Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Dec. 6, 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.

Marywood University graduate students’ exhibits, Dec. 2 through Jan. 8, with an opening reception scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9, in in the Mahady Gallery, in the Shields Center for Visual Arts. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Galleries follow the Marywood University holiday and winter break schedule. Cost: free. Info/appointments:

‘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.

Actors Circle presents ‘Mary, Mary,’ by Scranton native Jean Kerr, 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. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or

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:

‘Of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All,’ 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in The Theatre at Brooks at Keystone College. Snow date: 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Presented by the college’s Department of Performance Music, the winter holiday concert will feature vocal and instrumental music, ranging from traditional holiday favorites to seasonal jazz arrangements. Also includes complimentary holiday treats, visits from seasonal characters and presents for children. Cost: free; donations accepted for Toys for Tots and the Keystone Giants’ Food Pantry. Info: 570-945-8599 or

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.

The University of Scranton’s annual Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue, Scranton. Features the Scranton Brass Orchestra, with special guests the Scranton Preparatory School Cavalyrics under the direction of Daniel Marx. Attendees are asked to bring along a new toy, an article of children’s clothing, or a monetary donation. The gifts will be distributed to low-income local children by United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Info: 570-941-7624, or

‘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:

The Lyric Consort presents ‘Venite,’ 8 p.m. Dec. 15 in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Scranton. The program, will feature carols and songs centered on the Advent and Christmas theme of “O Come.” A holiday reception will follow. Cost: $10 for adults; free for students. Tickets are available at the door. Info: or 570-343-6707.

Big Band Christmas Concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at Clarks Green Assembly of God. Featuring the Brass Elves, the event will benefit the Clarks Summit Police Department, with proceeds going toward the purchase of new defibrillators for the department. Seating is limited. Cost: $10. Tickets: Info: 570-586-8286.

‘Embrace the Joy’ Christmas cantata, 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. The event will be comprised of more than 30 singers and musicians from area churches. Refreshments will follow. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Abington Heights High School Choir Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 17 in the high school auditorium. Cost: $2; free for Goldcard members.

Abington Heights High School Music Department Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in the high school auditorium. Cost: $2; free for Goldcard members.

The Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood University present the 42nd annual production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 27 and 28 at the Marywood Sette LaVerghetta Theater. Cost: free. General public tickets are available two hours prior to each specific performance at the Marywood box office. Sponsorships are also available in advance for seating benefits. Info: or call 570-347-2867.


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.


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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