Before television and before motion pictures, Lotta Crabtree was the most popular actress in America. Born in New York City in 1847, Lotta began performing at the age of six in the mining camps of the California gold rush. Famous enough to be known simply as “Miss Lotta,” she was the most popular actress of her era.
In a one-woman show, actress Judith Helton brings Lotta back to life at an appearance at the Palace Theater in Netcong on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Lotta Crabtree maintained a summer cottage at Lake Hopatcong for many years, just a few miles from the theater.
This performance is a collaboration of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum and the Growing Stage Theatre, which makes its home at and operates the Palace Theatre.
Tickets are now on sale for $15 and can be obtained through the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum at 973-398-2616 or at LHHISTORY@ATT.NET.