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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    “Candlelight’s excellent ‘Magnolias'”

    Christina Perryman, The Delaware County News Network,

    "Family and friendship are two key ingredients to a well-rounded, well-lived life. “Steel Magnolias,” book by Robert Harling, now on stage at The Candlelight Theatre under the excellent direction of Marcia Saunders, centers on a diverse group of friends in Chinquapin, Louisiana, who embody that very idea." Read More

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    “This is a tightly directed comedy and the chemistry among the women is as conspicuous as their collective ‘Loosiana’ accents. “

    Greer Firestone, Middletown Transcript,

    The classic STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Candlelight

    There are NO secrets in this Louisiana beauty parlor. As we progress over the 3 years of this comedy/drama we see that all six women are as delicate as magnolias but tough as steel. Candlelight welcomes not only a female director (Marcia Saunders) making her directorial debut but 4 actors new to this venerable stage as well. (Aisle Say and dear sister Liz sat at a table of 6 with 4 Candlelight newbies as well!) Read More

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    “An excellent evening out!”

    Reviewed October 2012,

    I have been to this theater several times with female family members and it was nothing short of an amazing time. I recently went with my husband for the first time to see the Putnam County Spelling Bee and we also had a wonderful time. He LOVED it! We had dinner included and as always the food was very good, He liked it so much he said "I'd come back here again".

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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.

The Candlelight Theatre is nestled in the village of Ardentown Delaware, a picturesque artistic community established in 1900

Who’s Who: Steel Magnolias

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    Nancy Bennett


    About Nancy Bennett

    NANCY BENNETT ( M’Lynn) is thrilled to make her first appearance at Candlelight Theatre, in this tender, play. Some of Nancy’s favorite roles include: Amanda in Glass Menagerie, Blanche Dubois in Streetcar Named Desire, Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation, Reba in Last Night of Ballyhoo, Patti in Kimberly Akimbo, Stevie in The Goat or Who is Sylvia, and most recently, Dr. Livingstone in Agnes of God. Thanks so much to our insightful director, for trusting me with this lovely role, and to the talented cast and crew of Steel Magnolias. “You have no idea how wonderful you all are.”

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    NEENA BOYLE (Truvy) is thrilled to be back at Candlelight, having last appeared in the ensemble of Legally Blonde, The Musical. Recent credits include Clever Dick (Lady Calvarley) at the Stagecrafters Theater, The Rocky Horror Show (Ensemble) with Brian Spunk Theater, and She Stoops to Conquer (Constance Neville) with the Mechanical Theatre.  Neena can also be seen on most weekends performing murder mystery dinner theatre with the Bistro Romano and Without A Cue productions. Proud graduate of the University of the Arts (BFA Acting, musical theatre minor).




    SUSAN DEWEY (Ouiser) is thrilled to be back at Candlelight where audiences saw her as Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, Jeanette in The Full Monty, and the mother in Bye, Bye Birdie. Recently, she had the pleasure of being in Agnes of God and Suddenly Last Summer at South Camden Theatre. She has performed in many venues around the Delaware Valley.
    Some of her theatre credits include the inn keeper in The Foreigner and Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond at Broadway Theatre Pitman, the mother in ‘Night Mother and sister in August: Osage County at the Ritz Theatre and the cook in A Murder Has Been Arranged at Hedgerow Theatre. She can also be seen on the PBS special, “Maple Avenue”. Her
    favorite role is playing Nana to grandchildren Joey and Rachel and John. Thanks to this wonderful cast and a special
    thanks to Marcia for giving me this opportunity.

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    Tanya Lazar


    About Tanya Lazar

    TANYA LAZAR (Clairee) is very happy to be appearing on the Candlelight stage for the first time, having directed She Loves Me here many years ago. Other stage work includes Professor Willard/Mrs. Soames in Our Town and Duchess of York in Richard III (Commonwealth Classic Theater Company); Escalusin, Measure for Measure (Quintessence Theater Group); Violet Weston (u/s) August: Osage County, Lady Boyle (u/s) Superior Donuts, Mrs. Lintott (u/s) The History Boys (The Arden). She has also worked with the Ritz, the Montgomery, Plays and Players, The Philadelphia Theater Workshop, and several Philadelphia Fringe productions. Television: The Chica Show, Sprout Network; Footsteps in the Snow, Nancy Glass Productions/Lifetime Network. Film: Kurbaan, Dharma Productions, as well as several independent and student films and a number of industrial and training films.

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    Tori Middleman


    About Tori Middleman

    TORI MITTELMAN (Annelle) is thrilled to be in her first Candlelight Theatre show. Brand new to Philadelphia, Tori was recently on tour with the National Theatre for Children and just finished a run as Maggie in Lafferty’s Wake at the Society Hill Playhouse. She is currently a Literary Intern at the Wilma Theatre and a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BFA in Acting and Peace Studies. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Madie, Hanna, and all of these wonderful Steel Magnolias for putting up with this crazy kid.

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    HANNAH PARKE (Shelby) is so excited to be making her debut at The Candlelight. She graduated in May with a BFA in Acting with a minor in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts. She was most recently seen as Anita Bryant in the world premier of PIED! The Musical and Andromache in The Trojan Women at UArts. She also was seen as Red Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical at Steel River Playhouse.

Thanks to our dedicated staff and board, our hard-working volunteers, and our loyal patrons, we will KEEP CANDLELIGHT GLOWING!
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