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“Live! Live! Live! Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!” This is Mame Dennis’ motto. Join us next week as the comedic play “Auntie Mame” comes to life at the Dietrich. Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee and adapted from Patrick Dennis’s best-selling novel, 25 members in this production’s cast and crew have been working tirelessly to bring us this unforgettable show. Brenda Wenner has the lead role of the irrepressible eccentric Mame and Trent Frazier will play her nephew, young Patrick. Directed by the Dietrich’s Jennifer Jenkins, this play will have a five-day run with show times Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. This show is pure fun that is sure to delight. Tickets are $10 each and are available by calling us at 570.996.1500 or visiting the Dietrich’s ticket booth. You won’t want to miss out.

Shortly after our production of “Auntie Mame”, the Dietrich will be presenting a series of classes for adults on radio theatre. Do you remember old time radio? Did you always wonder how sound effects were made or what it felt like to use your voice to sound like a variety of characters from hero to villain? Well, here is your chance! We invite you to see what it is like to put together a live radio comedy or drama. Directed by Hoyt Keiser and Esther Harmatz, classes will be held Tuesday, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will culminate with a live performance Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. No experience is required and admission is free.

In addition to the Golden Days of Radio Players, the Dietrich will also be presenting a host of other classes for adults. If you are interested in health and wellness, Donna Fetzko will be back to teach Eating for Health Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. During these classes, she will explain the what, how and why of healthy eating to improve or maintain health throughout our lives. Classes will include discussion, practical tips, recipes and more. Admission is free.

Then on Fridays in May, we invite you to grab your partner and dosey doe to the Dietrich for square dance lessons. Modern Western Square Dance Caller, Dave Taylor will teach adults and students ages 16 and up the basics of square dancing. You will experience the history of square dancing from contra dancing, to line dancing, to country “barn” dancing to Dave’s specialty modern western square dancing. Lessons will be held Fridays, May 3, 10, 17 and 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. These dances are fun and easy to learn and admission is free. Space is limited.

For those who interested in learning about photography, Steamtown National Historic Site Photographer Kenny Ganz will be back at the theater for Photography for Beginners. During these classes, you will learn the basics of photography whiling gaining practical shooting experience. Each week students will meet at the Dietrich and then proceed to various locations to photograph. Classes will be held on Monday, May 6, 13, 20, June 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. I took this class a few years ago with my husband and really enjoyed it. It taught me to think more about the composition of my photographs and to experiment more with my photography. Admission is $75 and students are asked to bring their own cameras.

We also will be presenting a writers’ workshop for adults in May. This class is sure to invigorate your writing through prompts and exercises that will expand your skills, shake up your work and get your writing to unexpected placed. Taught by Laurel Radzieski, she will have you write in a variety of genres including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, play writing and more to stretch your literary muscles. Classes will be held Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $75. All skill levels are welcome.

For more information or to register for any of these classes, please call us at 570.996.1500.

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

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