Arts and entertainment calendar, week of Nov. 25, 2015

November 24th, 2015 9:15 am


The Jazz Nutcracker Suite, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Theatre in Brooks at Keystone College. A free performance by the PA Jazz Alliance, featuring the music of Peter IIlich Tchaikovsky arranged by Duke Ellington and Shorty Rogers for the Jazz Big Band. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Keystone College Business Ethics students’ holiday toy drive to benefit the Catherine McCauley Center. RSVP by Nov. 25: Info: 570-945-8161 or

Radio City Christmas Spectacular bus trip, Nov. 30, sponsored by the Double “R” Twirlettes. Includes round trip motor coach, orchestra level seat at the show, and free time in New York City. Cost: $99. Info: 570-489-1935.

Golden Days of Radio Players performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Cost: Free. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Summit University’s Theatre Department presents ‘A Christmas Carol,’ 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4 and 5 with a matinee performance at 2:30 Dec. 5 at the university. Info: 570-585-9000 or

Diva Productions presents James Goldman’s ‘The Lion in Winter,’ 8 p.m. Dec. 3,4, 11 and 12; 4 p.m. Dec. 5 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.

Actors Circle presents: ‘Seasoned Stew,’ Dec. 3-6 and 10-13 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road in Scranton. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors and $8 students; Dec. 3 tickets are $8 general and seniors and $6 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707.

Wreath Making with Abby Peck, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Waverly Community House. Cost: $2 donation. Info: 570-586-8191, extension 2 or

The Winter Concert of the Wally Gordon Community Singers, 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Hwy. A cookie reception will follow. Cost: free; donations accepted.

Keystone College presents ‘Good Tidings to You’ holiday concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Theatre in Brooks on campus. Cost: free. Features performances by the Keystone College Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and The Chorale at Keystone as they perform popular instrumental, vocal, and jazz favorites, including Handel’s Messiah, traditional Christmas and Hannukah songs, and holiday sing-along songs. Audience members can enjoy complimentary treats of the season and appearances by special holiday characters for children. Info:, 570-945-8599 or

Arcadia Chorale presents ‘Glad Tidings: Music of Heaven and Earth,’ 8 p.m. Dec. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton and 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Nicholas R. C. Church in Wilkes-Barre. Cost: $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members, and free for students. Info/reservations: or 570-871-0350.

Free showing of ‘Home Alone,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Cost: free. Seating is first come, first served. Info: 570-996-1500.

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

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.


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.


Victorian ornament-making workshop, 12 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Led by Arlene O’Malley. Cost: free. Reservations (required): 570-344-3841.

Fine Art, Fine Coffee, Fine Company, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 13 and up. Experience the thrill of creating your own works of art with instructor Steve Colley, and over coffee enjoy the company of fellow new and experienced artists. Supplies provided. Cost: $20. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Home ‘made’ for the Holidays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Lackawanna State Park Environmental Learning Center. Stop by with family and friends to create a holiday ornament using natural materials. Bring a container in which to carry home your creation; all materials provided. Info: 570-945-7110.

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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