Excitement is mounting at the Dietrich as we prepare for our upcoming Spring Film Festival. I can’t think of a better way to welcome spring than with two weeks of the finest foreign, independent and art films that have been released over the past few months. Our Opening Night Gala on Friday, April 5 is definitely not to be missed with fantastic hors d’oeuvres, wine, desserts and of course films. Our featured films of the evening include “Quartet” and “Hyde Park on the Hudson.” “Quartet” is a lively film directed by Dustin Hoffman, which features Maggie Smith (I just love her as the Dowager Countess in “Downton Abbey”), Bill Connolly and Michael Gambon. And I’ve heard that Bill Murray’s portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in “Hyde Park on the Hudson” is remarkable and Laura Linney always manages to shine in all of her roles. Tickets for Opening Night are $35 each, and they are moving quickly. To make reservations, please call us at 570.996.1500. For more information about the thirteen other festival films, visit our website www.dietrichtheater.com or pick up a brochure at the theater.
Switching gears to programming for children, the Dietrich has two free class series for preschoolers in April. Instructor Michaela Moore of All About Theatre will be back with her popular workshop Movement & Storytelling for Preschoolers. In these classes students will explore drama as they learn about movement and storytelling, play theatre games, interpret music and create characters. This series is a wonderful creative outlet for preschoolers’ mental and physical energy. The workshop will culminate with a casual presentation of a story created by the students. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
The Dietrich will also be hosting a free Preschool Pottery & Sculpture series in April with Amy Colley. Young artists will explore working with clay as they create animal sculptures and learn to create pottery using a potter’s wheel and hand building techniques. Preschool Pottery & Sculpture will take place Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Space is limited for both of these classes so register now by calling the Dietrich at 570.996.1500.
Amy and Steve Colley will also teach an All About Pottery & Sculpture class series for children ages five to twelve years old. In past classes, students have created birdhouses, teapots, bowls and unique sculptures out of clay. The studio is equipped with several potter’s wheels for the children to learn how to use, plus Amy and Steve also teach their students coil and slab construction techniques to make pottery. Classes will be offered Fridays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $40 and all materials will be provided.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!