If you drove by or walked by the Dietrich Theater at night during this past week, you may have noticed the marquee was dark. Don’t worry — we are in the middle of a project to upgrade the lighting on our treasured marquee and clean up our facade.
Thanks to support from the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, the Tunkhannock Rotary Club and Craig Mark of Kelmark LLC, the Dietrich’s marquee will be newly improved with LED lighting. We are so excited about this conversion because LED lighting is so durable, it can withstand the cold temperatures of northeastern Pennsylvania better than neon and it is so much more energy efficient. I would also like to thank our building maintenance manager Jim Hudock for overseeing this project. He is one of those folks who quietly makes a big difference in his community, especially here at the Dietrich. Stay tuned for details about the marquee’s transformation.
In addition to renovations, the Dietrich has also been busy with a variety of live events. On Oct. 18, we collaborated with WVIA to present a fabulous concert celebrating the American Musical at WVIA’s Sordoni Theater. It was a magical afternoon of music performed by Gary Boerckel accompanying soprano Bernadette Boerckel and tenor Daniel Marcus. They took us on a tour of the American musical through a series songs made famous by five couples from musicals including Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan from “Carousel,” Harold Hill and Marian the librarian from “The Music Man” and the baker and his wife from “Into the Woods.” The concert was recorded and will be later broadcast on WVIA for the entire region to experience.
We would like to thank Jean Mieczkowski, the Tunkhannock Rotary Club and First Energy Foundation for allowing us to offer this concert free of charge and for providing free bus transportation from the Dietrich to WVIA for the event.
During the weekend of the concert, the Dietrich also hosted a presentation on the 44 species of reptiles and amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania with local naturalist and WNEP Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality Rick Koval. What impressed me the most about this lecture was the audience. They were so knowledgeable about all of the amazing creatures we have here in our backyard, especially the kids. After the program, Rick showed live reptiles and amphibians that he brought with him to attendees. The kids always get a kick out of holding the snakes and turtle. We would like to thank the Overlook Estate Foundation for funding this event.
If you are looking for live entertainment over the next couple of weeks, we encourage you to join us for the production of “The Last Thoughts of Gino Merli” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Dietrich.
In this one-man Scranton Public Theatre production, playwright Tom Flannery’s interpretation brings to the stage the thoughts of PFC Gino Merli as his division was attacked by German forces in Belgium on Sept. 4, 1944. His heroic actions later earned him the United States Medal of Freedom Honor. All are invited to attend this live theatre production honoring one locally acclaimed veteran and all veterans.
Admission is free, thanks to the support of a friend of the Dietrich’s. Call 570-996-1500 to make reservations. Tickets will also be available at the door as long as they last.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!