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Opening on October 31, 1956, Jerome Lawrence’s and Robert E Lee’s play “Auntie Mame,” adapted from Patrick Dennis best-selling novel about his aunt, became a Broadway hit. The original production starred Rosalind Russell in the title role of Mame Dennis. Other members of the original cast included Robert Allen as Mr. Babcock, Yuki Shimoda as Ito, Robert Smith as Beau and Peggy Cass as Agnes Gooch. Receiving much acclaim for their roles, both Russell and Cass received Tony Awards nominations in 1957 with Peggy Cass winning.


Later this month, this comedic show will be brought to life on the Dietrich stage for a five-day run from April 24 through 28. Local actress Brenda Wenner will play Mame Dennis, a New York City socialite who inherits her 10- year-old orphan nephew after her brother’s death. Taking place in the Roaring 20s, Mame fails spectacularly at jobs during the Great Depression, and embraces experimental views of a child’s education. She is no one’s idea of a role model except for young Patrick, who adores her. But will such an irrepressible eccentric be allowed to keep her nephew? Find out as you experience “Auntie Mame,” an unforgettable show and a delight for all audiences at the Dietrich. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased now at the Dietrich’s ticket booth or by calling 570.996.1500. You won’t want to miss it!


Speaking of must-see entertainment, we are currently in the midst of our Spring Film Festival. I hope you have found time to take in a few of the featured movies. I will definitely be seeing the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” and encourage you to see it as well. It will be showing April 12 at 2 p.m. and April 17 at 7 p.m. For a complete listing of all of our festival movies and show times, visit our website www.dietrichtheater.com.


The Dietrich also has a couple of special movie events coming up in addition to the film festival. On May 1 at 7 p.m., we invite you to see “Bill W.” at the theater. This documentary tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Interviews, recreations and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of more than 2 million men and women – a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world. The movie will be followed by a Q & A session. This event is sponsored by Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. and admission is free. Tickets will be available at the door or they can be reserved by calling 570.996.1500.


The Dietrich will also show an environmental movie in May called “Green Fire.” Join us May 11 at 11 a.m. for this documentary on the life and land ethic of Aldo Leopold, one of the most important conservationists of the 20th century. Leopold is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and the science of ecological restoration. The film will be followed by a Q & A session and you will have the chance to visit environmental organizations’ displays in the theater lobby after the movie. Admission is free.


In conjunction with Green Fire the movie, we invite you to read the book “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold and then join us for book discussions at the Tunkhannock Public library led by Bob Daniels and Dr. Peter Petokas. These discussions will be held May 8 and 15 at 7 p.m. This film and book discussion project has been sponsored by Countryside Conservancy, South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition, Lower Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Association, the Overlook Estate Foundation, the Dietrich Theater, the North Branch Land Trust and the Endless Mountains Heritage Region. For more information or to reserve tickets to the movie, please contact the Dietrich at 570.996.1500.


As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies.


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