Dietrich Theater

Upcoming Events

It’s a Wonderful Life
Tuesday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
For all ages
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Ace-Robbins Inc.     
Enjoy three free showings of this classic holiday film. Admission, popcorn and soda are free. Seating is first come, first served and is limited. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.
An Evening With Flynn & Co. – Concert
Monday, December 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Featuring: Sean Flynn
Admission: free
Enjoy the music of soul-baring singer/songwriter Sean Flynn at the Dietrich Theater. Besides playing solo, Sean will perform duets with a couple of friends who are local musicians from Tunkhannock. 
Seating for an Evening With Flynn & Co will be first come, first served.
For information, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

  So.  You know how a lot of times I tell you how I’m writing my column from my dining room.  Or else from the office, of course.  But guess where I’m writing from today?? (That was purely rhetorical and of course you couldn’t be expected to know.  There will be no grading of that question.)  St. Paul,  Minnesota!  Yes, indeed.  The person who never goes anywhere decided, upon receiving a perfectly lovely invitation from my daughter, to visit her in St. Paul for ten days.  
     As you may have guessed, I’m no kind of traveler.  When people start talking about their world travels I sit in wonder at how they can possibly leave home for anything over two days.  I get homesick before I’ve even left.  For days before I go anywhere I am so homesick I feel ill.  I miss people who are sitting across the dinner table from me.  I miss the dogs.  I miss the cats.  I miss the theater and my friends and my fields and the way the sky looks on a cold winter’s (or summer’s or spring or fall) morning as the sun bears down on the birch tree.  I miss the trees. What if, in my absence, a great wind comes down off the hillside and splits my beloved catalpa asunder and I didn’t get to say goodbye?  What if what if what if????
     But when Shannon called and asked me to visit, impulsively I said “Why yes!  That sounds lovely!   Of course I’ll come.”  And then we both got excited at the idea that I would actually visit her and her beloved Daniel and then we started making plans and when it occurred to me to panic it was far too late.  In fact, I’d already ordered the plane tickets!  And I really, really wanted to go.  Shannon and Daniel are both finishing up their PhD.’s so there was no travel in their immediate future.  And I missed her so terribly I just had to see her. And of course, there were those plane tickets.
     WAIT!!!! I said to my husband in the middle of the night!  Fly???  Fly???? Whatever was I thinking? I don’t fly.  My father said planes were totally unnatural and no one should go near them. (How planes being in the air were unnatural to him but a billion ton ship floating wasn’t I have no idea.)  Even the thought of getting on a plane made me want to go into the closet, shut the door and hide.  From everyone.  From everything.
      And now I had tickets to fly to St. Paul!  I had to  find a reason not to go.  Perhaps if I broke a leg.  Or got lost in the woods.  Or got food poisoned.  Or sat out in the snow and got a chill.  Or did all of them at once.  
     But then I wouldn’t see my delightful, brilliant, beautiful, funny daughter and her partner.  I wouldn’t  see where they’ve lived for the past four years and will leave after they get those degrees.  I wouldn’t  get to curl up on the sofa with my daughter and a cup of hot chocolate and chatter away as only mums and their girls can do.  And I would put a truly stupid phobia ahead of seeing the love of my life.
     So I went.  Sandy and Ronnie took me to Philadelphia.  I was great until they were out of sight.  Then I looked at the planes and the people and  all the signs of travel that frighten me so.  I thought I couldn’t do this.  I really really couldn’t do this.  I wanted to run.  It didn’t matter where.  Just run until my spirit and my body were one again.  I went to pick up my bag.
     “Going to visit family for Christmas?” the voice asked and I turned to see a blonde woman about my age, smiling at me.  “It’s pretty cold where you’re going, but friendly,” she laughed.  And I laughed back.  She thought I was a regular traveler.  An ordinary traveler doing an ordinary thing. My heart rate slowed.  My hands unclenched.
     “I am,”  I said.  “I’m going to see my daughter.”
     “Me, too,” she said.
      And so we did.
     See you at the Dietrich.  

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
December 13, 2013 -
December 19, 2013

The Christmas Candle
December 6, 2013 -
December 17, 2013

November 27, 2013 -
December 19, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
November 21, 2013 -
December 19, 2013

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
December 18, 2013 -
December 19, 2013

Grudge Match
December 25, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Kennedy in Berlin Exhibit
November 19, 2013 - December 31, 2013

It’s a Wonderful Life
December 17, 2013 - December 17, 2013

An Evening With Flynn & Co. in Concert
December 30, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Holiday Camp
December 27, 2013 - December 30, 2013

Decorative Painting
December 18, 2013 - March 26, 2014

After School Theatre Arts
March 1, 2014

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 5 to 8
January 8, 2014 - February 5, 2014

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 9 to 12
January 7, 2014 - February 4, 2014

Art Explorers for Ages 5 to 8
March 14, 2014 - April 4, 2014

Art Explorers for Ages 9 to 12
March 13, 2014 - April 3, 2014

Jazz It Up: Creative Artwork Inspired by the 1940s
April 1, 2014 - April 29, 2014

Little People & Nature - Tuesdays
March 4, 2014 - March 25, 2014

Little People & Nature - Wednesdays
March 5, 2014 - March 26, 2014

Preschool Art Explorers
March 13, 2014 - April 3, 2014

Preschool Pottery & Sculpture
January 7, 2014 - February 4, 2014

Preschool Trash to Treasures
February 13, 2014 - March 6, 2014

Quilting for Kids
January 15, 2014 - March 26, 2014

Songs & Games for Tots
April 2, 2014 - April 30, 2014

Trash to Treasures for Ages 5 to 8
February 14, 2014 - March 7, 2014

Trash to Treasures for Ages 9 to 12
February 13, 2014 - March 6, 2014

Open Studio & Portfolio Prep, age 13 & up
January 7, 2014 - April 1, 2014

Quilting for Everyone: Stairway to Heaven
January 15, 2014 - March 26, 2014

Basic Jewelry: Introduction to Silver Clay Art
March 17, 2014

Design a Painted Silk Scarf
February 4, 2014

Easy Beads: Create in Clay!
February 17, 2014

Heart Healthy Nutrition
February 6, 2014 - February 27, 2014

Knit a Cabled Scarf
March 6, 2014 - March 27, 2014

Kundalini Yoga
January 20, 2014 - March 31, 2014

Little Leather Luxuries
January 20, 2014

January 7, 2014 - March 25, 2014

Pottery & Recycled Glass Creations
January 6, 2014 - March 31, 2014

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Kudos to the Dietrich Theater Radio Players! Their recent show definitely transported us back to those thrilling days of radio. We first were treated to a radio adaptation of "A Christmas Carol". Rick Ryczak was fantastic as Ebenezer Scrooge and the whole cast put us in the holiday spirit. Then we experienced the radio classic "My Favorite Wife". What a hoot! I especially enjoyed the sound effects that Esther Harmatz and Georgia Smith incorporated into the performance. Over 100 children and adults came out to the show and we couldn’t have asked for a better evening. We would like to thank Hoyt Keiser and Esther Harmatz for directing the show and the entire cast of community members for giving us such a wonderful gift.

Speaking of gifts, I would just like to take a moment to mention that Dietrich movie gift bags are perfect for just about anyone on your gift giving list – teachers, employees, teens, movie buffs. They are beautifully wrapped and make a nice night out at the movies. Some folks also like to combine a movie bag with a gift certificate for dinner at one of Tunkhannock’s fine eateries. Sounds good! Right?

We also have another free program coming up on Tuesday, December 17th. Join us for our annual showings of It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen. There is nothing quite like seeing it in a theater full of people. Show times will be at 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Admission, popcorn and soda will be free thanks to Ace Robbins Inc. We recommend coming early because tickets are first come, first served.

The theater will also be offering Holiday Camp later this month. On Friday, December 27 and Monday, December 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley will show young artists how to throw pots on a potter’s wheel. Students will also create sculptures and explore drawing and painting. This class is geared for children ages five to twelve years old and admission is $25. What a great opportunity to explore the arts during holidays! Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register.

If your children are more interested in the theatre arts, the Dietrich will be bringing back its popular After School Theatre Arts in January. During this class series, middle school and high school students will be able to experience theatre arts as they create their own script, props, and costumes. They will also learn about movement, lighting and sound. Classes will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays, January 8 through February 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater. The class series will be led by Jennifer Jenkins and admission is free. It will culminate in a live performance on Saturday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. for family and friends. The theme will be "One Night In Paris". All students are encouraged to participate, please call us at 570-996-1500 to register.