Editor’s note: This week’s column was written by Dietrich Theater Program Director Margie Young. Erica Rogler will return next week.
Last week and this week the Dietrich Theater has been filled with the excitement of aspiring actors.
Instructors Brenda Fager and Mary Troy, who teach the Dietrich’s long running After School Players program, started a new theatre arts program for students ages 13-18 this summer. During this daily two-and-a-half-hour course, students are busy preparing two one-act plays to perform for family and friends at the end of this week. Not only will they be learning acting techniques and performing in the play, but small groups have been created to be responsible for different aspects of the show. One group is in charge of costuming, another makes decisions about and creates the set, et cetera.
What a great learning opportunity.
We would like to thank our sponsors Toni Hockman and Sarah Sidorek for making this program possible. We can’t wait to see their show on Friday.
This week, Rand Whipple brought art to the Dietrich through technology. Students in small teams are creating LEGO animated films, as they learn about stop action animation, from shooting, to editing, to adding a score and sound effects. Whipple is also teaching a Zombie Film Camp where students learn filmmaking and some really cool, disgusting makeup techniques – an infectious sense of fun.
The first week in August our theatre and visual arts team of Amy Colley and Michaela Tour bring to the Dietrich their new camp called “Mermaids, Pirates and Treasure, Oh My!” for 5-12 year olds. They invite kids to “take a dive and visit the depths of the ocean and all the creatures within.” Art projects and theater experiences will abound, culminating with an original, oceanic play put on by the kids. Registration is still open.
On Founders Day on Saturday, June 25 you can begin the day at the Dietrich and end the day at Riverside Park for Shakespeare in the Park and the Gamut Group production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” The Dietrich Theater is a must-see destination to browse the Historic Downtown Tunkhannock exhibit, take in the Historic Downtown Tunkhannock Comes Alive presentation, sign up for a 1 1/2 hour walking tour, and enjoy freshly made strawberry cake. Also, take your chance to win one of many intriguing baskets filled with all kinds of goodies. And don’t miss one-of-a-kind handmade market bags for sale, and who doesn’t need another market bag? All sales will benefit children’s programming at the Dietrich Theater.
You will want to make a reservation for the free presentation “Historic Tunkhannock Comes Alive” on Founders Day at the Dietrich at 11 a.m., which will include: Gere Reisinger who will enlighten us about our Native American history; Charles Petrillo who will discuss our canal history; Bob Baker who will take us back to the Civil War era; Alex Fried who will remind us of all the industries that thrived in the area; and Lou Divis who will tell us tales of life after World War I. Rick Hiduk will introduce the start of the Historic Downtown Walking Tours, which begin following the presentation. You can make a reservation to save your place on the Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tour, a 1 1/2 mile tour, lasting up to 2 hours, takes you past 40 historic buildings, guided by tour guide who will make history come alive for you.
For more information about any of these Founders Day activities presented by the Dietrich Theater, call 570-996-1500.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!