Arts and entertainment calendar, week of Dec. 2, 2015

December 2nd, 2015 9:07 am


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 Hanukkah 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.

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.


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.


Wreath Making Workshop, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Waverly Community House. The workshop will run continuously throughout the day and is hosted by Abby Peck, who continues the tradition led by her mother Rosamond Peck for many years. Crafters will be asked to make one wreath for the Comm and may make at least one to take home. Although native greens will be provided, participants are asked to bring some of their own, such as yews, cedar, Scotch pine, holly, hemlock and spruce, as well as garden gloves, pruning shears, wire hangers and any other decorations for their take home wreaths. Wire for window-size wreaths will be provided. Cost: $2 to cover supplies. Info: 570-586-8191, ext. 2.

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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