Recently master storyteller Fiona Powell took us on an adventure with Stories From Around the World at the Dietrich Theater. Through folktales, 43 audience members explored the cultures and countries of Romania, Africa, China and Russia. It was thrilling to see both young and more mature audience members fully engaged in this ancient tradition. After the presentation, students from Commonwealth Connections Academy stayed to ask Fiona questions about being a storyteller. We would like to thank Toni Hockman for sponsoring this free event and look forward to hosting Fiona again in the future.
This weekend hiking author and Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell will be at the Dietrich for a presentation on Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania. Join us Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. as we experience breathtaking views of our region through this photo presentation. Mitchell will showcase Pennsylvania's beautiful parks and natural areas, waterfalls, expansive vistas and isolated areas known to only a few people. This presentation is a great guide for those who want to get out there to explore the beauty of Pennsylvania on their own. And even if you are unable to get out there and do some hiking, this presentation will allow you to witness the beauty of our area in the comfort of the theater. Mitchell's book Hiking Through the Endless Mountains will be offered for sale at the presentation. He has also written Backpacking Pennsylvania, Hiking the Allegheny National Forest and Paddling Pennsylvania. Admission is free and all are invited to attend. Tickets are available by calling 570.996.1500 or at the door while they last.
In addition to nature, you can also experience dance during the month of February at the Dietrich. On Sundays, Feb. 10, 17 and 24 at 1 p.m., the Dietrich and NEPA Tango in the Tent encourage you to join us for dance movies and lessons. We will feature the films The Tango Lesson on Sunday, Feb. 10, Singin' in the Rain Feb.17 and Shall We Dance Feb. 24. After each film, there will be a dance lesson at Father Nallin Hall (across the street from the theater) taught by local dance instructors. Admission is $10 per movie and lesson and no experience is required. You can come as pairs or singles. Last year the Dietrich hosted a similar program where we saw a tango movie and then took a lesson, and I loved it. For more information or for tickets to one or all of the movies and lessons, please call us at 570.996.1500.
Speaking of movement, the Dietrich will be hosting a Nia class in February Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Instructor Laura Ancherani will introduce us to Nia, which is a combination of yoga, martial arts and dance for health, wellness and fitness. Nia classes offer a unique combination of 52 movies that corresponds with the main areas of the bodies. Beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt to Nia by choosing from one of three intensity levels. Admission is $40 for the four class series.
The Dietrich will also be presenting a movement and storytelling class series for preschoolers next month. Little ones are invited to join instructor Michaela Moore Wednesdays, Feb. 6 through 27 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. for these classes that will focus on movement, storytelling, theatre games, interpreting music, character creation and more. All of these activities will culminate in a casual presentation of a story created by the class. Admission is free. Call the Dietrich at 570.996.1500 to sign up.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies.