SOPHIE JONES is thrilled to be back again for another Candlelight show! Audiences may remember her as Guenevere in Candlelight’s production of Camelot, or more recently as Gretchen in Boeing Boeing. Favorite roles include: Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Kate McGowan (Titanic), Antigone (Antigone), Winifred Banks (Mary Poppins), and Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof). Thanks to her family and to Cody for their wonderful love and unending support. Check out www.sophie-jones.com for more information!
ANDY BOETTCHER is excited to make his debut at the Candlelight. Andy recently starred as Eddie Birdlace (Dogfight) at the Kelsey Theatre where he was nominated for best actor in a musical and best debut performance in a musical. His recent roles include James Keller (The Miracle Worker), Frederick Barrett (Titanic), Matt (The Fantasticks), The Padre (Man of La Mancha), Tony (West Side Story), and Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods). Love to his beautiful wife who is the heart of my home and the love of my life. You make all of this possible for me. Thank you also for your heart for our children. Philippians 1:10
ALEX ALBANESE is ecstatic to be making his Candlelight debut! Previous credits include Legally Blonde (Ensemble), STAGES: A Legacy in Revue(Dancer), American Idiot (Featured Male Dancer), Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), and Dog Sees God (Beethoven). Thank you so much to the cast, creative team, and production team for being so warm and inviting, and to his family, Faith, and Alex for being so supportive of his dreams!
MARISSA BROUJOS is thrilled to be making her Candlelight debut! She received her formal dance training at the Academy of the Dance and Muhlenberg College, where she performed in numerous dance productions. Favorite theatre credits include: Zaneeta Shinn (The Music Man), Victoria (CATS), Thing 1 (Seussical), and Teresita (West Side Story). She would like to thank Bob, Jody, Betsy, and this amazing cast and crew for the wonderful experience, and her family and friends for their support.
JARED CALHOUN is excited to make his Candlelight debut. Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) and The Addams Family (Lucas Beineke) Ritz Theatre, Troilus and Cressida (Troilus) Gamut Theatre, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Jordanaire) Bristol Riverside, A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) Walnut Street Theatre, Peter Pan (Captain Hook) Family Stages. Come back in November and December to catch him as Georg Nowack in Candlelight’s production of She Loves Me. Acting BA from Liberty University and former Walnut Street Theatre Acting Apprentice. Much love to my family who has always supported me in the arts. Follow me at Jaredcalhoun.com.
ANTHONY CONNELL is proud to be a part of this fantastic production with an amazing cast and crew. He is a 2011 graduate of DeSales University. Previous Candlelight credits: Miss Saigon (Chris), The Producers (Leo Bloom), Young Frankenstein (Frederick), Spamalot (Sir Robin), The Secret Garden (Dickon). Other credits: Theatre Horizon- Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Broadway Theatre of Pitman- La Cage Aux Folles (Jean Michel), South Pacific (Lt. Cable), Titanic (Fleet/Widner).
TAYLOR DARDEN is happy to return to Candlelight! He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Florida Atlantic University. Regional credits include Man 2 (Songs for a New World), Younger Brother (Ragtime), Charlie Cowell (The Music Man), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), and Joe Pitt (Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2). Taylor also works regularly as a singing telegram, and is the new Young Adult Outreach coordinator for First United Methodist Church of Media. In his spare time, Taylor loves crossword puzzles, volunteering with the Big Brother/Big Sister program, and ugly-crying to This Is Us. Enjoy the show!
MICHAEL J. DEFLORIO
MICHAEL J. DEFLORIO is ecstatic for the opportunity to grace the Candlelight stage for the very first time! Recent credits; regional: Ragtime (Henry Ford/Others), The Will Rogers’ Follies (Will Rogers), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli U/S), Man of La Mancha (Governor/Innkeeper); film: We Were Moved (Violinist, KolRom Multimedia), All of Agudah (Narrator, Agudath Israel of America), One Grain More (Marius, Faux Film Festival). Michael would like to thank Bob Kelly for affording him the opportunity to perform here with this amazing cast, and his friends and family for their continued love and support.
BARRY GOMOLKA was last seen at Candlelight as Ziegfeld in Funny Girl. Other shows here include A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Camelot (Pellinore), The Music Man (Mayor Shinn), Mame (Babcock), Arsenic And Old Lace (Harper/Witherspoon), Crazy For You (Everett), Sweeney Todd (Fogg) and Fiddler On The Roof (Mordcha). Philadelphia shows include Son Of A Dog (Badrawi) and A Life In The Theatre (Robert) at Walnut Street; and All The Dead Biddles (Dr. Francis) at Plays and Players. Barry spent many years acting, singing, directing and touring in New York. Favorite shows include Twelfth Night (Malvolio), No Way To Treat A Lady (Kit),Canterbury Tales (Pardoner) and No Greater Love (Jesus). He is co-founder of the renowned Christian touring group, The Xavier Company, based in Manhattan.
MARUSIA GRIFFIN is happy to be back onstage at The Candlelight Theatre. Favorite Candlelight credits: Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Dance Spirit/Ensemble). Other theatre favorites: AFT National Tours, West Side Story (Olney Theatre), Baby Case (Arden Theatre), Company (April – Westmont Theatre) Cinderella (Evil Step Mother – Surflight) , One Woman Cabaret (NYC, Philadelphia, & New Hope). She received her BM in Musical Theatre/Music Education from The Catholic University of America. She presently teaches Band & Performing Arts at Pope John Paul II High School where she also is the Drama Director/Choreographer. Despite all of the above, Marusia’s favorite role is that of MOMMY to her five angels, Brocagh, Griffin, Eleanore, Coco & Bradman —who, along with her husband Joe, make up the best production of her life!!
HALLIE HARGUS is delighted to be making her Candlelight debut. She recently completed the acting apprenticeship at The Walnut Street Theatre where she appeared in A Christmas Carol (Belle), Annie (Extra U/S), The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Mrs. Cartero), and Tell Me on a Sunday (Girl U/S). Hallie is a proud Kentuckian and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University. She would like to thank everyone at The Candlelight Theatre for welcoming her so warmly. Love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, AnnaBeth, and Livie.
Harry Beaton u/s, Ensemble u/s
TOPHER LAYTON is appearing at Candlelight once again, in various roles for this lovely show. Past credits include, Off Broadway: Dorian Gray: The Musical as Basil (NYMF2017), Sword of the Unicorn as Freddie Mercury (New Plays Festival), Regional: Media Theatre; Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story. Walnut Street Theatre; Mary Poppins. Broadway Theatre of Pitman; Shrek the Musical as Lord Farquaad. Candlelight Theatre; The Drowsy Chaperone, Crazy For You, Camelot, Spamalot, Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd, How to Succeed…, Young Frankenstein. Ritz Theatre; Ragtime as Houdini. Other Philly Shows: Title role in Zanna Don’t, Paper Phoenix, Life and Times Episodes 1-5. Thank you to the cast for the support and trust. “Shove with Love”
TIMOTHY MOUDY is thrilled to be back at Candlelight. Tim was last seen in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as Andre Thibault. I am extremely honored to be working with such a talented cast and crew you have made this and incredible experience. Thank you kindly.
TOM ORR is celebrating 50 years in the theater (ACTORR.com). Even though he has appeared at most of the theaters in the Delaware Valley, this is his first appearance at Candlelight. Tom is also a popular cabaret performer, and former host of the Bucks County Cabaret in New Hope. His holiday show, It’s a Fruitcake with Meagan Hill, returns to the Rrazz Room.
CODY PALMER is thrilled to be making his Candlelight debut alongside such an incredible cast! Favorite credits include The Sound of Music (Friedrich von Trapp), A Few Good Men (Lt. Kendrick), and Without a Clue (A.D.). He sends his thanks to Bob, Jody, Betsy, and the rest of the team for their hard work and tireless efforts, and to the cast for making this such a memorable experience. Up next: returning to Candlelight for She Loves Me this winter! For Mac.
MAX REDMAN is very excited to be back on the stage at The Candlelight Theatre! Most recently at Candlelight, Max has been the stage manager for Do Black Patent Leather Shoes…, Boeing Boeing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and was last on stage in The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #1). Other previous credits include: Candlelight Theatre: Crazy for You (Bela Zangler), Camelot (Sir Dinadan), Hairspray (Corny Collins), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Ensemble), Mame (Patrick Dennis), How to Succeed…(Mr. Bratt), Fiddler On The Roof (Perchik); The Eagle Theatre: The Shape Of Things (Adam), Heathers: The Musical (Beleaguered Geek). Max would like to thank Tori, Mom, Dad, Katie, Stefano, and Dixie for their love and support!
NATALIE SCHAFFER is thrilled to be back at Candlelight! She was last seen as Belle in Beauty and the Beast before spending 8 months in Disney World as a Character Performer. She studied Theatre Performance at Wagner College where she was seen in Anything Goes (Bonnie), Titanic (Alice Beane), and Avenue Q. She is so honored to be welcomed back to share the Candlelight stage with such wonderful friends and talented performers. She would like to thank her parents and her Grandmom for their endless support, love, and encouragement.
JACOB SCHRIMPF is thrilled to make his Candlelight debut! Recent highlights include The Diary of Anne Frank (People’s Light), Beauty and the Beast (Media Theatre), Oliver! (Palace Theatre), Mary Poppins, Stinky Kids (Ocean City Theatre Company), Damn Yankees (Scranton Shakespeare Festival). When he isn’t performing, Jacob teaches theatre and instrumental music at the Walnut Street Theatre, Music Theatre Philly, and Mister John’s Music. Jacob was a 2016-2017 Walnut Street Theatre Acting Apprentice and is a proud Notre Dame graduate. Catch him next as Arpad in She Loves Me at The Candlelight Theatre! Love to Mom, Dad, Benjamin, and Megan.
Ensemble / Dance Captain
JENNY TORGERSON is very excited to be back in the area after spending the past 14 years in New York and Los Angeles. Jenny is a graduate of NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama and Applied Theatre. Some of her favorite past roles include The Narrator in Joseph….Dreamcoat, Cinderella in Cinderella, Beth March in Little Women, and Lavinia in Titus Andronicus. She can also be heard on the original cast recording of Dorian’s Descent. When not performing, she teaches at Moorestown Friends School.
CALEB J. TRACY
CALEB J. TRACY is delighted to make his debut with Candlelight, He was last seen as Admiral Boom/Chairman in the Ritz Theatre Company’s Mary Poppins. Other recent credits: Limelight Performing Arts’ James & the Giant Peach (Ladahlord), Ocean City Theatre Company’s Fiddler on the Roof (Ensemble). Favorite roles: Peter (The Heidi Chronicles), Greg (A Chorus Line), Flute (Midsummer Night’s Dream). Caleb sends thanks to his amazing parents, his loving boyfriend, and his new Candlelight family. James 1:17
DEIRDRE TREACY is thrilled to be making her Candlelight debut! Deirdre is a junior at Laurel Springs High School and currently dances at Rock School West. She has been in ballets including The Nutcracker (Spanish, Snow, Flowers) and The Four Seasons (Spring Lead). Thank you to my amazing family for being so incredibly supportive and always allowing me to follow my dreams. I couldn’t have done it without you!
ANALISA WALL is honored to be returning to the Candlelight stage after recently performing as “Babette” in Beauty and the Beast. Awards: AMTC Grand Overall Singer, Kennedy Center ICON, VA Bland Opera. Previous Philadelphia credits include: Emma Goldman Ragtime, Blanche Ingram Jane Eyre, Shipley Barnes Field Hockey Hot. Much love to her family and fiancé, James.
SHAUN YATES is very excited to be back at The Candlelight Theatre. A native Texan, he is currently a company member at Hedgerow Theatre and Bootless Stageworks and has been performing in the area since 2010. In that time he has brought to life numerous characters including Star Wars: A New Musical Hope (Obi-Wan) and You’ve Got Red On You (Shaun) at Bootless Stageworks, Peter and the Starcatcher (Alf) at the Eagle Theatre and Around the World in 80 Days (Actor 1) at Stages Theatre. Up next, you can catch Shaun in Oedipus for Kids at Bootless Stageworks. (It isn’t for kids.) Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, & Cris; and to you, theatre patron, for keeping the theatre alive. www.shaunyates.com