More Than Movies: Dietrich Radio Players program still going strong after 14 years

More Than Movies - Margie Young | May 8th, 2017 7:24 pm

One of our most popular programs kicked off last week with newcomers, founding members and many veterans of Dietrich Radio Players, making for a wonderful blend of novices and experienced volunteer actors.

Still going strong after 14 years, Radio Players is a true community experience involving all who wish to participate. This year’s director Esther Harmatz is dedicated to finding just the right part for each actor after searching for just the right plays to perform. She works her magic, doubling as the sound effects engineer extraordinaire, inspiring each actor to assume their roles.

“In six short weeks, it is amazing to see how the actors are able to transform their roles and work together for a polished performance,” observed Dietrich Theater Executive Director Erica Rogler.

That performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11. It is free and you are invited.

We are so proud of our Warrior Writers program, funded by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation. Our facilitators, Jenny Pacanowski and Gary Morgan, want to extend an invitation to all military veterans to the next meeting, scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 12 at the Dietrich.

Also, do you know the new Wyoming/Sullivan County Veteran’s court is seeking honorably discharged veterans to serve as volunteer mentors to the veterans participating in the Veterans Court Program? For information, contact Adriana Serpico at 570-996-2274.

It is so important that we do all we can to help our veterans who have served us so well.

Another source of pride to us is that Donna LaBar continues to bring programs to the Dietrich that enable so many to make healthy choices. The next opportunity for you to jump start a healthier lifestyle is to attend her seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 13.

Simple. Natural. Healing. A Fresh Start is all about learning how to grocery shop in a healthy way, how to read labels, understand GMOs, identify good and bad oils, and learn what needs to be organic and what does not. You are invited to discover a new understanding of food in a complex commercial maze of products.

The suggested donation is $10. You can pre-register by calling 570-996-1500 or just show up. It could change your life. Donna has changed so many people’s lives for the better.

A free movie? Free popcorn and soda? “Space Jam” at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Dietrich?

Yes, you read it correctly.

The Kintner family, in loving memory of “Jeeterbug,” is treating everyone to the movie “Space Jam,” about a desperate attempt to win a basketball match, when the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan. What fun! Bring the whole family.

What could be better for a Mother’s Day treat for the whole family than a free concert? For the first time ever, the Dietrich Theater, thanks to friend of the Dietrich, is offering a free concert and a very special one with acclaimed musicians.

The Madison String Quartet, composed of two violinists, one violist and one cellist, will be joined by a French horn player, so you know this will be a unique concert. This is an ensemble of musicians that takes the audience along on a musical journey with audience involvement, a perfect concert for young and old alike. Come and make history at the Dietrich Theater. This may be the start of a tradition and you can be a part of it.

Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to reserve free tickets or just show up.

All of these programs are waiting for you at the Dietrich Theater. We want to welcome you and can’t wait to see you.

More Than Movies

Margie Young

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