“The Nutcracker” to be Presented at Circle Drive-In

Ballet Theatre of Scranton, under the artistic direction of Joanne Arduino, will present its 45th annual performances of “The Nutcracker” quite differently this season, but the tradition of their gift to the community will continue! 

In partnership with Goodwill’s Theater at North and sponsored by the Charles DeNaples family, the production will be presented at the Circle Drive In on Nov. 20 and 21st at 5 and 8 pm. Admission is free and the first 300 cars will be admitted. Kick off the holiday season and enjoy the comfort of your own car as you and your family view visions of sugarplums on the big screen!

Dunmore’s Celia Eagen will be featured in the role of Clara. Additionally, on Dec 23-26, FOX 56 will present the production on their stations WOLF, WSWB and WQMY. Check local listings for air times.

For additional information, call Ballet Theatre of Scranton at 570-347-2867 or visit us on the web at www.balletscranton.org

Marywood Senior’s Documentary Takes First at CMA Film Festival

Jenny Nguyen, a senior Multimedia Communication major at Marywood, was recently awarded first place for her short documentary, “Saigon’s Daughter,” at the 2020 College Media Association’s (CMA) Film Festival.

The documentary features the story of Ms. Nguyen’s mother, Thao Thi Pham, and her journey from Vietnam to America in search for a better life. Mrs. Pham was born during the start of the Vietnam War. She and her eight siblings survived by selling livestock. Jenny’s uncle came to America first and earned enough money for the rest of the family to safely get to the United States. The six-minute documentary, “Saigon’s Daughter,” follows her mother’s entire life journey. 

“I intended this film to reach out to other families, from other countries, who are faced with discrimination, and who are looking for opportunities for a better life. It must have an exhausting impact on a person—on their mental health. For instance, my grandparents have always been very logical—survival first and emotions later. This film gave my mother the opportunity to open up for the first time. I hope, as a result of the film, that people will practice patience and understanding with those who are searching for a better life,” Ms. Nguyen said. 

In addition to pursuing her education, Ms. Nguyen works as a multimedia assistant at The Wood Word, Marywood University’s student-run electronic newspaper. Further, she is a member of TV Marywood, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the Society of Collegiate Journalists (SCJ), and she works as a wedding videographer and editor—work that she will continue following graduation.

As an aspiring filmmaker, Ms. Nguyen said, “Marywood taught me how to use its resources and tools to draw out my potential. It’s why I chose Marywood when I was searching for colleges. I liked the versatility of production and that I could learn about journalism, public relations, advertising, and then work all of those skill sets into the focus of film.

The CMA serves student media pros, staff, and programs with education, research, and resources. CMA communicates and works with professional media organizations and education associations on the local, state, and national levels. Film and Audio Festival is designed to encourage and promote excellence in student video work by showing examples of top-notch projects in several categories. Submitted works for the CMA fall festival are completely produced by college students, and all works were completed after November 2, 2019. 

Located in the Learning Commons at Marywood University, the Multimedia Communication department provides media tools necessary to publish an online newspaper; direct, produce, shoot, or edit video and audio programming; create and publish a public relations newsletter; work as on-air television or radio talent; create virtual sets; produce short films; manage social media accounts; broadcast live sporting events; and much more. In a media-driven world, a communication degree plays a central role in careers in journalism, corporate communications, human relations, policy and advocacy, film and TV, sports media, and public relations.

For additional information about Ms. Nguyen’s short documentary, follow this link.

Athlete of the Month: Cristian Buckley

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior tailback Cristian Buckley is making the most of a short season.

With the regular season shortened to five games due to COVID-19, the senior stalwart totaled over 1,000 rushing yards in just five regular season games en route to Dunmore capturing a seventh consecutive District 2 title.

Cristian, 18, rushed for 208 yards on 18 carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left in the first half that broke a 15-15 tie in Dunmore’s 57-15 route over Riverside Friday, October 30, at Dunmore.

With Lackawanna Trail’s loss the following day to Old Forge, Dunmore earned the District 2 Class 2A title and a trip to the state playoffs. 

Cristian rushed for an astounding 313 yards in Dunmore’s first win over Wallenpaupack. He also rushed for 212 yards in the Bucks win over Mid Valley, giving the senior stalwart three games of over 200 yards rushing. 

Son of Connie and Michael Buckley, Cristian said he is hopeful of playing Division I college football. He applied to Bryant University in Rhode Island where he hopes to be accepted, play football and study business management. 

The star tailback said he has learned a lot from Dunmore head football coach Kevin McHale. “He teaches us not only about football, but about life and life lessons,” said Cristian. “He teaches us how to overcome adversity and never give up.”

Cristian said his parents also teach him to never give up.

The quick, explosive back has six touchdowns, five rushing and one receiving, this season. He now has over 3,000 career rushing yards. 

“It was great getting to 1,000 yards in a five game season,” he said. “It was my first year rushing for 1,000 yards. But I could not have accomplished this without my teammates. I have a great offensive line and our fullback, Karl Kincel, is an outstanding blocker.”

He talked about what it takes to excel as a tailback in high school football. “It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. You also need to be a leader on and off the field.”

Cristian said he has worked hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I concentrated more on my studies and worked a lot.” The senior scholar-athlete maintains an academic average in the mid 90s and works at Schautz Stadium, Dunmore.

He is Vice President of the Health Careers Club at Dunmore.

“I want to play football at the college level, hopefully Division I,” he said.

“My goal is to be successful in life.”

Cristian enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see Lil’ Wayne in concert.

The senior football standout said he will play basketball for the first time in his high school career this year. He will also participate in track and field for the first time since eighth grade. “Why not?,” he said. “It is good to be active during these times. It gives me something to do and work hard to accomplish.” 

Cristian is more than enjoying his time at Dunmore High School. “I would not trade it for anything else in the world,” he said. “No doubt. We always look at the bright side here.”