Live theater lives on at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler | December 7th, 2015 10:28 am

Bravo, Radio Players!

What a delight it was to experience “theater of the mind” with the 13 actors who charmed the audience with three holiday plays. Everyone who attended the performance went away feeling in the spirit giving, despite Jack Benny’s shoelace stinginess. A new enhancement of the show was with the help of Millie Rychzak, costumer extraordinaire, who made sure everyone was in period dress. And watching the director and sound technician, Esther Harmatz, on stage with her many contraptions to create the required sound effects, both manual and electronic, was a show all by itself. Because the audience keeps growing we will have to order a bigger celebratory cake next year.

Live theatre continued at the Dietrich later in the week with a free performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the Gamut Theatre Group of Harrisburg. This group of talented actors brought Shakespeare to life during this special show for students from the Tunkhannock Area High School. If you remember we had to cancel Shakespeare in the Park on Tunkhannock’s Founders’ Day night this past June due to the terrible rains that day, so we decided to invite our local school students to see their performance. After the show, the cast held a talk back session with them about the play, acting in general, their favorite roles and more.

We would like to thank the Overlook Estate Foundation for making this special school showing possible. I think it is so important for school students to see Shakespeare performed live. Seeing it performed is much more powerful than reading it on a page.

Next week entertainment will continue with free showings the ever-favorite holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Come out with your friends and family at 2, 7 or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 to see this Frank Capra classic. Sponsored by Ace Robbins, not only is admission free, but so is the popcorn and soda. Seating is first come, first served. Plus there will be Christmas cookies for you to enjoy as well. What a great way to get into the holiday spirit!

Speaking of cookies, thank you all for making the Dietrich’s Homemade Cookie Walk a success during Tunkhannock’s Christmas in Our Hometown from those who made baked to those who organized and worked the event to those who bought cookies. And, boy, did we have a great variety — from chocolate covered cherries, to peanut butter blossoms, to molasses cookies, to toffee bars, to beautifully decorated cut out cookies and more. Homemade cookies are always a delicious treat, and not only were these cookies scrumptious, but all the proceeds from the cookie walk will go to support programming for children at the Dietrich. So, thank you.

One of our most popular and longest running programs for youth at the theater is the Dietrich’s After School Players. We will kick off this class series for students ages 12 to 18 on Jan. 7 and it will run for eight weeks through March 3 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Directed by Brenda Fager, students will learn about all aspects of performing a play from studying a script to creating a character to blocking a scene. This year they will bring the play “Class Action” by Brad Straight to life. The show is a mix of comedy and drama about life in a high school, a play that truly respects the real emotions and feelings of teens. All budding actors are in for a very special opportunity to learn and have fun producing a play for all to enjoy. Admission is free. To register, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500. Space is limited. After School Players is made possible by the Wells Fargo Foundation.

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

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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