East Lynne Theater Company holds music trivia contest

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Grace Wright will perform at ELTC's annual fundraiser.

Grace Wright will perform at ELTC's annual fundraiser.

 CAPE MAY – East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) will present "The American Songbook,” where all may test their skills with a music trivia contest, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Aleathea's Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street.

Questions could be about a movie featuring a famous song written by Cole Porter, Bruce Springsteen or Woodie Guthrie, or what were those lyrics to a song sung by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, or Dolly Parton? How about what song was sung in which Broadway musical? To add to the fun, music will be performed live by Chris Sooy, Lew London and Grace Wright, and winners receive prizes.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the competition begins at 7 p.m. The MCs for the evening are Mark Lang and Scott Eck.

There will also be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and the recipient of the Historic Jackson Street Neighborhood Association Scholarship Fund in the name of Bob and Toni Green will be announced.

ELTC is celebrating the near-end of a successful 32nd season of world premieres, New Jersey premieres, American classics, nationally touring productions, and educational outreach for all ages. Aleathea’s Restaurant is supporting the event.

Tickets are $55. Reservations can be made by calling 884-5898 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All proceeds go to East Lynne Theater Company to support the production season and educational outreach.

This year’s gala is helmed by Dawn Brautigam, Karen Case Cook, and Mark Lang, and many who have attended ELTC’s galas before will recognize most of those performing at this year’s event.

On the piano is Sooy, whose swing band performed in Atlantic City casino hotels and night clubs in the tri-state area in the 1980s and 1990s. Recently, his band performed at the Swedesboro Jazz Festival with London as featured vocalist, guitarist and violinist. London is also a professional studio musician, recording engineer, writer, producer, and arranger. He has four albums to his credit in the U.S. and one in Japan, and is a Grammy nominee.

Lang has worked regularly with ELTC since 2001 as an actor, director, graphic and set designer, and gala co-host. New to ELTC is Eck. His credits include the original cast of the interactive comedy "Tony N Tina's Wedding.”

ELTC is selling 50/50 raffle tickets for $40 each, with the opportunity to win $3,600, $1,800, or $600, and purchasers don't have to be present to win. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Checks should be made out to East Lynne Theater Company and mailed to ELTC's office, 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204.

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