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.

BIG CALENDAR PRIZE WINNER – NEW YEARS EVE! Congratulations Amy Crosson! It pays to play!

Candlelight fundraising calendars are still available. Good all year. Call the box office for more information.

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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: Cabaret

ActorsFull Artistic Staff

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    About DANN DUNN

    DANN DUNN is thrilled to return to the Candlelight stage in Cabaret after playing the role of the Emcee here in 2005. Broadway/NYC: Miracle on 34th Street, Sesame Street on Broadway! (Madison Square Garden), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Symphony Space). National Tours: CATS, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, Sesame Street Live!, The Music Man. International: CATS, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, La Traviata, Sesame Street Live!. Selected Regional: Walnut Street, Kennedy Center, Bucks County Playhouse, PGLTF, Arden Theatre, Dallas Summer Theatre, Forestburgh Playhouse, Weathervane Rep. Original Cast: Created the role of ‘Tennessee’ in YANK. Workshop: Kander & Ebb’s Life Is. Cast Recording: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Back-Up Dancer: Mariah Carey, Mark Kanemura (Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, So You Think You Can Dance?). Dann was fortunate to join the Fosse legacy by training in the style under Gary Flannery, a principal Fosse dancer (Pippin, Dancin’, All That Jazz), dancing back-up for Chita Rivera, and working beside Debra McWaters, Gary Chryst, and Ann Reinking in preparation for the National and International companies of Chicago. Proud Member, AEA. Instagram: @TheDannDunn

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    Mackenzie Newbury

    Sally Bowles

    About Mackenzie Newbury

    MACKENZIE NEWBURY is thrilled to be making her Candlelight debut in her dream role in her all-time favorite show! Some favorite credits include: Fiona (Shrek), Ulla (The Producers), Lois/Bianca (Kiss Me Kate), Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), and performing Nellie in South Pacific and the title role Evita. Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from The Catholic University of America. Next up: Queenie in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party at Theatre Non-Conforming. Thanks to Bob, Dann and Chris for the opportunity! I dedicate this, my favorite show, to my grandmothers & mother – my three favorite women.

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    Max Redman

    Clifford Bradshaw

    About Max Redman

    MAX REDMAN is very excited to be back on the stage here at Candlelight! Max has been involved in many shows over the past few years but was most recently on stage in Catch Me If You Can as Agent Branton. A few of his favorite Candlelight credits include: Hairspray (Corny Collins), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #1), Crazy for You (Bela Zangler), She Loves Me (Sipos), How to Succeed…(Mr. Bratt), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), South Pacific (Commander Harrbison). Other credits: Eagle Theatre: The Shape of Things (Adam), Heathers: The Musical (Beleaguered Geek); BTOP: Do Black Patent Leather Shoes… (Mike Depki). Max would like to thank Mom, Dad, Katie, Stefano, and of course, his wife Tori and their pup, Dixie, for their love and support!

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    Fraulein Schneider


    DONNA DOUGHERTY has been active in professional and amateur theater in the tri-state area for over 40 years and is thrilled to return to the Candlelight stage, last seen as the Broadway producer, Carmen Bernstein, in Curtains. An attorney by day, Donna serves as an officer on the board of several non-profits, including the Players Club of Swarthmore. Donna sings with, and is the Resident Choreographer for, the Valley Forge Chorus, the region’s Sweet Adeline small chorus champions. She dedicates this performance to the memory of her mother who, as Hitler was rising to power, escaped from Czechoslovakia and fled to this country nursing a baby.

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    Ed Emmi

    Herr Schultz

    About Ed Emmi

    EDWARD EMMI last appeared at Candlelight in 2001. Ed is a veteran of over 300 shows, mostly musicals, with groups throughout the tri-state area. Recent roles have included The D’Ysquith Family in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Clopin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Roger Debris in The Producers. He has sung to benefit many organizations including the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, OperaDelaware, Sojourners’ Place, The September 11th Fund, AIDS Delaware, the American Diabetes Association, and the Kennett Symphony Orchestra. When not on stage, Ed is a Senior Employee Relations Specialist for Christiana Care Health System, a cantor at four Catholic churches in Delaware, and a professional wedding and funeral soloist.

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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