Experiencing music at the Dietrich

First Posted: 5/1/2015

So many studies show the importance of music for the very young. It is documented 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 Theater will have an opportunity for you and your children to experience music together at 11 a.m. this Saturday, May 9 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. 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 at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22.

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 and songwriter Josh Pratt will take the stage.

Pratt loves LEGOS, Jurassic Park movies and open mics. He was a featured performer on WVIA’s Homegrown Music and at the Dietrich’s Singer-Songwriter series. He 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 sign-ups 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 the theater at 570-996-1500.

The Dietrich will also host free health and wellness events this month.

On Thursdays after school, Donna Fetzko, Certified Nutrition Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher, will offer Yoga, Food and Fun for children ages 5-12. 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. Fetzko will teach basic yoga poses and breathing exercises. Students will also learn how to prepare delicious, healthy snacks.

Classes will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28. Admission is free.

In the evenings on those same Thursdays, Fetzko will teach Nutrition and Aging. In this class, students will learn how to make healthly eating and lifestyle habits through the decades.

This class series is open to all ages because at any age, healthy 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, call the Dietrich.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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