More Than Movies: Dietrich Theater to commemorate 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler | May 2nd, 2016 11:34 am

Editor’s note: This week’s column was written by Dietrich Theater Program Director Margie Young. Erica Rogler will return next week.

See a romantic comedy and enjoy a piece of cake to honor Shakespeare’s 400th! If you are unable to visit Stratford-on-Avon in England to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, we invite you to come to the National Theatre Live onscreen performance of his play “As You Like It” at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 8 or 22 at the Dietrich Theater. Anniversaries need to be celebrated with a special cake, don’t they? So we are inviting all who attend to a slice of anniversary cake at intermission!

If you work at the Dietrich Theater, a wonderful perk is advanced viewing of films. Films need advance viewing to make sure there are no technical glitches. So some of us just had to see “As You Like It” last week, so we can give you a sneak peak about it. First of all, you will recognize Patsy Ferran as Celia, as she played Jim in National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island.” And you will be charmed by the beautiful Rosalie Craig as Rosalind. The sights and sounds of the set and songs will surely captivate you. The transformation of the business venue opening set into a forest happens right before your eyes, and more songs than in any other Shakespeare play do so much to tell the story of the pastoral comedy.

Of note is that many much used and familiar phrases are woven into the script, making it not only a visual delight, but an aural delight, too. “All the world’s a stage” and “Too much of a good thing,” are two, but see how many more you can count when you see it.

The annual free movie event in loving memory of “Jeeterbug” from the Kintner family, this year including the movie “How to Train Your Dragon” with free popcorn and soda, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7. This is a family-friendly movie, so bring all your kids and friends. This sponsorship helps to remember a loss by giving a joyous and generous gift to the community.

We all know someone who has problems with alcohol or drug addiction. A special movie night at the Dietrich is sponsored by Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. The movie is “Basketball Diaries,” Jim Carroll’s free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. The film tells the story of a teenager who finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened by his drug addiction. Just be aware that the film is rated R. Admission is free.

After the showing of “Basketball Diaries,” there will be a question and answer session with Mike Donahue, of Luzerne and Wyoming County Drug and Alcohol, Barb Landon, of Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S., and Nick and Trish Colangelo, of Clearbrook Treatment Center.

Did you know you can build your own jewelry in many unique ways? From 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, Toni Hockman will teach you how to make Wire Wrapped Rings in a beginner class where you will wrap single beads or crystals with artistic wire to make your own original, one-of-a-kind rings.

There are so many reasons to come to the Dietrich Theater – to celebrate Shakespeare, to bring your family to a free movie event, to see a movie and listen to a panel discussion to better understand drug and alcohol addiction, to learn how to make a prized piece of jewelry, and so much more. Check us out. You’ll be glad you did!

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or