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 Theatre hopes to fill summer theatre void with ‘Nunsense’ “

    Christina Perryman, The Delaware County News Network,

    ?While many area theaters “go dark” over the summer, The Candlelight Theatre hopes to play to packed audiences in July and August, filling the theater void and offering locals and visitors vacationing in the area a fun time watching the antics of five nuns." 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.

Candlelight brings the joy of ‘Nunsense’ to Arden

del-online“Nunsense,” Dan Goggin’s 1986 musical comedy that has since become a worldwide sensation (there are now nine stage versions of the show), is a good old-fashioned comedy review, complete with audience interaction, tap dancing, and ventriloquism.

And yet, Candlelight’s production, directed and choreographed by Micki Sharp, is about as current as it can be, with timely quips woven into the standard story. While the musical routines put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken are timeless, jokes like the one on Donald Trump running for president wash away any dated feel. READ MORE

Candlelight’s updated ‘Nunsense’ is a lot of fun

logo_delconnThe first time I saw “Nunsense” was at The Candlelight Theatre in 2007. Maybe it was eight years of Catholic grade school (St. Madeline-St. Rose, now St. James Regional), and four years of Catholic college (Neumann University), but I was a little hesitant to see a comedy about nuns. Sisters are stern and upright. How could it possibly be funny? How wrong I was.  READ MORE

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

Who’s Who: Nunsense

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    Ruth Wren

    Sister Mary Regina aka Reverend Mother

    About Ruth Wren

    RUTH WREN (Sister Mary Regina, Revered Mother) is thrilled to be returning to Candlelight to recreate her role as Reverend Mother. She was also seen at Candlelight in two productions of A Christmas Carol and as Berthe in Pippin. On stage since age 4, Ruth sang, danced, and did a ventriloquist act on the Steel Pier, appeared on The Julius LaRosa Show, and toured with the famous Three Stooges. She’s worked around the tri-state area and beyond in musicals, plays, children’s theater, opera, film and on PBS. Favorite roles include Ellie (Showboat), Miss Hannigan (Annie), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Yente (Fiddler), and oh! Muffles the Penguin (King of the Ice Cream Mountain).

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    Kansas Lynn Battern

    sister Mary Hubert, Mistress of Novices

    About Kansas Lynn Battern

    KANSAS LYNN BATTERN (Sister Mary Hubert) couldn’t be happier to be making her debut performance at The Candlelight Theatre!  Originally from Chicago, she was recently seen on stage here in Delaware in big (WDL) as Mrs. Baskin. Some of her favorite roles include Wanda (Beehive: A 60’s Musical), Wicked Witch (The Wizard of Oz), Martha Cox (High School Musical), Ronette (Little Shop of Horrors), as well as roles in The Producers, Hairspray, Urinetown, and Footloose. Many thanks to her fellow cast members and production staff for all the laughs, her co-workers for their enthusiastic support, and her husband Mike for his love, his patience, and for always pushing me to pursue my dreams. Enjoy the show!

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    Shannon Turner

    Sister Robert Anne

    About Shannon Turner

    SHANNON TURNER (Sister Robert Anne) is delighted to be making her debut at The Candlelight Theatre with NUNSENSE! Shannon can be seen performing with various vaudeville and cabaret acts in some of the finest dives up and down the east coast. Favorite shows include THE NEWS IN REVUE (Female Lead), SHOUT (Red Girl) and CIRCUS of CIRCUS (Old Majorie). Big thanks and love to all of the NUNSENSE sisters and everyone at The Candlelight. Amen!

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    Sr. Mary Amnesia


    BRIGID ROSE (Sister Mary Amnesia) is excited to be back at the barn!  She was last seen at Candlelight in A Christmas Carol. Favorite roles include Luisa in The Fantasticks (The Centre Theater), Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (Candlelight Theatre), Maria in West Side Story (DuPont Theatre, Media Theatre), and Mary Hatch in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Uptown Entertainment Alliance). Brigid holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from the Catholic University of America. She would like to thank her parents for sending her to 12 years of Catholic school in preparation for this role.

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    Sister Mary Leo


    ERIKA FLANICK (Sister Mary Leo) is ecstatic to be making her Candlelight debut in Nunsense. She is approaching her junior year at West Chester University as a musical theatre major. Her favorite roles include Holly in The Wedding Singer and June in Gypsy. Recently she has performed with the international Ombelico Mask Ensemble. On the weekends you may find her entertaining children as a Disney princess with Dream Catchers Character Entertainment. In addition to performing on stage, Erika is beginning to expand her resume to include film and television credits. She is thankful for her family and friends for always supporting her dreams. A special thank you to her sister for believing in her from day one. God Bless!

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