East Lynne Theater Company Presents Poe & Hitchcock

James Rana with Samuel Douglas Clark in ELTC’s “Dracula.” James is one of the readers for “Poe by Candlelight” on Oct. 22, and is hosting ELTC’s annual fundraiser on Oct. 31.
Photo Credit: Gayle Stahlhuth

The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company presents events for Halloween: “Poe by Candlelight” on Saturday, October 22 and Hitchcock’s silent thriller, “The Lodger,” on Sunday, October 23, both at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May.

At “Poe by Candlelight,” light refreshments will be served before Lee O’Connor, James Rana and Gayle Stahlhuth read stories by the master of the macabre. The performers are the same as in last year’s highly successful “Poe by Candlelight,” but the tales are different.

Lee has portrayed Sherlock Holmes since ELTC began producing radio-style Holmes’ adventures in 2002. James recently portrayed Van Helsing in ELTC’s “Dracula.” Gayle has been the artistic director of this 36-year-old company since 1999, and is performing “Yuletide Tales” in November and December.

ELTC, in partnership with the Cape May Film Society, presents “The Lodger” (1927) by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. About a serial killer in London, live organ accompaniment is performed by Wayne Zimmerman. Since his first appearance with ELTC and the Film Society in 2011, more and more patrons drive from over an hour away just to hear.

Reservations can be made by calling (609) 884-5898, emailing eastlynneco@aol.com or visiting eastlynnetheater.org. Tickets for “Poe” are $12, and for “The Lodger” are $15. Ages 12 and under are free for both.

Up next is ELTC’s “Masked Gala” at Aleathea’s at the Inn of Cape May on Monday, October 31 at 5:30 p.m., presenting dinner and a show for $60, with James Rana hosting the evening.