Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Nov. 29, 2017



Actors Circle seeks play submissions: The community theater group is seeking submissions for its 2018/2019 season. Those interested in directing a play should send a script with submission form, available online at, to Actors Circle, c/o Linda Griffiths, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton, PA, 18508, no later than Dec. 15. For more information, call Linda at 570-947-3316.


Marywood University’s Art Galleries’ 2017 Bachelor of Arts Senior Exhibition in Art Therapy, now through Dec. 7 in the Suraci Gallery on the second floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts on campus. Cost: free admission.. Info:, or call 570-348-6278.

Tuba Christmas, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Viewmont Mall in Scranton. Presented by Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department, the concert is directed and conducted by Michael Parker. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages and abilities are welcome to perform. Registration for the performance will take place at 3 p.m., with a rehearsal at 4 p.m., at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, on the university’s campus. There is a $10 registration fee to perform, which will benefit The Harvey Phillips Foundation. Cost: free admission. Info: or 570-348-6268.

Actors Circle presents ‘Mary, Mary,’ by Scranton native Jean Kerr, Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 and Dec. 7 through 10 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students, with Nov. 30 tickets discounted at $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or

Rossetti Family Estate presents Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Rossetti Family Estate, 1005 Vine St., Scranton. Clarks Summit actor Robert Hughes will portray all characters in this dramatic reading of the Christmas two-act classic play. Cost: $15; includes wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations (suggested): 570-586-2512.

Arcadia Chorale and Wilkes Choral Ensembles present ‘Christmas Joy’ 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre and 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton. Cost: $15 general admission; $12 for seniors and WVIA members and free for students. Reservations/info: or 570-871-0350.

Golden Days of Radio Players performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Dietrich Theater. Go back to those golden days of radio during this holiday performance of radio plays presented by the Dietrich Theater Radio Players. Cost: free; sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at The Gathering Place. A talk, a movie and soup. Mary Beth Voda will talk about Wyalusing native Philip Van Doren Stern, the author who wrote the story that inspired the movie. Register: call Paula at 570-575-0384. Info:

Dietrich Film Favorites: ‘Home Alone,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free; sponsored by Nimble Hill Winery and Brewery. Seating is first come, first served.

The Wyoming County Players present ‘The Christmas Schooner,’ Dec. 8 and 9 at the Starlite Playhouse, 602 Hunter Hwy, Tunkhannock. The Friday evening show begins at 7 p.m. and the Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. Cost: $10 general admission and $7 for children 12 and under. Info: 570-836-6986.

The Wally Gordon Community Singers present ‘Christmas is in the Air,’ 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. The concert will also feature the CSUMC Celestial and Chapel choirs and a reception will be held afterwards in the Fellowship Hall. Cost: free; a free-will offering will be collected. Info:

Marywood University’s Concert Choir performance, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, and 3 p.m. Dec. 10 in the university’s rotunda. The choir, which holds a concert in the rotunda once every few years, will perform in a 360-degree circle on the second floor of the rotunda, with the audience seated below. Featuring Josef Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae for double chorus a cappella, along with unaccompanied motets, a vocal musical composition, by Victoria, Gabrieli, Howells, Charles Wood, Daniel Elder and Frank La Rocca. Cost: free. Info: or 570-348-6268.

Jazz Brunch, 12 p.m. Dec. 10 at The Colonnade, 401 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. A fundraiser hosted by the NEPA Philharmonic League and supported by the Colonnade. Cost: $40. RSVP by Dec. 3. Reservations: 570-270-4444.

Catholic Choral Society’s Advent Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at Our Lady of Snows Church, 301 South State Street, Clarks Summit. The group will sing sacred Advent and Christmas music and other Christmas pieces and will be joined by the parish adult choir. Cost: free.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ showing, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: admission, popcorn and soda are Free. Sponsored by: Ace-Robbins, Inc. Seating is first come, first served.

Actors Circle presents ‘Sound and Song: Holiday Edition,’ Dec. 14-17 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd. in Scranton. Show begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. A musical revue featuring favorite holiday songs. Cost: $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or

‘A Christmas Carol,’ 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Dec. 15 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road, Waverly Township. The play, in two acts, features local actor Robert Hughes. Cost: free. RSVP (appreciated): 570-586-8191, ext. 2.

Clarks Summit University’s Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in the school’s historic Murphy Memorial Library. Cost: $8. Info:


Mystery and Detective Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: Carolyn G. Hart’s Sugarplum Dead. Info: 570-587-3440.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: “A Christmas Blizzard” by Garrison Keillor. Info: 570-587-3440.


Home (made) for the Holidays, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Lackawanna State Park. Stop by the Environmental Learning Center to create a homemade holiday craft using natural materials. A variety of items like pine cones, acorns and teasel will be available to let “natural” creativity come through. Bring a small box to carry home your creation. Examples will be on display for inspiration.

All Crafting Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Abington Community Library. Chat and meet your neighbors while working 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.

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