The Candlelight Theatre: Dining and Entertainment, Beyond Your Expectations.

The mission of The Candlelight Theatre is to continue the tradition of employing and educating artists by encouraging them to explore and hone their craft through the art of live theatre. Through the unique interaction of these artists with our audiences, we share a commitment to revitalize, inspire, and enrich the community we serve.

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    “You get to meet, greet, and know the actors and actresses up close and personal.”

    John Callahan, Season Pass Holder since 2012

    "The end of the afternoon you leave with the great feeling you have enjoyed another theatrical production with your whole family. In a nutshell, you can't beat Candlelight and that's why Nunsense (2015) was our 48th trek down from Northeast Philly, 42 miles each afternoon with our extended family."

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    “From divas to fiddlers on the roof”

    Visited January 2015, Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

    "I have been to several shows here from a drag show to a classic play. The food has always been wonderful and the buffet gives everyone something to enjoy. As for views, given this is a small theater there is not a bad seat. So for a cost effective local show you can not beat this venu!"

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    “Local talent does very professional job of putting on top notch shows”

    Visited April 2015,

    Actors serve as waiters. Fresh Salad bar. Peel yourself shrimp. Varied hot dinner buffet. Great desserts!

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    “Top rate performance and fun for the whole family”

    Reviewed May 2013,

    We have seen Annie and Bye bye Birdie and we had a wonderful experience both times. Our kids (7&9) loved it as much as we did. The performances are impressive and having your waiter be in the show is a fun feature. It is worth every penny.

Who’s Who: Curtains

ActorsFull Production Staff

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    Lt. Frank Cioffi


    TRISTAN HORAN is excited to be back on stage at Candlelight where audiences most recently saw him as Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. His love of performing started at Upper Darby Summer Stage in the wonderful children’s theatre program. Tristan wants to thank his friends and family for their constant support. Enjoy the performance! 

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    Niki Harris


    KENDYLL YOUNG is excited to make her Candlelight debut! Favorite credits include: Annie (Walnut Street Theatre), West Side Story (Maria, OCTC), The Fantasticks (Luisa, Pitman), Chicago (June, Maples Repertory Theatre), Brigadoon (Jean, Pitman), South Pacific (Maples Repertory Theatre). University: Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), Spring Awakening (Thea), A Chorus Line (Maggie). Temple made! Many thanks to Peter, Colleen, and the whole team for making this experience a blast; and thanks to my family and Grant for making my life a blasting.

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    Carmen Bernstein


    DONNA DOUGHERTY  has been active in professional and amateur theater for over 40 years and is thrilled to return to Candlelight, having last appeared here as Matron Morton in Chicago over 10 years ago.  A frequent performer and choreographer at Players Club of Swarthmore, Donna’s favorite roles include Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), Lola (Damn Yankees) and this role. An attorney by day, Donna also serves as an officer on the board of several non-profits.  For over 36 years Donna has been active with, and is the Resident Choreographer for, the Valley Forge Chorus, the region’s premiere a cappella female competitive chorus. She dedicates this performance to the memory of one of her favorite “show people” of all time, John O’Toole.

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    LINDSAY MAUCK Is headin’ Thataway into her 40th Candlelight production! Recently Lindsay has appeared as Mrs. Tottendale (Drowsy Chaperone), Patricia Fodor (Crazy for You), and Female Authority Figure (Hairspray). 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 – She is also a Travel Agent – (Call me!).  Huge thanks to Peter & Colleen for still wanting to work with me after all these years. Much love to her family on and off-stage; especially Schmoopie. 

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    Aaron Fox

    About LJ NORELLI

    LJ NORELLI is skipping back on stage for the first time in many, many years.  Currently serving as a factory technician with Cunningham Piano Co., he restores, tunes, and services some of the finest instruments available today.  Favorite roles, from a time gone by, include: Officer Lockstock (Urinetown), Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd), and others with Walnut Street Theatre, Kimmel Center, EgoPo Classic Theater, and Mauckingbird Theatre Company.  Many thanks to Peter and Candlelight for the opportunity!

The Candlelight Theatre is nestled in the village of Ardentown Delaware, a picturesque artistic community established in 1900

Thanks to our dedicated staff and board, our hard-working volunteers, and our loyal patrons, we will KEEP CANDLELIGHT GLOWING!
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