New experiences abound at Dietrich Theater

June 19th, 2015 9:23 am

First Posted: 11/3/2014

There is something to be said for trying new things.

One of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes that encompasses this idea is, “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”

My new challenge this fall is taking conversational Spanish at the Dietrich. I took two years of the language in high school, but even with that experience, my knowledge on the subject is muy pequeña (very small).

At first, I was a little intimidated because the class focuses so heavily on speaking the language, but I quickly came to realize that our teacher Erika Colavitti’s method of immersing us as much as she can in Spanish is the best way for me to learn. This past week we talked about food in class. I can’t wait to find out what’s on the agenda for next week’s class.

Have you tried anything new this fall?

If not, there is always time, and the Dietrich is a great place to explore new things. For instance, if you always wanted to try yoga, the theater is offering a few classes. From 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Monday mornings, Donna Fetzko teaches Chair Yoga. In these classes, participants experience all of the benefits of yoga with the aid of a chair. Students strengthen their bodies, increase mobility in their joints and improve their balance and flexibility.

Donna makes modifications to poses based on her students’ abilities and all are welcome to attend. Admission is free, thanks to support from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation.

The Dietrich also offers Simply Yoga at the same time on Wednesday mornings. These classes are suitable for yoga practitioners of all levels of experience and are presented in a user-friendly, safe and effective YogaFit style. Donna Fetzko also teaches these classes, and admission is $10 per class.

Then from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, the Dietrich offers a different style of yoga, Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini is challenging to everyone yet can be done by everyone. Taught by Barbara Tierney, participants focus on breath, movement and mantra in these classes. Admission is also $10 per class.

If you are interested in finding new activity for your child, the Dietrich may just have the class or event you’re looking for. In November, the Dietrich will offer its popular Art Explorers series with Amy and Steve Colley. During this class series, young artists ages 5-12 will learn about famous artists and the different kinds of materials they worked while creating masterpieces of their own including drawings, paintings, pottery and sculptures.

Class will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays, Nov. 7, 14 and 21 and Dec. 5 Admission is $40 for the four-class series.

The Dietrich also has a children’s theatre production coming up at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Join us for “Balto: A True Story of the Bravest Dog in America.”

This play takes place in the blinding blizzard of 1925, which almost shut down the Alaskan town of Nome. During that storm, an outbreak of disease threatens the children and medicine needed is 800 miles away. No one can get through the storm by plane, train boat or car so it is up to a fearless sled dog named Balto to travel through the blizzard and save the town, if he can get there in time.

The show was underwritten by Toni Hockman and admission is free. Tickets are available by calling 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last.

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