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.
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."
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 The shows , though dated, do have relevance to things today and most are done with humor, which is never outdated.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.
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.
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.
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.