Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for June 6, 2014 
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
The Fault in Our Stars Maleficent
Blended X-Men: Days of Future Past
Coming Soon to the Dietrich 
How To Train Your Dragon 2 Jersey Boys
Upcoming Events at the Dietrich 
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. 
Shakespeare in the Park
Saturday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m.

At Tunkhannock's Lazybrook Park

Presented by: Gamut Theatre Group

Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation

Experience Shakespeare in Tunkhannock's Lazybrook Park with Gamut Theatre Group's version of Macbeth.  This 80-minute version of Shakespeare's original text tells the story of Macbeth.  The performance will be followed by a talk-back session with the actors.  Please bring your own blanket or chair to the performance. Call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500 for details.
At the Dietrich by Hildy Morgan     
         So. For those of you who were worried, (okay, at least one person out there must have been worried) I want to set your mind at ease. My ancient catalpa tree is once again in bloom!  Yes it is. The leaves started popping out on Saturday, just about the time I was about to give up hope. I ran over to it to pat the trunk and tell it how good it was to see it still alive and kicking. The leaves rustled a little and I think it was trying to tell me that the winter had been very, very long and it was having a bit of a hard time rousing it’s ancient bones. I told it I fully understood. Sometimes it’s hard for me in the morning  getting my own ancient bones in a sitting position. Heck, sometimes it’s a push getting out of a chair! So I told it I didn’t care if it was a little late to the ball, I was just glad it was with me another year, because without it there would be no joy in Mudville, or, rather, my lawn in South Auburn.
     Which leads me to tell  you about another reason I love South Auburn. Let me tell you this story. I won’t use names because I don’t want to embarrass anyone. (Although it’s a great story, but, you never know…) So. My up-the-road neighbor built a new barn. An Amish barn-builder  came in and built what is absolutely a work of art. I wish she would rent rooms in it because I’d rent one – that’s how beautiful it is! But here’s the thing. She didn’t have the old barn torn down. She had him build over it or around it or on top of it – however you’d put it. So underneath this wonderful newness is the old barn that had seen two hundred winters, and two hundred springtimes. And here’s the very, very best part – it took my breath away – she  told the barn builder that she didn’t want the swallow’s nests in the old barn destroyed, but left intact for when the swallows came home. And so he did. And the swallows came home on the spring breezes and they swoop in and out of the newness that the builder created, but they are protected, nurtured, in the wee homes they built so long ago. And there it is – such a love for and respect for mamma nature and all her many treasures. And just as my husband and I were about to go home, there on the tree by her house were at least a dozen, maybe more, tiny goldfinches, darting about in unison, like small, energetic beams of sunlight. How much better could life be than to be given the privilege of seeing such earthly delights?
     Plus, if there is a weather god, then I want him(the winter was so brutal it has to be a him) to know, that these last days of vivid blue skies, puffy white clouds, deliciously warm sunlight and balmy breezes almost makes up for the extreme cold and gray of this past winter. Almost. But not quite. Okay, maybe.
     And now to the business of the movies. We open The Fault in Our Stars on Friday and keep Maleficent, Blended and and X-Men. Maleficent is so good that Friday night after the 7 o’clock, Ronnie peeked in to the theater to see what all the noise was. It was the sound of spontaneous, thunderous applause! Really! That usually happens only at film festivals. So that’s how much  fun it is! Do come. And I’ve already told you (ad infinitum) how good The Fault In Our Stars is. And Blended is vintage Adam Sandler and X-Men is… well… X-Men!
     And Sunday is the wonderful Ed McMullen telling us all about D-Day. I am so looking forward to hearing him. He is so knowledgeable, but also so entertaining. He lives and breathes history, so come give him a listen. You’ll love him, too.
     Finally, save the date. Really. Save the date. June 21st at 7:00, the glorious Gamut Theater is coming to Lazybrook Park to perform MacBeth, that shivery Scottish tale of murder and mayhem and a Mrs. who simply can’t wash her hands enough! Mmmmm. So good. And the park is a perfect place for such skullduggery!  Come, bring a chair or a blanket, and be prepared for a grand old time!
     See you at the Dietrich.  
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
Live at the Dietrich for June 4, 2014
“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.”  This was the beginning of General Eisenhower’s message to troops just prior to the D-Day Invasion – June 6, 1944.   The 70th anniversary of this pivotal event is just a few days away.  To commemorate this historic mission, historian and storyteller Ed McMullen will be back at the Dietrich Theater on Sunday, June 8th at 3:00 p.m. to present Remembering D-Day.  During his talk, 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.  This lecture will be preceded by an Honor Guard ceremony performed by Tunkhannock’s American Legion. Admission to Remembering D-Day is free.  Tickets will be available at the door while they last or they can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500. 
  We will explore local history later this month with the musical event, Folklore and Coal Mining Songs of the Northeast.  On Sunday, June 29 at 3:00 p.m., musician and Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker Jay Smar will share the history, struggles and disasters of coal miners in our area through song.  In addition to guitar, he will also play the claw-hammer banjo and fiddle and will perform a form of clog dancing.  Jay will bring with him coal mining photos, books and chronicles to share with audience members. Recording of his music will be available for sale.  Jay has wowed us with his musical abilities during past Gathering of Singers and Songwriter concerts at the Dietrich so I know we are in for a real treat.  Admission to the concert is free.  We would like to thank the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for sponsoring this program. 
  Another free event that is coming up this June is our annual Shakespeare in the Park.  Join us on Saturday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of live theatre in Tunkhannock’s Lazybrook Park.  You will be able to experience Gamut Theatre Group’s 80-minute version of Macbeth.  This is the seventh year in a row that this Harrisburg theatre troupe has performed in Tunkhannock.  They are fantastic.  After the show, the actors will stay for a talk-back session with the audience which is always fascinating.  It is your chance to ask about the play, being an actor and more.  Again, the performance will be free thanks to a grant from the Overlook Estate Foundation.  All you need to do is gather up your friends and family and lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy!  We hope to see you there. 
  If your child is interested in learning about theatre arts first hand, one of our Acting Camps for Kids or Theatre & Visual Arts Camps might just fit the bill.  In Acting Camp for Kids, students will be able to learn all about acting and the instruments of an actor through improvisation, theatre games, and character and script creation.  Taught by Michaela Moore of All About Theatre, this camp will be offered to children ages six to eleven from July 21 to July 25 and then again from July 28 to August 1. 
  In our multidisciplinary theatre and visual arts camps, students will not only create their own characters and script, but they will also make their own costumes, props and sets based on the theme of each camp.  In Traveling Through Time: Theatre & Visual Arts Camp, students will use their imaginations to travel back to the time of knights, princesses and dragons or to the future.  It’s up to them!  And in Where the Wild Things Are Theatre and Visual Arts Camp, students will create and explore magical worlds just like Max!  For more information or to sign up, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.
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