PAUL McELWEE is thrilled to be making his Candlelight debut. People always say that, but truly, after seeing many friends in multiple shows, he is excited to finally join this talented team, and in this wonderfully iconic role on a beautiful new stage to boot. Some recent credits include Georges in La Cage aux Folles and Gabriel in James Joyce’s The Dead with City Theater, Vanya in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike and Alan in God of Carnage with The Ritz Theatre Company, the Baker in Into the Woods with Limelight Performing Arts Center, and the Judge/Osip in The Government Inspector and Lord Summerhays in Misalliance with Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium. By day, Paul is a project manager doing theatre-based intervention work with Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia.
SOPHIE JONES is so excited to be welcomed into the Candlelight family! Originally from the far off land of Minnesota, Sophie is honored to take the stage with a wonderfully talented cast and crew. Favorite credits include: Kate McGowan (Titanic), Winifred Banks (Mary Poppins), Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), Antigone (Antigone), and Gretchen (Boeing Boeing). Sophie thanks her parents and siblings for all of their love and support through the years. Check out www.sophie-jones.com for more information!
STEPHEN DAGROSA is excited to be back at Candlelight after being seen most recently in Christmas by Candlelight this past winter. Other Candlelight credits include Music Man, Sweeney Todd, and A Christmas Carol. Regional credits include: Ragtime and Man of La Mancha (Bristol Riverside Theatre), My Fair Lady and Guys and Dolls (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), 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. He has also been a featured soloist with the New Jersey Master Chorale, the Spire Vocal Ensemble and the Chestnut Fine Arts Center an also frequently sings with Opera Philadelphia. Training: MM Voice University of Kansas and BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Check out www.stephendagrosa.com for more information.
BRIAN McCOLE Recent Candlelight shows include: Spama- lot! (Arthur), Young Frankenstein (Inspector Kemp), A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), and Fiddler on the Roof (Constable). He would like to thank his fiancée, Amy, for allowing him to take time from wedding plans to participate in Camelot.
DANIEL IRWIN is elated to be joining the Candlelight crew for the third time and to christen the new stage. As a Colorado native and Emerson College graduate, he is enjoying his second year in the Philadelphia area. He has wedged his way into the Philly theatre scene as Snail (u/s. perf) in A Year With Frog and Toad at The Arden, Tommy in The Music Man at Candlelight, and Dennis (u/s) in 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.
BARRY GOMOLKA was seen last season here at Candlelight in The Music Man (Mayor Shinn) and Arsenic And Old Lace (Harper/Witherspoon). He was also in A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Mame (Mr. Babcock), Sweeney Todd (Fogg) and Fiddler On The Roof (Mordcha). In Philadelphia recently he appeared in Son Of A Dog (Badrawi) at the Walnut Street Theatre and Early One Evening At The Rainbow Bar And Grille (Bullard) at Plays And Players. Barry spent many years in New York acting, singing, directing and touring. Favorite shows include Twelfth Night (Malvolio), The Canterbury Tales Tales (Pardoner) and No Greater Love (Jesus Christ). He is co-founder of The Xavier Company, a Christian touring group based in Manhattan. Thanks to Bob and all the great Candlelight folks!
Nimue and Ensemble
Candlelight debut! Originally from California, Monica has made her way to the East Coast and has called Lancaster, Pennsylvania her home for the last 12 years. In May of this year she will start her third season with Blue Gate Musicals in Lancaster. She also performed with Sight & Sound Theatres from 2004 through 2014. Favorite roles performed in various regional houses throughout the country include Julie in Showboat, Patty in Smokey Joes Cafe and Meg in Leading Ladies. Much love and thanks to Vinnie, Amelia, Ella, Mom, family and friends and also to God for all the little treasures life provides.
DAN HEALY is excited to be involved with the 1st show on our new stage. He’s proud to work with such a great cast and crew, anytime he can work with his sister is a bonus too. Dan can be found onstage every month hosting Quizzo and behind the bar for every show. He was recently seen in Spamalot as Bedevere and Mrs. Galahad (and still uses that voice every day). Thanks to his wife Heather for all her love and support.
Sir Sagramore, Mordred u/s
TOPHER LAYTON is thrilled to be on the new stage in this wonderful show. Past Candlelight credits include: Young Frankenstein, How to Succeed…, Sweeney Todd, Secret Garden, Spamalot. You may have also seen him in Billy Elliot and A Christmas Story at The Media Theatre or in Mary Poppins at The Walnut. Favorite roles include: Zanna (Zanna Don’t), George (The Drowsy Chaperone), Lefou and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast), Ephraim (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). You can catch Topher in the upcoming show Crazy for You at Candlelight. Thank you to husband Theo for the love and support.
Lady of the Court
LINDSAY MAUCK thanks you for your support in making the lobby renovation possible! She is a proud 3-time “Barny” Award Winner- 34 past Candlelight shows including MAME (Gooch), The Full Monty (Vicki), Produers (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 Theatre, Mazeppa, Ritz, and Forestburgh Playhouse. Co-founder/Managing Director of Philly’s acclaimed Mauckingbird Theatre Company-mauckingbird.org. Much love to Bob, her onstage and offstage family, Lucy, Elvis, and Schmoopie! Up Next- Crazy for You – www.lindsaymauck.com
Tom of Warwick
LUKE PLUNKETT is excited to be back at Candlelight where he was last seen playing Colin in The Secret Garden. Other favorite roles include: Grover Dill and u/s for Ralphie (A Christmas Story the Musical, WST), Charlie Bucket (Willy Wonka, DCT), Chip (Beauty and the Beast Jr., WST), Jack Thayer (Titanic, DAST), Jack (Into the Woods, Jr., Elkton Station), Frank Jr. (Merrily We Roll Along, MST) and Tiny Tim (Scrooge, DCT). You may also recognize him on your TV in a recent Volkswagen commercial. When Luke is not acting, he can be found happily playing on the football, baseball, or soccer field. Special thanks to Bob Kelly and Tori Healy and wishing a successful run to all the cast and crew!
Sir Dinadan, Technical Director
MAX REDMAN is very excited to be up on the new stage at The Candlelight Theatre for this production of Camelot. Max was last seen on stage most recently in last year’s production Hairspray! as Corny Collins. Other credits include: Candlelight Theatre: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Ensemble), Mame (Patrick Dennis), How To Succeed In Business…(Mr. Bratt), Young Frankenstein: The Musical (Ensemble), A Christmas Carol (Fred), and Fiddler On The Roof (Perchik); The Eagle Theatre: Heathers: The Musical (Beleaguered Geek); The Ritz Theatre Co.: The Laramie Project (Rulan Stacey, Ensemble); BTOP: Do Patent Leather Shoes…(Mike Depki). Thanks as always to Mom, Dad, Katie, Stefano, and Tori, love you guys!
FRANK SCHIERLOH is thrilled to be back on the Candlelight stage after spending the summer here in The Music Man. Frank has been fortunate to work regionally at the Walnut Street Theatre, Act II Playhouse, City Theater Company, Ocean City Theatre Company and Quince Productions. Some favorite roles/shows include Forbidden Broadway (OCTC), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and American Idiot (CTC) and Dennis in From White Plains (Quince Productions). Many thanks to Bob and Tori for this opportunity, and all the work they do. Love and gratitude to the other denizens of Camelot, and of course all my heart to my family and Spiderman.
NOAH SCHER is thrilled to be part of the cast and to be making his Candlelight debut! Regional: A Christmas Story (Walnut Street Theatre and Media Theatre). Thanks to family, friends and coaches for their support and love!!
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AMANDA SHAFFERN is so excited to be returning to Candlelight after playing Alma Hicks in The Music Man! Philadelphia resident and Kingston, PA native. Proud Alum from Temple University, majoring in Theater: Acting Concentration. Favorite credits include Avenue Q (Lucy the Slut), Putting It Together (Woman 1), and Into the Woods (Cinderella). Love to friends and family and a thank you to Bob, Tori, Dave, and everyone in cast and crew! amandashaffern.com
Lady of the Court
ERIN WALDIE is excited to be back at Candlelight. She has most recently been seen in Christmas By Candlelight. You may have also seen her in Hairspray, The Music Man, The Secret Garden, or Spamalot last season. Favorite roles include: Amneris (AIDA), Lucy Harris (Jekyll & Hyde), and Kathy Seldon (Singing In The Rain). Thanks to Bob and Dave for giving her this opportunity. Love and thanks to Peter always.
ANDRÉ DION WILLS
ANDRÉ DION WILLS is happy to back on Candlelight’s stage once again, but this time in King Arthur’s court! Candlelight audiences may remember him from Christmas by Candlelight this past Holiday Season and from Music Man last summer. Also from several shows at the Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre. Favorite roles include Joe in Show Boat, Leading Player in Pippin, John Utterson in Jekyll & Hyde, the Voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, as well as revues Smokey Joe’s Cafe, American Anthem and several annual Christmas Shows. André holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts/ Performance from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is a songwriter and producer. André sends BIG love to his wife Laura, and children Lyric and Christian without whom none of this would be possible. May God Bless you all! Enjoy the show!