A PROVEN DESTINATION FOR THEATER LOVERS
WHO CRAVE THE ADVENTURE OF DISCOVERY!
By celebrating the American Spirit on Stage through timeless classics and
provocative new works, East Lynne Theater Company provides a portal to the
past that provides a better understanding for the present.
- "One of South Jersey's cultural treasures." - The Press of Atlantic City
- Recipient of New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Achievement of Excellence Award
- Archives housed at Lawrence & Lee Research Institute at request of Ohio State U.
- One of five theaters in NJ selected to decorate a room at Drumthwacket, the NJ Governor's residence
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5: THE DANCING PRINCESSES and THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE
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ELTC HELPS DECORATE THE GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE
When The Drumthwacket Foundation thought it a good idea to have theater companies help decorate Drumthwacket for the holidays, John McEwen, Executive Director of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, contacted its members. The Alliance fosters collaboration, cooperation and audience development. Currently, there are thirty-two Equity professional, not-for-profit theaters who are members of the Alliance, and East Lynne Theater Company is one of them.
Drumthwacket, built in 1835, is the name of the Governor’s residence near Princeton, and usually the Garden Clubs of New Jersey provide the only holiday decorations. During December, this elegant home may be seen by 5,000 plus people, through Open Houses and Special Events.
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OUR CURRENT PRODUCTION IN CAPE MAY
Fri. Dec. 13: Save $3 off ticket price when bringing an item for the Food Closet.
Food Closet items may be brought to the church
from 7:00-8:00 when there is an evening show and
from 1:00-2:00 on Sat. Dec. 14.
Sat. Dec. 14 at 2:00: Part of the proceeds go to the
Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary
“There are three cousins, a half-uncle, a kind of brother-in-law – that is, the brother of my sister-in-law’s second husband – and a niece. That’s six. They’ve written to me for money, seeing my name in the paper ez hevin’ made a strike. But I’ve never met ‘em, and I want to give them a Christmas party, and I’d like you to run it for me,” explained Dick Spindler to the widow Huldy Price.
“Run it for you! Man alive! What are you thinking of?” responded the widow.
How this Christmas party comes together in the town of Rough and Ready, who ends up coming, and how they all behave, is all part of the fun in “Dick Spindler’s Family Christmas” by Bret Harte.
Meanwhile, another miner, Cherokee, wants to share his new-found fortune with old friends and all the children in Yellowhammer - a town whose youngest citizen uses a safety razor. How the townsfolk try to make Cherokee’s Christmas plans come true is at the core of O. Henry’s humorous and insightful story, “Christmas by Injunction.”
Francis Bret Harte (1839-1902) became editor of “The Overland Monthly” in California in 1868, where his stories "The Luck of Roaring Camp" and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” were first published. In 1871, he signed a contract with “The Atlantic Monthly” to write twelve stories in one year for $10,000, the most that had ever been offered an American writer up to that time.
O. Henry (William Sydney Porter, 1862-1910) was charged with embezzling while working at a bank in Texas. In prison, he adopted his pseudonym and wrote “A Retrieved Reformation” which was an immediate success. He was released in 1901 after having served only three years of his prison term, and moved to Manhattan where most of his stories are set. When he died at age 47, he had 23 cents in his pocket. To this day, he is honored by having the most renowned annual collection of American short stories named after him.
Both were adapted by ELTC's artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth who began performing her own one-person plays in 1981 at venues including The Smithsonian, with “Lou: The Remarkable Miss Alcott.” She spent three seasons performing and teaching on The Chautauqua circuit: one of the few to do so who doesn’t have a doctorate. For the last six years, she has performed Christmas stories in Cape May based on works by L. Frank Baum, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Mark Twain, Edward Everett Hale, Louisa May Alcott, Bret Harte and O. Henry, much to the delight of local residents and visitors. In each show, Stahlhuth interprets over thirty-some characters in which the shrug of a shoulder, the flick of a wrist, and a change in her voice, brings a character to life. For many patrons, these original performances are part of their holiday tradition.
Stahlhuth is finishing up her fifteenth year as ELTC’s Artistic Director. Since the board of trustees asked her take this position in 1999, she has produced 70 different shows (some returned for another season), including 17 world premieres and 9 New Jersey premieres, and directed 43 of them. As a published and produced playwright, she is an Active Member of the Dramatists Guild, and for her work in film, television, and radio, a member of SAG-AFTRA. She joined Actors’ Equity, the union for professional actors, forty-one years ago, and has worked steadily in the entertainment industry ever since.
Tickets: $25; $15 full-time student
AGES 12 AND UNDER ARE FREE.
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ELTC was selected by its peers to receive
the ACHIEVEMENT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD at New Jersey Theatre
annual Applause Award gala, honoring ELTC for "30 years
of celebrating America’s heritage through productions and educational programs.”
Thanks to our SEASON SPONSORS:
Aleathea's Restaurant at The Inn of Cape May, The Henry Sawyer Inn
Curran Investment Management
And to our SHOW SPONSORS: La Mer Beachfront Inn, The Washington Inn, Exit Zero, and The Montreal Beachfront Resort
And to these organizations:
ELTC's programs are made possible in part from The NJ State Council
on the Arts/Department of State,
A Partner Agency of The National Endowment
for the Arts;
The NJ Dept. of State, Division of Travel & Tourism, and the generosity of many