What a week it has been for live theatre. Last week, audience members were just delighted by the Dietrich Radio Players spring performance. They truly brought “My Friend Irma – Seeing Ghosts” and “Dick Tracy – The Case of the Big Top Murders” to life with great sound affects, their comedic and dramatic timing and enthusiasm. We would like to thank the cast and their directors, Hoyt Keiser and Esther Harmatz, for bringing old time radio to the Dietrich. We would also like to thank Suzanne Robinson and Ed Battestin for underwriting the program.
The day after the Radio Players performance a group of 27 of us embarked on a bus trip to NYC to see “Cinderella” on Broadway. The show was spectacular from the story with its unique twists and turns to the dazzling costumes to the enchanting set to the remarkable cast. To add to the magic of the day, Douglas Carter Beane, writer of the new book for “Cinderella” and part-time Tunkhannock resident, arranged for us to have a Q & A with the stage manager and some of the cast. We were joined by a group of elementary school children for the Q & A and they asked some pretty interesting questions such as ‘How does the set move?’ and “What do actors do during intermission?’ Then we enjoyed a delicious family-style dinner at Carmine’s. You couldn’t ask for a better day in my opinion. If you haven’t seen “Cinderella” on Broadway, gather your friends and family and take a day trip. It’s well worth it.
More live theatre will be coming to Tunkhannock with the Dietrich Community Theatre’s production of “The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock” by Catherine Trieshmann Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at Lazybrook Park. Director Jennifer Jenkins and her cast and crew have been tirelessly working to bring this performance to the community as part of Tunkhannock’s sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War. You are invited to join us for this free performance. Just bring your own lawn chair or blanket. You won’t want to miss it. For more information, please call us at 570.996.1500.
In addition to offering opportunities to experience theatre arts this month, the Dietrich is also presenting a variety of classes for adults and camps for kids. For instance, local jewelry maker Toni Hockman will be teaching Jewelry Making: Right Angle Weave for students ages 16 and up. This beginner class will be held Wednesday, June 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. During this class you will design and create your own bracelet as you learn this versatile bead weaving stitch. I have taken a couple of Toni’s classes in the past and learned so much. Admission is $40 and materials will be provided.
And children can go on adventures through our Theatre and Visual Arts camps, Acting Camps for Kids, All About Pottery & Sculpture Camp, Art Explorers Camp and more.
For more information or to register for any of these offerings, please call the Dietrich at 570.996.1500.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!