More Than Movies: Books, movies, art at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler | March 1st, 2016 9:56 am

Even though the weather was quite stormy last Wednesday night, we still had a great turn out for our final Wyoming County Reads discussion of the year on “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman.” Our topic for the evening was a complicated one: “Hatred, Prejudice and Ignorance vs. the Human Capacity for Goodness.”

Our friends from Misericordia University Dr. Jim Calderone and Dr. Marnie Hiester facilitated the discussion and asked us some thought-provoking questions, such as, “Who did the ‘mockingbird’ and ‘watchman’ symbolize in both novels and how do these images relate to aspects of good and evil?” and “What does prejudice stem from and what can we do to make a positive change?” Like I said, it was a very complex discussion with many points of view shared.

We would like to thank the Wyoming County Commissioners, the Tunkhannock Public Library and our facilitators Bill Chapla, Marnie Hiester and Jim Calderone for making this year’s project possible.

While Wyoming County Reads is wrapping up, our new Readers Meeting Writers project at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School is off to a great start. This past week 24 middle school students met after school with local author Jeanne Moran to discuss her novel “Risking Exposure” about a teenage girl struck with polio in Nazi Germany. Prior to meeting, the students were asked to read the first four chapters of the book, and, boy, were they ready to discuss! Some of the kids had even finished the book before the first session.

Students talked about and participated in activities that focused on how easy it is to go along with the crowd, and how hard it is to stand alone. I was very impressed with all of the students’ input and questions and can’t wait for this week’s session when we discuss propaganda, not only in regard to Ms. Moran’s novel, but relating to its influence on what we think and do. It should be fascinating.

In addition to Readers Meeting Writers, the Dietrich is offering drawing and painting classes for children this month with artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley. Children ages five to 12 years will be invited to learn about line, shape, shadow, perspective and more, as they explore using a variety of materials to draw and paint with including tempera, pastels, charcoals and watercolors.

Classes will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 Admission is $40 for the four class series.

Thanks to support from the Dietrich’s Fundraising Committee, Amy Colley will also be offering a similar series for preschoolers from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on the same dates, with free admission.

There is still time to register your little ones for our nature series with Rebecca Lesko which will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this month starting on March 8 and running through March 30. Parents, grandparents or caregivers and children ages two-and-a-half to five years will be able to explore various nature topics each week in these classes. Through crafts, role-playing, games, stories and discovery stations, topics to be covered will include fish, birds, turtles and a surprise topic. Admission is free, thanks to our friends at the Overlook Estate Foundation.

For more information or to sign up, please call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500.

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

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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