More Than Movies: Dietrich Theater hosts variety of classes, learning experiences

More than Movies - Margie Young | April 3rd, 2017 1:12 pm

What makes us really happy at the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater? Of course there are so many things, like adults and children learning new skills in classes and adults and children enjoying wonderful movies and other events. But so very satisfying it is for us to host an event attended by a college class, accompanied by the professor.

That’s exactly what happened a couple of weekends ago when we showed the National Theatre Live production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. Professor Brian Maxwell, of Clark Summit University, brought his literature class to see it because they are studying Ibsen’s “The Doll’s House” and this was an opportunity to see a London production of another of his plays. We encourage all our nearby colleges and universities to come to any of our movies, plays or events that relate to their curricula. Sometimes we can even schedule a special showing or performance.

Three very special movie showings in our Spring Film Festival are coming up, showings that will include meeting the people involved in their production or those concerned about the issues that are presented.

“Completely Normal” is a locally filmed little jewel about unrequited love and mental illness. The film’s co-writer Heather Davis will be at the Dietrich at 5 p.m. April 24 for a question and answer session after the film. Heather just happens to be a former student of our own Bill Chapla.

“All in Time” is set in Wilkes-Barre and directed by local native Chris Fetchko, who will be available for a question and answer session after each showing, including 7 p.m. April 10, 7:15 p.m. April 15 and 5 p.m. April 23. This film is all about a man trying to find himself in the midst of a mid-life crisis.

“Before the Flood” is the documentary that follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world to discover the effects of climate change. The Countryside Conservancy has arranged for Dr. Sarah Kenehan, professor at Marywood University, to conduct a question and answer session after the showing at 12 p.m. April 22. Movie showings used to include cartoons as “extra added attractions.” For these special movie showings we have real live extra attractions. All are welcome.

If you have not yet attended a seminar by nutritionist and health coach Donna LaBar, you are missing a chance to look at your eating and lifestyle habits in a new way. Your next chance is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 8, a session to “Improve Digestion.” Donna also includes food sampling, delicious healthy salads and other delectables, including recipes. $10 donations are suggested. For reservations call 570-996-1500.

Ongoing yoga classes (Chair Yoga, Simply Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga), Nia, Writers Group, Warrior Writers, Improv, Quilting for Kids, Quilting for Everyone, Preschool Art and Music Classes and more is available at the Dietrich. For full listings pick up a brochure, go online at or call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

It is all here. Just for you!

More than Movies

Margie Young

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