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ELTC enjoys sharing the theatrical experience with all ages. Pictured right are James Rana, Shelley McPherson, Fred Velde, and Grace Wright having a Q&A with students at Helen A. Fort Middle School in Pemberton, NJ (Bergen County) after a performance of The Poe Mysteries, written by James Rana.
ELTC provides after-school programs and is now involved with Wildwood Middle School due to Josepha M. Penrose, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for The Wildwood School District, receiving funding from the federal program, The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. From 2012 through 2016, for an average of two days a week, ELTC will provide exciting theater programs for 5th through 7th graders that result in productions for the community, attending live professional theater, and working with special guest theater artists like James Rana. (See sidebar for letter from Ms. Penrose to ELTC,and letters from others as well.)
Whether after-school, or in the classroom, working
on plays reinforces reading and use of language,
self-assurance, cooperation, and social skills. Since ELTC’s mission
embraces American history and literature, the company brings its
unique perspective into schools, further supporting Core Curriculum
Standards in Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts Literacy,
and Social Studies.
Examples of School Residences
On March 20, 2013, forty 5th-7th graders who are part of Wildwood's After-School Program performed a play and musical they'd written, under the guidance of ELTC's artists-in-residence Sally Bingham, Rudy Caporaso, and Grace Wright. Students, parents, friends, and teachers all had a terrific time at this free perfomrance for the community, and the party afterwards - and the students are ready to put on another show. Pictured here are photos from this production. To read an article about this exciting theater program in The Press of Atlantic City, Click Here.
After six days of working with Gayle Stahlhuth,
who also wrote the script, 5th and 6th grade students at West
Cape May Elementary School performed Henry Sawyer and the Civil War, about Cape May's
own Civil War hero. An enthusiastic
audience attended the free performance on March 27, 2009,
and the students did a great job. (Most of the cast is pictured left.) Tom
Sims, Executive Director of the Cape May Film Festival and
members of The Young Filmmakers Program created a terrific documentary!
To see it on YouTube, CLICK
HERE. ELTC has conducted residencies in West Cape May Elementary School since 2000. Shows students have performed include scenes they've written about the Civil War, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland, adapted by Chicago playwright Alice Gerstenberg in 1917. Other schools in Cape May County where ELTC has conducted residencies include Ocean City Primary School, Cape May Elementary School, Glenwood Avenue Elementary School in Wildwood, Teitelman Middle School, Middle Township Middle School, and Lower Regional High School.
To read a 2012 article in The Press of Atlantic City about an ELTC residency: Click Here
To read a 2011 article in The Press of Atlantic City: Click Here
Street Neighborhood Association Scholarship Fund
Started in the fall of 2006 with a $5,000 donation from
HJSNA, in honor of Bob and Toni Green, who first owned
The Puffin Bed and Breakfast on Jackson Street, ELTC gives this award annually to those pursuing theater. Recipients
have been: 2007:
Caitlin Wallace; 2008: Erin Callahan; 2009: Bobby LeMaire; 2010: Tiffany-Leigh Moskow; 2011: Grace Wright; and 2012: Gabrielle Wilson.
Students ages 14-22 learn about what
it takes to keep a theater going, occasionally perform in productions,
and may be considered for the Historic Jackson Street Neighborhood
Association Scholarship Fund. Contact ELTC's Artistic Director for details.
SEVENTH ANNUAL STUDENT THEATER WORKSHOP: SUMMER 2013!
six productions, Alice in Wonderland, The Little
Brinker, Connecticut Yankees in Queen Guenever's Court, Little Women, and Storybook Theater were performed by students in front of
standing-room only audiences! This year, 12
students, ages 10-16, will once more have the opportunity to work with
ELTC's professional staff, including Sally Bingham who is heading up the workshop. Sally has performed in Philadelphia where she has also conducted workshops for students, and started the after-school program at West Cape May Elementary School, focusing on Shakespeare. For ELTC, she is teaching the after-school theater program for middle school students in Wildwood. ELTC's Technical Director, Lee O'Connor, and Artistic Director, Gayle Stahlhuth, will be around to help. This year, it's An Evening of Fables, presented in storytelling fashion, with a minimum of props and costumes. Like last year's workshop, the focus is on the storytellers themselves, working as a tight ensemble, and the imagination. Fables and stories will be from a variety of sources including "1,001 Arabian Nights," the Brothers Grimm, and Aesop.
Workshop dates are
June 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, and July 1 from 2:30-5:30, with a final performance on the evening of Tuesday, July 2 at 8:00PM. Admission to the performance is FREE. Fee: $200.00 per student. Location
is the First
Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street. Contact the
theater for more details and to receive a Workshop Form. Workshop forms may also be retrieved by CLICK HERE.
Students participating in ELTC's
workshop of Hans Brinker
TO READ THE ARTICLE ABOUT OUR 2012 WORKSHOP, WITH PICTURES, WRITTEN BY ELISA LALA FOR
"THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY"
(June 27, 2012)
FROM LETTERS FROM PARENTS:
"My two boys have been part of ELTC's in-school programs and also participated in East Lynne's Summer Program. We've absolutely loved that experience as well. The children get an excellent program at a modest fee compared to other camps. In fact, I prefer East Lynne's program to others because Gayle holds the children to a higher standard of professionalism and conduct than I've seen elsewhere." - Cindy Smilyk
"My daughter had always wanted to
try theater, and when your company started a summer workshop
for students, she was thrilled. At first, she just wanted
to work behind the scenes, but once she got there, and with
the encouragement of Gayle and Lee, she jumped right in and
did 5 different parts. She gained a great deal of confidence
in being on stage. It was the highlight of her summer and
she can't wait until next year."
- Joanne Klineburger
Residencies in Grade School through High School (Third-Twelfth
Residencies are tailored to the needs of the teachers, curriculum,
and/or the community, and may be part of the regular classroom experience
or after school. Residencies are usually 1-30 days with 5-10 days
being most requested. The artists-in-residence are creative and,
given appropriate time for preparation, are capable of creating a
residency with specific goals and needs. They are also accustomed
to working with special populations.
Picture left are students in Utah performing a play they wrote about Bingham Canyon, and right is a photo from The Wizard of Oz at West Cape May Elementary School.
- Writing scenes based on historic events
and people, such as: The Middle Ages (including a Medieval
Pageant), Revolutionary War, Civil War, The Progressive Era, and
Famous American Women. These scripts may be taken to full production
with students performing what they have written.
- Creating plays based on site
specific/oral histories, such as: The Ghosts of Bingham
Canyon: now deserted, Bingham Canyon was once a thriving town near
Salt Lake City, and The Lifeboat Project: the African-American
and Caucasian experience in Cape May, NJ. Scripts may be taken
to full production with students performing what they have written.
- Adapting famous
stories for the stage, such as: Edgar Allan Poe and O.
Henry. The scripts may be taken to full production.
- Writing plays based on personal experience and/or
the imagination. The scripts may be taken to full production.
- A hands-on approach to Shakespeare: moving from page to the stage. Experience with the following scripts
for students: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Julius Caesar,
Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth.
- Acting exercises: vocal and body
warm-ups, improvisations, and theater games.
- Rehearsal and performance
of already-written scripts. Examples: Aesop’s Fables, Robin Hood,
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Wizard of Oz
Example of a Residency Meeting
the Core Curriculum Content Standards
A 10-day residency developed between the PTA President,
fifth grade teachers, and the artist-in-residence titled The Civil
War: A Students’ Perspective, entailed the students creating and
performing scenes from the Civil War. The Social Studies core curriculum
content standards for New Jersey 6.3, 6.4 and 6.6 in which students are
to acquire an historical understanding of political, economic and
diplomatic ideas and social values that helped shape the United States,
were met. This residency also directly supported the core curriculum
content standards for the Language Arts Literacy 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4, and
the Visual and Performing Arts 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and 1.6.
Road Scholars (formerly Elderhostels), Adult Education and Classes with Special Needs
Company members conduct workshops for Road Scholars and have participated
in Road Scholar programs in Wildwood and Cape May, NJ and Emma Willard School
for Girls in Troy, NY. Topics include Acting, Playwriting, Shakespeare,
American Literature, and American Theater History. Members of ELTC
are also accustomed to teaching those with special needs i.e., the Blind
Center of the Jersey Cape and the LEAD Program, both with members who are
partially or totally blind.
Letter to ELTC from Donna Groome, Social
Worker, Cape May County Board of Social Services:
"Thank you for working
with the Blind Center of the Jersey Cape. The participants are very
with the services that you are providing to them."
Playwriting Get-Away at The Henry Sawyer Inn
The reviews are in, and our Third Annual Get-Away will be on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2014
“I had never written a play before, but I cannot tell you how totally supportive the director Gayle was, and my fellow attendees. The high point was listening to our plays read by the director, and other actors from East Lynne Theater Company. It was magical! I definitely want to attend another one of these weekends - sign me up! The Henry Sawyer Inn was wonderful! People coming together on a weekend to create and share their talents - I cannot imagine a more worthwhile way to spend a weekend. A real life changing experience!”
- Deana Sasdelli from Avalon, NJ
“It had been a while since I had tried my hand at playwriting, but the nurturing atmosphere and Gayle’s genuine delight in exploring language and ideas gave me courage and confidence. I was thrilled to have accomplished writing a ten-minute minute play, but to have it read/performed by terrific, accomplished actors was icing on the cake! All this and the perfect venue—the charming Henry Sawyer Inn—with its serene atmosphere, warm hospitality, and delectable "food for thought"—made for a most memorable and rewarding experience. Highly recommended!” - Linda Stankard, Suffern, NY
Cost is $399 for 2 people and $299 for one (plus tax), which includes accommodations, breakfast, afternoon tea and treats for two nights, and the workshop fee. Reservations are made through The Henry Sawyer Inn by calling (800) 449-5667 or going online to email@example.com. For detailed information about the workshop, contact Gayle Stahlhuth at East Lynne Theater Company by calling (609) 884-5898 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Murder Mystery Weekends at The Henry Sawyer Inn and Twin Gables
On the following Fridays & Saturdays in 2014: February 21 & 22; March 7 & 8; and March 21 & 22
These exciting weekends allows guests to try their hand at solving a murder mystery with an experienced retired Philadelphia police detective, Frank Smith, who gives just enough information to get sleuthing skills going. Packages include Friday night appetizers at the Henry Sawyer Inn, dinner at one of Cape May’s fine restaurants, breakfasts at the inn, and a dessert reception on Saturday evening – all while guests continue to gather clues to solve the crime. Cost is $349 plus tax for accommodations in a room; $399 for accommodations in a 2-room suite. Reservations are made through The Henry Sawyer Inn by calling (800) 449-5667 or going online to