Arts and entertainment calendar for week of May 17, 2017

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The Wyoming County Players’ Junior Players and Little Hams present ‘Shrek, Jr.,’ May 19 and 20 at the Starlite Playhouse, 602 Hunter Hwy., Tunkhannock. Evening shows begin at 7 p.m. and a Saturday matinee will be held at 3 p.m. Cost: $10 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and under. Reservations: 570-836-6986.

The Devine School of Dance presents its 41st annual recital, ‘Opening Night, From the Screen to the Stage,’ 7:30 p.m. May 20 at the Abington Heights High School. Tickets will be available the evening of the performance. Info: contact Jaclene Devine at 570-604-2398.

All about Opera, 12 p.m. May 24 and 31 at The Gathering Place. Starting with the basics of this time-honored art form, Jennifer Cowgill of Marywood University will present ways to understand and, above all, enjoy opera. Community Classroom class #134. Cost: $20. Register/info: or

Actors Circle presents ‘The Uninvited’ by Tim Kelly, May 25 through 28 and June 1 through 4 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday through Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. An edge-of-your-seat thriller in which a charming house by the sea holds a dark secret. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students; MAY 25 show is discounted at $8 general and seniors and $6 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. May 26 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are invited to share their talents on the Dietrich stage. This month’s featured artist is storyteller Hal Pratt, who has been telling stories to all ages for over 35 years. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

10th annual NEPA Bluegrass Festival, June 1 through 4 at Lazy Brook Park in Tunkhannock Township. Headliners this year include the Gibson Brothers, Leroy Troy, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, and the U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band. The purchase of a weekend pass for the family-friendly event includes free camping. Cost: Ticket prices range from $20-$75. Info:

Ghostlight Productions’ Ninth Annual Shakespeare in the Park: ‘The Tempest,’ June 2-4 and 9-11 at South Abington Park. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Cost: free; donations accepted. Info:

Scranton Storyslam, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) June 3 at the Scranton Cultural Center. The theme of the evening is “Taking the Fifth!” as a nod to the Storyslam’s 5th Anniversary. Features 10 area storytellers. Cost: $7. Info:

Classical Guitar Plays the Classics, 3 p.m. June 4 at the Dietrich Theater. Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will perform a program of the Classics, from classic rock arrangements to classic movie themes. Cost: Free; Sponsored by John P. Keker in memory of Jessie Reppy Keker. Info: 570-996-1500.

The Carmel Ardito School of Dance presents ‘That’s Entertainment,” 7 p.m. June 4 at the Scranton Cultural Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door one hour prior to show and from participating dancers.

Golden Days of Radio Players Performance, 2 p.m. June 11 at the Dietrich Theater. A live performance of favorite radio plays. Cost: Free; Sponsored by Ed Battestin in memory of Pat Battestin and by the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock. Info: 570-996-1500.

Dietrich Film Favorites Series: ‘Dirty Dancing,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 14 at the Dietrich Theater. Go back to 1987 and enjoy this hit film, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach. Cost: Free; Sponsored by a friend of the Dietrich in memory of Barbara J. Jones. Info: 570-996-1500.

National Theatre Live on Screen: ‘St. Joan,’ 2 p.m. June 18 at the Dietrich Theater. Bernard Shaw’s classic play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary. Josie Rourke directs Gemma Arterton as Joan of Arc in this electrifying masterpiece. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for member/senior tickets and $10 for child/student tickets and group tickets (minimum 10 people). Info: 570-996-1500.

Open Mic Night with Jason Vo, 7 p.m. June 23 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Open to audiences and performers of all ages, including musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types. This month’s featured artist is guitarist Jason Vo, who specializes in both traditional and percussive fingerstyle. Cost: free.

Shakespeare in the Park: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ 7 p.m. June 24 at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Presented by Gamut Theatre Group and sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. The performance will be followed by a talk-back session with the actors. Bring your own blanket or chair to sit on. Cost: Free.

The Gathering Place bus trip: Glimmerglass Festival, July 18. A bus trip to see “Porgy and Bess” at the Glimmerglass Opera House. The price includes bus, lunch, ticket to performance, a post-performance Q & A with the cast and more. Cost: $95. Reservations: Call Glimmerglass directly and ask for Sean Sansevere at 607-547-2255 extension 241 or email and tell him you are with the Jean Stark group, then let The Gathering Place know you are coming. Info: call Anne at 570-881-7612.

Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars concert, 3 p.m. June 25 at the Dietrich Theater. Doug Smith’s All-Stars take a modern approach to Dixieland music while retaining the deep traditional roots of the medium. A light reception will follow the concert. Cost: free; Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. Tickets are available by calling 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last.


Writers’ Group, 7-8:30 p.m. every Thursday (ongoing) at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. All genres and levels of writing are welcome. For ages 18 and up. Cost: free. Info: 570-833-5246.

Warrior Writers, 7 to 9 p.m. second Fridays at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. These writing workshops support artistic exploration and expression and provide a safe space to share experiences in the military culture. Open to all veterans and service members. Cost: Free. Info/register: call 570-996-1500.

David Hicks ‘White Plains’ book tour: reading and signing, 7 to 8 p.m. May 17 at the Library Express in The Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Info:


Painting class with Sharon Mcardle, 6 to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Abington Community Library. An opportunity for adults who always wanted to take painting classes but were afraid to try. Cost: A materials fee of $8 is due to instructor at time of class. Project: A beach scene with acrylics. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

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