Dietrich Theater Events

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.

Gathering of Singers & Songwriters 12
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: By Donation
Join us in celebrating live folk music! For the 12th annual Gathering of Singers & Songwriters we will bring together some of the greatest talent this area has to offer including Tom Flannery, Eddie Appnel, Hannah Bingman and Lorne Clarke. Don’t miss out! Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register.

Open Mic Night
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, August 23 on 4th Friday in Tunkhannock; Open Mic at 7:00 p.m. Feature at 8:15 p.m.
Feature: Breaking Ground Poets
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. Then the Breaking Ground Poets, a group of Tunkhannock-based youth poets, will take the stage equipped with passion and poetry. The Breaking Ground Poets will appear on the Dietrich stage shortly after their trip to the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival where they will have participated in the largest youth poetry competition in the world. Doors open for Open Mic sign-ups and seating 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

What a day at the river! True, it was soooo hot, but there was a lovely breeze and all sorts of cold drinks and ices and ice cream to assuage the burning palate and foodstuffs and displays and mural painting and kayaks on the river and face-painting and on and on and on and it was simply perfect! (Or, as they would have said in the 1930’s gangster movies – “It was poifect, I tells ya, poifect!”). And besides perfect, there were over 1200 folks in attendance. When you think of it, it’s astonishing that so many folks came out on such a hot day. Each year attendance has grown on River Day, and this year was no exception. It’s just such a wondrous thing to watch.
     And, of course, it wouldn’t have been possible without , first, all the work Erica and Margie put into it (and trust me, it takes soooo much work) but secondly (and really, really important) all our terrific volunteers! Thank you, one and all. And I can’t list everyone by name or I just know I’ll forget someone and that’s just awful. So, this is a group shout-out. Thank you a million times and, seriously, we couldn’t have done it without you. 
   And guess what? Along with the 1200 at the river, over eight hundred came to the movies, so altogether, Dietrich programs and movies were attended by over two thousand people!!!! I sometimes can’t believe those kind of numbers myself. We never, ever, ever dreamed of anything that astonishing when we worked on this theater fifteen years ago!
     And coming this week, for one week only (and splitting the screen with the endlessly funny The Heat, is White House Down (yes, another flick where the President and the White House are in danger of ceasing to exist. But this one plays it considerably lighter with Jamie Foxx as the President and Channing Tatum as a guy on a white house tour who gets caught in the middle of a paramilitary invasion. And thus a buddy movie is born. I’m going to see it because I like stuff where the entire free world depends on a wise-cracking lad or lass, and it’s perfect summer escape! What’s not to like?
     And now, I have a few words to say about The Lone Ranger. When I was nine we got our first television. My father wasn’t for it, but my mother was ecstatic at the thought. My father’s brother-in-law was a television repairman and had called and said he had a practically new Philco that he would like to bring us at a next-to-nothing cost. Poppa wasn’t too happy, but Mamma and I couldn’t wait. It was such an exciting day when Uncle Earl brought the Philco. He put it in the corner of the living room and proceeded to show me how the tubes worked in case the horizontal started to get out of control. He then put the antenna on the roof, hooked up a miraculous box wherein we just pressed a button and the antenna moved, and we were all set to watch television with the rest of America.
     And The Lone Ranger was one of those shows, which we all watched together, because in the forties and fifties, everyone in the family watched shows together. True, many of them were a little simple-minded, but they were family fare. Although the movie of the same name will be gone when you read this, give it a chance when it comes out in video. For all the critical hisses, I thought it was great fun, and at the end, when the theme song from the old show finally made it to the screen, and the full orchestra played it and it came crashing out of all the speakers, I just shut my eyes, and I was back in the little house I grew up in, and Mamma and Poppa were there and Jennie and we were watching this man on a white horse and his faithful side-kick bring truth and justice to the world, and I have to say that no matter what its flaws, that funny, daring, extraordinary scene was more than worth the price of admission!
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

July 17, 2013 -
August 1, 2013

Despicable Me 2
July 2, 2013 -
July 30, 2013

July 12, 2013 -
August 1, 2013

The Heat
June 28, 2013 -
August 1, 2013

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

July 31, 2013 -
August 14, 2013

July 26, 2013 -
August 1, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

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 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

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

Your Epic Journey: Theatre & Visual Arts Camp
July 29, 2013 - August 2, 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: Multi-Strand Bracelet
August 22, 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 24, 2013

There is just something about jugband music that is so uplifting. I know I can’t help but start tapping my feet when I hear it played. I think the ’60s band The Lovin’ Spoonful, said it best with their lyrics "And the doctor said give him jug band music

it seems to make him feel just fine." Last week the Dietrich was filled with jugband music during our artists-in-residency Jammin’ in a Jugband with David Driskell and Timothy Walker of Sadie Green Sales Jugband. Students learned how to play jugband instruments such as a washtub bass, washboard, spoons, jug, drums and more. They also made instruments such as spoons, bumblebees and drums as well as other instruments of their own design. At the end of the week, students were invited to play with Sadie Green Sales Jugband at River Day. The guys of Sadie Green Sales Jugband also played concerts at Tunkhannock Manor and Tunkhannock’s URS during the week.  We would like to thank the Northern Tier Partnership for Arts in Education and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for helping fund these classes.

Summer camps will continue next week at the Dietrich with Your Epic Journey Theatre and Visual Arts Camp and Art Explorers Camp. In Your Epic Journey Camp, children will go on a fantastical adventure of the imagination as they create costumes, props, a set and a play to perform for family and friends. Instructors Amy Colley and Michaela Moore do such a wonderful job of helping campers express their creativity through the projects they develop. Your Epic Journey Camp will be held Monday through Friday, July 29 through August 2 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Then during the afternoons of that week from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., children ages five to twelve years old will be able to venture into the world of visual arts and discover many of the innovative methods and exciting materials used by famous artists throughout history. Students will work with clay to create sculptures, paint, draw and create 3-D collages. Admission to this camp and Your Epic Journey Camp is $60 each. For more information or to register for either of these camps, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

The Dietrich will also be offering free dance workshops in August. Children are invited to join instructor Judy Weist of Stage Door Dance Studio on August 5 and 6 to explore dance, rhythm and movement through these introductory workshops. Children ages two & three years old are welcome to attend from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. There will be a class for youngsters ages four to six years old from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. And a session for seven to nine year olds will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m. For more information or to register for these free classes, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500. Space is limited.

And this Friday, be sure to join us for Open Mic at the Dietrich Theater. Musicians, comedians, storytellers and other local performers are invited to take the stage and share their talents. Open Mic starts at 7:00 p.m. and our evening’s featured guest poet Brian Fanelli will perform at 8:15 p.m. Doors open for seating and sign-ups for Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. We hope to see you there!