More than the movies

First Posted: 10/28/2014

Can you name the 1953 film that starred the stellar cast of Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra?

If you guessed “From Here to Eternity,” you are correct.

This film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, and will be shown at noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Dietrich Theater. “From Here to Eternity” deals with the tribulations of three soldiers stationed in Hawaii during the months leading up to attack on Pearl Harbor. Tickets are $5 each.

Next month’s Dietrich Classic Movie selection will be “An American in Paris,” starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. This 1951 American musical film was inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. And I’ve heard the closing number in which Kelly and Caron dance is spectacular. The film will be shown at noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

In addition to presenting classic movies, this weekend the Dietrich will hos two live events to kick off the month.

The Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus will begin a three-part Vocal Clinic at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. During these workshops, attendees will have the opportunity to hear the quartets Chordial Connection and Vocal Accord, hear and learn how to make four voices sound like five or six, sing a new song with fellow attendees and learn the mechanical, technical and performance elements of good quality singing and what you can do to become a better singer. All levels of experience are welcome to attend, and admission is free. The clinic will continue on Saturdays, Nov. 8 and 15.

To register or for more information, call the theater at 570-836-8595.

The Dietrich will host, “The Civil War: America’s Second Revolution” with Dr. Len Gougeon at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. During this lecture, Dr. Gougeon will examine the Civil War in terms of how the democracy of the North not only battled the slaveholding aristocracy of the Confederacy, but also, once again, the aristocracy of Great Britain.

Gougeon is a distinguished professor of American literature at the University of Scranton, a past president of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society and is completing work on a book, “New England, Old England, and the Civil War: A Documentary History of Cultural and Political Conflict.” He was such an amazing presenter for our Wyoming County Reads series this past winter that we are very excited to host him again this Sunday at the Dietrich.

Admission to the Civil War lecture is free and all are invited to attend.

If you are looking for an event for you and your family to enjoy in November, we encourage you to come out to the Dietrich Children’s Theatre production of “Balto: A True Story of the Bravest Dog in America.”

This play takes place in the blinding blizzard of 1925 which almost shut down the Alaskan town of Nome. During that storm, an outbreak of disease threatens the children, and medicine needed is 800 miles away. No one can get through the storm by plane, train boat or car. It is up to a fearless sled dog named Balto to travel through the blizzard and save the town — if he can get there in time.

Join us to find out what happens. Admission to this show is free, thanks to Toni Hockman. Tickets are available by calling 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last.

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

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