Nov 28 - Dec. 13 at 8:00: CHRISTMAS IN WISCONSIN: Tales by Zona Gale (Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 7, 11, 12, and 13 at 8:00; Special Matinee on Dec. 13 at 2:00) Gayle Stahlhuth, who just completed her sixteenth year as ELTC’s artistic director, adapted the stories and performs them in this delightful show. She portrays the storyteller, Calliope Marsh, who lived in Friendship Village, Wisconsin her whole life. In “Human,” while waiting in line at the post office to mail off her last batch of Christmas presents, along with most of the rest of the town, she discovers that a seven-year-old boy doesn't have the money to visit his mother who’s in a hospital in another town. In “The Great Tree,” she is determined to see to it that the tree in the center of town is lit with electric lights for Christmas Eve in 1912. Zona Gale was known for her short stories and her novel, “Miss Lulu Bett,” that she adapted for the stage. While on Broadway in 1922, it received the Pulitzer Prize. Items for The Food Closet will be accepted any time, but patrons attending the final evening performance on Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. of ELTC's "Christmas in Wisconsin: Tales by Zona Gale” will receive a coupon good for $5.00 off on any ticket for a performance in 2015. Only one coupon per family, and the item for the Food Closet must have a value of at least $2.50. “Stahlhuth mesmerizes audiences as she moves seamlessly from character to character.” - Catherine Dugan, “Exit Zero”
2015 MAINSTAGE SEASON
THEME: UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTERS
March 20 and 21 at 8:00: HOLMES AND CARTER MYSTERIES ELTC’s popular vintage-radio style production, complete with live sound effects and commercials, with two great detectives! Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Copper Beeches about a governess in peril, and Nick Carter and the Strange Dr. Devolo, in which Manhattan millionaires are missing. The same cast of six go from taking on roles in Victorian England, to portraying characters in New York City during World War II.
While Sherlock Holmes was solving crimes in England, Nick Carter was busy in Manhattan. Carter first appeared in The Old Detective’s Pupil, serialized in Street and Smith’s “New York Weekly” in 1886 – a year before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes’ first caper, A Study in Scarlet. In October, 1930, the Sherlock Holmes radio series began with The Adventure of the Speckled Band and in April, 1943, the Nick Carter series was launched with The Strange Dr. Devolo. Holmes on radio lasted until 1950, with a variety of actors portraying Holmes, including Basil Rathbone. The Carter series lasted through 1955 with only one actor playing Carter: Lon Clark. While Copper Beeches is not the original script by Edith Meiser (this one is adapted by Gayle Stahlhuth), The Strange Dr. Devolo IS the original script. The Nick Carter Detective character, copyright, and trademarks are owned by Conde Nast. Used with permission. Click Here to See Cast Bios and Notes
June 17-July 25 at 8:30: MR. LINCOLN (No show on July 4; show on Sun. July 5) On Good Friday, April 14,1865, the President and Mrs. Lincoln were watching Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre when John Wilkes Booth aimed a pistol at Mr. Lincoln’s head, and fired. In Herbert Mitgang’s play, Lincoln’s life flashes before him, from his early days as a lawyer, to President of the United States as the bullet does it dirty deed. During the 1980s, Mr. Lincoln, starring British actor Roy Dotrice, was performed in four countries. It opened in Edmonton, Canada before moving to Toronto, Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Morosco Theater on Broadway, an Australian tour, and finishing at the Fortune Theatre in London. Mr. Lincoln was presented as the first Hallmark Hall of Fame drama on PBS. ELTC selected this play to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. Tom Byrn who has graced many stages in the Northeast, including ELTC’s where he was in the highly acclaimed Lost on the Natchez Trace, He and She, Within the Law, It Pays to Advertise, and The Ransom of Red Chief, will be portraying Lincoln.
Tues., July 7 at 8:00: TBA Student Workshop Production. Admission Free
July 29-Sept 5 at. 8:30: HUCKLEBERRY FINN, a World Premiere First published in 1885, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Train, is considered to be one of America’s greatest books by today’s critics and scholars. Ernest Hemingway called it the one book from which “all modern American literature came.” Huck, running away from his drunken father, meets Jim, a runaway slave, and their adventures on the Mississippi River begin. Huckleberry Finn is adapted by James Rana, who’s other adaptations first produced by ELTC include the well-reviewed Zorro!, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and The Poe Mysteries – all enjoyed by audiences from ages 5 – 95. Among the cast are Leon Morgan, playing Jim, who was in ELTC’s Lost on the Natchez Trace, and Huck will be played by Evan Smilyk, who was in Zorro!
Sept. 23 - Oct. 17 at 8:00: STRICTLY DISHONORABLE (No show on Wed. Oct. 7; show on Sun. Oct. 11 at 7:30) 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. A Broadway sensation in 1929, this sophisticated comedy by Preston Sturges explores the conflict between playing it safe and expanding one’s horizons. By the end of 1929, Sturges was writing for Paramount, and soon after also directing his own films which included The Great McGinty, The Lady Eve, and Sullivan’s Travels.
Oct. 24 at 8:00: POE BY CANDLELIGHT ELTC actors read their favorite stories by the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. This is the final performance of our 2015 TALES OF THE VICTORIAN’s series and refreshments will be served. (Tickets:$10)
Nov. 6-7 at 8:00: DETECTIVES HOLMES AND CARTER ELTC’s popular vintage-radio style production, complete with live sound effects and commercials, with two NEW mysteries back-to-back on the same night, with the cast of six going from Holmes’ Victorian England, to Carter’s Manhattan during World War II. The scripts are Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Red-Headed League and Nick Carter and the Voice of Crime, the 2nd-ever Carter radio mystery from 1943, used with permission by Conde Nast.
Nov. 27, 28, Dec. 6, 10, 11, 12 at 8:00 with a 2:00 matinee on Dec. 12: THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS based on the L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz) classic tale that answers such questions as how Claus was raised, when did he make his first toy, and where did he obtained flying reindeer. Adapted and performed by Gayle Stahlhuth. When ELTC last performed this one-person tour-de-force in 2010, it was designated an “American Masterpiece” as part of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Masterpieces Series.
Shows run Wednesdays through Saturdays unless otherwise noted.
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May
Tickets: $30 general; $25 senior; $15 students; ages 12 and under free.
EXCEPT: Tickets for Holmes and the Christmas Show: $25; $15; age 12 and under free
Group Rates Available and Dinner/Show Packages
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