“East Lynne Theater Company’s ‘Summerland’ does not disappoint,” begins a recent “Exit Zero” review. Audience survey comments from a variety of ages and states are excellent, stating: “Beautifully acted, moments of humor, intrigue, sorrow. Great! Fabulous! Spooky! Wonderful!” To learn about the cast and listen to a podcast produced by Discover Jersey Arts, visit www.eastlynnetheater.org/summerland
After the Civil War, many flocked to “spirit photographer” William Mumler’s studio to have photos taken to see which spirit would appear in the photo with them. Mumler claimed he didn’t “play” with the negatives and in 1869, had to prove this before a Manhattan court.
The award-winning Equity professional ELTC presents the NJ premiere of Arlitia Jones’ “Summerland,” running through July 20 at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m.
Mumler is portrayed by Kyle Walton, and Detective Tooker is Jared Mason Murray. While Tooker is out to prove Mumler is a fraud, Mumler’s wife, a clairvoyant, played by Elisabeth Ness, digs into Tooker’s past. This provocative historical-fiction-mystery was directed by Tom Byrn.
Tickets: $35; $30 seniors; $20 for students and military; ages 12 and under are free. There are dinner/show packages at Aleathea’s, A Ca Mia, Washington Inn, and 410 Bank Street. There are accommodation/show packages at The Henry Sawyer Inn and Antoinette’s. Also, savings through NJArtsix.org, TDF.org, Discover Jersey Arts and WHYY membership cards, and Exit Zero’s Card Pack. For information and reservations, call 609-884-5898 or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org.
Next: “Tales of the Victorians” on July 11 at The Nature Center.