular demand. Come out and see their live performances of favorite radio plays. Enjoy the "theater of the mind"! Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details. 
Cinderella on Broadway Bus Trip
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, June 5. Bus departs Dietrich at 8:00 a.m. and returns at 11:00 p.m.
Admission: $235
Join us for a fun-filled trip to see Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway. Before the show, you will have time to explore the city. After the show, all participants will enjoy a family-style dinner at Carmine’s on Broadway between 90th and 91st streets. Ticket price includes Cinderella ticket, bus and dinner (including tips and tax), plus a contribution to the Dietrich Theater. Space is limited. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register. 
Overview of the Civil War 150 Years Later
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by: Ed McMullen
Admission: Free
A Civil War sesquicentennial event to put on your calendar! Anyone who has any interest in the Civil War or American history will want to hear this fascinating presentation by Ed McMullen, historian and actor. No one is better at bringing history alive than Ed. Don’t miss this special presentation. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details. 
The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock – Live Theatre
At Tunkhannock’s Lazybrook Park
Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by: Jennifer Jenkins
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts & the Dietrich Theater
Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
During the last days of the Civil War, a lost soldier and a young blind woman fall in love. Though one is Confederate and one Union, they discover their similarities are far more important than their differences. The woman’s widowed mother, with one soldier son killed in front of her and another son still missing, is unable to let go of her bitterness and hatred. As a nation begins the task of healing, the burning need for vengeance may reap unimaginably tragic consequences. This play will be presented outside in Lazybrook Park as part of Tunkhannock’s sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information. 
Walking Tour of the Gravel Hill Cemetery
Off Susquehanna Avenue in Tunkhannock
Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m. (Rain date: June 30)
Admission: free
Take a step back in time as we look at Wyoming County’s involvement in the American Civil War with a ‘Walking Tour of the Gravel Hill Cemetery,’ off Susquehanna Avenue, in Tunkhannock. Assemble at the corner of the cemetery nearest Franklin Avenue at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. (Rain date: June 30.) Led by Bob Baker, past Griffin Camp #8 Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
For details, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

     When my father was in the Navy in WW2, his ship, the USS Register, was sailing along, headed for Okinawa, when it was discovered that they’d lost his papers and therefore had no record of his having passed the swimming test. Now, for most sailors, this would have been a minor inconvenience, since, almost to a man, they could swim. But, alas, my father pretty much couldn’t. He was deathly afraid of the water and had therefore never learned. Oh, he could float, so he could stay alive, but swimming? The way they wanted the men to swim? Not so much.
     Ah, the discerning reader may ask, then why in the world did he join the Navy? Because, as he told his girls when he relayed this story he didn’t want to die covered in mud in a ditch somewhere. At least, if he drowned, it would be clean. 
     “You have to swim around the ship,” the commanding officer told him.
     I can just see my father when given that order. “Now listen, Buddy,” he’d say. “No need for that. I swear on a stack of bibles that I can swim. I passed the test once. No need to inconvenience everyone again. Really. Swear to God.” (Of course, I wasn’t there, but it would have been along those lines.)
     “Strip down to your skivvies, sailor, and swim. Do it now or we’ll throw you overboard.”
     My father stripped and was lowered down and into the water. He did the side-stroke. He flipped on his back. He was now ready to climb back on board. He looked up – there were two sailors with machine guns watching him. He decided he’d better keep swimming.
     Around the ship he floated and side-paddled and occasionally breast-stroked, scared to death, with the men with guns never taking their eyes off him. He was beginning to think the ditch might not have been so bad. Finally he made it around the ship and there were helping hands to bring him aboard. The sailors with the guns stood down.
     My father, shivering, teeth chattering, looked at the machine guns, now resting idly at their sides.  “For God’s sake, buddies,” he said. “Were you really going to shoot me if I stopped swimming?”
     They looked at him as if he’d lost his mind. “Negative, sailor. The bullets weren’t for you. They were for the guys following you.” And then my father looked down and saw the fins gliding through the shark-infested waters.
     I write about this because although I wasn’t part of The Greatest Generation, I was raised by them, and I have to say that they were a spectacular group! They saw their families through the Depression and then went on to save the world from the wickedness of Fascism, the nearly pure evil of the Nazis. My father never got over his fear of the water, but he served aboard ship for two and a half years. He was strapped into the gunner’s station as the kamikazes came screaming through the sky to kill them all. He aimed the guns that shot the poor misguided souls out of the air and into eternity. And yet…and yet….
     He didn’t fight or feel resentful when our government policy was to bring Japan back from the ruins to become a successful and stable county. He didn’t think his was the only way. He didn’t think only his ideas were right. He’d been to hell and back fighting governments who thought there was only one way to deal with their people, and if anyone disagreed, well, they were destroyed.
     So, in honor of Memorial Day, I want to say that I wish we could get back to the spirit of The Greatest Generation. They fought for the world to be a better place, and then they rebuilt it in that idealistic image. They compromised and  brought the world back from the ashes. Don’t you wish our nation’s capital could work that way today? Don’t you wish they could discuss their ideas and then compromise and accomplish things for a nation in need? 
     Yeah, me too.
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
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EPIC in 3D
May 24, 2013 -
June 13, 2013

May 23, 2013 -
June 13, 2013

May 16, 2013 -
June 6, 2013

Coming Soon
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May 31, 2013 -
June 6, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

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

First Annual Volunteer Spirit Trail Walk
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

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 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

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

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

Trash to Treasures, ages 5 - 12
May 17, 2013 - June 7, 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

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

Kundalini Yoga at the River
July 20, 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 May 29, 2013
According to John Madden, Director of NPR Star Wars audio dramas, "Anyone who’s ever listened to radio drama will testify to the fact that a play you hear will (remain) in your mind – twelve years later you’ll remember it vividly. And the reason you’ll remember it vividly is because you’ve done the work… it lives in your imagination." The Dietrich Radio Player will help us work our imaginations through their live radio drama performance on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join us that evening as we go back in time to experience a few memorable radio dramas. Directed by Hoyt Keiser and Esther Harmatz, the group will perform My Friend Irma –"Seeing Ghosts", Dick Tracy –The Case of the Big Top Murders" and the ever popular "Who’s On First?" by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. I can’t wait to hear what sound effects they have in store for us that evening. Admission is free, and the performance will be followed by a light reception. Tickets will be available at the door or they can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500.
Then on Wednesday, June 5, the Dietrich will be sponsoring a bus trip to Broadway to see "Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella". This play has received nine Tony nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Book of a Musical, which was written by part-time Tunkhannock resident Douglas Carter Beane. After the show, Douglas Carter Beane has arranged for us to have a Q & A with some of the cast. Following the Q & A, we will enjoy a family-style Italian dinner at Carmine’s. There are still a couple of tickets remaining so please call us at 570-996-1500 for more information or to reserve seats. 
And with June readily approaching, now is the time to start thinking about summer camps for kids. We have something for everyone! For aspiring thespians, Michaela Moore of All About Theatre will be offering two Acting Camps for Kids. During these camps, children ages six to twelve will use their imaginations and learn all about acting through theatre games, improvisation, storytelling, play making, character creation and more! Campers will create their own characters and a play, which they will perform for family and friends at the end of each camp. The first acting camp of the summer will be held Monday through Friday, July 8th through 12th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the second camp will be held at the same time on July 22 through July 26. 
For those children who wish to explore the visual arts, our artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley will be offering a variety of fun art camps during the summer months. They include Pottery & Sculpture Camp (July 22 through 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.), Trash to Treasures Camp (July 15 through 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and Art Explorers Camp (July 29 through August 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.). During these classes, students will make use of their creativity as they design unique masterpieces. 
For kids who are interested in delving into theatre arts and visual arts, Amy Colley and Michaela Moore will be presenting three theatre and visual arts camps. This year the camps are all themed after the most anticipated children’s movies of the summer. How cool is that?! The camps include Your Epic Journey, Monsters Art School and Despicable You. During each camp, children will make their own costumes, develop their own characters, create a set and props and make a play to perform for family and friends at the end of each week. For more information about any of the Dietrich’s summer camps, visit or call us at 570-996-1500.