Where did Claus grow up? What was his first toy? How did he become immortal?
These and other questions are answered in L. Frank Baum’s “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus,” presented by the award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company on Nov. 27 and 28, and Dec. 6, 10, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. The location is the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. in Cape May, where the company is in residence.
Baum gave Claus an exciting life that evokes all the charm that made his “Oz” stories American classics. This adaptation was written by ELTC’s artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth who also performs the thirty-some characters in storytelling fashion. When she last performed this one-person tour-de-force in 2010, it was designated an “American Masterpiece,” part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Masterpieces Series, acknowledging those who introduce Americans to “the best of their cultural and artistic legacy.”
Opening nights this season are dedicated to the memory of someone the cultural community lost during the past year, and who had an impact on ELTC. Opening night, Nov. 27, is dedicated to the memory of Dolores Roehrenbeck (1941-2015), who was an ELTC volunteer.
Productions would not be possible without season sponsors Curran Investment Management, Aleathea’s Restaurant, the Henry Sawyer Inn, the Washington Inn and support from generous patrons.