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.

The Board and staff would like to express how thankful we are for all the support you have shown to Candlelight over the years and are looking forward to welcoming you back to “the barn” when you are ready.

A Flicker of Hope for the Post-Pandemic Future

How a small theater resuscitated the Beforetime for its audience  by Paul Dorsey
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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: Clever Little Lies

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    HALLIE HARGUS is deeply grateful to be back in her favorite barn, sharing this story with you. Previously, you may have seen Hallie in Christmas by Candlelight (2019), Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), Guys and Dolls (Agatha), and Brigadoon (Jean). Many thanks to everyone who helped keep Candlelight glowing over the last year!

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    SUE HORNUNG is excited to be back on stage at The Candlelight Theatre where audiences last saw her as Louise in Always, Patsy Cline. Her first role at Candlelight was in 1974 as Sally Bowles (Cabaret) when she met her husband, Tom. Favorite roles here include: Doris (Same Time Next Year), Mrs. Brice (Funny Girl), Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), Melissa (Love Letters), and Winnifred (Once Upon A Mattress). Sue portrayed Mame Dennis (Mame) and Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!) for the Brandywiners, Ltd. at Longwood Gardens, Queen Aggravain (Once Upon A Mattress) at Wilmington Drama League, and Majorie Taub (Tale of the Allergist’s Wife) at Chapel Street Players. She’s delighted to be on stage for the re-opening of the barn and reports that playing opposite her husband is the icing on the cake!

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    Bill Sr.


    TOM HORNUNG is always happy to perform on the Candlelight stage and especially in a role opposite his real-life leading lady, Sue. Some of his favorite Candlelight roles were J. Pierpont Finch (How to Succeed), Edward Rutledge (1776), Sky Masterson and later Nicely-Nicely Johnson(Guys and Dolls), Johnny Nolan (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Chuck Baxter (Promises, Promises), and Clifford Bradshaw (Cabaret). Tom portrayed Ira Taub in (Tale of the Allergist’s Wife) at Chapel Street Players, Horace Vandegelder (Hello Dolly) for the Brandywiners, Ltd, and King Sextimus (Once Upon A Mattress) at Wilmington Drama League. He is proud that our theater has survived the COVID shut down and thankful for all of the help it has received during this difficult time.

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    Max Redman


    About Max Redman

    MAX REDMAN is very happy to be back on stage at The Candlelight Theatre for its first show back! Max was seen most recently on stage in Cabaret as Clifford Bradshaw. A few of his favorite Candlelight credits include: Hairspray (Corny Collins), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #1), Catch Me If You Can (Agent Branton), Crazy For You (Bela Zangler), South Pacific (Com. Harbison), She Loves Me (Sipos), How To Succeed…(Mr. Bratt), Fiddler On The Roof (Perchik). Other credits: Eagle Theatre: The Shape Of Things (Adam), Heathers: The Musical (Beleaguered Geek); BTOP: …Patent Leather Shoes… (Mike Depki). Max would like to thank his wife, family, and pooch for all their love and support, and science for letting us get to be back on stage!

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!
Coming soon: Our 2021 Season »
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