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East Lynne Theater Company to Host Gala

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Although East Lynne Theater Company has wrapped three of its mainstage shows, and is planning the 2016 season, doesn't mean that it's finished for 2015. This award-winning Equity professional company has performances until the year ends, and here is what's happening just during the first two weeks of November.

First up, on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7 at 8:00p.m., is "Detectives Holmes and Carter," ELTC's popular radio-style production, with two new mysteries: "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" and "The Voice of Crime." The same cast of seven perform both shows back-to-back on the same night, going from Sherlock Holmes' Victorian England to Nick Carter's Manhattan during World War II.

Performances are at The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., where the company is in residence. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for full-time students and those in the military, and, as always, ages 12 and under are free. For information and reservations, call 609-884-5898 or go online to www.eastlynnetheater.org. .

On Monday, November 9, ELTC presents "155 in 35": 155 Years of Theater in 35 Years of East Lynne Theater Company. The rich repertoire of this unique company includes "The Politician Outwitted" (1788), "Rip Van Winkle (1859), "Madame Butterfly" (1900), "Rain" (1922), and the world premiere of "The World of Dorothy Parker," based on her writings through 1943.

Aleathea's Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street, is hosting the gala, which includes a surf-and-turf dinner, musical entertainment and scenes from past shows, our popular trivia contest, with prizes, and a silent auction. Music is performed by Chris Sooy and Lew London with singers Jennifer Bissell and Eric Stephenson, who were recently in ELTC's "Strictly Dishonorable," and the MCs are Mark Lang and James Rana. Cost is $55, and reservations may be made by contacting ELTC at 884-5898, e-mailing eastlynneco@aol.com, or purchase online at http://eastlynnetheatercompany.ticketleap.com/155-in-35/.

Tickets are still available for ELTC's Dream Vacation Raffle, in which the winner can choose a trip to one of four locations: Charleston, SC, Montreal, Quebec, Oahu, Hawaii, or Orlando, FL. Retail value, which includes round-trip coach class airfare, is up to $10,000, and raffle tickets are only $5 each, or $20 for five. Mail checks by November 6 to East Lynne Theater Company, 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204, to receive tickets. Although one need not be present to win, tickets will be available at the fundraiser, too.

On Sunday, November 15 at 8:00pm, it's "Charlie Chaplin Shorts" (1916), the final film in the ELTC and The Cape May Film Society's 2015 Sunday Silent Film Series. Accompanying the film on the organ is Wayne Zimmerman who has been providing live music for this Silent Film Series since it began in 2011.

The shorts are: "The Rink," about an inept waiter who spends his lunch break at the roller rink. Chaplin did all of his own skating in this comedic tour-de-force; "The Pawnshop," the story of a clerk who examines items to determine their value; and "One A.M.," in which Chaplin, after having had too much to drink, discovers that every object he encounters becomes a humorous adversary. Tickets are $15, and ages 12 and under are free. For reservations and information, call ELTC at 884-5898 or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org. The location is The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May.

"Charlie Chaplin Shorts" is the final event for The Cape May Film Festival. Those who purchase passes to all of the Festival events, need not purchase a separate ticket for the silent film since it's included in the pass. For information about the Festival: http://www.njstatefilmfestival.com/index.htm.

Photo of Jennifer Bissell and Eric Stephenson who are performing at East Lynne Theater Company's fundraiser on November 9. Photo credit: Gayle Stahlhuth


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