Technology, creativity abound for kids at the Dietrich

June 18th, 2015 10:26 am

First Posted: 1/17/2015

Is your child a whiz at using technology? Is he or she creative?

If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, your child may be interested in participating in a variety of classes that combine technology and the arts at the Dietrich Theater this winter.

Classes will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month, and we will kick things off with LEGO Film and Claymation from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 24. In this class, children ages 7-14 will learn how to develop, shoot and edit a LEGO or claymation film. Instructor Rand Whipple and his staff will show aspiring film makers how to make characters’ movements smooth and sound effects pop. I am always amazed at how quickly children learn how to put together these movies. Admission is $17 and all equipment is provided.

Robotics for ages 7-14 will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the same day. In this workshop, students will learn how to build and program robots. Whipple and his staff will show attendees how to make a machine that moves, sees, feels and even talks. Admission is $17 for the workshop and all materials are provided.

For younger movie makers, we will also offer a Living Toys class. In this class, children ages 5-8 will bring their favorite toys to be the stars of their films. While creating these simple movies, participants will learn the basics of live film and stop motion. Class will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24. Admission is $17.

And of course, a Saturday with Box of Light Studio would not be complete without a Minecraft event.

Join your fellow Minecrafters for building, spleefing, grinding and raising of diamond swords. Play, learn and hang with your tribe in this networked game. Minecraft events will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 24. Admission is $17 per event.

Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register for any of these offerings. Space is limited. We also encourage you to visit to see our full listing of classes with Box of Light Studio through April.

I would also like to remind readers to join us at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, for a hiking presentation with Jeff Mitchell. He will share with us some of the hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania with an emphasis on those right here in northeastern Pennsylvania. The photography from his hikes is breathtaking.

We are so fortunate to have so many amazing sights right here in our backyard. Admission to the talk is free. Jeff’s book, “Hiking the Endless Mountains,” will be offered for sale at the presentation, with proceeds benefiting the theater. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Dietrich.

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