East Lynne Theater Company presents “Vaudeville Variety” and “Tales in the Backyard”

Madame Vivesectovitch asks a volunteer to hold a cigarette in his mouth, claiming she will cut the cigarette in half with her knife.  Can she do it?  And then there’s the winning horse called “I Don’t Know,” in a “Day at the Races” that sets the laughter in motion.

     All will be revealed in the award-winning East Lynne Theater Company’s “Vaudeville Variety,” created and directed by Gayle Stahlhuth, assisted by James Rana.

     This fun-filled evening takes the audience back to 1916, with a combination of skits, songs from the era like “Under the Yum Yum Tree,” and actual household hints like “kerosene can clean anything, and it’s good for the scalp, too!”

     The performers, Will and Holly Knapp and Susan Tischler, have all worked for ELTC before, most recently in the company’s virtual production of “Yuletide Tales” in 2020.

     “Vaudeville Variety” is performed outside at West Cape May Borough Hall’s “Back Yard,” 732 Broadway. Performances are on the following Saturdays at 7:00 PM, with no intermission: June 26, July 10, 24, and 31, and Aug. 21 and 28. Sundays are the rain dates. Tickets: $25; $20 for students and military, and ages 12 and under are free. Season tickets from 2020 will be honored, but ELTC requests that reservations still be made. Season tickets for 2021 are available for $90 for 4 flexible tickets and must be purchased by June 30.

     “Tales in the Backyard” returns Thursdays at 4:00 PM from June 17 – August 26, at a location that is revealed when making a reservation by calling 609-884-5898 or e-mailing eastlynneco@aol.com. Every week is a different story, speech, or one-act. The cost is $5 cash-at-the-door.

     From September through December, ELTC returns to its usual performance space, The Cape May Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street. To learn more, visit eastlynnetheater.org.