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.


“Candlelight’s “Hairspray” Over the top, lots of fun”

Holly Quinn, Special to THE 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 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.

Who’s Who:Hairspray

ActorsFull Production Staff

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    JANINE MEROLLA is big-time excited to be working at Candlelight again. She was recently seen onstage here as Miss Jones (How to Succeed) and in 2013 as Enid (Legally Blonde). Some of her favorite roles include: Madelaine True T(The Wild Party) and Jeannie (The Great American Trailer Park).  She is living the dream, y’all, because she gets to play this amazing role with this crazy-good cast under the direction of the one and only Dann Dunn. Thanks to her family and friends for being the best thing since the dinosaurs. Enjoy the show! Xoxo to Alan always.

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    Link Larkin


    STEPHEN TORNETTA is making his Candlelight theatre debut. He is a recent graduate of Villanova University with an M.A in Theatre where he was seen in such shows as Translations (Manus), Macbeth (Witch, Murderer, Seyton), Eurydice (Orpheus), The Threepenny Opera (Macheath), Big Love (Giulano), Fallen Angels (Maurice Duclos), and The Light in the Piazza (Ensemble). Other favorite credits include: Pride & Prejudice: The Musical (Charles Bingley), All Shook Up (Chad), Lucky Stiff (Harry Witherspoon), A Chorus Line (Mark), Cabaret (Kit Kat Boy), Guys & Dolls (Sky Masterson), West Side Story (Tony), and Bye Bye, Birdie (Hugo Peabody).

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    FRANKLIN ANTHONY is thrilled to be making his debut at The Candlelight Theatre. A Baltimore native, Franklin has performed professionally on the East Coast for most of his life. Past credits include The Three Maries (Sal) The Prince Theater, Burt and Me (Jerry) Delaware Theater Company, A Chorus Line (Ritchie) The Eagle Theater, Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry) The Eagle Theater, CATS (Rum Tum Tugger) Tobys Dinner Theater. Franklin attended Boston Conservatory for musical theater. He’d like to thank Dann and Bob for the opportunity. Enjoy!

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    VICTORIA HEALY is so thrilled to be welcoming the 60s with this fantastic cast.  Favorite Candlelight credits: Spelling Bee (Olive), Young Frankenstein (Frau Blucher), The Odd Couple: Female Version (Olive), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), 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. Thanks to Dann, Gina, and Jessica for this opportunity and all your hard work.  “Love the art in you, not you in the art.”

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    Patrick O’Hara

    Edna Turnblad

    About Patrick O’Hara

    PATRICK O’HARA Patrick Hunt O’Hara is humbled to return to Candlelight with this EXTREMELY talented cast and production team to recreate Edna after a joyous run at PCS in Swarthmore this past Spring. Candlelight audiences have seen him in a variety of roles, most recently in the title role from Sweeney Todd last season (Barny Nominee), along with the hapless Amos (Chicago – Barrymore Nominee) to Daddy Warbucks (Annie) to Harold (The Full Monty) to Mr. Applegate (Damn Yankees – Barny Award, Best Actor 2011).  He thanks Bob and Dann for their trust and faith, Randino, Reba, Clayton, Timm, and Lisa for their magically delicious transformation, Amanda for grounding everything onstage and off, and his loving Wilbur II, Tim Whelan. Up next: Albin in La Cage au Folles at City Theater – he’s sensing a theme here, if not more heels to endure…  bright blessings all.

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    Amber Von Tussle


    COLLEEN MURPHY is so happy to be making her Candlelight debut reprising one of her favorite roles! Colleen is an EMC actor and currently studying Theatre (Musical Theatre track) at Rowan University. She has most recently worked with EgoPo Classic Theatre in PA and The Eagle Theatre in NJ. Some favorite roles include: Crystal Allen (The Women), Dainty June (Gypsy), Mae (The Wild Party), and Natalie (Next to Normal).  Her devised theatre credits include the Voices for A New City ensemble at New City Stage Company in PA and a dance show titled Crave at Rowan University.  Other Rowan credits include Sweet Charity and Psycho Beach Party.

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

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