500 hughes street
Cape May, NJ 08204
In a review for the Wall Street Journal last July, Terry Teachout wrote, “Head down to Cape May where ELTC is putting on a satisfying revival of He and She, written in 1911, and last seen on Broadway in 1920… All praise to the company for bringing it back!”
ELTC operates all year long with the following programs: Mainstage Production Season from June through December and March in Cape May; Touring Shows and Educational Outreach for all ages, including school residencies, throughout the country. The company performs at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street in Cape May, an historic landmark a block away from the beach. It is ADA accessible and comfortably seats more than 100, with excellent acoustics and sightlines. The office is at 121 Fourth Avenue, West Cape May, NJ 08204. Season tickets, group rates, dinner-show packages and B&B-show packages are available. Shows run four nights weekly, Wednesday through Saturday, except where noted. Most tickets: $30 general; $25 seniors; $15 full-time students. Anyone age 12 and under is free. For information/reservations call 609-884-5898 or go online to www.eastlynnetheater.org.
MAINSTAGE SEASON 2012 THEME: SPINNING TALES
RUTH DRAPER’S COMPANY OF CHARACTERS June 13 to July 21 at 8:30pm (No show July 4; added show July 8)
Before the solo shows of Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg, there was the originator of the “character monologue,” Ruth Draper. For forty years, throughout the world, she performed humorous and touching scenes with great precision. ELTC is only the second production company — ever — to be allowed to produce this incredible material since Draper’s death. Performers are Karen Case Cook and Suzanne Dawson under the direction of Gayle Stahlhuth.
AN EVENING OF FABLES July 2 at 8:00pm
Much-anticipated Student Workshop Production. Free admission.
THE POE MYSTERIES July 25 to September 1 at 8:30pm
A World Premiere, adapted by James Rana, based on “Murders of the Rue Morgue”, “The Mystery of Marie Roget”, and “The Purloined Letter.” Follow the adventures of Auguste Dupin as he solves macabre mysteries in Paris of the 1840s, as created by Edgar Allan Poe. A cast of six portray 50 characters to bring these haunting tales to life. (From October 24-28, the production goes to Ocean Professional Theatre in Barnegat for seven performances.)
IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE September 19 to October 13 at 8:00pm (No show October 3; added show October 7 at 7:30pm)
This Roi Cooper Mergue and Walter C. Hackett screwball comedy was a Broadway hit in 1914 and became a movie with Carole Lombard. The premise — and promise — that anything can be sold in America is at its core, but it also examines the nature and romance of advertising. An ensemble cast of ten prove that “Advertising is responsible for everything!”
SHERLOCK HOLMES ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDER November 2 and 3 at 8:00pm
ELTC’s popular 1930 NBC radio-style play is back with live sound effects and commercials. All the evidence points to a young lawyer as the murderer. But is he being set-up? An exciting puzzle for Holmes and Watson. (Tickets: $25; $15)
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT’S CHRISTMAS November 23, 24, December 2, 7, 8, 9, and 14 at 8:00; 2:00 matinee on December 8
Three of Alcott’s tales, including the opening of Little Women are beautifully brought to life in storytelling fashion by Gayle Stahlhuth. A holiday treat for the whole family! (Tickets: $25; $15)
TALES OF THE VICTORIANS June 7 to December 31
Taste treats and listen to an ELTC actor present a story at historic venues and tea rooms, at 4:00pm, Thursday during the summer and Saturdays in the fall, for $10. In November and December, enjoy stories on the Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Ride, co-sponsored with Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Classic Silent Films with organ accompaniment by Wayne Zimmerman August 5 at 8:30pm; September 8 at 8:00pm; October 14 at 8:00pm Co-sponsored with Cape May Film Festival.(Tickets: $15)