Arts and entertainment calendar, week of Dec. 9, 2015

December 8th, 2015 1:55 pm


Actors Circle presents: ‘Seasoned Stew,’ 8 p.m Dec. 10, 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road in Scranton. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors and $8 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707.

Diva Productions presents James Goldman’s ‘The Lion in Winter,’ 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at The Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. Cost: $12 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens. Free parking is available in the lot behind the theater and on the street. Reservations (required): or 570-209-7766.

Summit University Music Department presents ‘Light Eternal’ Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the university. Cost: $8. Tickets/info: or 570-585-9000.

The Scranton Civic Ballet Company’s 29th annual production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. Cost: $18.50 per ticket or four tickets for the price of 3. Tickets: at the Fidelity Box Office at the Scranton Cultural Center and at all regional Ticketmaster outlets, including Boscov’s, Gallery of Sound and select Walmart locations. Info: 570-343-0115.

John Mitchell: An American Hero, 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Rossetti Family Estate, 1005 Vine St., Scranton. A dramatic reading written and performed by Robert Thomas Hughes, of Clarks Summit. Benefits Lackawanna County Historical Society. Cost: $15. Seating is limited. Reservations: 570-344-3841.

‘A Best of Countryside Christmas’ cantata, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive. Refreshments will be served from 3 to 4 p.m. Info: 570-587-3206 or

15th Annual Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center. The evening will include performances by the Scranton Brass Orchestra of a variety of holiday favorites and an audience Christmas caroling sing-along. Cost: donation of a new toy, article of children’s clothing or monetary donation to benefit children of area families in need, via United Neighborhood Center’s Project Hope. Info:, 570-941-7624 or

Free showing of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Cost: Admission, popcorn and soda are free. Seating is first come, first served. Info: 570-996-1500.

The Wyoming County Players annual musical, ‘The Christmas Schooner,’ 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Waverly Community House. Cost: $10 for general admission and $7 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 570-836-6986.

‘Our Present and His Presence’ live nativity, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19 and 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road, Clarks Green. This drama of a live nativity includes a variety of animals and performers, special music, and more at the expanded site across from the church parking lot. Also includes home-made cookies and warm beverages in the fellowship hall by the fireplace. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8286 or

The Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s 40th annual presentation of ‘The Nutcracker Ballet,’ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 27 and 28 at Marywood’s Sette LaVerghetta theater. Cost: free. Reserved seat tickets are available to the general public, on a first come, first serve basis, at the Marywood box office, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, two hours prior to each performance. Info: 570-347-2867.

First Night Scranton: ‘Past, Present, Future,’ New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 to midnight, New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 at various downtown Scranton locations. An alcohol-free celebration of art and culture that gives families an affordable alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve parties. Features live music, dance, magic shows, children’s activities, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Cost: $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens and those with military identification. Children under age 5 are admitted free. Info: or 570-499-6360.

‘Terezin and Kurdistan – A Journey: How do we break this chain of inhumanity?’ exhibit, Jan. 23 – Feb. 28 with a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at Marywood University’s Suraci Gallery. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Photographs, by Michael Mirabito, Ph.D., portray former atrocities as well as the human need for normalcy. Exhibition is the inaugural presentation of the virtual Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at Marywood University.

2016 Scholastic Art Awards for NEPA awards presentation, 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Writers’ Group, 7 - 8:30 p.m. every Thursday (ongoing) at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. All genres and levels of writing are welcome. For ages 18 and up. Cost: free. Info: 570-833-5246.

Warrior Writers, 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Mondays at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. These writing workshops support artistic exploration and expression and provide a safe space to share experiences in the military culture. Open to all veterans and service members. Cost: Free. Info/register: call 570-996-1500.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Abington Community Library. Discuss “A Is For Alibi” by Sue Grafton. For adults.


Smocking group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your current smocking project and mingle with other smockers. Smocking experience is necessary. Info: 570-587-3440.

Decorative Painting, 12 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 16 to adult. Instructor: Teresa Brewer. Cost: $20 per class, plus cost of painting surface. Register (required): 570-996-1500.

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