Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for May 30, 2014 
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Maleficent Blended
Godzilla X-Men: Days of Future Past
Coming Soon to the Dietrich 
The Fault in Our Stars Jersey Boys
Upcoming Events at the Dietrich 
Golden Days of Radio Players Performance
Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Ed Battestin in memory of Pat Battestin and also sponsored by Barbara Jones
The Dietrich Radio Players are back by popular demand. Come out and see their live performances of favorite radio plays. Enjoy the “theater of the mind”! Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details. 
Remember D-Day with Ed McMullen
Sunday, June 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Presented by: Ed McMullen
Admission: Free
Seventy years ago, in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, the largest Armada in history began to cross the English Channel toward the coast of Normandy, France. 156,000 allied troops, 5,000 ships; 50,000 vehicles and 11,000 planes embarked on a desperate, do-or-die invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe. By the end of the day the Allies sustained over 10,000 casualties and the Germans, between 4,000 to 9,000. The beaches were secured, however, and within five days over 326,000 troops and 100,000 tons of materials had made the crossing. It was the beginning of the end of the bloodiest conflict in human history, causing the death, by some estimates, of over 60 million people. Please join us as we recall the events of that fateful day and honor the men whose courage, determination and ultimate sacrifice finally led to the end of World War II, and some of the darkest days the world has ever known. Tickets will be available at the ticket booth while they last or can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500. 
At the Dietrich by Hildy Morgan     
     So. What a gorgeous Memorial Day weekend! My sister (and Jerry and Gary) and I went down to East Stroudsburg to put flowers on our parents’ graves. And our grandparents.  Petunias and dusty millers for Mamma, nasturtiums for Poppa, and geraniums for both. And the same on the other side of the stone where my grandparents bones rest.  After we’d completed the plantings we looked out at the vast expanse of stones and realized that whoever it is who puts new flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day had done a superb job. There, fluttering in the summer breeze, were flags as far as the eye could see. I looked at the flag on Pop’s grave and I thought how it would please him to see them all. And I wondered, if at night, when there are no visitors to such a sacred place, if the old sailors and soldiers, the marines and the airmen, if their spirits rise up, and their ghosts sit atop their tombstones and  tell each other war stories. And it won’t matter if they’ve heard the story before, because they all understand the need to tell it. And those old WW2 vets, so reticent about talking  about the battles they fought, maybe there, in the quiet stillness of the night, under the shelter of the dogwood trees, maybe now they can tell their stories. Pop would like that. And from the looks of all those flags, he’d have, sadly, so much company.
     Okay, speaking of soldiers, we have a wonderful program for you on Sunday, June 8 at 3:00! Ed McMullen will  lecture on the events of June 6, 1944, D-Day. The largest fleet armada in history began to cross the English Channel toward the coast of Normandy. This would be the turning point of the war or, as horrible as it seems, the time when Hitler’s mad dreams could grow bigger and madder. Come join us as Ed McMullen takes you through the day and talks history and sacrifice. It will be a riveting hour, I promise you.
     And on June 3, (yes, before the D-Day lecture) we have The Golden Days of Radio Players Performance. They’re doing a Fibber Magee and Molly, a Jack Benny and a one act play called Haunt Me A House. It sounds like great fun (as do the old radio shows) and as you probably know, everyone has a good time at the Radio Players, actors and audience alike. So come and enjoy! That’s June 3 at 7:00 p.m..
     And now to the movies! So. Ronnie saw Blended the other day. Now he’s a lot like me – positively ruthless about bad films. And it’s true that Sandler hasn’t made a critically acclaimed comedy in awhile. But despite bad reviews, Ronnie said he really liked it (I’m seeing it tomorrow) and thought it was both sweet and charming. He said it had some good laughs and when it was over he felt good. So I ask all the reviewers out there who think everything good has to be some kind of masterpiece, just lay off Sandler. His sweetness shines through all his movies and, some being better than others, this one looks like a winner.
     Of course we have the magnificent Maleficent! Angelina Jolie looks totally at home and as if she’s having the time of her life as the most wicked fairy ever (!!!!) until she isn’t. Great fun although if your kids are sensitive, you might want to watch the trailers on your computer before you bring the wee ones. I think it will be a hoot, but not for the very young. And a warning: it is dark. (As Jolie told an interviewer, “Disney Princesses bore me!”)
     Following week we will have The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene. If you haven’t read the young adult novel, you ought to, just to see what the kids are reading. But even if you haven’t, do come see the movie. Ronnie says it’s magnificent. Which is good enough for me, (And we will be bringing in Million Dollar Arm and A Million Ways to Die in the West at some point soon. I promise.)
     See you at the Dietrich.
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
What a show!  Last Sunday, Philip Mosley and the Dennis Jeter Quartet exceeded our expectations with a wonderful tribute event to Scranton-born lyricist Ned Washington.  It was fantastic to hear jazz standards including "The Nearness of You", "My Foolish Heart", and "Stella By Starlight”.   It felt like we were in a jazz club during their performance.  And Philip’s narrative about Washington’s contributions to the great American songbook was fascinating.  He really influenced pop culture by penning favorite songs from “High Noon”, “ Dumbo”, “ Pinocchio” and the television show “Rawhide”.   We would like to thank the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and various anonymous donors for making this event possible.  We would also like to thank Dr. Mosley for bringing his idea for this concert to us.  We hope to have them back in the future.
Speaking of live entertainment, the Dietrich Theater Radio Players will be back on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of radio theatre.  You are invited to go back with us to those days when radio was king for “Fibber McGee Gets His Hand Caught in a Bottle”, Jack Benny’s High Noon and Haunt Me a House.  This show will be performed by a sixteen-member community cast and will include live sound effects.  The performance will be followed by a light reception.  The group seems to get better with every performance so I know we are in for a real treat.  Admission is free.  Tickets will be available at the door or they can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500. 
Then on Sunday, June 8th at 3:00 p.m., historian Ed McMullen will be at the Dietrich for a special presentation Remembering D-Day.  Seventy years ago, on June 6, 1944, 156,000 allied troops, 5,000 ships, 50,000 vehicles and 11,000 planes embarked on an invasion of Hitler’s Europe.  By the end of the day, there were 10,000 Allied casualties and somewhere between 4,000 and 9,000 for the Germans.  The beaches at Normandy were secured, and it was the beginning of the end of World War II.  During this free presentation, Ed will help us recall the events of that day and help us remember and honor those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice at Normandy.  The lecture will be preceded by an Honor Guard ceremony performed by Tunkhannock’s American Legion. For more information or to reserve your free tickets, please the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.
During June, you will also have the opportunity to experience local history at the Dietrich through a special exhibit from the Wyoming County Historical Society.  See recently acquired documents that separated Wyoming County from Luzerne County in 1842.  Discovered in a private collection in New York state, these documents provide a glimpse of our county’s beginnings. 
60 E. Tioga St. | Tunkhannock, PA 18657 US
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