Actors to read at lighthouse, inn and juggling class

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Actors to read at lighthouse, inn and juggling class Actors to read at lighthouse, inn and juggling class

All are welcome to meet actors from the East Lynne Theater Company Aug. 1 at the Cape May Lighthouse, Aug. 2 at the Victorian Lace Inn, and Aug. 3 at a free juggling class followed by a question-and-answer session after a presentation of "The Poe Mysteries."

James Rana, who adapted the three Edgar Allan Poe detective stories that are being presented in "The Poe Mysteries" running through Sept. 1, is also a performer in the show. He will be reading Poe's "The Lighthouse" and other lighthouse-themed tales 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park.

The reading is part of Family Fun Day at the Lighthouse sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, which is offering free activities for the whole family from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There is an admission fee to climb the lighthouse. For information call 609-884-5404.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, Michele LaRue will read a delightful American story 4 p.m. on the porch of The Victorian Lace Inn, 901 Stockton Ave., as part of East Lynne's "Tales of the Victorians" series. Admission is $10 and includes tea and homemade treats. Children age 12 and under are admitted free. For information or reservations call 609-884-5898.

From 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, Rana will teach a free jugging class at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., for ages 8 and up. Reservations are requested; call 609-884-5898.

Later, after "The Poe Mysteries," artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth and the cast will take questions from theater-goers.

The cast includes Fred Velde playing Detective Dupin and Thomas Raniszewski as the journalist who entices him into talking about his crime solving expertise. The four actors who play more than 50 characters in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Mystery of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter" are Mark Edward Lang, Shelley McPherson, Grace Wright and Rana.

"The Poe Mysteries" runs 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Saturday through Sept. 1 at The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street, where the company is in residence. For reservations call 609-884-5898 or see

At 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, ELTC, with Cape May Film Festival, will showing the silent classic "The Mark of Zorro" starring Douglas Fairbanks, with live organ accompaniment provided by Wayne Zimmerman. Tickets are $15.

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