More Than Movies: Dietrich Theater is abuzz with activities for all ages

More Than the Moves - Erica Rogler | March 29th, 2016 10:05 am

Editor’s note: This week’s column was written by Dietrich Theater Program Director Margie Young. Erica Rogler will return next week.

We were all so blown away and proud of our Dietrich Warrior Writers and Dietrich Writers Group a couple of Sundays ago when they shared their writing for a well attended reading in our Peg Fassett Performance Studio. This was the first public reading for both groups reading together, a chance to give us all a glimpse of the experiences of war that these veterans carry home with them, along with parallel experiences of those who did not go to war, but live with other life-changing events that they carry with them.

Co-facilitators Jennie Pacanowski and Gary Morgan, both combat veterans, invite all veterans to join Warrior Writers from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every second Monday at the Dietrich Theater, to meet with others who have experienced the challenges of war. Hildy Morgan invites all those who wish to hone their writing with other writers to join the Dietrich Writers Group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday.

Are you ready to celebrate? The Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater is going to be celebrating all year. It was 15 years ago that the Dietrich Theater reopened after being closed for about 15 years.

Our first celebration was last Thursday evening with My Big Fat Wedding Night Out with the showing of two movies, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” complete with Greek cookies and pastries from Keystone Konfections, and coffee provided by Tioga Bistro. To set the scene, Something Blue Bridal Boutique provided two exquisite bridal dresses on both sides of the stage – a perfect backdrop for the evening.

About 100 people heard Hildy Morgan, Executive Director Emeritus, tell the tale that the first “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in 2002 was our biggest grossing film ever and it played at the Dietrich for nine weeks. It was a sleeper little indie film that the Dietrich showed when no one else was showing it. People came from miles around to see it and then came back to see it again. It was a movie that helped put the Dietrich Theater on the map.

If you missed My Big Fat Wedding Night Out, don’t worry. You can still see “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” with the same cast and a updated spin on the same story. Many more celebrations will follow, so stay tuned.

Spring Film Festival is in the air and excitement mounts as gala reservations are filling up. It is not too late to get some choice seats for Opening Night on Friday, April 1, featuring two movies, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. The two movies, “Brooklyn” and “The Lady in the Van” have superb reviews. And everyone will be thrilled with delectables from Epicurean Delight, Ma Greenley’s BBQ, Seasons Restaurant, Twigs Restaurant and Café, and the Fireplace Restaurant. Nimble Hill Vineyard and Winery and Nimble Hill Brewing Company have the best wine and beer. What a night. You are all invited. Just call 570-996-1500 and reserve your seat.

The three week Spring Film Festival schedule of 21 films, this year shown in two theaters, giving you more choices for viewing, features just about every genre of film, each one highly acclaimed. You will have more chances to see films that you’ve been wanting to see, such as: “The Big Short,” about the housing and credit bubble of the last decade; “Carol,” with the amazing Cate Blanchette; “The Danish Girl,” with Eddie Redmayne; “Spotlight,” the story of the investigative reporting of the Boston Globe and “Trumbo,” about a blacklisted screenwriter.

There are also many less publicized and advertised films, such as: “Janis,” about Janis Joplin of rock music fame; three art retrospective films, “Florence and the Uffizi Gallery,” “Manet – Portraying Life,” and “Rembrandt”; “Life,” a new look at the enigmatic screen star James Dean and “Theeb,” a film in Arabic with English subtitles, that follows a young Bedouin boy who experiences an early coming of age.

A very special evening is planned for the showing of “No Place on Earth” at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, when you will meet the cave explorer and filmmaker Chris Nicola and hear how in 1942 he discovered a cave that became home to those seeking asylum from the Nazis. This will be a rare opportunity to hear an incredible survival story and meet the filmmaker.

If you have little ones, mark your calendar for The Tom Knight Puppet Show at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 14. Tom Knight will delight the preschool set with his wonderful songs and puppets. Because this event is so popular, call 570-996-1500 for reservations.

And finally, get ready to Meet the Orchestra at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16. This children and family friendly presentation by Abi and Timothy Ziegler and friends will showcase different musical instruments, the sounds they make, and how they work together. You might even want to try one yourself.

The Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater is abuzz with all kinds of activities and opportunities. All we need is for you to be there!


More Than the Moves

Erica Rogler

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