Congrats to the cast and crew of the Dietrich's recent production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest!" They truly outdid themselves. From the acting to directing to the lighting and sound to stage management to costume design, it was all exceptional. We would like to thank director Jennifer Jenkins for bringing in such a fabulous show for all of us to enjoy. We also appreciate all of the hard work of the cast and crew including Karen Selige, Laurel Radzieski, Nikki Santarelli, Caleb Carlin, Sarah Henn, Joe Barone, Stephen Bell, Christina Belles, Owen Frazier, Dennis Gold, Jericho Hendershot, Molly Henn, Derek Heppding, Hoyt Keiser, Eric Lutz, Samantha Malandri, Lucas Nardini, David Swanson, Bryan Thompson, Matt Wallikas and Brenda Wenner. They spent hours and hours in rehearsals. Now I can't wait to see what is next for the Dietrich in respect to community-based theatre productions.
Our next big event is the Dietrich's 10th Annual Spring Film Festival from April 13 to 26. To be able to see 14 of the most celebrated films of the past few months over a14 -day period in Tunkhannock is amazing. Hildy and Jeffrey were able to bring in A Separation that was the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film as well as Golden Globe and Oscar winner Meryl Streep's The Iron Lady. I am also looking forward to seeing the documentary on pioneer researcher Jane Goodall and her work with chimpanzees.
For the festival's Opening Night Gala, we will be featuring "The Kid With a Bike" and "The Women on the 6th Floor." Plus there will delicious hors d'oeuvres by Epicurean Delight, Twigs Restaurant and Seasons Restaurant. Nimble Hill Vineyard and Winery will provide wine. And, Hildy just called me the other day with the list of desserts that Epicurean Delight will be providing, and they sound completely sumptuous – mini raspberry romanoffs, chocolate and mint mousse, fresh fruit tarts, tini tiramisus and lemon curd pound cakes. I can't wait. Tickets for opening night are $35 each and can be reserved by calling the Dietrich at 570.996.1500. For more information about the film festival movies and show times visit our website at www.dietrichtheater.com or call us 570.996.1500 to request a festival brochure.
In April the Dietrich will also be presenting children's art classes, the ever-popular All About Pottery & Sculpture will be back. In these classes, students will learn about the medium of clay as they create sculptures, learn hand-building (coil and slab construction) techniques, and experience working on potter's wheels. Children as young as four and five years old can attend Young at Art: Pottery for Preschools on Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 from 10– 10:45 a.m. There will be a Wednesday All About Pottery & Sculpture series for children ages 5 to 8 years old on April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 4:-5:30 p.m., and students ages 9 to 12 years old can take a similar class on Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 from 4– 5:30 p.m. Admission is $40 for each class series and materials will be provided.
As you can see the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!