Arts and entertainment calendar for week of March 14, 2018

March 13th, 2018 12:04 pm


Scranton Fringe Festival 2018 applications: The Scranton Fringe Festival returns for a fourth year of engaging and eclectic theater, musicals, dance, puppetry, burlesque, clowning, circus and more, from Sept. 22-30 in venues throughout downtown Scranton. The main performance applications are now open online at and will close at 5 p.m. March 30. There is no cost to apply.

The Music Box Players’ auditions for ‘The Producers,’ 7 p.m. March 18 and 19 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. Those who audition will be asked to sing a song of choice and read from the script. Dance auditions will be held on Monday, March 19. Those who audition on Sunday, March 18 may be asked to return for a dance audition on Monday. Performance dates: April 28 and 29 and May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. Info: 570-283-2195 or


Actors Circle presents Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap,’ March 15-18 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd., Scranton. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 Students; March 8 tickets discounted at $8 general and seniors and $6 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or email

The Music Box Players present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ musical, March 16-18 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St, Swoyersville. Friday and Saturday hours: bar opens at 6 p.m., buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. and curtain is at 8 p.m. Sunday hours: bar opens at 1 p.m., buffet at 1:30 p.m. and curtain at 3 p.m. Cost: dinner and show admission is $35 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under; show only admission is $18 for adults and $14 for students, children and military personnel. Reservations: 570-283-2195 or Info:

Leprechaun Lore, 11 a.m. March 17 at the Dietrich Theater. Storyteller and leprechaun expert Hal Pratt will share his years of research to show the audience what leprechauns “really” look like, how they dress, where they live, how to catch one and what to do after catching one. Suitable for anyone, of any age, wise enough to believe. Cost: free.

Improv Group, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, March 19-April 16 at the Dietrich Theater. Join with others in developing stories on the spur of the moment, and see how unscripted dialogue, plot and action can be a learning experience. For ages 18 and up. No experience necessary. Cost: free. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Open Mic Night with Paint House, 7 p.m. March 23 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Cost: free; sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee. Open to audiences and performers of all ages and types. This month’s featured guest is Paint House, an alternative, pop rock band from Bethlehem, with roots in Scranton and Philadelphia. Info: 570-996-1500.

The Lackawanna Trail Drama Club presents ‘Out of the Frying Pan’ by Francis Swann, 7 p.m. March 23 and 24 and 2 p.m. March 25 A comedy centering on six young would-be Broadway actors trying to get their big break in NYC. at the First National Bank Auditorium at Lackawanna Trail Jr/Sr High School. Cost: $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and students and $2 for Lackawanna Trail students.

Clarks Green Assembly of God presents ‘SONrise, an Easter Drama,’ 7 p.m. March 23 and 24 at the church, 204 S. Abington Road, Clarks Green. A musical retelling of the gift of Jesus Christ, incorporating new songs and cast members from many communities. Childcare provided for pre-k children. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8286 or

‘Peoples of the Susquehanna River’ movie event, 11 a.m. March 24 at the Deitrich Theater. This film, produced by Bucknell University and WVIA Public Media, explores tribes of the Eastern Woodlands, the Susquehannocks, the Lenni Lenape and the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, as well as findings of varied prehistoric tribes whose existence dates back over 1,000 years ago. The film will be followed by a question and answer session. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

The Wyoming County Players present ‘Anybody for Murder?’ spring dessert theater, 3 p.m. MAR 24 and 25 at the Starlite Playhouse, 602 Hunter Highway, Tunkhannock. Tickets: 570-836-6986 or

National Theatre Live on Screen: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’ 2 p.m. March 25 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for member/senior tickets and $10 for child/student tickets. Info: 570-996-1500.

Mannes School of Music Brass Ensemble performance, 7:30 p.m. March 25 at The University of Scranton in the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue. The concert will also feature The University of Scranton Singers and organist Timothy E. Smith. Cost: free. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Info: 570-941-7624, or

Spring 2018 Film Festival Preview Day, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 29 at the Dietrich Theater. Get a better idea of what the Dietrich’s upcoming film festival movies are about, by viewing all 21 movie trailers. Cost: free admission; discounted concession.

United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA’s sixth annual Seniors Got Talent, 2 p.m. April 8 at the Theater at North. The first half of the show will feature a talent competition and the second half will include favorite hits of “the good old days,” including songs by Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, or $20 for premium seating. Tickets/info:

Actors Circle presents ‘Auntie Mame,’ by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, April 19-22 and 26-29 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors and $8 students; March 8 tickets are $8 general and Seniors and $6 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or Info: visit the Actors Circle Facebook page.

Marywood University Jazz Band Concert, 8 p.m. April 23 on the Main Stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The Marywood Jazz Ambassadors along with special guests, the Tunkhannock Area High School Jazz Bands, will perform a concert titled, “The Classic Big Band,” which is reminiscent of the Big Bands from the 1940s and 50s. Cost: free. Info: contact David Jumper at or 570-348-6268.


‘Embattled Freedom’ with Jim Remsen, 3 p.m. March 18 at the Dietrich Theater. A history talk with local author Jim Remsen about the fugitive-slave settlement in Waverly and its record of valor during the Civil War. A journalist and Waverly Township native, Jim Remsen, will discuss research findings in his book, “Embattled Freedom,” about the thirteen black men from his hometown who volunteered for the Union Army and returned south into harm’s way. He also will describe the northern racial attitudes of the period and tell about the local abolitionists who helped the areas black residents in various ways for decades. This multimedia presentation will be followed by a book signing.

Spread Thanks! Changing the World, One Thank You Note at a Time, 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 20 at Abington Community Library. Elena Anguita is the author of the recently published book “Spread Thanks! Create Miracles through the Power of Ink.” A few years ago, she started writing one thank you note each morning, and then started to notice little (or sometimes big) miracles happening to her each day. Her book documents that journey and describes how such a simple practice can transform one’s life and the lives of others. In this session, the author will explain how she did it and how people can use the power of gratitude to make their lives happier, more peaceful and more prosperous. Info: 570-587-3440.


All Crafting Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 at Abington Community Library. Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come to share ideas, show off your work and get another crafter’s eye and perception. Chat and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. Bring any project you’re working on, or come just to be inspired. All levels of experience welcome. Info: 570-587-3440.

Pysanky-making workshop, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 24 at the The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House in Scranton. Pysanky is a traditional Ukrainian craft, in which patterns are drawn on the eggs with wax, protecting the egg when dye is applied. Space is limited. Cost: $25 (includes all needed supplies). Reservations: 570-344-3841 or

Painting Class with Sharon Mcardle, 6 to 8 p.m. March 26 at Abington Community Library. An opportunity for adults who always wanted to take painting classes but were afraid to try. Project: Spring Collage. Cost: a materials fee of $8 is due to the instructor at time of class. Info: 570-587-3440.

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