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arts holiday offerings at east Lynne Theater Company

Touching and funny festive tales


hristmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo. “It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress. “I don’t think it’s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all,” added Amy. “We’ve got father and mother and each other,” said Beth. Some readers will recognize this as the opening of Louisa May Alcott’s famous book Little Women, and for eight performances only, the award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company will present this, plus two other Alcott tales, “How It All Happened” and “Tessa’s Surprises,” in Louisa May Alcott’s

NATURAL-BORN STORYTELLERS Gayle Stahlhuth, left, stars in East Lynne Theater Company’s Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas; and, right, Frank Smith, the main storyteller for “The Ghosts of Christmas Past” trolley ride

Christmas. These touching and funny tales were adapted by ELTC’s artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth who has been performing her own one-woman play, Lou: The Remarkable Miss Alcott, taking on the role of Alcott herself, for more than 30 years. In Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas, she performs the thirty-some characters in storytelling fashion where the flick of her wrist, the bend of her waist, the turn of her head, and a change in her voice, brings a character to life in a heartbeat. Her past solo Christmas performances of stories by the likes of L. Frank Baum, O. Henry, and Bret Harte have been praised by reviewers and audience alike. Since becoming ELTC’s Artistic Director in 1999, she has produced 65 different shows (some returned for

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another season), including 16 world premieres and eight New Jersey premieres, and directed 38 of them. She is an Active Member of the Dramatists Guild, SAG/ AFTRA, and is in her 40th year as a member of Actors’ Equity, the union for professional actors. The dates for Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas are Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24, Sunday, December 2, Friday through Sunday, December 7 through 9, and Friday, December 14 at 8:00pm. There is a special matinee at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 8. The location is The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street, where the company is in residence. As usual with ELTC’s Christmas shows, the company reduces its regular ticket price as an

Exit Zero Color Issue December 2012  

Everything you need to know about the holiday season in Cool Cape May.

Exit Zero Color Issue December 2012  

Everything you need to know about the holiday season in Cool Cape May.