LEND ME A TENOR Actors
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.
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.
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.
ANTHONY CONNELL is a 2011 graduate of DeSales University. Previous Candlelight credits: Chris (Miss Saigon), George (The Wedding Singer), Leo Bloom (The Producers), Frederick Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein), Dickon (The Secret Garden), Sir Robin (Spamalot), Underling (Drowsy Chaperone), Eddie Ryan (Patent Leather Shoes). Other credits include: Hanschen (Spring Awakening-Theatre Horizon), Painter U/S + (Tulipomania-The Arden, Phila.), Lt. Cable (South Pacific-B’way Theatre Pitman, NJ), Jean Michel (La Cage- B’way Theatre Pitman, NJ.) Love to Da, Mum, Tee-Tee and Mikey.
HALLIE HARGUS is delighted to be back on the Candlelight stage for her third production following Guys and Dolls (Martha) and Brigadoon (Bonnie Jean). Hallie has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University, and she completed the acting apprenticeship at Walnut Street Theatre. This summer she can also be seen in Fly Guy at Walnut Street Theatre and at Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre. She would like to thank Bob, Tori, and the Candlelight family for another wonderful experience.
JULIA KERSHETSKY is pleased to be back at Candlelight. She was last seen as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, wearing significantly more clothing. In New York City, she performed Helena (Midsummer), in Kiss Me Kate, and Mrs. Winthrop (The Secret Garden). Her favorite shows regionally include Edith/Lamb u/s (Charlotte’s Web) at the Arden, Evelyn Nesbit (Ragtime) at the Ritz, Helena (Midsummer) at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Terry Randall (Stage Door) with Newtown Arts, Marvel Ann (Psycho Beach Party) at the Adrienne Theatre, and herself in many cabarets. She is the founder/instructor of Starling Voice Studio. Thanks to Bob! Love to Mom, Dad, and Greg. juliakershetsky.com
REBECCA SCHALL was last seen at the Candlelight Theatre in the role of Miss Adelaide. She’s thrilled to be back in her first play at the theater. This year marks her and Mr. Bob Kelly’s 10-year anniversary as an actress and he, her director. It is so special to work again with a wonderful company and Director. Favorite credits include: Theater, Gypsy (Louise), Maury Yeston’s Phantom (Christine Daee), Carousel (Julie Jordan), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey). TV/Film: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Boardwalk Empire, The Following. Next up, Rebecca will be co-starring in Dependence (awarded Judge’s Choice for New Series). “Bushels” of thanks to her fantastic company, director, and Stage Manager Victoria Healy; your support and open arms have helped me more than you know. To her family, thank you for being the most loving team a girl could ask for. Rebecca is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild.@beccaboo www.rebeccaschall.net
GERRI WEAGRAFF is thrilled to be performing at Candlelight this year, the theatre’s 50th Anniversary! Gerri considers Candlelight Theatre her second home, having appeared in more than 50 Candlelight productions since 1987, when she was cast as Laurey in Oklahoma! Most recently, Gerri portrayed Hannah in The Spitfire Grill (Eagle Theatre), and Mama Murphy in Bright Star and Grandma Rosie in The Wedding Singer (Surflight Theatre). National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Golde). Regional: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Eldorado Theatre, Beef & Boards, Fireside Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, Act II Playhouse, Montgomery Theater, Villanova Theatre. Favorite roles: Mrs. Potts (Disney’s Beauty & the Beast), Mrs. Brice (Funny Girl), Parthy Hawks (Show Boat), Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd), Phyllis (Follies), Sister Amnesia (Nunsense). She thanks her family for their love and support. www.gerriweagraff.com