Cape May, NJ 08204
About East Lynne Theater Company
COVID-19 Specific Information and Services
We are keeping on top of recommendations made by those in the medical profession and in our Cape May Community. For updates for the City of Cape May, visit www.capemaystrong.org.
SAFETY FOR ALL - audience, volunteers, staff, and actors - is a key concern at ELTC. On April 5, the Board of Trustees adopted a new Mainstage Season in which we hope to begin performances on July 29 instead of May 30. Technical Director Lee O'Connor researched sprayers/foggers and ordered one recommended by the CDC. He's also been researching solutions used by these machines that are safe to handle, yet will kill bacteria and viruses on wood and fabric, without doing harm to either.
We are discussing what "sold out" will mean if Social Distancing with Masks is required. Our new "Sold Out" could be 70 instead of 120, and will be possible in our unique venue, which is the sanctuary of the Cape May Presbyterian Church. Of course there will be a loss of revenue, and we are opening with a large-cast show, but ALL businesses will be asked to have fewer patrons, so we're all in the same boat.
To Socially Distance in our lobby and restroom areas, we will relocate our box office outside when weather allows us to do so. Volunteers and staff will be required to wear masks and gloves. We will still have paper tickets for those who reserve tickets but don't pay in advance, but these tickets will be touched with gloved hands, like our playbills. Hand sanitizer is available in wall dispensers on both floors.
ELTC and other theaters in NJ and throughout the country are part of an international study of audience attitudes about theater attendance during and after the Covid-19 crisis, headed up by the research company, WolfBrown. ELTC will begin sending out surveys to select audience members beginning in May.
VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING is not the same as performing live, but we want to keep our patrons entertained and involved until we can all be together again - in person. This is the 31st Year of our popular "Tales of the Victorians," and we hope to be able to do them live every Thursday in August. But meanwhile, we're bringing them to you on Youtube. A new story will be posted every Thursday. Short story readers include James Rana, Gayle Stahlhuth, and Lee O'Connor. Videos are posted on our "Tales of the Victorians" page: https://www.eastlynnetheater.org/tales-of-the-victorians.html
Occasionally, we'll be posting other videos about shows, etc. and information for these locations will be posted in our Constant Contact e-blasts and Facebook Page. For instance, here's a 5-minute clip from our 2019 production of "Arsenic and Old Lace:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULQ9BuPlZ7U
We're thinking of having a Zoom chat with Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth and other members of our Creative Team. Stay tuned!
MEASURING TAPES: Back in January, Technical Director Lee O'Connor came up with the idea of small tape measures to commemorate ELTC's 40th Year. Who knew then, that these handy tape measures would help with Social Distancing! When we're all together again, we'll be selling these adorable items for only $5.