East Lynne Theater Company Presents “Sherlock Holmes Aventure of the Norwood Builder”


Originally published: 10/07/2022

(CAPE MAY, NJ) — “We’re not getting all the evidence. Unless a lucky opportunity comes our way, I’m afraid the Norwood disappearance case won’t feature in that record of our successes.”

Sherlock Holmes speaks with his faithful friend Dr. Watson. They desperately try to prove that a young lawyer didn’t commit murder, while Scotland Yard Inspector Lestrade is convinced.

Step back in time on Friday and Saturday 21 – 22 October at 8:00 PM, when the Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company presents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes’ Adventure of the Norwood Builder.” It is produced in the style of a radio broadcast, complete with live sound effects and commercials, much like Sherlock Holmes’ radio series on NBC that premiered in 1930. Gayle Stahlhuth did the editing and directing.

Again, Tom Byrn plays Holmes and Fred Velde is Dr. Watson. Byrn has been performing at ELTC since 2009, most recently in “Possessing Harriet”, as Gerrit Smith. He was also in two solo shows, “Will Rogers USA”.” and “Mr. Lincoln,” and directed “Summerland” and “Silent Sky.” Ohio Velde, who was in ELTC’s “Anna Christie,” “Rain,” and “Dulcy,” has appeared in more than fifty shows in NYC, including the Off-Broadway revival of Mae West’s “Sex”.

Mat Labotka and Nathan Garcia each play different roles, both of whom starred in ELTC’s “Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love)”. In ELTC’s “The Rainmaker” Mat File portrayed. He is an alumnus of Chicago’s Second City Conservatory, and NYC credits include Henry in “The King’s Face,” Albert in “Relativity of Love,” and Victor in “The Star and The Fire.” He also performs in commercials, improv and stand-up comedy. Nathan is currently taking film and theater classes at Anne Arundel Community College in Annapolis, where he recently performed in “Clue.He retired from the New York City Police Department in 2017 as a detective and in 2019 from the US Navy Reserves as Chief Petty Officer.

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Robert LeMaire, who played Teddy in ELTC’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” and was the play’s assistant director, once again controls the sound effects and takes on various roles. He has been performing at ELTC since 2001 and is the director of the company’s Student Summer Workshop.

Gayle Stahlhuth, now in her twenty-third year as Artistic Director of ELTC, plays various roles. Her performance as Martha Brewster in ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ and her directing for the same production were well reviewed by Terry Teachout for ‘The Wall Street Journal’.

Performances are at The Cape May Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., where the troupe is based. Tickets are $28 for general admission, $20 full-time student and military (active/retired/veteran), and, as always, anyone 12 and under is free. For information and reservations, call 609-884-5898, email eastlynneco@aol.com, or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org.

“The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” is presented in association with Cape May MAC’s “Sherlock Holmes Weekend”. For information about this weekend, call MAC at 609-884-5404. Meanwhile, ELTC’s “Possessing Harriet” is performing until October 15.

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