On this blog I often talk about how Cape May has become a musical mecca. On the other hand Cape May theater performances diversify the destination into an arts heaven. Where outside of New York City can you find so much theater running simultaneously at the caliber of Cape May?
Take East Lynne’s Cape May theater performances:
Typical this time of year, East Lynne Theater Company’s artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth, after plowing through dozens of stories, selects a few to present for the holidays in storytelling fashion. This means that everything is memorized and at least 30 different characters are interpreted, many with simple gestures like the flick of a wrist, a nod of the head, and/or a change in the dialect. The tales are endearing, witty, and appropriate for all ages. This year, the American writers she’s selected are Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909), Mark Twain (1835-1910), and O. Henry (1862-1910), under the title Yuletide Tales. For ticket dates and to purchase click here.
Cape May Stage delights loyal fans every Christmas season. This year should be no exception.
One Christmas Carol. It’s a one-man tour de force in which the award-winning actor, Gary Marachek, who’s appeared in more than 300 Equity productions worldwide, plays thirty-five distinct characters. In it, you’ll meet all of the people that Charles Dickens created, including Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchitt, Tiny Tim, and three Christmas ghosts – but in a way that you’ve never seen before! Holiday tickets go fast, so get your family together for this one, which opened the day after Thanksgiving. Directed by Roy Steinberg, through December 30.
Elaines Dinner Theater taps local talent and Terry Obrien orchestrates them into stars.
CELEBRATING 20+ YEARS OF SCROOGE!
Opened November 26th
Everyone’s favorite holiday musical! Join us for comedy, hilarious improv, audience participation and gourmet dining as we take you back to the streets of Victorian England. Explore the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come!
It is no secret to locals who enjoy the arts in Cape May that the production of “Scrooge : The Musical” is a tradition that has served audiences for over two decades, with Parker Smith playing Scrooge, now in his 21st season!
The Holiday tradition continues through December 30 th, 2016. Tickets and fine dining are available at the door but reserved seating is suggested. Seating typically begins at 7:30pm, Show begins at 9pm. It is a Christmas Tradition you do not want to miss. Click here for more information.
Congress Hall provides their own Cape May theater performances in the Harrison Room.
Did you know that classic holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year? ❄️ Enjoy a live theatrical version of Frank Capra’s classic and get your tickets for “This Wonderful Life” November 26 – December 30, Thurs – Sat: 7:30 PM | Sun: 3:00 PM in the Harrison Room at Congress Hall.
Actor Jeremey Konopka transforms into George Bailey, Mary Bailey, Mr. Potter and all of the residents of Bedford Falls in a heart-warming celebration of how a community comes together just in time for Christmas.
Offering Dinner and a Show or lunch and a matinee at the Blue Pig Tavern.
Thursday – Saturday: 7:30 PM
Dinner & Show: $59 per person
Sunday: 3:00 PM
Lunch & Show: $39 per person
Call (609) 884-6500 for reservations
Shows will not take place on the following dates: December 2, 3, 24 & 25
The point is, when someone asks why Cape May is so busy in the off-season? There’s a multitude of reasons.