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
- Manage the box office
- 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
- Help set-up and break-down of set on Wednesdays
- Help with fundraising events
be surprised - your talents may be just what we are looking
- Office supplies (paper and ink), Costumes, Props, Fabric, etc.
to know professional NY, PA and NJ actors, as well as local
- Gain working knowledge of how a professional nonprofit
- Free admission to certain productions and
- Special recognition
- Pride of an ongoing relationship
with a nationally unique theater and its patrons
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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
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
- 2008: Ralph Valeri, ELTC's Board Vice President and tireless
advocate for the arts, who lost his battle with cancer in December;
- 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 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."
local celebs received "Lynnie
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.
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
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