Final Performances of East Lynne Theater Co.’s “O. Henry’s Christmas Tales” Help Food Closet and First Presbyterian Church

Reviews are coming in for the Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company’s “O. Henry’s Christmas Tales,” adapted and performed by artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth in her memorized, tour-de-force storytelling style. From a recent review in “Exit Zero”: “The audience was mesmerized by Gayle’s facial expressions and subtle body movements. The characters became alive on the stage!”  A seven-year-old from the Philadelphia area wrote, “Gayle is awesome!” on ELTC’s audience survey.

Stahlhuth has performed a variety of Christmas classics for Cape May audiences since 2005, based on works by Twain, Alcott, Hawthorne and others. The O. Henry selections this year are “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen,” “Compliments of the Season,” “One Thousand Dollars” and “The Gift of the Magi.” 

Only four performances remain. On Dec. 6 and 7 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., tickets are $28, $20 for students and military, and ages 12 and under are free. ELTC is also accepting items for the Food Closet. 

On Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m., all tickets are $10 to encourage patrons to make a donation to The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May to help fund an expensive fire suppression system, required by the Bureau of Fire Code Enforcement, if the church is to continue housing and distributing food and other items for The Food Closet. ELTC is in residence at this church, located at 500 Hughes St. in Cape May.

Season tickets for 2019 are available: $90 for four shows, if purchased by March 31.

For information/reservations, call (609) 884-5898 or visit