Dietrich Theater
Upcoming Events

A Day at the River
At Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park
Saturday, July 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation
Join us for a Day at the River at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Included in the day’s festivities will be live music, environmental activities for children and adults, nature walks, a Volunteer Spirit Trail Walk, a River Float, animals brought by the Ross Park Zoomobile, mural painting, face painting and more. Live music will be provided by Sadie Green Sales Jugband, bluegrass group The Coal Town Rounders and the reggae and rock group, The George Wesley Band. For more information about the River Float call 570-746-9140. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information and for information about the Volunteer Spirit Trail Walk. 
Open Mic Night
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, July 26 on 4th Friday in Tunkhannock; Open Mic at 7:00 p.m. Feature at 8:15 p.m.
Feature: Brian Fanelli
Admission: Free
Come prepared to get on stage or to be entertained. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians, playwrights and other performers are invited to share their talents. After the Open Mic, local poet Brian Fanelli will take the stage. Fanelli’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry Quarterly, Popshot, Boston Literary Magazine, Portland Review and other magazines and journals. He is a professor at Keystone College, a contributing editor for Poetry Quarterly and a book reviewer for PANK. Fanelli’s first full-length book of poems will be out this year. His chapbook, Front Man, will be available for purchase. 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.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

     Wow!  We had the best weekend ever!!!  Honest!  It was soooo great!!!! This was one of those rare times when it wasn’t just one big movie pulling in the crowds, but three movies luring in audiences all at the same time!   Of course, the biggest movie of the weekend was Despicable Me 2, a movie kids and adults can enjoy.  But Lone Ranger had solid audiences as it paid homage to the hero of yesteryear, and The Heat continued to be a steady draw.  And while we’re on the subject of The Heat – that is one extraordinarily funny movie!  I saw it this past weekend and I have to tell you, I haven’t laughed that hard at a movie in many, many years!  Melissa McCarthy is a gifted comedian (sort of a cross between Lucille Ball and Mel Gibson before he became a lunatic) and Sandra Bullock was her perfect foil.  Now, the McCarthy character does use language, but I saw it with an audience packed with older folks (like me) and I wondered how they would take the repeated use of some not usually acceptable words, but I’m not sure they could even hear them because they were laughing so loudly!  Anyway, I didn’t hear a single complaint, and when it was over people were wiping away tears of laughter and telling each other what a good time they’d had.  Give it a try if you haven’t yet seen it.  What could be better than a really, really good laugh?

     And speaking of laughs, this weekend we open Adam Sandler’s Grown-ups 2.  He’s always good for a gentle laugh or two.  So you really have lots to choose from once again.  So come and enjoy, enjoy!

     Okay, it’s not too late to sign up for art camps.  Despicable You is a theater and visual arts camp the kids will love, Your Epic Journey is another visual arts camp for the kids, and Trash to Treasures is a wonderful class that teaches kids to think outside the box as they  literally turn  trash into a work of art.  These classes are so excellent and the thought processes they teach will stay with the children all through their lives.

     Finally, on July 20th from one to eight p.m., we have River Day!  (There should be the sound of trumpets and bells ringing  and confetti falling from  the sky.)  This is one of those wonderful cultural events that just keeps getting better and better.  There are so many activities and displays and farm vendors that I promise you you won’t be bored even a tiny second!  And the food will be so good – supplied by Simply Savory (Mmmmmm) and Purple Pepper Farm (fresh salads) and Hillside Dairy’s incredibly fine ice cream and a fresh squeezed lemonade stand rounds out the  refreshments for a hot summer’s day.

     Of course one of the highlights of the day is the river trip, wherein kayaks float down the Susquehanna to Riverside Park.  (To register for that event, contact Endless Mountains Outfitters at 746-9140 by July 18th.  Boat rentals and kayak lessons will be available.)

     Then there is the Kiwanis Down River Race, Yoga at the River, Karate Demo, Basketry Demo, Nature Explorations, Face Painting, Mural Painting, and Ross Park Zoo Mobile.  And on top of that there are a variety of displays and many farm vendors and really, it’s just a super day,.  And if that’s not quite enough, add to that the Sadie Green Sales Jug band, the Coal Town Rounders and finishing off the day, the George Wesley Band.  And all of this takes place on the banks of our beautiful river.

     Aren’t we just lucky ducks?  To have so much we can do, that we can take our kids to, that don’t cost a fortune, that allow us to be with our families, and so much takes place with  the most gorgeous scenery as the backdrop.  Really, what more could any of us ask?

See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

Despicable Me 2
July 2, 2013 -
July 18, 2013

The Heat
June 28, 2013 -
July 25, 2013

The Lone Ranger
July 2, 2013 -
July 18, 2013

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

July 17, 2013 -
July 25, 2013

July 12, 2013 -
July 18, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

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

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

Kundalini Yoga at the River
July 20, 2013

Recycled Glass Artwork
April 1, 2013 - August 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 July 10, 2013

During July a couple of our summer camps at the Dietrich will reflect the movies with Despicable You: Theatre and Visual Arts Camp and Your Epic Journey: Theatre and Visual Arts Camp. During Despicable You Camp, students ages five to twelve years old will be invited to join in the fun as they decide if they will play the role of a hero or a despicable arch nemeses. Campers will create characters and a unique story about the epic battle between good and evil while learning about famous heroes and villains. Along the way they will also design their own costumes, props and set. At the end the week, the group will present a casual performance for family and friends. Camp will be held Monday through Friday, July 22 through 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is $60 for the week and all materials will be provided. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

The following week, July 29 through August 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, campers will go as far as their imaginations will take them in Your Epic Journey Camp. During this fantastical camp, students will create magical characters while developing magic wands, costumes, gadgets, a set and an original play about their unique journey. Friends and family will be invited to attend their performance at the end of the week. Admission is $60 for the camp.

Amy Colley and Michaela Moore teach both of these classes and have a way of drawing children’s creativity and enthusiasm for the arts out. Michaela Moore will also teaching Acting Camp for Kids during the week of July 22 through 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. During this weeklong camp, students will learn all about acting through theatre games, improvisation, storytelling, play making, character creation and more. Amy Colley will also be teaching Trash to Treasures Camp, All About Pottery & Sculpture Camp and Art Explorers Camp this summer. For more information or to register, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

I also want to tell you more about Tunkhannock’s free event River Day, which is coming up on Saturday, July 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Tunkhannock’s scenic Riverside Park. During the day’s festivities there will be live music by Sadie Green Sales Jugband, local favorites the Coal Town Rounders and the reggae/rock inspired George Wesley Band. The Ross Park Zoo Mobile will be there with amazing animals to visit with and learn about. There will be nature explorations with naturalists Bob Daniels and Jerry Skinner. There will be a host of nature displays and activities for children and adults. There will be farm vendors selling items including jam, local organically grown produce, hone and garlic and great food by Simply Savory BBQ, Hillside Farms and more. Lazy Daisy Alpacas will be in attendance with clothing and live alpacas. There will also be a karate demo at 2:00 p.m. by High Energy Fitness and Karate. There will be free face painting, mural painting and balloon creations for kids to enjoy. Plus Gail Vieczorek will show us how to make baskets.

Earlier in the day there will be a River Float. All participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Riverside Park and then kayak down the Susquehanna from Meshoppen to the park. For more information or to register, please contact David Buck at Endless Mountain Outfitters at 570-746-9140.

There will also be a Volunteer Spirit Trail Walk at 10 a.m. that morning. This walk will take place at the Iroquois Trail next to the Tunkhannock Little League Park on Sunnyside Road. This walk will be held to honor all volunteers who give unselfishly to make a difference to the community. Registration is $10 per adult and registration is free for children to age 15. For more information or to pre-register, please visit

If you are interested in yoga, there will be a free yoga class on River Day at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park with instructor Barbara Tierney from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

So don’t miss out on the fun; mark your calendars for Tunkhannock’s River Day on July 20!