CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Actors
KAILA BURRITT is so excited to be making her Candlelight debut! Kaila is an NYC-based actress and a recent graduate of The University of the Arts with her BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include American Idiot, Mamma Mia, and Lights, Camera, Action! at Cedar Point Amusement Park! Endless love to cast, crew, family, and friends. Keep up with Kaila at KailaBurritt.com!
Frank Abagnale, Jr.
JOE CANUSO is delighted to be making his Candlelight debut. His recent credits include Side Show (Sir), Next to Normal (Gabe), and My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Man 2). He would like to extend all gratitude to his friends and family, especially his parents Denise and Joe, for their constant love and support of this journey. Also, a tremendous thanks to Bob, Dann, Tori, Grant, and the rest of the team for such an amazing process. It has been an absolute pleasure. Upcoming: Dogfight (Boland) and Hair (Tribe) both at Eagle Theatre. Enjoy the show!
ANTHONY CONNELL is proud to be a part of the immensely talented company, helping bring this spectacular show to life on the Candlelight stage. He 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 (Do Patent Leather Shoes…). Other credits include: Hanschen (Spring Awakening-Theatre Horizon), Painter U/S + (Tulipomania-Arden Theatre), Lt. Cable (South Pacific-B’way Theatre Pitman, NJ), Jean Michel (La Cage– B’way Theatre Pitman, NJ). Many thanks to Dann, Bob, ‘Da’, Mum, Teen, Mikey, and Ellie.
AMANDA CONNOR is excited for her debut at The Candlelight Theatre. She most recently performed in Broadway Theatre of Pitman’s production of AIDA (Palace Women/Exotic Dancer) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Rita/Pearl Girl/Daphne). In 2017, she graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance and a minor in musical theatre. Her favorite performances include: ANAHATA Project (John Singletary) PLUNGE (Brian Sander’s Junk), Surrender (Jim Bunting Dance Co.), Partial Collaborations (Denise Murphy), CREAM (Hannah Hamilton).
CHRIS FITTING makes his fourth Candlelight appearance this season, following Guys and Dolls (Rusty Charlie), Curtains (Oscar Shapiro), and South Pacific (Stewpot). During the rest of the calendar year, Chris will be performing as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda at Limelight PAC, as well as touring local retirement homes in an adaptation of White Christmas through Philly Senior Stage. Thank you to all cast and staff for a ‘joyable’ 50th anniversary season!
Paula Abagnale/Cheryl Ann
SOPHIE JONES is so excited to be back with her Candlelight family!! Audiences may remember her as Fiona MacLaren in Brigadoon, Gretchen in Boeing Boeing, or Guenevere in Camelot. Favorite roles include: Amneris (Aida), Sibella Hallward (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and Kate McGowan (Titanic). Much love to her family for being so supportive and encouraging!! Cody: I always get in trouble when I dance with you and that’s just how I like it. @sofathecouch2
JOE KINNON is back at The Candlelight Theatre and couldn’t be more excited to represent the University of the Arts with his friends and colleagues! This spring, he will receive his BFA in Musical Theatre. Joe would like to thank his family and friends for continuing their support of the performing arts. Favorite credits include: The Music Man (Marcellus Washburn) The Ritz Theatre Company; The Drowsy Chaperone (Ensemble, Robert U/S) The Candlelight Theatre; A Chorus Line (Larry, Bobby and Greg U/S), Legally Blonde (Pforzheimer, Ensemble), The Little Mermaid (Ensemble, Scuttle and Chef Louis U/S) Clear Space Theatre Company. INSTAGRAM: @joekinnon
LINDSAY MAUCK is excited to reprise this Strong lady in her life! Recently at Candlelight, you’ve seen her onstage in Curtains (Georgia), Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale) and 50+ others onstage, backstage, and as Musical Director. Regionally she’s appeared on many stages including Walnut Street, Arden, Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Mauckingbird, Bucks Co. Center, Eagle Theatre, Mazeppa, Ritz, and Forestburgh Playhouse. Co-founder/Managing Director of Philly’s acclaimed Mauckingbird Theatre Company. She is also a Travel Agent – magicplustravel.com (Call me!). Much love to her family, her Candlelight family, and her husband, Schmoopie.
Frank Abagnale Sr.
PAUL MCELWEE is happy to be continuing his run of Candlelight roles with accents, this time with a subtle hint of New York; you may have caught his Tito Morelli in Lend Me a Tenor and Mr. Maraczek in She Loves Me. Other recent credits include multiple characters in Dream Girl with 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. He’ll be back on the St. Joseph’s stage in December as Bruce in Fun Home.
HANNAH MEHL is thrilled to be making her Candlelight debut in Catch Me If You Can! Select Regional: Sophie Sheridan (Mamma Mia!), Val (A Chorus Line), Minnie Fay (Hello, Dolly!), Ziegfield’s Favorite (Will Rogers Follies). A recent graduate from Liberty University, favorite roles include: Annie Oakley (Annie Get Your Gun), Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical the Musical), and Millie Dillmount (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Hannah would like to thank Dann, as well as the entire cast, crew and audience for making this show one she’ll never forget! 2 Corinthians 2:14-15.
NATALIE MEHL is excited to make her debut at The Candlelight Theatre! Theatre: Legally Blonde (Elle) and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally) at Plays in the Park, Mamma Mia! (Mill Mountain Theatre), The Little Mermaid (The Growing Stage), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre Center). Winner of the 2018 NJ Association of Community Theatre Perry Award for Outstanding Youth Actress as Mary in Mary Poppins. Natalie has multiple television, commercial, print, and voice over credits. A huge thanks to Dann Dunn and her supportive family! All glory to God! nataliemehl.com @natmehl_
BRYCE D. MENARD
BRYCE D. MENARD is thrilled to join the cast of Catch Me If You Can to make his Candlelight debut! He recently graduated from The University of the Arts, and has been hard at work in the past few months, working on projects such as Click at Simpatico Theatre, Gentleman’s Guide at the Ritz, and understudying the titular role of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play at the Wilma Theater. When he’s not performing, Bryce also spends time teaching, writing, and fueling Philadelphia’s caffeine addiction. Come November, he will also be opening The Medusa Play in the role of Percy with Shoe Box Theatre Collective. @thebryceisright___
MALIK MUHAMMAD is excited to join the cast of Catch Me If You Can for his debut Candlelight performance! A rising professional in the theater world, Malik’s recent projects include playing Amos Calloway in Upper Darby Mainstage’s production of Big Fish; playing Don Price in the Ritz Theatre Co.’s production of Big Fish; playing Rooster Hannigan in Limelight Theater Co.’s production of Annie the Musical; as well as a two-year stint as a featured soloist in both the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia and the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Malik would like to thank the entire production team of Catch Me If You Can, especially director/choreographer Dan Dunn, for allowing him the opportunity to join the Candlelight family!
KATHARINA MUÑIZ is excited to be making her Candlelight debut! Originally from New York City, she is a graduate of Long Island University- Post campus, where she earned her BFA in dance studies/minor in musical theatre. Her favorite regional credits include Chicago (Hunyak/”Uh-uh”), Newsies (Bowery Beauty/Nun/Newsie) Mamma Mia (Ensemble), A Wonderful Life (Dorothy/Lillian), and Dancing Past the Dark with Allegory Dance Theatre. Sending love and thanks to the Spinosi family, her family back home in NYC, her friends and her boyfriend Andy.
Ensemble/ Frank Abagnale Jr. understudy
GREGORY POWER is a Junior Musical Theater Major at University of the Arts. Past credits: UArts: Guys and Dolls, Acedia, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Folk Wandering. Regional: Witch of Edmonton (REV Theatre Company), Aida (Broadway Theatre of Pitman), A Chorus Line (Viviana Theatre Company), Jesus Christ Superstar (Welk Theatre).
MAX REDMAN is thrilled to be back on the Candlelight Stage! Max has been involved in many shows over the past few years and was seen most recently on stage in South Pacific as Commander Harbison. 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). 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 Dixie for their love and support!
VINCE SALVATORE is thrilled to be making his Candlelight debut! He was most recently seen as a Soldier/Guard in Aida at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Other local credits include Godspell (Judas), Young Frankenstein (Ensemble), and The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble). When Vince isn’t tracking down criminals on stage, he spends his time doing it in real life as an investigator for the DOJ in Wilmington. He celebrated 2 years of being in remission from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma earlier this year, which wouldn’t have been possible without the constant support from his family and friends. All the love in the world to Rachel❤, Marielle, Gianna, Mom, Dad, Chico, Jasmine, and Daphne! Also HUGE thanks to this incredible cast/production team!
ANDY SPINOSI Rowan University (B.A. in Theatre / M.S. in Teaching Theatre). Credits: Gus/Saturday Night Fever (Media Theatre), Jack Kelly/Newsies (BToP), Lt. Cable/South Pacific and Kodaly/She Loves Me (Candlelight). He would like to thank his family, friends, and Katie for their love and support. He dedicates this run to his Dad, who he hopes is watching from the best seat, up above.
GRACE SZCZEPKOWSKI would like to thank Dann and Bob for this opportunity. Up next, you can catch Grace in the ensemble of Elf at the Media Theatre. Thank you, Mom and Dad for your endless support and love. And to my new fiancé Joe, my heart, for making everyday better. I love you.
ERIN WALDIE is thrilled to be back on the Candlelight stage. She has most recently been seen in The Drowsy Chaperone last year. You may have also seen her in Crazy for You, Camelot, Hairspray, The Music Man, The Secret Garden, or Spamalot. Favorite roles include: Amneris (AIDA), Lucy Harris (Jekyll & Hyde), and Kathy Seldon (Singin’ in the Rain). Thanks to Dann and Grant for giving her this opportunity and allowing her to be a part of such a talented cast.