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East Lynne Theater Company Offers Savings for MR. LINCOLN and More

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Although 2015 season tickets had to be purchased by July 1, the award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company continues to offer other savings that are both flexible and affordable.

There are six restaurants that partner with ELTC, and patrons make reservations by calling the restaurants and asking for the ELTC dinner/show packages. At A Ca Mia Ristorante, patrons pay $20 for a theater tickets along with dinner. At Aleathea's Restaurant at The Inn of Cape May, total amount is $47.00 for dinner and a ticket, and at The Blue Rose Inn and Restaurant, it is $55 for a 3-course Early Seating Dinner and a ticket. At 410 Bank Street, Frescos: A Seafood Trattoria, and The Washington Inn, patrons pay $15.00 for a ticket along with dinner.

The Henry Sawyer Inn, 722 Columbia Ave., offers ELTC tickets for $20.00. At the Beachcomber Camping Resort, 462 Seashore Rd., if staying 7 nights during Aug. 10-Sept. 4, guests receive one complementary general admission ticket: if staying 10 nights during the same period, they receive two comp tickets.

ELTC ticket prices are $30.00 for general admission and $25.00 for seniors and those with disabilities and their support companions, so these packages offer a considerable savings. ELTC ticket price for students, and those currently in the military or a veteran, is $15.00. To entice whole families to attend, ages 12 and under are free. Patrons taking advantage of the B&B and restaurant discounts may call ELTC directly at 884-5898 and ELTC will hold tickets at the box office for students, those in the military/veterans, and those ages 12 and under, if it is cheaper for the patron.

Another way to save money, is by purchasing online. Several half-price tickets are available for every performance through NJArtstix.org, 24 hours in advance. It costs nothing to sign up to use this site, and many other theaters throughout the state also have savings listed. Since 2010, ELTC has also listed its shows with Theater Development Fund (TDF.org), the same organization that manages the Half-Price Ticket Booth in Times Square. Patrons must have certain qualifications to have access to this site, but savings at many theaters in New York and New Jersey can be found.

By downloading the free CapeMay app, several deals in town can be found, including $3.00 off an ELTC ticket. This same discount is available in the "Cape May Bike Tour" booklet published by Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, and in several newspaper ads.

Membership has its privileges. By becoming a member of JerseyArts.com, patrons receive a Discover Jersey Arts Card that gives them discounts to cultural events throughout the state. For the first two year, membership is free, and then basic membership is only $10.00 yearly after that. At ELTC, by showing this card, patrons receive two tickets for the price of one $30.00 ticket on any night. Members of WHYY Public Television in Philadelphia receive the same deal on Fridays.

Listen for ticket-give-aways on 98.7 The Coast and 106.3.

Now in its ninth year, our Summer Student Theater Workshop production is still admission-free. This year, students are performing "Tom Sawyer, Detective" on Tuesday, July 7 at 8:00p.m.

ELTC's "Tales of the Victorians" is still only $10.00 and ages 12 and under are free. Now in its 26th year, this popular event takes place at 4:00p.m. every Thursday, except on July 2, during the summer, and on Saturdays in the fall. Patrons enjoy ELTC performers and friends reading classic American short stories on porches of B&Bs and inns, while tasting teatime treats provided by the venue. Contact ELTC for locations and reservations.

Currently, on the mainstage, ELTC is presenting "Mr. Lincoln" running through July 25, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30p.m., except no show on July 4 and an added show on Sunday, July 5. Location is The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., where the company is in residence, with its seating capacity of 150. The season continues with "Huckleberry Finn," "Strictly Dishonorable," "Detectives Holmes and Carter," and "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus." To learn more about the mainstage season which runs through mid-December, the Silent Sunday Film Series in partnership with the Cape May Film Society, and other events, or to make reservations directly with the theater, call 884-5898 or go online to www.eastlynnetheater.org.

ELTC is only able to offer these savings because of the generosity of our season partners Curran Investment Management, The Henry Sawyer Inn, Aleathea's Restaurant, and The Washington Inn; The NJ Dept. of State, Division of Travel and Tourism; NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; playbill advertisers; and the contributions of many patrons and volunteers.

Pictured: Tom Byrn in East Lynne Theater Company's production of "Mr. Lincoln." Photo by Gayle Stahlhuth.


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