Production Staff

WHO’S WHO on Funny Girl Production Staff



RENEE DOBSON has directed over 100 musicals in both professional and university venues across the country. Recently, she directed I Love A Piano and Avenue Q for Heritage Theatre Festival in Virginia. She is Associate Professor of Theatre at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she has directed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Into The Woods and Assassins among many others. In addition, she is an AEA actress and was nominated twice for the Carbonell Award (Florida Theatre Critics Association) for her performances as Oolie/Donna in City of Angels and Cleo in The Most Happy Fella at the Jupiter Theatre in Florida. She holds an MFA from Ohio University.



BRETT ANDERSON has been singing, dancing, and acting like a fool for what feels like an eternity. While he thoroughly enjoys making his friends laugh and doing things purely for his own amusement, there is no feeling quite like being in front of an actual audience who have specifically come to see you perform. Candlelight has been a great place to experience, with very nice people who have all put in a lot of hard work.  It’s kind of like being one of The Muppets; minus the rats and chickens, also nothing blows up. Anywho…..enjoy the show.

David T. Snyder

Musical Director

DAVID T. SNYDER is an Actor, Singer, Music Director and Teaching Artist from Ridley Park, PA. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Drama Department. David has performed regularly in the Philadelphia area, including 14 productions at The Candlelight Theatre and understudy roles at The Walnut Street Theatre and the Arden Theatre.  He has traveled the globe performing shows in Beijing and Edinburgh. David has music directed with The Candlelight Theatre (Follies in Concert, Sweeney Todd, The Secret Garden, Christmas by Candlelight, Camelot), Delaware All-State Theatre, Wilmington Drama League, Abington Friends School, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Wolf Performing Arts Center, and The University of the Arts. Enjoy the Show and Tip Your Waiter!


Lighting Designer

ERIC BAKER Eric is thrilled to be making his return to The Candlelight Theater. Previously at Candlelight, Crazy For You and The Full Monty. Eric has designed for Egopo Classic Theater, The Ritz Theater Company, Quince Productions, and various other companies in the Philadelphia area. He also works as the production manager for EgoPo Classic Theater in Philadelphia.

Max Redman

Scenic Design

Max Redman

PSM, Co-Lighting Designer

MAX REDMAN is delighted to be back in the stage manager’s booth for another show! Since joining the Candlelight family in 2014, Max has been involved with 16 main-stage productions here at The Candlelight Theatre. He was most recently seen on stage as “Bela Zangler” in Crazy For You, “Sir Dinadan” in Camelot, and “Corny Collins” in Hairspray. Past stage management credits at Candlelight include Sweeney Todd, The Music Man, and Christmas By Candlelight 2016. After Barefoot In The Park, Max will be back on stage at The Eagle Theatre in their Fall production of The Shape Of Things. Max would like that thank Bob Kelly for his wisdom and guidance, as well as Mom, Dad, Katie, Stefano, and Tori for their love and support.

Amanda Gilles

Props & Set Dressing

AMANDA GILLIES loves the treasure hunt and creativity involved in her craft. For 35+ years as stage manager, scenic carpenter, and prop master, she has always said if you saw her on stage something was going wrong! She loves working with the wonderful people at Candlelight  and credits them with helping to bring life back to her life. She is SO excited about the new space.



TARA BOWERS loves it here at Candlelight Theatre working with this amazing team! She loves the entire ART of theater and enjoys sewing, conjuring, and creating costumes. Her recent shows here include Crazy for You, Camelot The Christmas Show, and Sweeney Todd. Prior to that she costumed at Cab Callo -way School of the Arts and Delaware Children’s Theatre. A HUGE thank you goes out to Lisa Challenger for her encouragement to get Tara involved with Candlelight.  When Tara is not sewing she loves spending time with her husband Rick!


Assistant Costumer

Dennis Mahoney

Sound Designer


Wig and Hair Design

LISA MILLER CHALLENGER is an award-winning hairstylist who has studied and trained with the best in the industry for over 20 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.