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     The partnership between The Drumthwacket Foundation, The Garden Club of New Jersey, and The New Jersey Theatre Alliance brought about a successful team for decorating Drumthwacket for the holidays in 2013. Over 4,000 people visited the Governor's mansion to see it all decked out during the month of December.  Media coverage throughout the state was impressive, including a piece on NJTV.

    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. 

    ELTC was asked to decorate the Governor's Study. ELTC’s display was created to make one think of a shop window.  The mannequin in the purple suit is looking at two dresses and a framed sign in the middle that advertises “Thirteen Soap: Unlucky for Dirt," designed by Mark E. Lang.  The costumes, designed and built by Marion T. Brady, and set pieces were from ELTC's 2012 production of It Pays to Advertise, first on Broadway in 1914. 








East Lynne Theater Company auditions for its summer/fall season 2015

(Scroll down for events in February and March)


     East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) will have two audition days of open calls for Equity actors. On Thursday, March 5 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM the call will be at the Actors’ Equity Audition Center, 165 West 46th St., NYC.  Sign-up for auditions begins at 8:30 AM, and continues through 5:00 PM. Lunch break is from 1:00-2:00 PM. On Saturday, March 14 from noon-4:00 PM, the call will be at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, NJ, where the company is in residence. Sign-up for auditions begins at 11:00 AM and continues through 3:55 PM.  Equity actors for this audition in Cape May may contact the theater for a definite time-slot by e-mailing the company at eastlynneco@aol.com.

    Non-union actors will be seen at all auditions, as long as no Equity actors are kept waiting.

    The company operates under an Equity SPT 3 Contract with rehearsals beginning on Monday two weeks before the opening-performance week, and a Wednesday through Saturday night performance schedule, with two exceptions, which are noted below. All of the rehearsals will be in Cape May.

     Artistic Director, Gayle Stahlhuth will be at the auditions and is directing all three shows. Actors are asked to audition with a brief monologue, preferably humorous, for the audition in NYC.  In Cape May, actors have the choice of auditioning with either a humorous monologue, or reading from a side from “Lincoln,” “Huckleberry Finn,” or “Strictly Dishonorable.” Sides will be available at this audition, and a reader will be provided for those auditioning with sides.

     Since 2015 is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, the one-person show “Mr. Lincoln” by Herbert Mitgang, has been selected to open the season.  On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, the President and Mrs. Lincoln, while watching “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre, John Wilkes Booth entered the President’s box. Lincoln’s life flashes before him, from his early days as a lawyer to President of the United States, as Booth aims his pistol and fires. This play runs from June 17-July 25.  There is no show on Saturday, July 4, and an added performance on Sunday, July 5.  MR. LINCOLN: 1 male age range 45-60, with some resemblance to President Abraham Lincoln towards the end of his life. At this time, the role is cast, but actors may audition in case there is a need for a replacement.

     Next is “Huckleberry Finn,” a world premiere based on the Mark Twain classic, adapted by James Rana.  The actors portraying Huck and Jim portray only these 2 characters, and currently these roles are cast, although actors may audition for these roles in case there is a need for replacements.  The other four actors play multiple roles, and ELTC is seeking those with movement and musical abilities, including singing, playing a guitar, banjo, or violin.  At the open call, only reading from the sides or monologues are required. Roles: HUCK: a young man running away from an abusive father, age range 14-16; JIM: African-American, a run-away slave, age range 25-35; MAN 1: age range 35-50 to portray  Judge Thatcher, Duke, and other roles;  WOMAN 1: age range 30-45 to portray Widow Douglas, Mrs. Loftus, and other roles; MAN 2: age range 35-50 to portray Pap Finn, King, and other roles; and WOMAN 2: age range 30-40 to portray Mrs. Watson, and other roles.

     In the fall, it's Preston Sturges's 1929 comedy, “Strictly Dishonorable.”  An innocent Southern belle and her fiancé from West Orange, NJ step into a Manhattan speakeasy where they encounter its gracious manager and his employees, a clever judge, and a worldly Italian opera star. It runs from Sept. 23-Oct. 17. There is no show on Wednesday, October 7, and a show on Sunday, October 11.  Seeking: ISABELLE PARRY: a woman from the South, looking for adventure, engaged to Henry Greene when the play begins, age range 20-30; HENRY GREEN: looking for a wife he thinks he can dominate, age range 20-30;  COUNT DI RUVO: well-known opera singer who loves the ladies, age range 30-40;  JUDGE DEMPSEY: kind man who lives above the speakeasy, age range 45-60; TOMASO ANTIOVI:  born in Italy, now owns the speakeasy in NYC where the play takes place, enjoys making his guests feel at home, age range 40-60; GIOVANNI: Italian, works for Tomaso, age range 30-40; MARIO: Italian, works for Tomaso, age range 30-40; and PATROLMAN MULLIGAN: Irish, age range 20-50. 

     The East Lynne Theater Company is committed to nontraditional casting and equal employment opportunities. Actors wishing to mail pictures and resumes should mail to the office: 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204 – and not to the church. To learn more about the company, go to www.eastlynnetheater.org.

East Lynne Theater Company is Busy in February and March  


     Just because East Lynne Theater Company isn't currently producing shows weekly, doesn't mean the company is idle. During the winter, there are touring shows on the road, and in Cape May, the company offers Murder Mystery Weekends, lectures and workshops, and events in March sponsored by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's (NJTA) "Stages Festival."   

     The Murder Mystery Weekends are on February 20 and 21; March 6 and 7; March 13 and 14; and March 27 and 28 at The Henry Sawyer Inn. Reservations are made through the Inn by phone, 609-884-5667, or online at henrysawyerinn@verizon.net.  Accommodations are alsoavailable at Twin Gables across the street: phone 609-884-7332 or online at twingables@verizon.net. Contact The Henry Sawyer Inn if you would like to participate, but do not require housing.

      For those who wish to learn more about ELTC and American theater history,  there are two opportunities in Cape May. On  Wednesday, February 18 at 5:00 p.m., Lee O’Connor, ELTC’s technical director, will speak at The Kiwanis Club, and on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m., artistic director Gayle  Stahlhuth is at the Lutheran Church.

     For the younger set, Stahlhuth is conducting a theater workshop for a Girl Scout Troupe in Lower Township, NJ on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m.

     In March, once more, ELTC will be part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliances’ “Stages Festival,” the state’s largest annual theater festival, offering over 100 performances, workshops, classes, and events at the states professional theaters, performing arts centers, libraries, schools, senior centers, museums and other community venues.  Since its inception 18 years ago, the program has served over 90,000 people. To receive a full schedule of events, visit www.stagesfestival.org.

      Founded in 1981, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance is the first statewide organization for professional, not-for-profit theater companies in the United States, and is a leader in developing model programs that foster collaboration, cooperation and audience development. ELTC is a proud member of NJTA and ELTC’s artistic director, Gayle Stahlhuth, is a member of the board. For more information about this innovative company, visit www.njtheatrealliance.org.

     As usual, ELTC provides performances and workshops both in and out of Cape May County for "The Stages Festival." The following are admission-free, except where noted, and more information may found at www.eastlynnetheater.org, by e-mailing eastlynneco@aol.com, or by calling ELTC at 609-884-5898.

     ELTC's first "Stages Festival" event is Holmes and Carter Mysteries, serving up two detective stories, with the same cast-of-six going from Sherlock Holmes’ Victorian England to Nick Carter’s Manhattan during World War II. Presented in the style of a radio broadcast, complete with live sound effects, the mysteries are "Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Copper Beeches" and "Nick Carter and the Strange Dr. Devolo." On Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m., the performance is at the Mahwah Public Library, and is admission-free.  On Friday and Saturday, March 20-21 at 8:00 p.m., the production returns to Cape May and ELTC’s venue, The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for full-time students, and anyone age 12 and under, as always with ELTC, is free. 

     Next up, also at The First Presbyterian Church, on Sunday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m., is a staged reading of Tom Taylor’s Our American Cousin. Presented as a staged reading, a cast of 12 take on 16 roles in this British farce about Asa Trenchard, an American who comes to England to claim the family estate. It premiered in 1858 at Laura Keene’s Theatre in NYC, with Keene (pictured above) portraying the daughter of Sir Edward who heads up the Trenchard family in England. It was her production of “Our American Cousin” that was at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C, on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. As President and Mrs. Lincoln watched the show from the President’s box, John Wilkes Booth fired the fatal shot. This event was selected to  commemorate the 150th anniversary of the assassination.  Free admission.

     Thirty-five years ago, Warren Kliewer founded ELTC after discovering that there were no professional theaters in this country dedicated to the performance, study and preservation of America's 200-year-old theatrical heritage. Gayle Stahlhuth was selected by ELTC’s board to helm the company in 1999 after Kliewer passed away, and with her background in theater, literature, and history, the mission of ELTC is a natural fit for her. This country has a rich theatrical history, and Stahlhuth is ready to serve some of it up in her usual conversational and entertaining manner on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church.  Titled Theater: As American as Apple Pie, admission is free.

    On Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m., A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, adapted and directed by Stahlhuth, will be performed by students at West Cape May Elementary School, 301 Moore Street. Based on the Mark Twain classic, the story revolves around Hank, from Hartford, Connecticut in 1889, who finds himself mysteriously in the land of King Arthur. This marks ELTC's eleventh residency at West Cape May Elementary School, and admission is free. 

     NJTA's "Stages Festival" is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional program sponsors are Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, PSE&G Foundation, and The Smart Family Foundation. Additional program support has been provided by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Prudential Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation, and The George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust Foundation.















































































































































































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