Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater

Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for May 8, 2015
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Hot Pursuit Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Age of Adaline Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Coming Soon to the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Pitch Perfect 2 Mad Max: Fury Road
Upcoming Events at the Dietrich 
Family Sing-Along with Kj
Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Toni Hockman
Children, their families and friends are invited to come sing along with Kj Wagner, singer/songwriter. Kj says you will experience "Music to feed the soul, the mind and the body with crazy, fun and entertaining words and movement!" Music for young and old alike. 
Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for reservations. Tickets will be available at the door while they last.
American Addict - The Movie

Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. 

Admission: Free

Free popcorn and soda provided by Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S.

Sponsored by: the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation and Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S.  

American Addict unveils how America has gone from the land of the free to the land of the addicted. America represents 5% of the world's population but consumes 50% of the world's prescription pills and over 80% of the world's prescription narcotics; this is NOT a coincidence. This film reveals the relationships between the FDA, big Pharma, physicians and the media that are in place to ensure that medical problems are treated primarily with pills. The horrific consequences that result from this practice result in overuse, abuse and unnecessary deaths.

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

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                
          I am not a really early riser. Around 7:30 or 8:00 is when I usually get up. Probably because I go to bed late and then, even once I’m in bed, I have to catch up on Words With Friends and read a little and then, if I’m really, really lucky, I’ll go to sleep. But no matter what time I go to bed in the springtime, I wake up early.
      Because of the birds. Birds warbling and chirping and squawking and long, lovely vibratos and short harsh staccatos and everything in between. They do not allow for long, languorous mornings in bed, oblivious to the world around us. No, that sort of thing is to be savored on cold wintry mornings. Cold and white.  And silent.
      I open my eyes and see cats sitting in the window, quivering with  the desire to have a feathered creature for breakfast. “Not today, my dearies,” I tell them. Or any day for that matter, but no point in telling them such a harsh truth so early in the morning. I go over to the window and open the blinds and look across at the patch of woods, small and defenseless in farm country, where the pastels of spring are coming into full bloom.
     Trees with white blossoms and pale pink, the yellow of forsythia and the green of fields that were brown only a week ago, form the impressionist painting that is spring. Is there ever a lovelier time?  Well, okay. There is the sun-dappled warmth of summer, the crispness of a fiery autumn, and of course, the velvet of winter’s snow. (Oh, how in the world do people live without the four seasons?)
     So. I have no segue for this. But we had a really fun day at the theater yesterday. Really fun! It turns out that The Tree Association (what a terrific group – they see that our town is blessed with healthy, strong, beautiful trees – of course, I’m a little prejudiced because  my sister is a long time member) was  thinking about no longer doing the strawberry shortcake. It is a huge project for such a small group. The strawberries are fresh and must be hulled and sliced. The shortcakes have to be made. If you have only a handful of people it can become burdensome. So when we heard, Erica called  them to see if it was true and they were thinking of not doing it anymore and  told them if that was so, then the Dietrich would surely love to take it over. They were most amenable to that and suddenly we had one terrific project to help fund our many free programs for children! Oh my goodness! There was much excitement! And the thing is we have the Chidlren’s Room where we can put so many tables, we have a full sink and running water in it and we have “Shirley’s Army” as we like to think of our treasure trove of wonderful volunteers! God bless them one and all! Without that we couldn’t even think of taking on such a project.
     You can see why excitement would have been at fever pitch then, as we discussed, perhaps, adding ice-cream to the feast. Or having it in front of the theater. Or having it in front of the theater and in front of Twigs at the same time. We are just so thrilled! So, thank you Tree Association! You’re a terrific bunch!
     And then Ronnie and Erica were talking about a mini-festival in the summer, (one week only) for the films that are too early for the spring but too late for the fall, and having a little ice cream social to kick off the event. How fun does that sound???
     And maybe shaking up our events for airing of the quilts and…well…minds were just a-whirl yesterday with ways to help keep cultural programming going strong! Ooooh. So much fun!!!
     And don’t forget the movies, folks. It’s coming up on the start of the season and we have a ton of goodies for you! 
     In the meantime, do enjoy the birdsong. Or, you could get a good set of ear plugs. Whichever works for you. But do  treasure this gorgeous season. Aren’t we just lucky ducks to live in Pennsylvania????
      See you at the Dietrich.
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
So many studies have shown the importance of music for the very young.  It has been document that music helps with language development and improves spatial skills as well as test scores.  Another benefit of music is that it brings people together.  According to music therapist Judi Bosco, “Through music children take an inner experience and move it into a shared creative experience.  Group music-making releases energy which can be channeled in creative, productive directions.  Children learn about themselves and others by playing music together and by listening to each other – tapping into hidden courage that can be played out by singing together or discovering the inner resources to listen quietly to another child’s playing.”  The Dietrich will have an opportunity for you and your children to experience music together this Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the theater.  Join us for a Family Sing-Along with musician Kj.  During this interactive morning of music, Kj will have you experience “music to feed the soul, the mind and body with crazy, fun and entertaining words and movement.”  All ages are welcome to attend this free event.  No reservations are needed.  Just show up!  We would like to thank Toni Hockman for underwriting the Sing-Along.
I also want to remind you to mark your calendars for our next Open Mic Night which will be held on Friday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m.  During the first half of the evening, performers of all ages with a variety of talents will be invited to take the stage to perform music, poetry, comedy and more.  After the open mic portion of the evening, local singer/songwriter Josh Pratt will take the stage.  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 also recently contributed songs to albums recorded by Jay Smar and Tom Flannery.  We can’t wait to have him perform once again at the theater.  Doors open for signups and seating at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. 
In April over 50 people attended Open Mic Night.  During the open mic portion of the evening we were treated to hip hop, poetry and bluegrass, and then featured artist Corky Staats performed music from his new project Mountain Memories.  For more information about Open Mic Night at the Dietrich, call us at 570-996-1500.
The Dietrich will also be hosting free health and wellness events this month.  On Thursdays after school, Donna Fetzko, Certified Nutrition Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher, will be offering Yoga, Food and Fun for children ages five to twelve years old.  Yoga is a fun, mindful physical activity that promotes creativity and self-awareness.  It can also make it easier for children to stay focused in school and enjoy being active.  Donna will teach basic yoga poses and breathing exercises.  Students will also learn how to prepare delicious, healthy snacks.  Classes will be held, Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.  Admission is free.
Then in the evenings on those Thursdays, Donna will be teaching Nutrition and Aging.  In this class you will learn how to make health eating and life style habits through the decades.  This class series is open to all ages because at any age health food choices and healthy habits can improve our overall quality of life.  Each class will include a short lecture, discussion, recipes, activities and food sampling.  Admission is free.  Both of these class series are sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Foundation.  For more information or to register, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.
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