East Lynne Theater Company

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 121 Fourth Ave. Cape May NJ 08204 USA

Mission: East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC), celebrating the American Spirit on Stage since 1980, was named after a popular play from the 1880s. The company specializes in producing American stage classics and history-based new works that deal with the uniquely American experience. Warren Kleiwer founded ELTC as a professional Equity theater, hoping “it could become a vehicle for rediscovering the enduring values of the American heritage and for deepening our understanding of what it means to be an American.” He also hoped that others would join in this rediscovery, and, happily, this has begun to happen. In 1996, “The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute” at Ohio State University asked to house the company’s archives. ELTC and Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth are in the newest edition of The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre (2008). In October 2009, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance bestowed its Achievement of Excellence Award on ELTC, for its "30 years of celebrating America’s heritage through productions and educational programs.”
Geographic areas served: Mainstage Productions: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, NYC, and the touring shows travel throughout the country
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Rating: 5 stars  

As both the pastor of the church in which East Lynne has residence and as a member of the board, I have been extremely pleased with the year in and year out performance quality of each production. This company takes seriously their mission of keeping classic theater in front of the public. The productions always take into account the fact that they are performed in a church and the artistic director takes great pains to maintain suitability. These are shows in which no one ever has to worry about language or content. What a joy for that in today's woprld. I would urge anyone looking for good quality and wholesome entertainment and great production values to check out the East Lynne company.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a new board member of the East Lynne Theatre, I am delighted to be a part of this organization. The productions of classic American Theatre are both well directed and well performed. Educational outreach programs for students and adults offer workshops and acting classes as well as provide cultural enrichment programs to community schools. I particularly enjoy the "tales of Victorian" porch readings presented by actors weekly during the summer season in Cape May. The Press of Atlantic City described it best as "one of South Jersey's cultural treasures."

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on the Board for many years and each year it is a challenge but I am amazed each year with the outstanding quality of the shows. They get better each year, and the actors are all top notch and I would put them up against any notable actor today. The shows , though dated, do have relevance to things today and most are done with humor, which is never outdated. This company has had challenges in locating a permanent home, but its involvement in the community is unbelievable.I am proud to be a Board Member and associated with such talented and caring people, the staff and the volunteers. Once you see a show, you will come back again. I have met people who drive a hundred miles to come see a show, then return home.

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Rating: 5 stars  

East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) performs early American plays not only in Cape May, NJ but take plays on the road. Some of these plays are world premiers and have not been seen in almost 100 years. ELTC has received grants including ones for educational programs. The acting and all aspects of presenting a play are great. Because of the fantastic plays and everyone being so friendly, ELTC is the only theater I attend. After the performances, the audience can meet the cast.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a Theater which has great American comedies and thought provoking plays,fun for the whole family. Some plays are 100 years old and are hilarious and still true today. You won't find this kind of theater anywhere else in the U.S. East Lynne also has an Educational Outreach program which is the equal to the mega theaters in the region.

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It is rewarding to watch patrons as they leave the theater, after seeing an East Lynne Theater production. All are entertained and some are changed: An altered perception or view. We, in the business live for moments like that. Someone's life has changed forever and we did it. East Lynne Theater effects people that way on a regular basis. Plays and topics from America's theatrical past come to life again in Cape May. Our collective heritage is kept alive by Gayle Stahlhuth, Artistic Director, because of her passion and knowledge. Plays from America's past are shown to still be relevant, poignant, funny and appropriate. Gayle and this theater are national gems.

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Experiencing the reactions of changed patrons and actors. Everyone is effected positively.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a permanent home for them.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It's mission of doing plays fromm America's heritage rich past.

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2011

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