Dietrich Theater
Upcoming Events

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 through 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.
Open Mic Night
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, June 28th on 4th Friday in Tunkhannock; Open Mic at 7:00 p.m. Feature at 8:15 p.m.
Feature: David Hage
Guest Emcee: Brian Fanelli
Admission: Free
Join local poet Brian Fanelli as he hosts the first Open Mic Night of the summer. Come prepared to get on stage or to be entertained. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians, playwrights and other performers are invited to share their talents. Then stick around and enjoy the guitar stylings and vocal talents of David Hage. Doors open for seating an 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. 
Everhart Museum Bus Trip
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, June 29. Depart from Dietrich at 9:30 a.m. Return at 2:00 p.m.
For all ages
Admission: $10
Sponsored in part by: the Overlook Estate Foundation
Take a child-friendly tour of the Everhart Museum, explore their feature Blood of Life: Vampires in Art & Nature exhibit and then take part in an educational workshop. Following the workshop, you will be able to enjoy a box lunch in Nay Aug Park and visit the Nay Aug gorge and tree house. Box lunch is included. Registration is required. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register. 
Civil War Era Music
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Sunday, June 30 at 3:00 p.m.
Presented by: Thomas Jolin
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Humanities Council
The trauma of the Civil War produced a tremendous amount of music as the nation mourned and sought relief from the death of over 600,000 Americans. Songs about soldiers’ lives, domestic scenes, minstrel traditions, and the fight to end slavery give us insight into what it was really like to live during that time. Performing on hammered dulcimer, button accordion, harmonica and banjo, Thomas Jolin shares Lincoln and Liberty, Battle Cry of Freedom, No More Auction Block and more. He also discusses the origins of the songs and instruments. Audience participation is encouraged. Tickets are available by calling the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 or visiting the Dietrich ticket booth.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Okay. You really really need to come to the Earnshaw Gallery at the Dietrich and view the Civil War exhibit. Named the Overview of the Civil War 150 years later, it is, without a doubt, one of the finest exhibits we have ever had at the theater. Honestly, it is so interesting, and so many of the artifacts are so old, you just sort of stand there staring at one of the most tragic times in the history of our country. It is both fascinating and so sad that it breaks your heart. It is hard to even imagine what it must have been like to have brothers fighting brothers, of what it must have been like to be the mother of sons who chose different sides, of families destroyed, of lands burned, of entire lives turned to ashes as this terrible war ground on. And how tragic it was that Lincoln was assassinated before he could implement his vision of life after war. Well, anyway, do come see it. You will be deeply moved and endlessly fascinated!

     And then, in honor of this being the 150th anniversary of the war that split our nation asunder, Jennifer is doing one of her beautiful plays. This one is called The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, and it’s the story of a young blind woman and her soldier lover. But since he was on the opposite side of the war, can they live a loving life or will the bitterness of war bring  just another tragedy to bear? It’s so worth seeing, it’s free, and it’s outside at Lazybrook, a lovely place to stage a drama, and especially one about the civil war. Helps you to appreciate the peaceful, beautiful surroundings we take for granted every day.
     And of course we have some big movies coming up. As far as I know, we are going to be able to bring you all the blockbusters with perhaps the exception of World War Z, because we don’t have enough screens. (Darn!) Superman is her and This is the End which is very raunchy and very funny, getting 98% on And starting today we will have matinees every day, for your viewing pleasure. Cool, hmmm?
     So this weekend was sad, as we attended the memorial service of Jessie Reppy  Keker, a most loved Board member and the wife of our theater Treasurer. She worked closely with Mark Mitchell and Margie to bring us absolutely gorgeous displays in the Earnshaw.   I expected to be sad at the memorial service, because she was taken too soon, but I didn’t expect to be awed!
     She was an incredibly accomplished woman. She had a PhD (I’m not sure I even knew that) and her texts on English as a Second Language are still the authoritative texts used all over the world today. She was a world traveler and a professor at Brooklyn College and other prestigious schools. She taught ESL to Vietnamese refugees in Southeast Asia refugee camps. I never knew any of that and I was so sorry I didn’t. When I heard about her life there were so many questions I would have loved to ask her.
     But for all her myriad accomplishments, it was love she seemed to excel at. Her husband mourned her, and so did her friends. And many of the friends who mourned were from her childhood at the river in Falls. Richard Fitzsimmons gave one of the loveliest talks I’ve ever heard at a service, and he talked about their friendship, their summers at the river, her quiet love of nature, her exemplary life. And there in the gathering, amidst family and friends, were two of the women she went to grade school with so many years ago. She never lost touch with those she loved. She sent notes, cards, little reminders of how much they meant to her. She led an exemplary life. She specialized in love. I so wish I had known her better.
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
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EPIC in 3D
May 24, 2013 -
June 20, 2013

May 27, 2013 -
June 20, 2013

June 14, 2013 -
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June 7, 2013 -
June 20, 2013

This is THE END
June 12, 2013 -
June 20, 2013

Coming Soon
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or (570)996-1500 to reserve

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

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

Walking Tour of the Gravel Hill Cemetery
June 23, 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 - Summer
June 12, 2013 - July 31, 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 - Summer
June 12, 2013 - July 31, 2013

Decorative Painting
April 10, 2013 - August 28, 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

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

Introduction to Yoga
August 14, 2013 - August 28, 2013

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich for June 12, 2013

What a week for live theatre! Last week, audience members were just delighted by the Dietrich Radio Players spring performance. They truly brought "My Friend Irma – Seeing Ghosts" and "Dick Tracy – The Case of the Big Top Murders" to life with great sound affects, their comedic and dramatic timing and enthusiasm. We would like to thank the cast and their directors, Hoyt Keiser and Esther Harmatz, for bringing old time radio to the Dietrich. We would also like to thank Suzanne Robinson and Ed Battestin for underwriting the program.

The day after the Radio Players performance a group of twenty-seven of us embarked on a bus trip to NYC to see "Cinderella" on Broadway. The show was spectacular from the story with its unique twists and turns to the dazzling costumes to the enchanting set to the remarkable cast. To add to the magic of the day, Douglas Carter Beane, writer of the new book for "Cinderella" and part-time Tunkhannock resident, arranged for us to have a Q & A with the stage manager and some of the cast. We were joined by a group of elementary school children for the Q & A and they asked some pretty interesting questions such as ‘How does the set move?’ and "What do actors do during intermission?’ Then we enjoyed a delicious family-style dinner at Carmine’s. You couldn’t ask for a better day in my opinion! If you haven’t seen "Cinderella" on Broadway, gather up your friends and family and take a day trip. It’s well worth it!

More live theatre will be coming to Tunkhannock with the Dietrich Community Theatre’s production of "The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock" by Catherine Trieshmann on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Lazybrook Park. Director Jennifer Jenkins and her cast and crew have been tirelessly working to bring this performance to the community as part of Tunkhannock’s sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War. You are invited to join us for this free performance. Just bring your own lawn chair or blanket. You won’t want to miss it. For more information, please call us at 570-996-1500.

In addition to offering opportunities to experience theatre arts this month, the Dietrich is also presenting a variety of classes for adults and camps for kids. For instance, local jewelry maker Toni Hockman will be teaching Jewelry Making: Right Angle Weave for students ages 16 and up. This beginner class will be held on Wednesday, June 26 from 6:00 p.m .to 9:00 p.m. During this class you will design and create your own bracelet as you learn this versatile bead weaving stitch. I have taken a couple of Toni’s classes in the past and learned so much. Admission is $40 and materials will be provided.

And children can go on adventures through our Theatre and Visual Arts camps, Acting Camps for Kids, All About Pottery & Sculpture Camp, Art Explorers Camp and more.

For more information or to register for any of these offerings, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.