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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 6:00-9:30

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.


East Lynne Theater Company's Artistic Director conducts a workshop at

North Wildwood Beach Writers' Conference


     For the twelfth year in a row, the North Wildwood Beach Writers' Conference (NWBC), now in conjunction with Atlantic Cape Community College, brings together prestigious and inspiring speakers who discuss the craft of writing.  This year, the dates are Tuesday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 4 and the location is the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk.

     Among the speakers is East Lynne Theater Company's Artistic Director, Gayle Stahlhuth, making this her sixth NWBC appearance. Her workshop is slated for Wednesday, June 4 from 10:30p.m.-11:45p.m. and the topic is "Telling the Story Through Playwriting." Writing a play is just one of several ways to tell a story. By exploring characters, relationships, and situations, a story is born, but through a play, the action is driven by dialogue – not only "what" is said, but "how" it's said.  Through simple improvisations and word games, dialogue emerges – and so does the story.  The word "play" is in playwriting, so fun is part of the process.  

     Since 1999, Stahlhuth has been East Lynne Theater Company's Artistic Director.  Aside from performing, directing, and producing, she is also a playwright, receiving commissions  from The Smithsonian Institution, Theatreworks/USA and The Illinois and Missouri Humanities Councils, and grants from The New Jersey Humanities Council.  Her plays have been performed at such places as the NYC International Fringe Festival, The Samuel French One-Act Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Arvada Center in Denver, the Pennsylvania Stage Company, the Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis, and the Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company, located in Cape May. She has also worked as a "book doctor" for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional productions, and has taught playwriting and theater-related courses in schools (grade school through college), for Road Scholars (formerly Elderhostel), and for other private and public institutions throughout the country. She resides in Manhattan and West Cape May.

     Other exciting presenters include Steven James, the bestselling author of the award-winning Patrick Bowers and Jevin Banks series; playwright and novelist Tom Monteleone whose novel "The Blood of the Lamb" received the Bram Stoker Award; actor, director, producer Bryan Cohen whose website BuildCreativeWritingIdeas.com helps over 25,000 people a month defeat writers' block; historical mystery writer Cordelia Frances Biddle of Philadelphia; Mother/daughter authors Jane Rubino and Caitlin Rubino Bradway (who also works for a literary agency), and Carol Plum-Ucci who's seven Harcourt published horror novels are set in South Jersey and have received numerous prizes. She sites being raised in a funeral home in Brigantine, NJ as perhaps being the reason for her writing genre.

     The cost varies from $30 for each special seminar on Tuesday; $125 for all of the Wednesday events including workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, Q&A and a cocktail party; or $190 that includes all of the events on both days. Visit www.nwbwc.com for more details and reservation forms. Deadline to register is May 28. Send questions and comments to nwbwc12@gmail.com.










































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