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The Dietrich Children’s Theatre recently delighted families and young children at the theater with their stage version of “Peter and the Wolf.” It was absolutely enchanting! I loved the music, colorful set and costumes, of course, the beautiful story. During this interactive play, audience members learned a little Russian and helped Peter and his friends on their adventure. We would like to thank the Dietrich’s own Jennifer Jenkins for directing the play and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for funding the production.

In early June, we will continue celebrating live theatre with a bus trip to Broadway to see Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Join us June 5 for this fun-filled trip. Before the show, we will have time to explore the city. And after the show, Douglas Carter Beane has arranged for a Q & A session with the cast of Cinderella. This will be a first for us. Douglas Carter Beane wrote the new book for this magical Broadway production, and he is also a part-time resident of Tunkhannock. After the Q & A, we will enjoy a family-style dinner at Carmine’s on Broadway. Tickets are $235 each and include bus transportation, an orchestra ticket to Cinderella, dinner (including tips and tax) and a contribution to the Dietrich Theater. Call the Dietrich Theater at 570.996.1500 to sign up.

And you don’t want to miss 4th Friday in Tunkhannock this month. On May 24, we will present Open Mic at 7 p.m. Come prepared to get on stage or to be entertained. We welcome musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and other performers. Then at 8:15 p.m., Nygel Metcalfe will take the stage for a spoken word performance. He is a fourth year literature student at St. Stephen’s University. Nygel moonlights as a writer, coach and consultant for the Breaking Ground Poets. Admission is free. Doors open for Open Mic signups at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your slot early. Call the Dietrich at 570.996.1500 for more information.

Then Sunday, May 26 from 5 to 8:00 p.m., the Dietrich will host the Breaking Ground Poets Poetry Slam. In this live competition, members of the Breaking Ground Poets will perform original poetry over the course of three rounds before a panel of judges. The focus of a poetry slam is not the written word, but rather, it is a celebration of the art of oral interpretation and performance with emphasis on the interaction between poet and audience. You’ll find a diverse range of work within the slam, including heartfelt love poetry, searing social commentary and more. Breaking Ground Poets is a Tunkhannock-based group of young people bonded by their love of poetry and self-expression. This poetry slam will be moderated by Amye Archer. Tickets are $5 each. Come out and support our young poets.

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

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