East Lynne Theater Company
 
 

FYI: The title East Lynne is derived from a famous American play that was seen throughout the country during the 1800s. There is a town named East Lynne in Missouri. It's named after the play, too!

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In 1996, Ohio State University honored ELTC by asking to house the company's archives at its Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.
 

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TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS: CLICK ABOVE or MAIL A CHECK TO THE OFFICE at 121 FOURTH AVE., WEST CAPE MAY, NJ 08204

LEVELS OF SUPPORT:

PRODUCER ($3000.00)
*Full-page ad and listing in ELTC playbill
*Listed as sponsor of EVERY ELTC production in playbill
*Listed in ELTC advertising and press releases
*Listing in ELTC newsletter
*Ten complimentary tickets for the current season
*Invitation to each opening night party
*Web site linked to ELTC
*Copy of ELTC newsletter


PRODUCERS CIRCLE ($1500.00)
*Listed as co-sponsor of one of the productions in the playbill
*Listed in ELTC advertising and press releases of the show
*Receive a half-page ad and listing in playbill
*Listing in ELTC newsletter
*Ten complimentary tickets for the current season
*Web site linked to ELTC
*Copy of the newsletter


ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
($750-$1499)

*Receive a quarter page ad in the playbill
*Listing in ELTC playbill and newsletter
*Eight complimentary tickets for the current season
*Web site linked to ELTC
*Copy of the newsletter

DIRECTOR ($300-$749)
*Listing in the playbill
*Listing in the newsletter
*Two complimentary tickets to one production of the season (your choice)
*Web site linked to ELTC
*Copy of ELTC newsletter


FRIEND ($25.00-$299)
*Listing in ELTC playbill
*Listing in ELTC newsletter
*Copy of ELTC newsletter

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gala      The East Lynne Theater Company was founded in 1980 to produce provocative classics and history-based contemporary entertainment that deal with the uniquely American experience. The Equity professional actors, directors, musicians, and designers work together throughout the year to create quality productions not seen anywhere else. When patrons experience ELTC productions, they witness the company's engaging perspective on American theater and its unique contribution to the world of theater.

     When you see an East Lynne performance, you see actors on stage, but supporting their work is a group of administrative, technical, and artistic people. And behind them is a group of individuals and businesses who support the company. Without the collaboration of all of these people, there would be no show.   

Your applause is not only for the actors but for all the other collaborators as well. It is only by this means that East Lynne is able to keep ticket prices reasonable and maintain artistic quality.  (Above photo is from one of our fundraisers at Aleathea's Restaurant)

We invite you to be a part of this unique Equity professional theater by:

VOLUNTEERING YOUR TIME:

  • Manage the box office
  • Usher
  • Answer the office telephone, your choice of times during the day
  • Help with "Tales of the Victorians" Thursdays in the summer and Saturdays in the fall
  • Distribute flyers and posters
  • Help set-up and break-down of set on Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Help with fundraising events

       (You may be surprised - your talents may be just what we are looking for!)

IN-KIND DONATIONS:

  • Housing for actors (They are QUITE charming and this could be tax-deductible!)
  • Office supplies (paper and ink), Costumes, Props, Fabric, etc.

BECOMING A BOARD MEMBER TO HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE COMPANY

  • Get to know professional NY, PA and NJ actors, as well as local actors
  • Gain working knowledge of how a professional nonprofit theater operates
  • Free admission to certain productions and events
  • Special recognition
  • Pride of an ongoing relationship with a nationally unique theater and its patrons

ADVERTISE YOUR ORGANIZATION IN OUR PLAYBILL
Ad rates are only $225 (1/4 page), $375 (1/2 page), and $625 (full page)

Click here to go to the form that further explains Levels of Support.

HOST A "TALES OF THE VICTORIANS," OR BOOK AN ELTC TOURING SHOW FOR THEATRICAL, CELEBRATORY, EDUCATIONAL, OR FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Booking an event might be simpler than you think!   Contact Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth or Board President Frank Smith at ELTC's office 609-884-5898 or via e-mail at eastlynneco@aol.com

...OR YOU MAY WISH TO CONTRIBUTE TO A SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR THEATER STUDENTS!
The Historic Jackson Street Neighborhood Association Scholarship Fund in the Name of Bob and Toni Green
Started in the fall of 2006 with a $5,000 donation from HJSNA, in honor of the Greens, who first owned The Puffin on Jackson St., ELTC has had four recipients: 2007 to Caitlin Wallace; 2008 to Erin Callahan; 2009 to Bobby LeMaire; 2010 to Tiffany-Leigh Moskow; 2011 to Grace Wright; and in 2012 to Gabrielle Wilson. Bob Green was at one time President of the Board of ELTC and Toni came up with the idea for ELTC's "Tales of the Victorians." They currently live in Kentucky.

The Mary Helen Fisher Scholarship Fund
This Fund was started in February of 2007 with a $1,000 donation. When more funding is received, ELTC will begin to make awards. Mary Helen Fisher and Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth met in 1973 while both were touring in Florida. Mary Helen worked in all aspects of theater including Broadway, national and international tours, film, and television. She was in the beginning stages of working on a one-woman play for ELTC when she was diagnosed with cancer. She loved Cape May and dropped in on Gayle and Lee whenever possible.

AWARDING THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE THEATER

The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the consortium of Equity professional nonprofit theaters in NJ, established The Annual Applause Awards to honor those who support these theaters. Through 2010, theaters could choose someone to honor. In the past few years, ELTC has honored the following:

  • 2003: The Craig Family, proprietors of The Washington Inn, Lucky Bones, Love the Cook, and The Cape May Winery
  • 2005: Al and Sue DeRosa of The Cliveden Inn
  • 2007: ELTC Board President Frank L. Smith
  • 2008: Peg and Tom Curran and Curran Investment Management
  • 2009: East Lynne Theater Company and Paper Mill Playhouse were honored by NJTA
  • 2010: Mark Edward Lang for his graphic design and web design work and Marion T. Brady for her costume designs,            both having worked for ELTC for minimum of 10 years.
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Pictures from past Applause Awards:
Above: Al and Sue DeRosa, with Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth, Frank Smith, Board Member Steve Haas, Technical Director Lee O'Connor, Advisory Board Member Michele LaRue
applause

David Craig, who represented the Craig family, Frank Smith, Board Members Peg Curran and Patti Chambers, and Gayle Stahlhuth and Lee O'Connor.

(Photo credit for both: Jerry Dalia)

The South Jersey Cultural Alliance, the consortium of nonprofit organizations in eight counties in South Jersey, has its own Encore Awards to honor supporters of the Alliance as well as individual organizations. ELTC has honored the following:

  • 2007, ELTC honored Caitlin Wallace, who worked as an intern/production assistant for ELTC for four years, and graduated from Lower Cape May Regional High in 2007
  • 2008: Ralph Valeri, ELTC's Board Vice President and tireless advocate for the arts, who lost his battle with cancer in December; 2008
  • 2009: Gus Andy, owner of La Mer Beachfront Inn in Cape May, who has been a Season Sponsor since 2006
  • 2010: Barbara and Mary Morris of The Henry Sawyer Inn, who have supported ELTC through Show Sponships and other ways since 1990
  • 2011: The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May where ELTC has considered home since 1999
  • 2012: Beth Eastman, president of The Inn of Cape May and Aleathea's Restaurant, for hosting our annual fundraisers, lending us set pieces, helping with housing, and parterning with dinner/show specials

FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Fundraising events can be large or intimate. For the past few Novembers, ELTC has presented "Supper Clubs" at the Pelican Club and Aleathea's at the Inn of Cape May.

On Nov. 12, 2009, ELTC served up "The Ultimate Theater Party: Celebrating 30 Years of ELTC."  Board Members Mark Lang, Karen Case Cook, Patti Chambers and Alison Murphy compiled scenes from plays that ELTC had produced during the last 10 years, and local personalities performed these scenes with the "Pros."

Ultimate Theater Party 2009
The local celebs received "Lynnie Awards," and pictured above with their awards are Shirley Stiles, Candace O'Donnell, Ed Henry, Susan Tischler, Jim Moffat, Bernie Haas, Michael Clark, Laurie Johnson, Vicki Clark, Terri Swain and Teresa Henry. Corbin Cogswell (not pictured) also received an award.

Mark Lang, Karen Case CookKaren Case Cook and Mark Edward Lang (pictured at left) hosted the evening.   A number of ELTC favorites also helped out: Phil Pizzi, Bobby LeMaire, Rob LeMaire, Marty McDonough, Fred Velde, Tiffany-Leigh Moskow, Daisy Ouzts and Lee O'Connor. Board members Joann Oxley, Frank Smith and Marguerite Chandler were right there, too, helping to manage the raffle, and the seating chart, and the thank you notes, etc.!  Irene Shreiner and Robin Grant made centerpieces. Aleathea's at the Inn of Cape May served up delicious hors d'oeuvres and dinner, and the 205 people had a great time! There was a storm raging outside, and we still had a full house! The Board honored Frank Smith, Lee O'Connor, and Gayle Stahlhuth for their years of service to the company. The Historic Jackson Street Neighborhood Association Scholarship in the name of Bob and Toni Green was announced: Bobby LeMaire, who played the title role in ELTC's The Ransom of Red Chief.


On NOVEMBER 13, 2014, is our next Annual Fundraiser at Aleathea's!  See you there!

On a smaller scale, individuals, in their homes, have thrown delightful fundraisers for ELTC. Since 2010, Elizabeth and Stuart Hodes in NYC have sponsored *Afternoon Soirees* with entertainment and refreshments. In December, 2011, Marilyn Foster headed up Cheese School at Cape May Winery with West Side Cheese's Steve White discussing cheese while guests drank wine and toured the winery. In April 2008, Richmond Shreve celebrated the publication of his new book, Lost River Anthology: Rites of Passage, with a dinner in West Cape May. Marguerite Chandler headed up the event. In April 2006, Richmond and Marguerite sponsored an ELTC fundraiser in their Cape May Point home, where guests had fun taking roles in a reading of Act Three of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Since 2006, Board President Frank Smith has arranged for bus trips to Peddler's Village in Pennsylvania.


 
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