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Tonight the curtain goes up on the Dietrich’s production of “Auntie Mame” and we are just so excited. There is nothing quite like live theatre, and it’s just wonderful to be able experience it right here in our community. Director Jennifer Jenkins and her cast and crew of 25 community members of all ages have put so much of their time, energy and talent into this show by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee that was based on Patrick Dennis’ bestselling 1955 novel. It is bound to delight, so please join us for a performance. Show times are April 24 through April 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Dietrich Theater ticket booth or by calling 570.996.1500. Great entertainment while supporting the arts – you just can’t beat it!

Speaking of live entertainment, the Dietrich will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year with an afternoon of guitar music from Mexico. Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will pay tribute to Mexico’s rich folk music heritage by performing our southern neighbor’s vibrant songs and dances as well as sharing the country’s diverse contemporary classical music for the guitar. Jay has been delighting audiences at the Dietrich with classical guitar music from around the world for the past several years. Through his previous concerts, we have experienced classical guitar music from Spain, Argentina, America and more. This Cinco de May concert will feature the composers Manuel Ponce, Agustin Lara, Julio Cesar Oliva, Ernesto Garcia de Leon and other greats. The concert will start at 3 p.m. May 5. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call us at 570.996.1500.

In addition to hosting live events in May, the Dietrich will be teaching

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 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 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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