A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY CANDLELIGHT Cast
DANTE BRATTELLI (Fred/Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to The Candlelight Theatre for the holidays where he was most recently seen in Best of Candlelight. Previous stage credits include: Off Broadway: Comfort Women, Dream Babies (St. Clements Theatre); He Loves Me Not (Davenport Theatre). Regional: Evita (Fulton Theatre), Mamma Mia, Holiday Inn (Walnut Street Theatre), Bullets Over Broadway (Resident Theatre Company), American Idiot (Landis), Newsies, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, and Mamma Mia (Ocean City Theatre Company), Saturday Night Fever, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Elf, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Story, and Carousel (Media Theatre). Proud alum of the Lee Strasberg Conservatory in New York. He thanks his family and friends for their enduring love and support. ig:@dantebrattelli, website: www.dantebrattelli.com
JARED CALHOUN (Bob Cratchit/Ensemble) is excited to return to the Candlelight stage for his sixth production, where he was recently seen as Luther Billis in South Pacific (for which he won a prestigious and coveted Barny Award, thank you), Max in Lend Me a Tenor, as well as Georg Nowack in She Loves Me and Jeff Douglas in Brigadoon. Other favorite works include Parade (Governor John Slaton) with Alluvion Stage Company, Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), and The Glass Menagerie (Jim O’Connor) at the Ritz Theatre, Troilus and Cressida (Troilus) at the Gamut Theatre, and A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) at Walnut Street Theatre. Acting BA from Liberty University and former Walnut Street Theatre Acting Apprentice. Much love to my family and Leah Senseney. See you in Mamma Mia!
TIFFANY DAWN CHRISTOPHER
TIFFANY DAWN CHRISTOPHER (Ghost of Christmas Past/Ensemble) is THRILLED to be part of another holiday show, but more importantly, to be able to share the stage with her daughter Harper in her theater debut. Tiffany was last seen in Best of Candlelight, Ain’t Misbehavin,’ and Beehive: the 60’s Musical here at Candlelight. She is a 2005 graduate of Howard University. Theatre credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (The Chaperone), The Color Purple (Shug Avery u/s & Olivia/Ensemble), Ragtime (Sarah), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), How to Succeed…, Young Frankenstein, The Odd Couple-Female Version, Anything Goes, and Christmas by Candlelight. Favorite roles include Memphis, the Musical (Felicia Farrell), West Side Story (Anita), and Into the Woods (The Witch – 2001 and 2004). Thanks to God for the multiple opportunities to perform. Thank you to my family and friends for their LOVE and SUPPORT! This show and every show is dedicated to my heartbeat, my BEAUTIFUL daughter Harper! Everything I do is for YOU!
HARPER S. CHRISTOPHER-SAWYER
HARPER S. CHRISTOPHER-SAWYER (Belinda Cratchit/Ensemble) is THRILLED to be making her theater debut in A Christmas Carol by Candlelight! She is in kindergarten and loves math. Her favorite color is pink, and she loves to sing, dance, and color! Harper is so excited to be performing with her Mom. Thank you, Mommy and Daddy, for supporting me! I love you both!
ANTHONY CONNELL (Businessman/Ensemble) is thankful to be celebrating the holidays alongside his Candlelight family. 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 (Spama-lot), Underling (The Drowsy Chaperone), Eddie Ryan (Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?). Other credits include Hanschen (Spring Awakening-Theatre Horizon), Painter U/S + (Tulipomania-Arden Theatre), Lt. Cable (South Pacific-Broadway Theatre of Pitman, NJ), Jean Michel (La Cage aux Folles– Broadway Theatre Pitman, NJ.) Love to Da, Mum, Teen, Mikey, and Ellie.
CHRIS FITTING (Ghost of Christmas Present/Ensemble) returns to the Candlelight stage for the first time since the final dress rehearsal of Something’s Afoot, which abruptly ended in March 2020. In 2019, Chris appeared in Candlelight’s Guys & Dolls, Curtains, South Pacific, and Catch Me If You Can. Other credits include RENT (Mark) at Facetime Theatre, Eleanor (Ensemble) at Media Theatre, and Matilda (Mr. Wormwood) at Limelight PAC. Temple University Class Of 2018.
PHOEBE GAVULA (she/her) (Ensemble) is so happy to be part of the Candlelight family after having such a blast performing in Beehive and The Best of Candlelight! Favorite regional credits include Cabaret (Helga/Gorilla) at the Arden Theatre; A Sign of the Times (Female Swing) at Delaware Theatre Company; Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Evita (Mistress) and Into the Woods (Florinda, u/s Cinderella) at Resident Theatre Company; The Produers (Ensemble) at BCCPA; A Chorus Line (Bebe) and Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) at Greater Ocean City Theatre Company; and Willy Wonka (Mrs. Bucket) and Sleeping Beauty (Queen Marguerite) in OCTC’s TYA series. All the gratitude to everyone at Candlelight for their love, patience, kindness, and support. And to her dog, Asparagus, for the same things. @pheebeegee
HALLIE HARGUS (Belle/Ensemble) knows there’s no place like home for the holidays, and she’s overjoyed to be back home in the barn this year! This will be Hallie’s sixth production at Candlelight; you may have seen her in Brigadoon (Bonnie Jean), Guys and Dolls (Martha), Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), Christmas by Candlelight (2019), and Clever Little Lies (Jane). Love and gratitude to Bob, and the friends who became family at Candlelight. For G, olive .
DAN HEALY (Jacob Marley/Ensemble) is happy to be a part of this Christmas classic. It’s very special to spend this holiday season with a cast and crew of friends and family. It’s been a while since he was onstage with his sister (not selling calendars) and he is especially excited to be dancing with his beautiful wife. Some favorite roles include Barry Champlain in Talk Radio, Jean Shepherd in A Christmas Story, Sir Bedevere/Mrs. Galahad in Spamalot and Dale Darnon in Dull Space, an original play by Brian McCole featured earlier in 2021 at Candlelight. Have a safe holiday season and Merry Christmas.
HEATHER HEALY (Mrs Cratchit/Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to performing in her very favorite show, A Christmas by Candlelight. This is her fifth time in this production, and her third time playing Mrs. Cratchit. You may have also seen her backstage and working in the restaurant since the reopening. When not at Candlelight, she directs and choreographs children’s productions with Waterglass Arts and is a tap dance teacher. Favorite performing credits include Petra (A Little Night Music), Grace (Honk), Cinderella’s Mother (Into the Woods), and Bird Girl (Seussical). She gives many thanks to her supportive family and is delighted to be performing and dancing with her wonderful husband once again!
VICTORIA HEALY (Ensemble) is delighted to be spending the holidays with her Candlelight family and being back onstage with her husband Max! Favorite Candlelight credits: Funny Girl (Fanny Brice), Boeing Boeing (Berthe), Hairspray (Penny), Young Frankenstein (Frau Blucher), She Loves Me (Ilona), and Spelling Bee (Olive). Other favorites: Assassins (Eagle theatre), Miracle on South Division Street and Greetings! (Montgomery Theater), and A Little Night Music (CTC). She received her B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. During the day, she is a middle school Theater teacher at Tower Hill School, coaches sports, cheers for the Phillies, and loves to snuggle with her sweet dog, Dixie, and new puppy, Daisy! “Love the art in you, not you in the art.”
KENNETH JOHNSON, JR “KJ”
KENNETH JOHNSON, JR “KJ” (Tiny Tim/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Candlelight debut with this amazing cast. He is a Delaware resident and second- generation actor and singer. He lives for the stage! You may have seen him in Wilmington Drama League’s productions of Shrek Jr., the Wonderful World of Oz, and Seussical Jr. He has been acting, singing, and dancing since the age of 6. He aspires to act on the Disney Channel one day and has been through various training programs to prepare for his dream. KJ was also featured on Good Day Philadelphia for his best-selling children’s book, 3 Little Piggy Banks which teaches basic financial literacy to children (www.3littlepiggybanks.com). He currently attends Lorewood Grove elementary school. In his free time, he enjoys writing scripts or books, filming, editing, playing video games, reading, dancing, watching TV, playing with friends, going to plays, and enjoying family time with dad, mom, and his little sister.
LINDSAY MAUCK (Mrs. Marchand/Ensemble) welcomes you to her favorite season at Candlelight. It truly feels extra special this year to get to share Christmas with all of you again! Previously: Catch Me If You Can (Carol Strong), Curtains (Georgia), and 50+ others onstage, backstage, and as Musical Director. Regionally she’s appeared on many stages including The Walnut, Arden, Act II, PTC, Mauckingbird, Bucks County Center, Eagle, Mazeppa, Ritz, and Forestburgh Playhouse. Co-founder/Managing Director of Philly’s acclaimed Mauckingbird Theatre Company. She is also a Travel Agent – www.magicplustravel.com/LindsayMauck (Call me!). Much love to her family, her Candlelight family, and to Schmoopie- her forever travel partner. Next up: Rosie in Mamma Mia!
PAUL MCELWEE (Ebeneezer Scrooge/Ensemble) is so happy to be back making merry with his Candlelight family. He was last seen on this stage as Frank Abagnale, Sr. in Catch Me If You Can and previously as Tito Morelli in Lend Me a Tenor, Maraczek in She Loves Me, Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl, and Arthur in Camelot. This show is for Mom & Dad; bless us everyone!
JULIA MILLER (Martha Cratchit/Ensemble) Is thrilled to be back on the Candlelight stage this holiday season sharing the cheer with her mom Jody Anderson. She is a freshman at Cab Calloway School of the Arts as a theatre major. Julia has appeared in The Music Man as Amarillys with the Brandywiners, Evita and Joseph with Delaware All State Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, Beauty and the Beast and Christmas by Candlelight here at Candlelight. Julia has also performed in Once on this Island, and Frozen, Jr. at Cab. Julia would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season.
TIMOTHY MOUDY (Mr. Fezziwig/Ensemble) is so very happy to be celebrating this Christmas here at Candlelight. Last seen in Candlelight’s productions of The Best of Candlelight, South Pacific (Professor), Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet), Brigadoon (Archie Beaton), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Andre Thibault). “I am extremely honored to be working with such a talented cast and crew. You have made this an incredible experience. Thank you kindly.”
CODY PALMER (Thomas/Ensemble) is thrilled to be back onstage at Candlelight! Select credits include The Sound of Music, A Few Good Men, Shrek, Seussical, Mary Poppins (MST), The Music Man (Brandywiners), Brigadoon, She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Christmas by Candlelight, and Best of Candlelight (The Candlelight Theatre). He sends his deepest thanks to Bob and the rest of the crew for their hard work and tireless efforts and to his castmates for all the laughs. He dedicates this run to his family at BGCH, his favorite place to be for Christmas. www.bgchm.org
MAX REDMAN (Young Scrooge / Ensemble) is very happy to be back on stage at The Candlelight Theatre! Max was seen most recently on stage in Clever Little Lies as Billy. A few of his favorite Candlelight credits include Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw), 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: Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Shine Up? (Mike Depki). Max thanks his wife, family, Dixie, and Daisy for all their love and support! Merry Christmas!
OLIVIA LOREN SANCHEZ
OLIVIA LOREN SANCHEZ (Mary Cratchit/Ensemble) is so excited to be in her first stage production. Her commercial credits include Ricciardi Brothers and basements.com . She enjoys dancing, singing, and playing outside. She thanks Bob Kelly and Jody for this amazing opportunity!
REBECCA SCHALL (Fred’s Wife/Ensemble) is a Philadelphia-based actor/singer and loves performing on the Candlelight stage. What more special a time than now for us all to be together again, safely. Rebecca thanks Bob Kelly, Jody Anderson, Max Redman, Michelle Mattera, and Dennis Mahoney for always helping her be the best she can be heart emoji. As always so much love to her families. This is for you, Litttle D.
KAYLAN WETZEL (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to the Candlelight stage. This time is extra special because she gets to perform alongside her daughter, Olivia! She was last seen at Candlelight in Beehive. She is a Pittsburgh native who is a graduate of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. Candlelight audiences may remember her in Cabaret (Lulu), Crazy for You (Irene), Hairspray (Velma), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Damn Yankees (Lola), Footloose (Ariel), Rocky Horror (Magenta), CATS (Bombalurina) and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), to name a few. Kaylan has also been seen in The World’s Greatest Entertainer (Liza Minnelli) at the Grand Opera House, Moon Over Buffalo (Roz) at the Ritz Theatre Co., The Full Monty (Pam) at Montgomery Theatre, Tommy at the Media Theatre, and Nine (Francesca) and Dangerous Liaisons (Emelie) at Pittsburgh Plahouse. Broadwayworld.com nominated Kaylan as Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. She thanks her daughter Olivia for being her biggest inspiration on and off stage. She also thanks her husband, Luca, for being her rock and her mother, Tatha, for always supporting her dreams.
CINDY ZERN (Mrs. Fezziwig/Ensemble) is beyond excited to be back for another Christmas by Candlelight! The last show she was in before the shutdown was Christmas by Candlelight 2019, so it seems the perfect show to enter back into the world of theater. Other favorite nclude Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Jane in Tarzan the Musical, Mrs. Medlock, in The Secret Garden, Mayzie in Seussical. She loves working with this cast & crew, both veterans & “newbies.” It has been a blast! Merry Christmas everyone!