Beauty And The Beast Actors
NATALIE SCHAFFER is thrilled to be making her Candlelight debut in this magical show. Natalie graduated from Wagner College in May. Favorite roles include Bonnie (Anything Goes), Alice Beane (Titanic), and Christine (Phantom of the Opera).
JUSTIN MOORE is excited to perform as the Beast at the lovely Candlelight Theatre! He recently returned with his family to the States after a few years in Germany. In Hamburg at Opernloft he performed leading roles in operas such as Tosca, La Traviata and Carmen. At the Staatstheater Braunschweig he was involved in both operas and musicals, including My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, and the German premier of Ragtime. Other roles he has performed include Witherspoon in 1776, Guiteau in Assassins and Adam in The Apple Tree. justinmooretenor.com
ROSEMARY BENSON loves holidays with the Candlelight family! Favorite roles include Mame (Barny Award), Mrs. Brice (Funny Girl), Mrs. Paroo (The Music Man), Big Mama (Speakeeezy). Former Atlantic City Entertainer of the Year, featured vocalist with the Ward Marston Orchestra, the Midiri Brothers Sextet; several Italy tours with the Atlantic City Jazz Band. Recent cabarets include Falling In Love Is Wonderful, from her CD with pianist Ward Marston. An Audible Best-Selling narrator by day, her many audio books are also available on Amazon and iTunes. Rosemary will be performing with the Jim Levendis Orchestra at Candlelight’s New Year’s Eve!
LAUREN BRISTOW is excited to be making her Candlelight debut! Favorite roles include Helena Landless (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Bambi Bernét (Curtains), and Iris Kelly (Fame). Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Samantha and Susan. @laurenpbristow
ANTHONY CONNELL is happy to be spending the holidays at Candlelight! Previous Candlelight credits: Miss Saigon (Chris), The Producers (Leo Bloom), Young Frankenstein (Frederick), Spamalot (Sir Robin), Secret Garden (Dickon). Other credits: Theatre Horizon- Spring Awakening (Hanchsen), B’way Theatre of Pitman, NJ- La Cage Aux Folles (Jean Michel), South Pacific (Lt. Cable). Anthony is a 2011 graduate of DeSales Univ-ersity.
JIM CONTE is thrilled to be back on stage at Candlelight where audiences most recently saw him as Prof. Marvel/Oz in The Wizard of Oz. Favorite roles include: Starkeeper (Carousel), Stephen Hopkins (1776), Grandfather (Ragtime), Fagin (Oliver!), Cap’n Andy (Showboat), Selsdon (Noises Off), Gangster #1(Kiss Me Kate), and Mayor Shinn (The Music Man). Jim also enjoys singing with the Philly Pops, and being a Supernumerary with Opera Philadelphia. Thanks to Bob, Cindy, Jody and Betsy for the opportunity to be a part of this incredibly talented company!
CAIT DAILEY is thrilled to be making her Candlelight debut in this classic Disney show, in which she last played Cogsworth in her high school’s Beauty and the Beast production. Currently, she lives in her hometown of Philadelphia, searching far and wide for new theatre opportunities. She was last seen as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Limelight in West Chester. A special thanks to Cindy, Bob, Jody, and Betsy for this opportunity, and all the love to her beautiful family and friends.
ANNA FERRIGNO is an alumni of the Broadway Dance Center’s Training Program in New York City, concentrating in Tap and Musical Theatre. Her favorite shows include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes .She would like to thank the cast for making her first production with Candlelight so special, and also her incredible family for their continuous support!
MATT FLOCCO is excited to be back after playing the Ziegfeld Tenor in Funny Girl this fall. Credits include Disney Cruise Line, Beauty and the Beast (as Lefou, Ritz), The Wizard of Oz, Sister Act (Walnut Street Theatre), Barrymore-nominated musicals The Light Princess (Arden Theatre Company) and Spamalot (as Patsy, RTC), Sweeney Todd (as Pirelli, Pitman), Illuminating Voices (Passage Theatre). Love to Mom, Dad, Trevor and friends for their endless support. Many thanks to Bob, Jody, Devon, Betsy, Cindy, Max, and Tori. Upcoming: Eddie Ryan in Pitman’s Funny Girl, directed by Candlelight’s Bob Kelly. Equity Membership Candidate. Happy Holidays! MattFlocco.com.
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DIANNE STONE FUSSARO is thrilled to be making her Candlelight debut! A professional actor, director and producer, Dianne lives in Lancaster, PA. Off Broadway and NYC performance credits include: The Secret Garden (Theatreworks USA), Godspell (Gallery Players) Women Writes (Theatre America), Staged Reading Mondays (Theatre America @Carnegie Hall), Emperor and the Nightingale (Vine Street Theatre). Regional: She Loves Me (Ensemble, Mt Gretna Theatre: Paul Giovanni, dir.); Phantom of the Opera (Mdm. Giry. Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia (Alonso/Lehan World Premier production & Original Cast Recording), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Stepmother, Signature Theatre, VA (Helen Hayes Award Winner – Best Musical). Favorite roles include Dinah (Dixie Swim Club), Maureen (Skin Deep by Jon Lonoff) and Woman 3 (MidLife2, the Crisis Continues -Jim Walton/Bob Walton). Next up: Hallelujah Girls at the Broadway Palm, Ft Myers, FL. In addition to working onstage, Dianne enjoys owning her own business as a Sparkle Stylist with Premier Designs Jewelry www.premierdesigns.
HEATHER GRAYBERG is thrilled to make her Candlelight debut! She received a B.M. in Musical Theatre from Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. She has worked professionally around the country, most recently at Sight and Sound Theatres (MO and PA) and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. She is an adjunct professor/dance coordinator at Lancaster Bible College and a director/choreographer across the region. In addition, she is the founder and President/Artistic Director of the newly formed Revival Productions in Coatesville, PA. All love to God, Daniel, Eden, Selah, family, and friends.
SEAN GREGORY is so thankful to be making his Candlelight debut! Recent credits: A Funny Thing Happened… (Walnut Street Theatre), War in a Golf Cart (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Judevine (Lost Nation Theatre), and La Cage aux Folles (Broadway Theatre of Pitman). Enjoy the show!
KELSEY HODGKISS is excited to be making her Candlelight debut! A graduate of Arcadia University and Philly resident, favorite shows include: SHREW (Bianca), Bare: A Pop Opera (Ivy Robinson), and Spring Awakening (Martha). Thanks to Cindy and the whole team, and to my family and friends for their continued love and support.
SOPHIE JONES is excited to be back again for another Candlelight show! Audiences most recently saw her as Guenevere in Camelot. Favorite roles include: Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Kate McGowan (Titanic), Antigone (Antigone), Winifred Banks (Mary Poppins), Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), and Gretchen (Boeing Boeing). Check out www.sophie-jones.com for more information!
MITCH KING is making his Candlelight debut. He has played many roles such as the loving Anthony in the dark musical Sweeney Todd as well as Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden. Most recently he performed in a fellow Disney Production as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast and also The Stoker, Frederick Barrett, in the tragic story Titanic, the Musical. Mitch attended Valley Forge Military Academy and had opportunities to perform solos in both Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center. He is excited to have such support here at Candlelight. Many thanks to his family and especially his friends who have always come to support him.
RYAN LAUER is so happy and thankful to be making his Candlelight debut! Beauty and the Beast is one of his all-time favorite Disney shows, and he is honored to be a part of this production. Some of Ryan’s favorite roles include A-Rab in West Side Story, Flotsam in The Little Mermaid and Ensemble/Taunter in Spamalot. Ryan works as a dance fitness instructor around the Philadelphia area.
LINDSAY MAUCK is a proud 3-time “Barny” Award Winner, and thrilled to bring you some “sugar” for her 10th holiday season at Candlelight! 36 past Candlelight shows including Crazy for You (Patricia Fodor), Mame (Gooch), The Producers (Ulla), 25th…….. Spelling Bee (Rona) and CATS (Jennyanydots). Regionally she’s appeared on many stages including Walnut Street, Arden, 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 everyone at Candlelight, her onstage and offstage family, Lucy, Elvis, and Schmoopie! www.lindsaymauck.com.
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 has made several appearances since. She is a 5th grader and takes ballet, tap and lyrical at The Rock School West. Julia most recently appeared in Christmas by Candlelight and as Gracie Shinn in The Music Man last year here at Candlelight. She has also appeared as Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof, Baby Bear in Shrek, the Musical at Concord High School, and as a Who in Seussical and a Troll in Frozen at the Delaware Dance Company.
TIMOTHY MOUDY is thrilled to be back at Candlelight during this holiday season. Tim was last seen in A Candlelight Christmas in 2011. Tim is extremely honored to be working with such a talented cast and crew; you have made this and incredible experience. Thank you; much love to my family for all their support.
COLLEEN MURPHY was last seen at Candlelight as Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray. Regional: Arden Theatre (Gypsy, U/S Dainty June), EgoPo Classic Theatre (The Women, Crystal Allen), Eagle Theatre (Heathers: The Musical, Swing). Other past productions include Kiss Me, Kate (Lois Lane/Bianca), Next to Normal (Natalie), The Wild Party (Mae), and Company (April). Up next, she will be playing Amy in Little Women at The Eagle Theatre. Love to Knobs, the fam, the crew and her amazing friends! www.colleen-murphy.com
PATRICK J. RUEGSEGGER is delighted to return to the Candlelight stage, where audiences have seen him in The Secret Garden (Neville Craven), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), Anything Goes (Moonface), and The Music Man (Quartet). Favorite shows include: Chess (Freddie Trumper), Into the Woods (Baker), Ragtime (Tateh), The Civil War (Confederate Captain), The Fantasticks (Bellamy), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), and Jekyll & Hyde (Utterson). Patrick would like to thank Cindy, Jody, and Betsy for this opportunity, and this great cast for their talent and professionalism, and continued thanks to his family and friends for their love and support.
DEVON SINCLAIR is ecstatic to be back on the Candlelight stage playing such an enchanting role! Previous Candlelight credits include Crazy For You (Moose) and Hairspray. Additionally working as a Teaching Artist and Director/Choreographer in the Greater Philadelphia region, Devon has worked with the Walnut Street Theatre, Ritz Theatre, and more. Recently, Devon has become All Around Entertainment’s newest Emcee and continues to bring the party wherever he goes. Much love to his mother for her endless support and thanks to this devoted cast, the creative team, and the Candlelight family. Credits, media, and upcoming projects can be found by visiting www.DevonSinclairFields.com!
MICHAEL VANDIE is excited to be making his debut at Candlelight. Recent roles include: u/s Justin in Touch Tones at Arden Theatre Company, Gus in The Real Whisper, Greg in A Chorus Line, Jimmy Harper in Reefer Madness. www.MichaelVandie.com.
ANALISA WALL is a recent graduate of the University of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theater. She is thrilled to be making her debut at The Candlelight Theatre! Previous credits include Shipley Barnes (Field Hockey Hot), Chava (Fiddler on the Roof), Mrs. Antrobus (Skin of Our Teeth), Mayzie (Seussical the Musical), Leading Player (Pippin). Special thanks to my family, Jimmy, and Charlie.