More Than Movies: Stories take center stage at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Margie Young | October 9th, 2017 4:30 pm

A Lake Carey story and a Harding story – our exhibits often tell wonderful stories. The newly installed Heritage Quilts exhibit, on display through Nov. 15, tells two stories of the special quilting tradition in our area, the story of two special families.

Robert Fellows, of Lake Carey, is sharing the quilts and memorabilia of his mother, Isabel M. Fellows. The special Lake Carey story is that his mother learned quilting from her mother, Margaret S. Morris. Even though Isabel was legally blind, she created amazing quilts that are now displayed in the glass cases. Robert said it would take her a month to make just one block, and as much as a year to finish a quilt.

On the other side of the gallery, the quilts of Joan M. White’s local Harding family are displayed, telling another rich family story of a quilting tradition. The quilts displayed in these cases were made between the early 1880s and late 1900s by her great great grandmother, great grandmother, her maternal grandmother, her paternal grandmother, her step maternal grandmother, and two mothers. A quilt given to her Aunt Clara Slembarski, who served as president, vice president and secretary of Pennsylvania Quilters from 1984-1991, is also on display.

Many thanks to Ingrid Rogler, Margie Hovan and Dixie MacGregor for installing the exhibit with so much appreciation and expertise. They are all master quilters, always so willing and able to install our quilt exhibits.

Speaking of stories, National Theatre Live returns at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 15 and 29, with a new twist on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

In this story, a ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, Viola steps out to explore a new land.

So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

That’s the story.

One review online called The Stage reads, “Twelfth Night has always been a play of abandon, characters slip on different costumes, different gender identities, they shuck off their solemnity, they let loose.”

This new production directed by Simon Goodwin has all of these qualities with new interpretation.

I like to attend National Theatre Live productions, not only to see classic plays produced in a new way, but also to see the backstage glimpses and commentary that always precede the play and/or run during the intermission. You might see an interview with the actors or director or you might see how costumes or scenery are designed. Especially outstanding is the up close view you have of the stage and the actors, because the production is filmed by cameras at several angles.

A story about our area will be presented at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. It is “Agriculture: The Roots of the Endless Mountains,” a free presention by Mike Lovegreen, sponsored by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Learn how farming is the backbone of our economy, our culture and heritage, influencing our relationship with the land, our neighbors and our government. This is our story, told by Mike Lovegreen, who was the Bradford County Conservation District Manager for 33 years.

Tickets are not necessary, but they may be reserved at 570-996-1500.

I remember my father, Alva Tompkins, referring to going “to the Valley.” He meant going to the Wyoming Valley. Sheldon Spear will return to the Dietrich with “Impressions of Wyoming Valley in Its Youth” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. A former professor at Luzerne County Community College, Spear is a scholar of our local history and each year prepares a talk to enlighten us on his research about the history of people, places and events in our area.

His delightful humor and new insights make for an entertaining hour.

Reservations are not necessary and all are invited.

We are all about stories – stories of our quilting tradition, Shakespeare’s stories, the stories of the history of our area. We hope to see you soon and often because you are part of the or story – the Dietrich story.
Michael Bellucci, 11, of Factoryville draws an electric eel at 2-D and 3-D Animals with the Everhart Museum, a class at the Dietrich Theater. Bellucci, 11, of Factoryville draws an electric eel at 2-D and 3-D Animals with the Everhart Museum, a class at the Dietrich Theater. Submitted photo

More Than Movies

Margie Young

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