Radio Players a success, Dietrich Theater looks forward to Summer Fest

What a week of entertainment.

Last Tuesday the Dietrich Theater Radio Players were back for their spring show. Boy, was it fantastic. They started the evening off with a thriller from the Suspense series “Always Room at the Top,” which originally aired in February 1947. Director Esther Harmatz cast the show perfectly and the sound effects were wonderful. After “Always Room at the Top,” we had a special visit with Joey Joker and ventriloquist Courtland Birchard. They were a hoot.

Court and Joey Joker perform on occasion at Open Mic, so if you missed the radio show, you may have the chance to see them at a future Open Mic.

The second radio play the group performed was Easy Aces’ “Jane Serves on a Jury.” The actors in this show had great comedic timing. Jane, played by the Dietrich’s own Barbara Jones, and the Judge, played by Charlie Cino, played well off each other.

We would like to thank the Radio Players for a wonderful night. The Dietrich’s Radio Players include Jack Frazier, Ian Frazier, Pam Frazier, Owen Frazier, Vick Novajosky, Elizabeth Winski, June Lybolt, Tim Kinsey, Richard Ryczak, Barbara Jones, Charlie Cino, Esther Harmatz and Hoyt Keiser. We look forward to your show in the fall.

The following day we were off to New York City for our bus trip to see “The King and I.” It was a glorious day. The weather was perfect, the show magnificent and the food and company were tops. I had never been to Lincoln Center and the Columbus Circle area of New York before so it was fun to explore. Several of us also walked to St. Patrick’s and Rockefeller Center and had a quick lunch at the Whistle Pig Pub. Then it was time for the show. It was the complete package. Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe were fabulous in their roles of Anna and The King. The costuming, set and music were magical. And we were so close, just a few rows from the stage. It was a truly wonderful time.

If you’re interested in live theatre, join us on Founde’s Day night at 7 p.m. June 27 in Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park for Shakespeare in the Park. This year the Gamut Theatre Group from Harrisburg will perform “Hamlet.” The park is such a beautiful setting for Shakespeare. We hope to see you there. Admission is free. Shakespeare in the Park is sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation.

Save the date for an exciting event in July at the Dietrich – Summer Fest. Between Friday, July 24 and Thursday, July 30, the Dietrich will present seven films and seven days. Join us for this week-long celebration of recently-released foreign, independent and art films. We figured we have such a great response to our fall and spring festivals, we should try a mini fest in the summer.

I can’t wait.

The featured films include “5 Flights Up,” “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Far From the Madding Crowd,” “In the Name of My Daughter,” “Iris,” “Where Hope Grows” and “Love and Mercy.” They all sound so good.

We will also have an Opening Night event. It will include the films “Far From the Madding Crowd” and “5 Flights Up” with Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman, as well as wine, beer, popcorn and a strawberry shortcake dessert. Tickets for the July 24 Opening Night of Summer Fest are $25 each and may be reserved by calling the Dietrich at 570-996-1500. Doors open at 6 p.m.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!