More Than Movies: Activities bloom at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler | May 2nd, 2017 12:27 pm

Have you noticed how beautiful the flora has been this spring? I just can’t get over the how lovely the flowering trees and bushes are, as well as the lushness of the plants. We are so fortunate to be living here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The scenic wonder of our region makes me want to get out there and explore all that is in bloom and budding and capture it on my camera.

Probably five years ago, my husband and I took a photography class at the Dietrich Theater with Kenny Ganz. Before taking the class, I didn’t know about all the special features on my camera or even how to take a good picture. Through that class, I was able to learn what compositionally makes a picture interesting and how to capture different shots depending on the lighting.

Kenny has been teaching photography at the Dietrich for many years now and is also the official photographer of the Steamtown National Historic Site. He will be back at the theater this May and June with another Photography for Beginners class. Students will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, May 15 through June 12 at the Dietrich where they will learn the basics of photography and then proceed to various locations around town to photograph. Participants will gain practical shooting experience along with personalized instruction.

While we call it a beginner class, more advanced students have taken the class and have seen an improvement in their work. It’s definitely a class worth taking if you have any interest in photography.

If you are more interested in crafting, the Dietrich has a couple one night workshops for you to enjoy this month.

The Dietrich’s own Esther Harmatz will teach her popular Introduction to Stained Glass from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 22. In this single session, students will learn how to design a piece, cut glass, polish, foil wrap and solder. Esther supplies all the materials and equipment and students leave with a finished item. Admission is $60. This class is a great opportunity for those who think they may like to try stained glass without having to shell out all the money for the equipment needed.

We also are presenting a jewelry-making workshop this month with Toni Hockman. In this class, Toni will teach students how to make wire wrapped rings. I have taken this offering previously and can attest to how easy the process is and how gorgeous the rings end up being. By the end of the class, I had already made five rings. Jewelry Making: Wire Wrapped Rings will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Admission is $35 and all materials are provided.

If you are looking for a family activity this month, the Dietrich is hosting a free showing of the movie “Space Jam” at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13. Join us for a morning of fun with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Looney Tunes gang and Michael Jordan. Not only is admission free, but so is the popcorn and soda. This special showing is sponsored in loving memory of “Jeeterbug” from the Kintner family and all are welcome to attend.

For more information about the “Space Jam” screening, or any of the Dietrich’s classes and events, visit or call us at 570-996-1500.

Just like flower plants are plentiful in Northeastern Pennsylvania during this time of year, classes and events abound at the Dietrich Theater.

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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