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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 programming for schools, and is currently involved with Wildwood Middle School's After School Program due to Josepha M. Penrose, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for The Wildwood School District, receiving the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. (See sidebar for letter from Ms. Penrose to ELTC.)
Theater workshops 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 students 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 and Rudy Caporaso. Students, parents, friends, and teachers all had a terrific time at this free performance, and the party afterwards. Pictured here are photos from this production. To read an article about this exciting theater program in The Press of Atlantic City, Click Here. And here's another one from December, 2014, that includes a video. Click Here
After six days of working with Gayle Stahlhuth,
who also wrote the script, 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. (Most of the cast are pictured left.) Tom
Sims, Executive Director of the Cape May Film Festival and
members of The Young Filmmakers Program created a documentary.
To see it on YouTube, CLICK
HERE. ELTC has conducted residencies in this school since 2000. Shows students have performed include scenes they've written about the Civil War, The Wizard of Oz, and Rip Van Winkle. 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 with a passion for theater. Recipients: 2007:
Caitlin Wallace; 2008: Erin Callahan; 2009: Bobby LeMaire; 2010: Tiffany-Leigh Moskow; 2011: Grace Wright; 2012: Gabrielle Wilson; 2013: Jacob Foster Ongsiaco; and 2014: Evan Smilyk
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.
NINTH ANNUAL STUDENT THEATER WORKSHOP: SUMMER 2015!
Twain Tales based on the works of Mark Twain
eight productions, Alice in Wonderland, The Little
Brinker, Connecticut Yankees in Queen Guenever's Court, Little Women, Storybook Theater,1,001 Arabian Nights and The Dancing Princesses were performed by students in front of
standing-room only audiences! This year, for 10 sessions, 12
students, ages 10-16, will once more have the opportunity to work with
ELTC's professional staff: Sally Bingham, Gayle Stahlhuth, and Lee O'Connor.
Workshop dates are
Tues.-Fri., June 23-26; June 30-July 3; Mon. July 6 and Tues. July 7: 12:30-3:30; with a performance on Tues. July 7 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. Or click here to download schedule and admission form.
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 classroom experience
or after school. Residencies are usually 1-10 days. 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, 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."
Murder Mystery Weekends at The Henry Sawyer Inn and Twin Gables
Nov. 14-15, 2014
February 20 & 21; March 6 & 7; March 13 & 14; and March 27 & 28, 2015
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 $419 plus tax for 2 people in a deluxe room; upgrade to a 2-room suite for an additional $50. Reservations are made through The Henry Sawyer Inn by calling 609-884-5667 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reserve at The Twin Gables Inn, call 609-884-7332 or go to email@example.com.
Those who do not need housing, but would like to participate in the weekend, may also contact The Henry Sawyer Inn about cost and details.