According to Sir Ken Robinson, “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
I agree with Sir Robinson that inventiveness is essential to our future, and children’s imaginations and creativity are definitely flourishing at the Dietrich this winter. Last week we started our After School Theatre Arts program for the year with drama coach and Dietrich Theater Executive Director Jennifer Jenkins. The theme for the production is “One Night in Paris” and the more than 30 middle school and high school students involved have already started developing their own characters for their upcoming play.
Our artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley have also started up classes for the new year. In All About Pottery & Sculpture, fifteen children ages five to twelve years old are exploring the medium of clay as they create hand-built pottery and work on potter’s wheels. I think children sometimes have an easier time creating art because they are not afraid of making mistakes.
The theater’s Simply Yoga class for adults also started out with a bang. Over fifteen students came out to experience the benefits that yoga has to offer. Certified instructor Donna Fetzko teaches the user-friendly, demystified, safe and effective YogaFit style, which promotes overall health, strengthens the body, improves flexibility, increases energy and decreases stress. You can’t beat that, right? Classes are held Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and admission is $10 per class.
The Dietrich will also be offering Kundalini Yoga starting this month. Taught by Barbara Tierney, Kundalini Yoga helps you explore breath, movement and mantra. Classes will be held on Mondays, Jan. 20 through March 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per class, and students should bring a yoga mat and blanket.
The theater will also be hosting a Heart Healthy Nutrition class this winter. In this class series, Donna Fetzko will help you learn what food choices will nourish your body and will bring health and vitality to your heart. During this class you will discuss healthy heart function, heart healthy foods, and heart healthy lifestyles. Classes will be held on Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. We would like to thank the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation for underwriting this class series. For more information or to register, please call us at 570-996-1500.
We would also like to encourage you to come out to Open Mic Night on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Join us as musicians, storytellers, poets and other performers take the Dietrich stage and share their talents. After the open mic portion of the evening we will be entertained by featured singer/songwriter Wolf Critton. Admission to Open Mic is free and doors open for sign ups and seating at 6:30 p.m. For details, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!