What a day! Wednesday, April 13 marked the 15th anniversary of the Dietrich Theater reopening as a movie theater and cultural center.
What a milestone. As usual, the theater was just brimming over with activity. In the morning, we held Simply Yoga classes with Donna Fetzko and a drum circle with Al Cabral. Decorative painters with the guidance of Teresa Brewer painted ornamental wooden boxes and young quilters learned the art of early American quilting in Quilting for Kids, an after school class series. Quilting instructors Terry Keller, Peggy Lane, and Ingrid Rogler also taught a similar class that evening for adults, and our cast and crew of the Dietrich’s upcoming community theatre production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” met for a rehearsal.
Plus, the theater also showed seven different films that day, including some of our film festival features, and hosted a special film event with filmmaker and cave explorer Chris Nicola. His film “No Place on Earth” tells a powerful story of survival of a Jewish family during the Holocaust in what is now the Ukraine. You could have heard a pin drop during the movie’s showing. It’s a must-see. His question-and-answer session following the film was also incredible. He is still very close with the family that the film is about and his passion and dedication to sharing their story with the world is inspiring.
“No Place on Earth” was one of just many of powerful films in this spring’s festival. The selection this time gave us so much to think about from “Trumbo,” to “45 Years,” to “Spotlight,” to “The Big Short,” to “Carol,” to “Where to Invade Next” and many others. I am very much looking forward to our post-festival discussion, which will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 22 at the Dietrich. We invite you to come and share your thoughts on festival films.
That evening, at 7 p.m., Open Mic Night will be back at the Dietrich. We invite you to come out and share a song, a story, poem or comedy routine with us in the open mic portion of the evening. Then our feature performers Rich Ryczak and Own Frazier will take the stage and share comedic examples of Old Time Radio. Seating and sign-ups for Open Mic Night begin at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there.
The Dietrich will also hold another film event Saturday. We encourage you to come out for the Bucknell student-made documentary “Stories of the Susquehanna: Utopian Dreams.” Through this film, we will learn about the legacies of the utopian communities associated with Joseph Priestly, Samuel Coleridge and French Azilum which are in our region. Admission is free and the film will be followed by a question-and-answer session. This event is part of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River of the Year celebration and is presented by Bucknell University, the Endless Mountains Heritage Region and the Dietrich. For more information or tickets, contact the Dietrich at 570-996-1500. Tickets will also be available at the door while they last.
We also ask you to mark your calendars for our upcoming community production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Hoyt Keiser which will run for three days from April 29 through Sunday May 1. Experience the hilarity of this classic play about the Brewster family. See how hero Mortimer Brewster deals with his crazy homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, New York, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. It should be a hoot! Tickets are $10 each. For more information or tickets, call the theater.
Also, we would like to extend a big thank you to the Tunkhannock Junior Women’s Club and Toni Hockman for underwriting our three Tom Knight Puppet Shows last week. Over 460 young children were singing and dancing along to the songs and skits in his shows.
As you can see the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!