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Anything Goes

BRETT ANDERSON (Male Ensemble) After a far too long hiatus from theatre. Brett is thrilled to be making his return to the stage at Candlelight. Most recently he could be seen knocking audiences’ socks off with some tap improvisation at New Cavern Productions first fundraising gala. His goal in life is to put the film Summer Stock on as a stage show—that, and make the first good Aliens vs. Predator movie.

BRITTANY MARIE ARNAO (Charity/Female Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Candlelight debut! She was most recently seen in Sugar Babies (Dance Captain) at the Ritz Theatre Company. She also currently entertains as a singing waitress at the Walnut Street Supper Club in Philadelphia. She received her BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2013. Favorite past roles include In the Heights (Ensemble) Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), West Side Story (Maria), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator). Much thanks to Dann and the creative team, my family, and friends. Love love.

CALVIN ATKINSON (Ensemble) is happy to be returning to Candlelight after his performance as Mark in A Chorus Line last season. Based in Philly, Calvin has appeared with Quince Productions, Tudor Theatrical Productions, Theatre Horizon, The Ritz Theatre Company, and others. A proud Temple University alum, he sends thanks to this supportive cast and creative team!

KATHLEEN BORRELLI (Erma) is thrilled to be making her Candlelight debut! Kat is a graduate of the University of the Arts with a degree in Musical Theatre. She was last seen in the 11th Hour Theatre Company’s production of The Secret Garden (Mary Lenox). Next up, Kat will be assistant choreographer for Delaware Theatre Company’s production of BURT & ME. Big, big thanks to Dann for this amazing opportunity. Love to Mom and Dad!

BRANT CASEY (Ensemble/Minister U.S.) is excited to be back on stage at Candlelight. He has been active in the local theater community for many years and was recently seen in Kiss Me, Kate and Hello Dolly! with the Brandywiners. Favorite shows include: A Chorus Line (Greg), Damn Yankees (Sohovick/Commissioner), Little Shop of Horrors (The Dentist), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aggie/Cowboy), and West Side Story (Bernardo).

ZACHARY CHIERO (Billy Crocker) is thrilled to be making his Candlelight debut! For the past four years, Zachary toured nationally with Enchantment Theatre Company, most recently performing in The Velveteen Rabbit around the Philadelphia School District. Zachary has recently performed with Tribe of Fools, Quince Productions, Tudor Theatrical, BRAT Productions, Simpatico Theatre Project, The Eagle Theatre, The Ritz and others. Thank you to Dann for this brilliant opportunity, to Tom, Tori, and the AG cast and crew for a wonderful experience, to Mom, Liz and Col for their support, and to Hunter, for being so delovely.

TIFFANY DAWN CHRISTOPHER (Purity/Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on the Candlelight stage where audiences most recently saw her in Christmas by Candlelight. Her favorite shows include: Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), West Side Story (Fransica), The King and I (Eliza), South Pacific (Liat) and Into the Woods (The Witch). She thanks God for blessing her with the talents and allowing her to share them with the world. Many thanks to her family, friends, and DSII for all of their love and support! I love you all and this is for YOU!

JASON FAZIO (Ensemble) Jason is thrilled to work with all of the stellar artists of company! Aladdin & Tinman got him working toward his Actors Equity Membership at Storybook Musical Theatre. George in The Drowsey Chaperone, Brad in Hairspray & the Rocky Horror Show, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street and a variety of other roles with The Broadway Dreams Foundation challenged him to perform like his livelihood depended on it! Thank you for all of the love and support of family and friends, it is sincerely appreciated and reciprocated! Www.jasonfazio.com

ELIZABETH FRAWLEY (Virtue) is excited to be making her debut at Candlelight. She recently graduated Temple University in Communications. Her most recent work includes Legally Blonde at the Ritz and understudying for Patty Simcox at the Walnut Street Theatre. Special thanks to her family and friends for their continued support.

BILLY D. HART (Ensemble/Dance Captain) is delighted to be on board for yet another Candelight production! Other Candlelight credits include Full Monty (Ethan – 2014, Keno – 2011), Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), CATS, Wedding Singer, and A Chorus Line. Other favorite credits include Crazy For You (Bobby Child), La Cage Aux Folles (Jean Michel), and a 9 month gig working on an actual cruise ship with the Disney Cruise Line. Endless thanks to Dann, Tori, and Tom for their trust, and the cast for dealing with his schizophrenia (Shut up, Erma!). Much love to his family. www.BillyDHart.com

TOM HORNUNG (Bartender/minister) is delighted to be back performing at Candlelight where audiences last saw him as Herr Schultz in Cabaret and Nicely, Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls. Tom began at Candlelight in 1970 in The Fantastics (Matt) and performed in 25 of the next 30 main stage productions. Favorite shows include 1776 (Rutledg), Fiddler (Perchik), Same Time Next Year (George), How to Succeed (Jay Pierpont Finch), and Tale of the Alergists Wife (Ira). In real life, Tom plays a supporting role to his wife, Sue and 3 daughters, owns an insurance agency and sits on the board of The Candlelight Theater, Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation , and Wilmington West Rotary.

LINDSAY MAUCK (Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, u/s Reno, Erma, Hope) can think of no better way to spend her spring than aboard the S. S. American! Proud 2012 and 2011 “Barny” Award Winner – 23 past ‘Candlelight shows’ including The Full Monty (Vicki), Producers (Ulla), 25th… Spelling Bee (Rona) and CATS (Jennyanydots). Regionally she’s appeared on stage at Walnut Street, Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre company, Mauckingbird, Centre Theater, Mazeppa, Ritz, and Forestburgh Playhouse. www.lindsaymauck.com. During the day, Lindsay is the Development and Communications Manager at Philadelphia Young playwrights and is Co-founder / Managing Director of Philly’s acclaimed Mauckingbird Theatre Company – www.mauckingbird.org. Much love and thanks to Dann, her on and offstage families, Lucy, Elvis, and Schmoopie!

CONNOR McANDREWS (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh) is thrilled to make his Candlelight debut! Recent credits include Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at the Walnut Street Theatre, The Duke in Patience with Theater at Monmouth, and Smee in Peter Pan with The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Much love and thanks to Dann, Robert, Tori, this amazing cast and crew, and to his family and friends for their boundless support! connormcandrews.weebly.com

COLLEEN McGINNIS (Ensemble) Colleen attended West Chester University, where she minored in theatre and majored in English education. Favorite Candlelight (NCT) credits include The Producers, The Wedding Singer (Rosie), Damn Yankees (Doris), The Full Monty(Estelle), and CATS (Jellylorum). Other favorites: CATS at the Ritz Theatre Company (Grizabella) and Jerry Springer: The Opera at Bootless Stageworks (Shawntel/Eve). Many thanks to her parents, Maureen, and Dave for their support.

ROBERT MILLER (The Ship’s Captain) was last seen at Candlelight as Harold in The Full Monty. Other recent Candlelight credits include, Zack in A Chorus Line and Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy. He has performed in numerous national tours, including Fiddler on the Roof and Meet Me in St. Louis as well as the European tour of The Rocky Horror Show. Performances in and around the Philadelphia area include The Walnut Street Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company and Three Little Bakers.

ALEC MOSS (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be returning to the Candlelight Theatre! You may have seen him having the time of his life as Nikos in last spring’s Legally Blonde. Alec is from Bucks County Pennsylvania where he grew up performing in dozens of shows at the Bucks County Playhouse and the Downtown Performing Arts Center. He is currently a senior at Temple University where he has had the wonderful privilege of playing Mark in A Chorus Line while working towards earning separate degrees in both film and dance. Alec would like to thank his family and friends whose love and support has gotten him where he is today!

MEGAN PISORS (Hope Harcourt) is so happy to be back at Candlelight after previously being seen in Annie (Grace), Wizard of Oz (Glinda) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy)! She has a BFA from West Chester University where she received the prestigious J.P. Adler Prize for Excellence in Theatre. Most recently, she was seen as Melissa in the South Camden Theatre Company’s reading of Dream of Perfect Sleep. Regional: Walnut St. Theatre (Around the World in 80 Days u/s), Arden Theatre (Candideu/s), Ritz Theatre (*BroadwayWorld.com BSAM Nomination, CATS), Eagle Theatre (*BroadwayWorld.com BSA Nomination,Urinetown), Montgomery Theatre (I Love My Wife u/s). Love to mRm [MeganPisors.com]

RICKY ROTANDI (Purser) is delighted to be returning to Candlelight’s stage as a non-feline character. Recently he graduated from West Chester University and with 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, Thalia in Xanadu. He has recently returned from a six month stint working at Walt Disney World in Orlando FL. Special thanks to his family and friends for all their support over the years, especially Carlos. Break a leg ATG!

PATRICK RUEGSEGGER (Moonface Martin) is thrilled to return to the Candlelight stage in Anything Goes. Candlelight audiences have seen Patrick in Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle), Man of La Mancha (Anselmo), and The Music Man (Ewart Dunlop/Quartet). A graduate of Elon University (BFA Musical Theatre), Patrick has been performing for over 20 years. Some favorite roles include Chess(Freddie), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit, Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Ragtime (Tateh), Into the Woods (Baker), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), and Doubt: A Parable (Father Flynn, R.I.P. PSH). Patrick would like to thank Dann for this opportunity, and his family and friends for their continued love and support.

KAYLA SAUNDERS (Ensemble) is a 12th grade dance, musical theatre, drama, and vocal major at Cab Calloway School of the Arts and hopes to major in musical theatre in college. Her favorite credits include The Producers (Ulla understudy/ Ensemble), A Chorus Line (Judy and Christine Understudy/ Cut dancer) , and Miss Saigon at Candlelight Theatre), Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy Harris), Hairspray (Ensemble), and Ragtime (Ensemble) with the Delaware All State Theatre, Aida (Amneris) and The Producers (Ulla) at Cab Calloway, and Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie) at the Candlelight Intensive Camp. Kayla would like to thank all of the cast and crew for making her 13th and official final show at NCT, a truly memorable experience.

DAVID T. SNYDER (Elisha Whitney) is a graduate of Syracuse University Department of Drama where he earned the Jerry Shaw Award for Best Comedic Actor. Candlelight audiences will remember him from The Full Monty (Dave Bukatinsky), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfee’), Miss Saigon (John), Annie (FDR/Lt. Ward), CATS (Gus/Bustopher Jones) and Seussical (Horton). Regional theatre credits include Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (u/s the Big Bopper) at the Walnut St. Theatre and Parade (u/s Slaton, Starnes, and Rosser) at the Arden Theatre Co. Love and thanks to my family and Colleen for their unending support. Enjoy the show and Tip Your Waiter!

SARAH SPANGENBERG (Reno Sweeney) is making her Candlelight debut! Some previous credits include Little Shop of Horrors and HAIR at The Eagle Theatre, Next To Normal (u/s Natalie) at The Arden Theatre Co, and Midsummer Night’s Dream in the inaugural season of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival with REV Theatre Company. Sarah is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Special thanks to Dann Dunn for the opportunity as well as the entire cast and crew.

ERIN WALDIE (Chastity) has most recently been seen as Bebe in A Chorus Line here at Candlelight. You may have also seen her in Grease, Chicago, Nunsense, or Gypsy. Favorite roles include: Amneris (AIDA), Lucy Harris (Jekyll & Hyde), and Kathy Seldon (Singing In The Rain). Thanks to the cast, crew and directing staff for making this show so much fun!

PRODUCTION STAFF

DANN DUNN (Director/Choreographer) has created and maintained professional works as a Director/Choreographer, Associate, or Dance Captain around the world and was recently named Philadelphia’s Best Director (2012) and Best Choreographer (2012, 2013). NYC: Miracle On 34th Street (Madison Square Garden), Sesame Street On Broadway! (Paramount Theatre), Tom Sawyer (Symphony Space). National Tours: CATS, The Music Man, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, Sesame Street Live!. International: CATS (Toronto), The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Europe), La Traviata (Scotland), Sesame Street Live! (Canada, Asia). Regional: The Eagle Theatre (Perry Award nom), Walnut Street Theatre, NCT (3 Barny Awards, BWW Award), Allenberry Payhouse (BWW nom), Delaware Theatre Company, Prather Entertainment, The Kimmel Center, Forestburgh Playhouse, Ritz Theatre (BWW Award), Weathervane Repertory Theatre, MAME (Starring Andrea McArdle and Lea Delaria, Media Theatre, BWW Award), Really Rosie (Assistant to Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Produced by Lincoln Center’s Jed Bernstein, Bucks County Playhouse), YANK! (World Premiere, PGLTF, Arden Theatre). Creator/Dir/Chor: Dames At Sea: A Burlesque Revue (US, Canada, Mexico) for Norwegian Cruise Line. Guest Artist: Camp Broadway (NYC, Toronto, National Tour). Dancer for Mark Kanemura (So You Think You Can Dance, Lady Gaga). TV: The Today Show, Good Morning America, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

TOM FOSNOCHT (Musical Director) is thrilled to be making his Candlelight debut with Anything Goes! Tom is an active music director/pianist/composer in the Philadelphia area. A graduate of The Oberlin Conservatory, he has Music Directed numerous shows at The Media Theatre (highlights including Annie with Wanda Sykes and Chicago with Justin Guarini), as well as The Bucks County Playhouse (Mame with Andrea McArdle), and The Delaware Theatre Company (The Story Of My Life with Rob McClure and Ben Dibble). Tom received two consecutive Broadway World Philadelphia Awards for his musical direction of Wings with Ann Crumb, and for Mame with Andrea McArdle.

CHRIS MILLER (Lighting Designer) has been designing lights for theater the past 7 years. His most recent credits at Candlelight include, The Full Monty, Christmas by Candlelight and Forever Plaid. Selected professional credits include: Spamalot, Hairspray, Moon over Buffalo, The Philadelphia Theater Workshops Spring Playwright Festival, Barnum, CATS, Rent, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Pippin, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He was nominated for a Perry Award for Groucho A Life in Revue, Greater Tuna, and The Graduate. He would love to thank his family for their unfettered support! “Art first of all is optical. That’s where the material of our art is: in what our eyes think.” – Paul Cézanne

JEFF REIM (Scenic Design) is happy to be part of another show here at the Candlelight. As Scenic Designer, his work as been seen in numerous shows including Little Shop of Horrors, CATS, Miss Saigon, …Spelling Bee, Legally Blonde, The Producers and many more. Jeff has also served as Musical Director for A Chorus Line, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, Seussical and Grease and Director for Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Nunsense and The Music Man. Jeff has also been seen on stage in such roles as “Sancho” in Man of LaMancha and “Lumiere” in Beauty and the Beast. His full-time performing arts career also includes work as a composer / lyricist and commercial / film / voice-over actor, among other things. Jeff is a life-long New Jersey resident, where he lives with his wife Barbara and sons Benjamin and Adam.

LISA MILLER – SAUNDERS (Hair and Wig Design) is an award winning hairstylist who has studied and trained with the best in the industry for over twenty years. Her work has been published in Delaware Today magazine, Passion on Hair Trends, and many others. She was featured on Fox’s “Ambush Makeover”. She has done hair designs for many local theater productions and is the Artistic Designer and Master Stylist at Sherif Zaki Salon. Love to James, Kayla, and Kaeman.

VICTORIA HEALY (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be back at Candlelight working with such a talented cast and crew. She was last seen onstage playing multiple character roles in The Producers and as Olive in The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee. She holds a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Stella Adler Studio). Some favorite credits: Miracle on South Division Street (Ruth, Montgomery Theater), Secret Garden (Martha), A Little Night Music (Charlotte), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife). During the day you can find her coaching high school sports, and directing/teaching Drama to enthusiastic children at a number of local schools.