Editor’s note: This week’s column was written by Dietrich Theater Program Director Margie Young.
With the start of school just around the corner, what better way to get kids’ creative juices flowing than Pottery for Kids, taught by Dietrich artists-in-residence, Steve and Amy Colley? This past week if you peeked in the Sheldon Art Studio window, you may have seen 16 kids, ages 5-12 years old, learning hand-building techniques to create pottery and sculpture. They even took turns throwing pots on the potter’s wheels. All had their own one-of-a-kind creations to take home with them. This final kids’ class of the summer was an all-time success.
Pottery and Sculpture for Kids will also kick off our fall series of classes at the Dietrich. Students ages 5-12 years will have another opportunity to take this series from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 16 through Oct. 7.
Because of the popularity of spring and summer Music for Littles classes, thanks to the Tunkhannock Rotary Club, these classes will return in September, October, and November from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays for ages 3-5. The Dietrich Theater is committed to making preschool classes free, so we are very grateful that the Tunkhannock Rotary Club supports our mission. Teacher Abi Zieger is a multi-talented music educator who knows how to engage the little ones with songs and instruments. Parents and caregivers join the fun, learning new songs and activities to bring home with them.
Over the summer it has been hard to be around Tunkhannock and not be aware that groups of people are being led by guides to tour Tunkhannock’s Historic District. A new brochure, that can be picked up at the Dietrich, describes all of 40 sites and enables self-guided tours, but if you want to hear more stories and anecdotes by guides who have gone behind the scenes and discovered wonderful tidbits, you may want to sign up for a guided tour at 5 p.m. on one of three Thursday evenings, Sept. 15, 22 or 29. There will be another opportunity at noon on Tunkhannock Quilt and Artisan Walk day, Oct. 1. Pre-registration is necessary and can be completed by calling 570-996-1500.
For the 15th year in a row the Dietrich proudly brings Gathering of Singer/Songwriters at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Lorne Clark, friend of the Dietrich in many ways, has put together an intriguing roster of acoustic folk musicians, including himself, Tom Flannery, Josh Pratt and Eddie Appnel. Come for the unique music, but also come to learn the stories of these musicians, stories behind their songs, and friendly digs to one another. Their conversational exchange is worth the price of admission, which is, by the way, free or by donation.
Many will remember the outstanding Tunkhannock High School production of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” in 2006, the one with David Swanson singing, “If a Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”
Erica Rogler remembers it well and so fondly that when we began to plan our yearly Broadway Bus Trip and realized we could get good orchestra seating to the current New York City production, she said, “Let’s do it! I remember it well! I love it.”
And Calista Hendrickson, another friend of the Dietrich who saw the production said, “It’s a wonderful production. The ethnic flavor of the dancing is especially outstanding.”
So we are going to the Broadway Theatre in NYC on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and you are invited. Registration includes bus trip, orchestra tickets, and family-style dinner at Carmine’s famed Italian restaurant, all for $250. Space is limited, so call 570-996-1500 for more details. Don’t miss this chance to see an all-time classic musical.
If you go, you may leave singing “If a were a rich man” or perhaps leave dancing out of the theater. Maybe. At least you will feel like it!
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