More Than Movies: Dietrich Theater offers art camps, workshops for both children and adults

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler

Fantastical costumes, pirate princesses and underwater adventure were all part of the Dietrich Theater’s second Theatre and Visual Arts camp of the summer.

Taught by Amy Colley and Michaela Moore, 15 students, ages 5 to 12, designed their own costumes, made props and sock puppets, built and painted a cardboard set (pirate ships, of course) and developed their own characters and a script. At the end of last week, they performed their original play, full of sea adventurers, pirates, the queen of the ocean and other unique characters to an audience of family and friends.

This week, children’s exploration of the arts continues with Drawing and Painting Camp, taught by Dietrich artist-in-residence Steve Colley. During these classes students have the opportunity to use a variety of media – from charcoal, to watercolor to acrylic paint and more – to create masterpieces. Along the way, campers learn about shape, line and shadow.

If your budding artist wants to get involved in the fun, there are still a couple of spaces open for next week’s Pottery and Sculpture Camp for kids. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to sign up.

If you are thinking to yourself a camp like that would be fun for adults, then join us for Fine Wine, Fine Art from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. In this workshop, Steve Colley will give students a brief background about a famous artist and their style of painting and then demonstrate how to paint a piece of work similar to original. I took two of these workshops and loved them. It’s a great way to catch up with friends and do something creative. And believe me, you don’t have to be a painter to enjoy this experience.

Admission is $25 and includes instruction and painting supplies. You must be 21 to attend and you are welcome to bring the wine of your choice and a snack to share. Pre-registration is recommended. Call the Dietrich at to sign up.

We invite you to join us for Open Mic Night on the fourth Friday of the month, Aug. 26.

Musicians, poets, storytellers and singers of all ages and all levels of experience are encouraged to come out and share their talents on the open mic stage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for Open Mic which starts at 7 p.m. After the open mic portion of the evening, the Dietrich Writers Group will share with us excerpts of their novels and short stories. The group has been meeting on a continuous basis at the theater for over ten years. Last year they read their works at Open Mic and we were wowed by their talent.

Admission to Open Mic Night is free and is sponsored by the Dietrich’s Fundraising Committee.

To round out the month, the Dietrich will host Hickory Project live in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. You do not want to miss this afternoon of entertainment. They perform bluegrass at its finest. Admission is by donation.

Hickory Project includes the musical prowess of national mandolin champion Anthony Hannigan, Ed Lick, Steve Belcher, Josh Sudigala and Jillian Hannigan. This is a kickoff event for the Corn Stock Folk Festival which will be held in Tunkhannock’s Lazybrook Park Sept. 2-4. Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500 and they will be available at the door.

As promised, next week I will share with you the films that will be showcased in the Dietrich’s Fall Film Festival.

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

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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