East Lynne Theater Company Presents ‘Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas’

Gayle Stahlhuth performing East Lynne Theater Company’s “Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas. Photo Credit: Lee O’Connor

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo.

Many may recognize this as the opening of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” For seven times only, the award-winning East Lynne Theater Company will present “Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas,” adapted and performed by Gayle Stahlhuth. With simple gestures and a change in voice, she beautifully brings 30 characters to life. These are not readings, but fully memorized and staged performances.

Tales include the opening of “Little Women” as well as “Tessa’s Surprises,” about an immigrant Italian family, and “What the Bells Saw and Said,” in which the spirits of bells ringing above city streets discuss mankind below. All involve the love, laughter and hope of the holidays.

“A Year in the Trenches” this fall marked Stahlhuth’s 100th production since becoming ELTC’s Artistic Director in 1999. She’s appeared in Off-Broadway, regional and touring productions, in film and on radio, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association.

“Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas” performs on Friday, Nov. 24, Saturday, Nov. 25, Sunday, Dec. 3, and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6-9, all at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Dec. 9. The location is the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St. Tickets are $27, $17 for students and military, and free for ages 12 and under.

Season tickets for 2018 are available for $90 if purchased by March 31. The four-ticket package is flexible.

For information/reservations, call ELTC at (609) 884-5898 or visit EastLynneTheater.org.