The Candlelight Theatre: Dining and Entertainment, Beyond Your Expectations.
The mission of The Candlelight Theatre is to continue the tradition of employing and educating artists by encouraging them to explore and hone their craft through the art of live theatre. Through the unique interaction of these artists with our audiences, we share a commitment to revitalize, inspire, and enrich the community we serve.

“The Christmas Spirit resides at Candlelight”Greer Firestone, Dover Post


“Candlelight’s ‘Christmas’ beautifully balanced show”Holly Quinn, Wilmington News Journal or Holly Quinn, Wilmington News journal



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    “You get to meet, greet, and know the actors and actresses up close and personal.”

    John Callahan, Season Pass Holder since 2012

    "The end of the afternoon you leave with the great feeling you have enjoyed another theatrical production with your whole family. In a nutshell, you can't beat Candlelight and that's why Nunsense (2015) was our 48th trek down from Northeast Philly, 42 miles each way...an afternoon with our extended family."

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    “From divas to fiddlers on the roof”

    Visited January 2015, Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

    "I have been to several shows here from a drag show to a classic play. The food has always been wonderful and the buffet gives everyone something to enjoy. As for views, given this is a small theater there is not a bad seat. So for a cost effective local show you can not beat this venu!"

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    “Local talent does very professional job of putting on top notch shows”

    Visited April 2015,

    Actors serve as waiters. Fresh Salad bar. Peel yourself shrimp. Varied hot dinner buffet. Great desserts!

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    “Top rate performance and fun for the whole family”

    Reviewed May 2013,

    We have seen Annie and Bye bye Birdie and we had a wonderful experience both times. Our kids (7&9) loved it as much as we did. The performances are impressive and having your waiter be in the show is a fun feature. It is worth every penny.


The Candlelight Theatre is nestled in the village of Ardentown Delaware, a picturesque artistic community established in 1900

Who’s Who: Christmas by Candlelight

ActorsFull Production Staff

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    TIMOTHY LAMONT CANNON

    Cast and Costumer/Designer

    About TIMOTHY LAMONT CANNON

    TIMOTHY LAMONT CANNON (Cast and Costumer/Designer) is excited and thankful to be working with such a great cast and crew. When not on stage performing, you can find Timothy working away to ensure that all the actors have costumes and other character-defining quirks. Past credits have included Cats, Young Frankenstein, A Christmas Carol, Christmas by Candlelight, Gypsy, Camelot, Seussical, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot, and Bye Bye Birdie. Merry Christmas!

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    TIFFANY DAWN CHRISTOPHER

    About TIFFANY DAWN CHRISTOPHER

    TIFFANY DAWN CHRISTOPHER is THRILLED to be back at Candlelight after giving birth to her first child, Harper Sareace! She’s a graduate of Howard University. Audiences most recently saw her in Spamalot, playing the role of Lady of the Lake. Candlelight credits include: How to Succeed, Young Frankenstein, The Odd Couple-Female Version, Anything Goes, and Christmas by Candlelight. Her favorite shows include: Memphis the Musical (Felicia Farrell), Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), West Side Story (Francisca), and Into the Woods (The Witch – 2001 and 2004). She thanks God for his many BLESSINGS! Special thanks to her Family and Friends! Harper this is for YOU!

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    Anthony Connell

    Dickon

    About Anthony Connell

    ANTHONY CONNELL is happy to return to Candlelight for the holidays. He was last seen here as Dickon in The Secret Garden. Candlelight shows prior to that include Spamalot (the brave Sir Robin), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Young Frankenstein (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein) The Producers (Leo), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip), The Wedding Singer (George), and Miss Saigon (Chris). Aside from acting, Anthony is a painter. One of his pieces hangs at the back of the theatre, commissioned for the 2013 Barny Gala. For Julie and Sydney.

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    Steven DaGrossa

    About Steven DaGrossa

    STEPHEN DAGROSA Stephen is ecstatic to be back at Candlelight after being seen in The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, and A Christmas Carol. Regional credits include: Ragtime and Man of La Mancha (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady (Pittsburgh Public Theater), I Love a Piano (Walnut Street Theatre), The Invention of Edison (Pittsburgh CLO), The Light in the Piazza, Trouble in Tahiti, and Evita! (Light Opera of Oklahoma), Kiss Me, Kate and My Fair Lady (Kansas Repertory Theatre) to name a few. TV credits: Philadelphia: the Great Experiment (ABC). Training: MM Voice, University of Kansas and BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
    Check out www.stephendagrosa.com for more information.

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    RICK FOUNTAS

    About RICK FOUNTAS

    RICK FOUNTAS is no stranger to the Candlelight stage. Having performed the last two versions, Rick is happy to return and be part of this production of Christmas by Candlelight. Rick has performed regionally as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Paul in A Chorus Line, Chad in All Shook Up, Che in Evita, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jinx in Forever Plaid, and Pippin in Pippin. Merry Christmas! Enjoy the show…Love and laughter to all!

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    RENEE GRANT

    About RENEE GRANT

    RENEE GRANT is thrilled to be returning to the Candlelight stage for Christmas! She was recently seen onstage here as Maud Dunlop (The Music Man) and Mrs. Upson (Mame). Some of her favorite roles include Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!), Miss Hannigan (Annie), Rosie (The Wedding Singer), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Nunsense 1 and 2) and Rona Lisa Peretti (25 th …Spelling Bee). Thank you to Bob Kelly and the production team for this fantastic opportunity, the cast and crew for making every rehearsal and performance nothing but pure FUN and her family and friends for all of their love and support. Wishing you all a joyful holiday season!

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    HEATHER HEALY

    About HEATHER HEALY

    HEATHER HEALY was last seen on the Candlelight stage as Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, and as a dancer in The Producers. But her favorite shows have been Christmas by Candlelight in 2012 and 2013. She has been a dancer with the Brandywiners in many shows including Hello Dolly, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, Camelot, and Oklahoma. She has also performed at the Delaware Children’s Theatre with roles in Annie (Star to Be), Honk (Grace), Babes in Toyland (Fairy Queen), and Scrooge (Mrs. Cratchit). She is very excited to be back on stage performing in a holiday classic.

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    VICTORIA HEALY

    About VICTORIA HEALY

    VICTORIA HEALY is jumping for joy to spend the Christmas season with some of her favorite people.
    Favorite credits: Hairspray (Penny), Spelling Bee (Olive), Young Frankenstein (Frau Blucher), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), The Odd Couple: Female Version (Olive), How to Succeed…(Smitty); Assassins (Eagle Theatre); Miracle on South Division Street, Greetings! (Montgomery Theatre); A Little Night Music (CTC). She received her B.F.A in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. During the day you can find her coaching high school sports, performing with the trio A Broad’s Way, and directing shows/teaching drama to enthusiastic children and teens at a number of local schools. “Love the art in you, not you in the art.”

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    DANIEL IRWIN

    About DANIEL IRWIN

    DANIEL IRWIN is elated to be joining the Candlelight crew for the second time, especially for such a special show during the holiday season. He is a transplant to Philadelphia by way of Boulder, CO, and Boston. He has wedged his way into the Philly theatre scene in Lafferty’s Wake at Society Hill, as Tommy Djilas in The Music Man at Candlelight, and Mauritius at Act II Playhouse. Other memorable roles include Lon in Meet Me in St Louis, Oliver in The Pride, Turner Buckminster in Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Moth in Love Labors’ Lost, and Darren in Next Thing You Know. He is always thankful to his ever supportive parents and sister, as well as his amazing roommate and all his Philadelphia friends!

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    LINDSAY MAUCK

    About LINDSAY MAUCK

    LINDSAY MAUCK’s lucky number is 9 and she feels especially lucky to be spending her favorite time of the year here at Candlelight for the 9th consecutive holiday season. She is a proud 3-time “Barny” Award Winner; 33 past Candlelight shows including MAME (Gooch), The Full Monty (Vicki), The Producers (Ulla), 25th… Spelling Bee (Rona) and CATS (Jennyanydots). Regionally, she’s appeared on many stages including the Walnut Street, Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Mauckingbird, Eagle Theater, Mazeppa, Ritz, and Forestburgh Playhouse. Co-founder/Managing Director of Philly’s acclaimed Mauckingbird Theatre Company- mauckingbird.org. Much love to Bob, Jenn, her onstage and offstage family, Lucy, Elvis, and Schmoopie! lindsaymauck.com.

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    Julia Miller

    About Julia Miller

    JULIA MILLER is no stranger to the Candlelight Stage. Her first appearance was when she was 2 weeks old in the 2007 production of Chicago and she has made several appearances since. She is a 4th grader and takes ballet and tap at The Rock School West. Julia has appeared at Candlelight as Gracie Shinn in The Music Man and as Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof. Julia has also performed as Baby Bear in Shrek, the Musical at Concord High School, and as a Who in Suessical and a Troll in Frozen at the Delaware Dance Company. She would like to thank Bob Kelly for giving her this opportunity.

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    SAMANTHA RICCHIUTI

    About SAMANTHA RICCHIUTI

    SAMANTHA RICCHIUTI is thrilled to be back at Candlelight where she was last seen as Sally Cato in Mame. Other recent shows include Sweeney Todd and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (both at The Broadway Theatre of Pitman). She also played the title character in Cinderella (Family Stages). TV/Film include BrainDead (CBS), Billions (Showtime), and Red Oaks (Amazon). Thanks to everyone at Candlelight who has made this production possible. Much love to family and friends for their constant love and support, especially Mom and Dad! www.samantharicchiuti.com

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    Ricky Rotandi

    About Ricky Rotandi

    RICKY ROTANDI is delighted to be returning to Candlelight’s stage. He was previously seen at Candlelight in Spamalot, Mame (Ito), Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, and CATS (Mungojerrie). He recently graduated from West Chester University where he earned a BA in Musical Theatre. Ricky has been an active participant in area theatres over the last few years. Some of his favorite roles include: Kodaly in She Loves Me, Mungojerrie in CATS, Tommy in Annie Get Your Gun, and Thalia in Xanadu. He has recently returned from a six-month stint from working at Walt Disney World in Orlando FL. Special thanks to his family and friends for all their support over the years.

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    Clayton Stacey

    About Clayton Stacey

    CLAYTON STACEY is ecstatic to return to Candlelight. His previous Candlelight credits include Grease, Chicago (2002 and 2007), Fiddler on the Roof (2004 and 2014), Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Follies, and A Candlelight Christmas. He is a producer of Just Drag, and a recipient of the 2015 Barny Award’s Lee Goldstein Volunteer of the Year Award. His other Delaware performances include The Life and The Dream Come True – The Elvis Concert at Wilmington Drama League, and City Theatre’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert at World Cafe Live at The Queen. He thanks his parents Cameron and Chlela for their love and support.

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    ERIN WALDIE

    About ERIN WALDIE

    ERIN WALDIE is excited to be performing with some of her favorite people. She has been seen most recently in Hairspray here at Candlelight. You may also have seen her in The Music Man, The Secret Garden, or Spamalot this past season. Favorite roles include: Amneris (AIDA), Lucy Harris (Jekyll & Hyde), and Kathy Selden (Singin’ In The Rain). Thanks to Bob, Dave and Jenn for giving her this opportunity. Thanks and love to Peter for understanding her extremely busy schedule.

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    ANDRÉ DION WILLS

    About ANDRÉ DION WILLS

    ANDRE DION WILLS Merry Christmas! Andre’ is back on the Candlelight stage again for Christmas by Candlelight after being seen here in The Music Man (Ewart Dunlop) this summer. Many will remember him from numerous shows at The Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre. Some favorite roles include Show Boat (Joe), Jekyll & Hyde (John Utterson), Little Shop of Horrors (Voice of Audrey II), and numerous Christmas Shows. Andre’ did a touring production of CATS with Prather Entertainment. Here at Candlelight he has been seen in Pippin (Leading Player), The Full Monty (Horse Simmons), and Annie (Drake). He is a songwriter and Producer with several album projects in the works and one can download his Christmas album What Child Is This this Holiday season at cdbaby.com/andredionwills. Have a great Holiday Season!

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    Cindy Zern

    About Cindy Zern

    CINDY ZERN is thrilled to be part of Candlelight’s Christmas show again! She was last seen on stage at Candlelight as Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden. Other favorite roles she has played are Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, and Suzy Simpson-Stevens in The Winter Wonderettes. When she is not performing, Cindy teaches fitness classes and runs an insurance agency with her brothers. Cindy would like to thank her family and friends for their love, patience, and support as she continues to pursue her love for the theatre!

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    COLIN ZERN

    About COLIN ZERN

    COLIN ZERN is excited to be in his third Candlelight production at only 9 years old! Colin was also part of Christmas by Candlelight in 2013, and played Tiny Tim in The Christmas Carol in 2014. Other favorite roles include Michael Darling in Peter Pan and Elf in Shrek the Musical. Colin is a busy fourth grader, who enjoys soccer and karate and playing with his dogs Pepper and Cookie (who is also a Candlelight performer!)

Thanks to our dedicated staff and board, our hard-working volunteers, and our loyal patrons, we will KEEP CANDLELIGHT GLOWING!
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