Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater

Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for May 22, 2015
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Tomorrowland Pitch Perfect 2
Mad Max: Fury Road Avengers: Age of Ultron
Coming Soon to the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
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.

Fine Wine, Fine Art
Friday, May 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Admission: $25

Paint, canvas, and instruction from Steve and Amy Colley is included. 

Bring your own snacks and wine. Ages 21 and older only; ID required. 

Gather up your friends and learn to paint from life in this evening workshop.
Reservations requested. Space is limited. Call 570-996-1500 for reservations. 
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                
         Great movie for you this weekend. Honest – I wouldn’t kid you about that. And before I talk about it I want to ask you if you aren’t a little bit sick of sequels about now? ( Snore) Maybe a little weary seeing movies that are remakes of other movies? (Ho-hum) Tired of films about comic book characters that can fly through the air and leap to the top of buildings and save the world? (Really????) Me, too.
     So that’s why I want you to give thought to bringing the family (yes, you really can bring the family) to the latest Disney film. Tomorrowland stars George Clooney and it’s everything most movies are not today – it’s original and it’s charming. Written at the Disney studios, it is clever and original and upbeat. Nobody tells a story as well as the Disney folks, and this one is a charmer from beginning to end. And to further convince you – Jeffrey loved it! Yes, he really, really did. And he is soooo hard to please. Movies have to pass a high bar to pass muster with him. And it more than passed – he gave it an A++++++!
     Here is the plot. Brought together by fate (or something) a whiz-kid teenager who loves science – eats, breathes, lives it – and an aging scientist who is cynical and discouraged, come together and find that they have a shared memory of a place they lived once – beyond space and time as we know it, and it was called Tomorrowland. And because of that shared memory they decide they need to find a way to go there. They need to find Tomorrowland.
     Now, how is that for a whimsical and lovely premise? I love films where older people and young people work together to fulfill a dream, and I love the idea of shared memories and another place, a place we cannot see, but that exists. It seems to me it’s a perfect film to see on this Memorial Day weekend, a time we spend with our families. So come on, give it a try. There’s nothing as good as a movie at allowing generations to talk to each other (as opposed to at each other) and it’s a shared memory you and your kids will always have. A little soda, a little popcorn and a great movie, seen with your family. It just doesn’t get better than that!
     And while we are going to  movies, or going shopping, or going to a picnic, or whatever we are going to do on this holiday weekend, let us remember the reason for the holiday. After the Civil War, the country decided to honor the dead from both the north and the south by decorating the graves of the soldiers fallen in the war. It was called Decoration Day. But in the Twentieth Century, as wars continued and the young kept dying, the name was changed to Memorial Day and is meant to honor all who have fallen in wars.
     I believe in honoring the fallen. I believe in putting a flag on their graves. I believe in their goodness and their sacrifice. But isn’t there a more meaningful way, perhaps, that we could honor these fallen heroes?
     Maybe just thanking Veterans for their service isn’t enough. Maybe we need to see that our government houses and educates and gives medical care to all these folks, and maybe we need to see that there are no homeless veterans, because they deserve better than that. Not everyone comes home from war whole. Not everyone can just pick up where they left off. And we MUST take care of those men and women. If we don’t force our politicians to provide money for veterans in all walks of life, then thanking a vet for his service is simply hypocrisy.
     And another way we can show that we honor them, is not to be so quick to send them off to foolish wars. We can’t help everyone in the world. It’s a fact. And we can’t force others to believe what we believe. But we can refuse to send our darling young people to die on foreign soil for no good reason.
     My husband was disabled by a land mine in Vietnam. Now many of his shirts are made there. Almost 60,000 died there, so very many wounded, and it was all for naught. And recent wars have been the same. For what?  Perhaps what we need to remember on Memorial Day, is not to send our children to war. Now that’s a very good thing to memorialize. The end of war.  Yeah, I know. Only in the movies….sigh.
     See you at the Dietrich.
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
Do you remember your first experience on Broadway? What did you see? I remember mine very well.  It was a hot July day in the summer before I went into 5th grade. My mom, our very good friends Rebecca and Peggy and I went to see The Phantom of the Opera.  It was magical!  Rebecca and I had learned all the songs before we went and couldn’t believe we were hearing them live.  Since then I have seen a few more shows including Spamalot, Cinderella, Wonderful Town, Kinky Boots, and Porgy & Bess.  Most of those trips were with the Dietrich.  It’s a fun way to go.  We take a chartered bus, have a few hours for lunch and to explore the city and then it’s time for the show.  After the play we go as a group to Carmine’s, a delicious Italian family-style restaurant, and then it’s time to go home.  This June 3, we are going to see “The King and I” on Broadway.  It is supposed to be tremendous.  I saw the movie on the big screen during one of the Dietrich’s Classic Movie showings and loved it so I can’t wait to see it live.  It is up for nine Tony awards including Best Revival and stars Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanbe.  Some of the Dietrich ladies, Hildy. Sarah, Sandy and Margie, saw Kelli O’Hara in South Pacific a few years ago and were in awe –They said she sings, she dances, and is just such a wonderful and electric actress.  I look forward to seeing her performance in this production.  Tickets to the King and I Bus Trip include an orchestra ticket to the show, transportation, and dinner at Carmines including all tips and tax.  Admission is $265.  For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.
The day before our bus trip to New York City, June 2 at 7:00 p.m., the Dietrich will present its spring Golden Days of Radio Players performance.  Taught by Esther Harmatz, members of the radio players have been busy rehearsing two popular plays from radio’s heyday.  They include the episode “Always Room at the Top” from the series Suspense which only aired once on February 20, 1947 and the other play will be a comedy from the Easy Aces series “Jane Serves on a Jury”. In between plays there will be a ventriloquist act.  It should be a wonderful night of entertainment.  Admission is free and refreshments will be provided after the show.  Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to make reservations.  The Golden Days of Radio has been sponsored in memory of Suzanne Robinson and sponsored by Ed Battestin in memory of Pat Battestin. 
Oh, and if you are looking for activities for your children this summer, please be sure to check out some of the Dietrich’s offerings.  We have Acting Camp for Kids, Pottery for Kids, Minecraft Film Camp, LEGO Maniacs, Dance! Dance! Dance!, theatre and visual arts camps and so much more!  We even added a second week of Minecraft Film Camp and LEGO Maniacs Camp.  They will be offered June 29 through July 3.  Visit www.dietrichtheater.com or call 570-996-1500 for more information.
And don’t forget Open Mic Night this Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the theater.  Come out to perform or be a member of the audience.  Our featured artist will be singer/songwriter Josh Pratt.  Admission is free.
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