Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater

Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for May 15, 2015
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Pitch Perfect 2 Mad Max Fury Road
Hot Pursuit Avengers: Age of Ultron
Coming Soon to the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Guys and Dolls Tomorrowland
Upcoming Events at the Dietrich 
Open Mic Night - Featuring Josh Pratt

Friday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. 

Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Sponsored by: the Dietrich Fundraising Committee

Seating is limited. 

Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are invited to share their talents on the Dietrich stage every fourth Friday. This month's featured artist is Josh Pratt. Josh Pratt loves Legos, Jurassic Park movies, and open mics. He has been a featured performer on WVIA's Homegrown Music and at the Dietrich's Singer-Songwriter series. He has recently contributed songs to albums recorded by Jay Smar and Tom Flannery. 

Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information.

Golden Days of Radio Players Performance
Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Sponsored in memory of Suzanne Robinson, and sponsored by Ed Battestin in memory of Pat Battestin 

The Dietrich Theater Radio Players are back by popular demand. Come out and see their live performance of favorite radio plays. Enjoy the "theater of the mind!"

Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for reservations. Tickets will be available at the door while they last.

At the Dietrich by Hildy Morgan                
         What an interesting experience last night was. It was the beginning of our Warrior Writers program and I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I had nothing in the way of expectations at all. I was hoping someone would attend but I didn’t actually expect anyone. A program like this is hard to start. We’re all headed into unknown territory and therefore there can be no reasonable projections as to how it will turn out. So I was pleasantly surprised when, a few minutes before six, a man walked through the door asking if this was where the warrior writers were meeting. Wow, I thought. One more than I expected. About forty-five minutes later another man walked in – to check us out, he said, to be able to tell vets he works with whether it’s worthwhile. I could tell at first that he couldn’t see how writing anything could possibly help. He was a physical guy deeply involved with a group that does physical things with the vets. Hunting, fishing, kayaking. Good stuff. I could see his brain trying to fathom how sitting with paper and pencil could possibly bring about change.
     Jennie Pacanowski, the leader of the group, a longtime warrior writer, told him she was happy to have him with us, but he would have to participate or he wouldn’t understand how this could help. He was cheerful and amenable, if doubtful, and agreed.
     Now a note about Jennie. What an interesting, smart, delightful brave dame she is. A combat vet – she was a medic in Iraq – she came back whole of body but couldn’t leave the chaos of war behind. “I’m the safest driver on the road,” she laughs, “because I’m always scanning, eyes looking here and there and looking, looking for those IED’s that could kill me. Always looking. Always looking.”
     It is her authenticity that  makes it all work. Her laughter and her grit.  She commands instant respect although I’m sure she would shrug that off with a laugh. But she does. Her poetry is amazing and superb. She writes about a young Marine who threw himself on a grenade to save his fellow Marines. “Who does that?” someone in the hospital had asked when she delivered his broken and dying body. “Someone who wants to save his buddies,” she writes. Simple. And so complicated.
     In the end the first man who had arrived – a lovely fellow with a real flair for writing – talked about the isolation the memories of war bring. He wrote in clear, concise style. He wants to be a writer. He already is.
     And the fellow who wanted to “check us out” wrote a short paragraph about coming home on leave, and being so excited that he was coming home and would see his family even if it was for only two weeks. He couldn’t wait! And then, when the plane landed and the soldiers left the plane, they stood at attention as the flag-draped coffins of the men and women who were coming home for good were carried by. And as he read what he had written the tears ran down his face.  “I’ll tell the guys about it,” he later told Jennie. He understood now how writing could help.
     So we meet again in a month and we’ll see. We are committed to making this work. Cross your fingers for us. And for the men and women who have yet to discover what brilliant writers they are.
     Change of subject. On June 3 we go to New York on one of the Dietrich’s famous bus trips. We are going to Lincoln Center to see The King and I which is one of the most beautiful musicals ever written. The price is a bit steeper than usual, but  that’s because the seats are terrific. And the price includes the bus and dinner. And one of the best times you’ll ever have! Come on. Join us. You’ll have such a good time. I promise!!!  570-996-1500 will get you that ticket.
     See you at the Dietrich.
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
“Straighten Up and Fly Right”, “Mona Lisa”, “Nature Boy”, “L-O-V-E” and “Unforgettable” were just a few of  Nat ‘King’ Cole’s tunes that we were treated to on the first Sunday in May at WVIA’s Sordoni Theater.  It was an exceptional afternoon of music and history as we learned about Nat ‘King’ Cole’s life and career.  For instance, did you know that Nat Cole was the first African-American performer to host a variety TV series in 1956?   That’s right, but the show was cancelled in just 13 months because they could not find a national sponsor since no company at that time wanted to back a program that featured African-American entertainers.  Or that he learned to play organ from his mother and his first performance was “Yes! We Have No Bananas” when he was four?
WVIA’s theater was completely full for the performance and if you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry – it was taped and will be broadcasted at a later date on WVIA FM. I think the most touching part of the show was when Dennis Jeter sang ‘Unforgettable” with his talented daughter Alesha as the concert finale.  It was reminiscent of when Natalie Cole sang that same song with her late father. 
We would like to thank our presenter and performers Dr. Philip Mosley of Penn State Worthington and the Dennis Jeter Quintet for bringing us that delightful afternoon.  We would also like to extend our appreciation to WVIA for hosting and helping promote the event.  They are a wonderful partner and we look forward to bring you another concert event with WVIA this fall.  And of course, we would like to thank our concert sponsors: Jean Mieczkowski, the Tunkhannock Rotary Club and First Energy Foundation.  They made the concert possible and even provided bus transportation for attendees from the Dietrich.  After this event is broadcast, over 4,000 people will have benefited.  So thank you, thank you, thank you!
Our next musical event will be Open Mic Night.  Join us next Friday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dietrich as local performers share music, poetry, storytelling, comedy and more.  After the open mic portion of the evening, singer/songwriter Josh Pratt will take the stage.  He has performed at previous Gathering of Singers & Songwriters concerts and blew us away with his quick wit and amazing lyrics.  We are very excited that he will be back at the Dietrich.  Admission is free and seating is limited so come early.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  We would like to thank the Dietrich ‘s Fundraising Committee for sponsoring Open Mic Night.
The Dietrich also has a bus trip to New York City just around the corner.  Join us for “The King and I” on Broadway on Wednesday, June 3.   This musical has been nominated for nine Tony Awards including Best Revival.  Director Barlett Sher and its stars Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara also received nominations.  Before the show you will have time to explore the city.  After the show, all attendees will enjoy a family-style dinner at Carmine’s on Broadway.  The bus will depart from the Dietrich at 8 a.m. and will return at 11 p.m.  The ticket price is $265 and includes an orchestra seat ticket to “The King and I”, bus transportation and dinner (including tips and tax). Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register.  You don’t want to miss this trip!
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