More Than Movies: A day at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Margie Young


Would you like to have a sneak peak at what happens on a typical day at the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater? Well, here is what went on inside these walls on one day this last week, just to give you a taste.

The morning started with Abi Zieger presenting Music for Littles for 10 lively preschoolers and their caretakers. The children’s room was filled with the sounds of their voices and playing of pint-sized instruments.

After school, the children’s room served as a classroom for artists and storytellers ages 5-12 years old in the Everhart Museum’s Storybook Art class. Students developed and illustrated their own endings to the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood.”

In the evening, the Peg Fassett Performance Studio was an exercise room for Laura Ancherani, who teaches Nia, a combination of martial arts, dancing, and yoga, featuring 52 specific moves.

Nia finished just in time to allow the same space to be the meeting place for our Golden Days of Radio Players, meeting with Director Esther Harmatz to start practicing for their performance Dec. 6.

And that’s not all.

The same evening, Sarah Sidorek met with six enthusiastic budding artists for Design a Painted Silk Scarf in the children’s room, and Steve Colley held Open Studio in the Dorothy G Sheldon Art Studio for all those wanting to pursue and be guided in drawing, painting, pottery and sculpture.

These were all activities taking place in one day, activities in addition to the screening of four movies, and a meeting of staff and volunteers to plan for the first-ever Dietrich Fright Night.

Jessica Shaffer, one of the organizers of the upcoming Haunted House Fright Night, admonishes all to “prepare to see some of your favorite horror movie characters and many horror themed ideas created by the coordinators of this event. Don’t let all the clown sightings keep you away, stop by the Dietrich Theater Halloween weekend for a hauntingly good time at Dietrich Fright Night. It’s your turn to be in the horror film.”

Many people and staff members have been working hard since last summer to create a scary and original series of four Haunted House evenings, called Fright Night. Haunted House experiences abound in this area around Halloween, but the Dietrich Theater will be different in that it takes place withing the walls of the old Dietrich Theater spaces and in a tent outside the building.

For only $10 you can experience horrifying characters, sights, and sounds, in the way that only a movie theater can deliver.

Recommended for those aged 10 and over, the Dietrich Theater Haunted House experience will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 28, 29 and 30 and from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. For information, call 570-996-1502.

But that is not all that is happening soon at the Dietrich. Open Mic welcomes featured musician and songwriter Jimmy Johnson at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. And all practicing performers, whether musicians, storytellers, comedians, magicians or other performers, can share their routines with the Open Mic audience before the main feature. If you wish to perform, come at 6:30 p.m. to sign up. A fun night for all.

Finally, mark your calendars for another National Theatre Live onscreen treat at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 6 and 13. “Frankenstein” with Benedict Cumberbatch, directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, will be sure to bring the creature to life in a new way. As a bonus, National Theatre Live always takes you backstage to talk to those who created the sets or costumes or directed and starred in the play. They always give new insights into the play and its production.

The Dietrich Theater staff is so pleased to bring you, not only the best in movies, but also the best in theatre and live entertainment experiences.

Come check us out. We will be so glad to see you!


More Than Movies

Margie Young

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