More Than Movies: Founder’s Day a hit, live raptor presentation headed for Dietrich Theater July 9

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler | July 5th, 2016 11:22 am

Two hundred and fifty people, including all ages and even a few very well-behaved dogs, attended Shakespeare in the Park on Founder’s Day, June 25.

The weather was perfect for the evening performance, ending just before dark. For the first time the new pavilion at Riverside Park was the stage for the Gamut Theatre production, this time presenting “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” with a cast of 12 actors and a full set, brought all the way from Harrisburg. Always a hit was the talk-back at the end of the performance, when playgoers got a glimpse into the mission and background of the troupe.

We are so proud to have this troupe come for the ninth year in a row, the same troupe that performs Shakespeare in the Park in Harrisburg. Thank you Overlook Estate Foundation for sponsoring this community cultural event.

Fifty people attended Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tours that same day, with six tour guides to showcase the beautiful historic homes, churches and more. Hundreds more picked up brochures of the self-guided tour and browsed the Historic Tunkhannock exhibit in the Earnshaw Gallery at the Dietrich Theater. More than 50 people signed up for tours in July.

If you haven’t yet signed up for guided tours at 5 p.m. Thursdays in July, it is not too late. Tour guides are available and all you need to do is choose your Thursday and call 570-996-1500 to make your reservation.

So now what else is coming up at the Dietrich? Well, at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9 you are in for an AWEsome experience.

Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center will return to introduce and tell us all about six live raptors. All of them are rescued birds that have been injured and brought to the center. They are the ones that cannot be released because of their injuries, so they are used for educational purposes, such as coming to the Dietrich. One by one, Streeter will introduce them, tell all about them, what they eat, how fast they fly and more, each time inspiring the audience to hush as he takes them out of their boxes. It will be an experience you will not forget – we guarantee.

Then at 2 p.m. the next day, Sunday, July 10, on the movie screen you can see the National Theatre Live production of “Liaisons Dangereuses,” a steamy story of seduction, jealousy and sexual scheming, adapted by Christopher Hampton from the story written in 1793. The period costumes and the candlelit stage make this production a visual delight. The delicious intensity of the two lovers played by Janet McTeer and Dominic West make this a must-see production for mature playgoers. And even better than attending the play in a London or New York theater, there are interviews with the actors, director, and playwright between the acts, always insightful and fascinating. If you can’t come on July 10 you will have another opportunity at 2 p.m. July 24.

In July there are so many reasons to make your destination the Dietrich Theater. We hope to see you or hear from you soon!

The Gamut Theatre Group, of Harrisburg performs ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ on Founder’s Day evening. Gamut Theatre Group, of Harrisburg performs ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ on Founder’s Day evening. Submitted photo photo

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Erica Rogler

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