ELTC AND OTHER THEATERS RECEIVE GREAT RESPONSE AT DRUMTHWACKET
The recent 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. So popular was this event, named "Drumthwacket on Stage," that the Foundation added another holiday open house to the previously scheduled three. 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.
At the first meeting at the residence last spring, artistic directors and designers from various theaters attended, along with those representing the Alliance, Drumthwacket, and the Garden Clubs. ELTC’s artistic director, Gayle Stahlhuth, and costume designer, Marion T. Brady from Little Falls, NJ, were there.
ELTC was asked to decorate the Governor's Study and on November 20, Stahlhuth and ELTC’s technical director, Lee O’Connor, traveled to Princeton to set up the display.
The next day, the Garden Clubs finished off the festive atmosphere with floral arrangements.
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 and set pieces were from ELTC's 2012 production of It Pays to Advertise, first on Broadway in 1914.
On December 3, O’Connor and Stahlhuth traveled once more to Princeton. This time for a holiday tea with Mrs. Christie and other selected members of New Jersey’s vast and varied theater and nonprofit community.
Although the festive floral touches and theater memorabilia were removed during the second week in January, the Governor's residence is still a lovely place to visit. If anyone would like to see East Lynne Theater Company's "woman in the purple suit," she's currently at Kaleidoscope, a clothing store on the Washington Street Mall in Cape May, in all of her Edwardian splendor.