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: Lend Me A Tenor

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    JARED CALHOUN is excited to return to the Candlelight stage, where he was most recently seen as Georg Nowack in She Loves Me and Jeff Douglas in Brigadoon. Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), The Glass Menagerie (Jim O’Connor) and The Addams Family (Lucas Beineke) Ritz Theatre, Troilus and Cressida (Troilus) Gamut Theatre, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Jordanaire) Bristol Riverside, A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) Walnut Street Theatre. Come back in July and August to catch him as Luther Billis in Candlelight’s production of South Pacific. Acting BA from Liberty University and former Walnut Street Theatre Acting Apprentice. Thank you to my family for all of their love and support through the years.

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    Tito Merelli


    PAUL MCELWEE is happy to tread the Candlelight boards once again, trading in Maraczek’s Hungarian accent in last season’s She Loves Me for the Italian tenor. Other Candlelight roles include Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl and King Arthur in Camelot. Other recent credits include a dozen characters in Dream Girl with the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium; Dan in Next to Normal with St. Joseph’s University Theatre; Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins with the Ritz Theatre Company; Jules/Bob Greenberg in Sunday in the Park with George with City Theatre Company; and Drake/Greylag in Honk with Limelight Performing Arts Center. By day, Paul is a Project Manager for theatre-based community outreach programs with Public Health Management Corporation.

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    David T. Wills

    Henry Saunders

    About David T. Wills

    DAVID T. WILLS is thrilled to be returning to Candlelight after a brief hiatus. Previously he appeared in Hairspray (Male Adult), Arsenic and Old Lace (Dr. Einstein), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), The Producers (Max Bialystock), and going WAY back, Promises, Promises (Chuck Baxter). Also in the past, David musical directed a few shows at Candlelight including A Chorus Line, Pippin, …Patent Leather Shoes…, Christmas by Candlelight, just to name a few. Other favorite roles include Lombardi (Vince Lombardi), Forum (Pseudolus), 1776 (Ben Franklin), A Wonderful Life (Potter), and more. He has been performing since 1976 and is just so excited to be back on the stage. Thanks to all who made it happen.

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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