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.

See what the critics are saying about Always…Patsy Cline

“ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE at Candlelight relives the legend’s iconic songs”

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    Always… Patsy Cline. Excellent!

    Gloria and Bernard Brennan, Season Ticket Holders,

    Just wanted to know what a GREAT show on Saturday night July 19, 2014!.......Yes, I like country western music, however Patsy Cline music is a little too old for me to get excited over. However, that show Saturday night I DID NOT WANT IT TO END!!!            It reminded me of life's motto: Keep Things Simple.....Erica Harr - perfection.....Sue Hornung - Couldn't have picked any better.......Band - seemed to enjoy themselves and was good!.......I hope that anyone that is a true fan of patsy Cline does not miss this one.  Thanks to who was responsible for picking this show to do. This was one of our all time favorites......p.s. The buffet was excellent also.

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    Laugh, laugh, laugh!

    Reviewed February 6, 2013,

    The Producers is FUNNY and perfectly cast. All you can eat buffet was enjoyable again. Great show, great service, and truly a great night out! Reviewed February 2013

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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

Meet the Actors

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    As Patsy Cline


    Dee Dee Mann is excited to be back on stage at The Candlelight after recently appearing in A Chorus Line (Sheila). Credits include: Off-Broadway- Freckleface Strawberry (Mom/Teacher). Regional & Local- Footloose (u/s Vi*/Ethel) The Eagle Theatre, God Of Carnage (u/s Veronica*) The Walnut Street Theatre, Other Desert Cities (u/s Brooke) The Walnut Street Theatre, Rabbit Hole (Izzy) Forge Theater, La Cage Aux Folles (Angelique) Steel River Playhouse. 3 year resident member of international tap company Rhythm In Shoes. Holds BFA in Dance from Wright State University. Performing in the New Voices Cabaret at Society Hill Playhouse on October 7.

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    Louise Seger


    SUE HORNUNG (Louise Seger) is delighted to once again be playing one of her favorite characters.  Sue played Louise in Candlelight’s 2003 production of Always…Patsy Cline and at Wilmington Drama League in 2009. Forty years ago Sue met her husband Tom on this stage playing opposite him in Cabaret (Sally Bowles) and has enjoyed many theatrical collaborations since including the 2-person show Same Time Next Year (Doris), I Love My Wife (Monica), and Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Marjorie Taub).  Other favorite roles include Mame (Mame Dennis) and Hello, Dolly!(Dolly Levi), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Once Upon A Mattress (Princess Winnifred –here and Queen Aggravain at WDL). She is enjoying taking direction from her real life leading man, Tom, thanks Tony for his music direction 3rd time around, and sends the highest praises to her cohorts in this adventure…Erica, DeeDee and Amy….. who save all drama for the stage and are gems to work with! Thanks, gals

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    Erica Harr

    As Patsy Cline, through 8/9

    About Erica Harr

    Candlelight credits include: Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Cats (Grizabella), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), & The Sound of Music (Maria). She was most recently seen as Abby in the Montgomery Theatre’s production of Musical of Musicals, the Musical. Erica has been seen as a mainstage performer for Disney Cruise Line in both the Caribbean and the Mediteranean. In 2004, Erica was crowned Miss New Jersey, going on to compete in the Miss America Pageant (ABC Broadcast, non-finalist talent winner). Love and thanks to her family & especially her wonderfully supportive husband, Greg. Erica dedicates her performance to her Grammy – a true country girl.

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    Amy Walton

    (Louise Understudy)

    About Amy Walton

    About AMY WALTON returns to Candlelight after having performed here many years ago as Tessy in Gypsy and many years before that as a fledgling tap dancer in 42nd Street. Since then she has performed professionally at The Arden, The Montgomery Theatre, and at the Society Hill Playhouse where she was in the original production The Kids Left, the Dog Died, Now What? Her favorite roles include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Frl. Schneider in Cabaret, Lillian in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and Chloe in Lips Together, Teeth Apart. Amy holds an M.A. in Theatre (Villanova) and is an acting coach for students auditioning for art schools.

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    TOM HORNUNG ( Director) is delighted to be back directing at Candlelight. He previously directed Love Letters for a special Valentines run at this theater and directed Always…Patsy Cline for a fundraiser for The Wilmington Drama League. Audiences last saw him performing at Candlelight in Anything Goes (Bartender & Henry P. Dobson), in Cabaret (Herr Schultz) and Guys
    and Dolls (Nicely, Nicely Johnson). At Longwood Gardens he performed in Hello, Dolly! (Horace Vandergelder) and Mame (Mr. Upson). Tom began at Candlelight in 1970 in The Fantastics (Matt) and performed in 25 of the next 30 main stage productions. He has worked with Brandywiners, Delaware Children’s Theater, Wilmington Drama League, Three Little Bakers and Chapel Street Players.

    Favorite shows include 1776 (Rutledge), Fiddler (Perchik), Same Time Next Year (George), How to Succeed (Jay Pierpont Finch), and Tale of the Alergist’s Wife (Ira). In real life, Tom plays a supporting role to his wife, Sue and 3 daughters and owns an insurance agency. He is currently president of the board of Candlelight Theater, vice president of Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, and serves on the board of Wilmington West Rotary. When he isn’t working, performing, or serving on non-profits, he enjoys travel, gardening and golf, though he counts raising 3 daughters as his greatest joy.

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