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     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.   










 Thursday, May 29 from 7:00-9:30

At The Levoy Theatre in Millville

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      Jacob Schaad is ELTC's honoree at the South Jersey Cultural Alliance's (SJCA) 19th Annual Paul Aiken Encore Awards Dinner. East Lynne is a proud member of SJCA, and this event offers the opportunity for members to recognize those who graciously support arts organizations in eight South Jersey counties. The Alliance's own 2014 Lillian Levy Standing Ovation Award will be given to Sara Cureton in recognition of her work as Director of the New Jersey Historical Commission at New Jersey Department of State. The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Pat Witt, an artist who has encouraged the work of others since 1962 at her Barn Studio of Art in Millville.    

    Jacob Schaad has been a newspaperman for 74 years, first for the "Paterson Evening News" for 30 years and in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  In 1981, he and his family moved to Cape May, where he continues to write features for local newspapers. An advocate for the arts, Jake is the only reporter in the Cape May and Wildwoods area, who, for 33 years, has highlighted local cultural events.  Quite often, after receiving a press release from East Lynne Theater Company via e-mail, he'll call the company to find out more specifics, looking for that special "hook" that would help him create a new feature with his own unique touch.     Jake's mother, the former Rose Gehring, was a professional singer, and by the time he was able to toddle, he'd already attended some of her performances.  As he puts it, "Her initial aim was to make a singer out of her only child. So she placed me in the children's choir of a Presbyterian church where, legend has it, I sang so badly that half the congregation turned Catholic. Next she attempted to make a pianist out of me. That didn't work either. So she bought me a typewriter and said the only music I would hear is the bell at the end of each line."    

    After the war, he became involved in community theater, acting in summer stock, and acting and directing for the Neighborhood Playmakers. A few years later, he started sitting in the audience to review shows, instead of performing in them.    

    The Encore Awards, a cornerstone of the cultural community in southern New Jersey, will be held from 6:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. The evening consists of a cocktail reception and hors d'oeuvres served at 6:00 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. At 9:00 p.m. desserts will be served.  It is an evening not to be missed, and black tie is optional.

     Tickets are $80 if purchased before May 16, and $85 after that.  A group of 10 tickets is $750. To purchase tickets directly from SJCA, contact them at 609-645-2760.  For those who would like to join the award-winning East Lynne Theater Company's staff, board of trustees, and Jake Schaad, call 609-884-5898 or e-mail eastlynneco@aol.com.



      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: no show on July 4 and an added show on Sun. July 6, and no show on Wed., Oct. 8, but an added performance on Sun., Oct. 12. All of the rehearsals will be in Cape May.

       Go to "Our Season" to learn more about the shows. Casting breakdown is as follows:

     “The First Fifty Years:” ANNE WELLS – goes from newlywed to the Golden Anniversary, ages fifty years from 20s-70s; age range 30-40; MARTIN WELLS – Anne’s husband of fifty years, who also ages from 20s-70s in the play; age range 30-40. 

      “Within the Law:” MARY TURNER – after serving three years in prison for being falsely accused of shoplifting, she learns how to earn a living by operating just “within the law,” age range 20-30;  EDWARD GILDER – wealthy owner of a Manhattan department store who looks the other way when a wealthy shopper is a kleptomaniac, but uses one of his employees, Mary, as a scapegoat to teach others working for him a lesson, age range 55-65; RICHARD GUILDER – Edward’s spoiled son who falls in love with Mary, age range 25-35; GEORGE DEMAREST – Edward’s lawyer who will do whatever his client asks, age range 40-60; POLICE INSPECTOR BURKE – no nonsense inspector for the NYC police; age range 40-60;  JOE GARSON – a forger who is trying to go ‘straight’ with Mary’s help, age range 30-40; AGNES LYNCH – accustomed to being on the wrong side of the law until she meets Mary, a fun-loving but practical person, age range 20-30 (also plays the small role of SARA, Edward’s secretary in the first scene); EDDIE GRIGGS – a crook and a stool pigeon, also known as ‘English Eddie,’ age range 35-45 (also plays the small role of SMITHSON who works in Gilder’s store in the first scene); DETECTIVE SERGEANT CASSIDY – Burke is his boss, and he believes in Mary’s guilt, age range 30-45 (also plays the small role of WILLIAM IRWIN, a lawyer in one scene); and HELEN MORRIS – a clerk at Gilder’s department who is a thief, age range 20-35 (also plays the small role of WILLIAMS in one scene, a stenographer at police headquarters).         

    The East Lynne Theater Company is committed to nontraditional casting and equal employment opportunities. Actors wishing to mail pictures and resumes should mail them to the office: 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204 – and not to the church.  

















































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