East Lynne Theater Company’s ‘Yuletide Tales’ Helps the Food Closet

Gayle Stahlhuth, storyteller in East Lynne Theater Company’s “Yuletide Tales.” Photo credit: Lee O’Connor

As usual, the Equity professional, award-winning East Lynne Theater Company is accepting items for the Food Closet during the run of its holiday show. What is needed most are boxed spaghetti, shampoo, canned veggies and coffee. For monetary donations, makes checks payable to The Community Food Closet of Cape May.

There are five performances remaining of “Yuletide Tales”: Sunday, Dec. 4, and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 8-10 at 8 p.m., plus 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. Location is the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St. Tickets are $27 and $17 for students and military (active/retired). Ages 12 and under are free.

The tales, selected, adapted, memorized and performed by ELTC’s artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth, are “Susie’s Letter from Santa Claus” (Mark Twain), “9 Linwood Street” (Edward Everett Hale), “The Snow Image” (Nathanial Hawthorne) and “Gift of the Magi” (O. Henry). The tales are endearing, witty and appropriate for all ages. Stahlhuth portrays over 30 characters during one performance with simple gestures like the flick of a wrist and a change in dialect. For over 30 years, she has performed a variety of one-person shows in such locations as the Smithsonian Institution and Manhattan Theatre Club, and her work has been noted by NEA’s “American Masterpiece Series.”

2017 season tickets are available and make a great gift – only $88 for four shows, a $40 savings! Productions include “Will Rodgers’ U.S.A.,” “Ah, Wilderness!,” “A Year in the Trenches” and “Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas.” For information and reservations, call ELTC at (609) 884-5898 or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org.