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Last Saturday 32 middle school and high school students in the Dietrich’s After School Theatre Arts program took to the Dietrich stage for their original production “Under the Big Top”. The show was fantastic! It started out with a circus parade as the cast made their way into the theater. The circus cast was comprised of a ringmaster, a singer, a dancer, lions, lion tamers, a magician and his assistant, a seal, a giraffe, monkeys, a contortionist, a snowboard cat, a skateboard queen, a mime, a funhouse manager plus many more unique characters. Their costumes were absolutely spectacular thanks to the time and talent of costume designer Sarah Henn, and cast’s big number “The Candy Man” was outstanding. We would like to thank Jennifer Jenkins, Laurel Radzieski, Judy Weist and Sarah Henn for their leadership and commitment to After School Theatre Arts (ASTA). We are also grateful to program sponsors Wells Fargo, the Overlook Estate Foundation, Bob and Fern Boyce and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. This performance was the culmination of eight-weeks of hard work for the ASTA students.

Our Wyoming County Reads project featuring the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow is also wrapping up for the year. For the past four weeks, 24 adults attended book discussions at the Tunkhannock Public Library regarding topics raised in the novel. We discussed issues including technology, race, change and more. We would like to thank Bill Chapla for facilitating these discussions. Today, Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Wyoming County Reads will conclude with free movie showings at the Dietrich Theater of the movie Ragtime starring James Cagney and Elizabeth McGovern. Admission is free. All are welcome to attend.

The Dietrich will also be hosting another free event this weekend. Join us this Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. for The Power of Story with award-winning novelist and journalist Suzanne Fisher Staples. During this presentation she will share how stories have the power to change the world. Suzanne has lived and worked in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India Hong Kong and other places. The lecture will conclude with a question and answer session, and some of Suzanne Fisher Staples award-winning novels will be available for sale after the presentation. They include Under the Persimmon, Shabanu Daughter of the Wind, Haveli, and The House of Djinn. For more information or to reserve a seat to this free event, please call us at 570-996-1500.

The Dietrich will also be presenting a variety of classes for all ages this month including Amy and Steve Colley’s Mixed Media classes. In Mixed Media, children will explore a variety of media including clay, paints, drawing and 3-D collage as they create their own masterpieces. Along the way, students will learn about famous artists and their works of art. Classes for children ages five to eight years old will be held on Friday, March 15, 22, 29 and April 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mixed Media for students ages nine to twelve years old will be offered on Wednesdays, March 6,13, 20, 27 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information about Dietrich classes and events, please visit www.dietrichtheater.com or call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

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

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