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East Lynne Theater Company presents
"O. Henry's Christmas Tales"

originally published: 11/09/2018

East Lynne Theater Company presents "O. Henry's Christmas Tales"(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- "One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That's all I have, and tomorrow is Christmas," sighed Della in "The Gift of the Magi," just one of the O. Henry stories adapted and performed by Gayle Stahlhuth, who brings to life thirty-plus characters in her memorized, unique tour-de-force storytelling style. For seven times only, the award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company will present "O. Henry's Christmas Tales."  With the exception of "Gift of the Magi," these stories have never been performed before by Stahlhuth. Performances take place on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24, Sunday, December 2, Thursday through Saturday, December 6 – 8, all at 8:00 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, December 8.

"There are just as many real Christmas stories as ever, if we would only dig 'em up," wrote O. Henry in his "Unfinished Christmas Story," published posthumously in 1919. 

Stahlhuth has been "digging up" and adapting American Christmas stories for Cape May audiences since 2005, performing works by Louisa May Alcott, Zona Gale, L. Frank Baum, Mark Twain, and Mary Wilkins Freeman.  She has been praised by reviewers and audience alike for quickly shifting from one character to another with the flick of a wrist, the bend of the waist, the turn of the head, and a change in voice, bringing thirty different characters to life in one performance.

The O. Henry selections this year all take place in Manhattan and have to so with an exact amount of money.  Della needs to buy a Christmas present for her husband, and only has $1.87.  A kindly old gent spends $1.30 on dinner for someone he barely knows in "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen."  A millionaire offers $100 to anyone who will return his five-year-old daughter's rag doll in "Compliments of the Season."  Bobby Gillian inherits $1,000 in "One Thousand Dollars," and wonders how to spend it. 

Recently, Stahlhuth received praise from Terry Teachout in his review for "The Wall Street Journal" for her work as director and performer in ELTC's "Arsenic and Old Lace." Since becoming the company's artistic director in 1999, she's produced over 100 shows.  In 2017, she was honored for her years of work in theater by The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).  Stahlhuth is an Active Member of the Dramatists Guild, SAG-AFTRA, and is in her 46th year as a member of Actors' Equity Association.



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"O. Henry’s Christmas Tales" performs on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, Sunday, Dec. 2, Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6 – 8, all at 8:00 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Dec. 8. The location is The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. in Cape May, where the company is in residence. As usual with ELTC's Christmas shows, the company reduces its regular ticket price as an early holiday gift to its audience. Tickets are $28 for general admission; $20 for full-time students and military (active, retired, veteran), and as always with ELTC productions, those ages twelve and under are free when accompanied by parents or guardians.

The Dinner-and-an-ELTC-Show-Package continues with Aleathea's Restaurant, The Washington Inn, and The Blue Rose.  Other restaurants have closed for the season.  

Season tickets for 2019 are available and make a great Christmas present! Price is only $90 for four shows, if purchased by March 31, and tickets may be used in any way at any time. For information and reservations, call East Lynne at 884-5898 or visit EastLynneTheater.org.

ELTC's season would not be possible without Season Partners Curran's Wealth Management, Aleathea's Restaurant, The Henry Sawyer Inn, and The Washington Inn, and the NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the generosity of many patrons.

PHOTO: Storyteller Gayle Stahlhuth performs East Lynne Theater Company's "O. Henry’s Christmas Tales." Photo credit: Lee O'Connor





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Event calendar
Thursday, Dec 13, 2018


MUSIC

PROJECT/OBJECT @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

JERRY BLAVAT @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 12:00pm

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

BRIAN FALLON @ Crossroads (Garwood), Garwood - 8:00pm

The Irish Tenors Holiday Celebration @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm

BREAKING BENJAMIN @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville - 7:00pm







THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Hudson Theatre Works presents "And My True Love Gave To Me" @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 8:00pm


FILM

On the Map @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 7:30pm


MISC

Holiday Open Mic Night! @ Black Box Performing Arts Center, Teaneck - 7:30pm

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