Step into a world where storytelling comes to life, emotions run high, and laughter fills the air. Candlelight Theatre's 2024 season has been released, and it's a journey you won't want to miss. From classic musicals to uproarious comedies, this year's lineup promises to entertain, engage, and leave you wanting more. Join us as we take a sneak peek into the magic that awaits! 

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Still to come for the rest of Candlelight’s 2023 Season...  

Into the Woods CandlelightInto The Woods 
September 16 - October 29 

This season, Candlelight presents "Into The Woods," a Tony Award-winning masterpiece with music by Stephen Sondheim and book/lyrics by James Lapine. It brings everyone’s favorite storybook characters together, creating an enchanting modern classic about family and the choices we make. Get ready for a theatrical journey that weaves familiar tales into a captivating narrative. 

Wonderful Life CandlelightIt’s A Wonderful Life 
November 18 - December 23 

As the year draws to a close, the Theatre invites you to experience the heartwarming classic "It’s A Wonderful Life," based on the Frank Capra film. This timeless story is one of the most beloved Christmas tales ever written. An enduring and endearing parable of love, honor, and friendship, it's the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with loved ones. 

The 2024 Season Awaits...  

Hello Dolly CandlelightHello, Dolly! 
January 20 – February 25 

Candlelight Theatre kicks off the 2024 season with the timeless musical "Hello, Dolly!" adapted from Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker." This production tells the charming story of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, a matchmaker with a knack for arranging not only marriages but also unforgettable moments. Bursting with humor, romance, and energetic dance numbers, this show boasts some of the most beloved songs in musical theater history. With tunes like "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" and the iconic "Hello, Dolly!" itself, you're in for a treat! 

Mystery of Edwin CandlelightThe Mystery of Edwin Drood 
March 16 – April 21  

Next up is "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a hilarious whodunit based on Charles Dickens' final unfinished novel. What sets this production apart? You get to be the detective! The audience plays a crucial role in determining the ending of the mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer. With its Tony Award-winning charm and presented as a show-within-a-show by the whimsical Music Hall Royale troupe of Victorian actors, this is a theatrical experience like no other. 

Moon Over Buffalo CandlelightMoon Over Buffalo 
May 11 – June 16 

Comedy takes center stage with "Moon Over Buffalo" by Ken Ludwig. Join George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s, as they navigate a hilarious escapade involving mistaken identities, love triangles, and a chance at stardom. Will Frank Capra's visit to their matinee lead to a Hollywood comeback? This madcap comedy promises laughter and mayhem in equal measure. 


Fantastiks CandlelightThe Fantasticks 
July 13 – August 25 

Prepare to be enchanted by "The Fantasticks," a magical journey that's part fairy tale and part fable. With unforgettable songs like "Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," this musical, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, has held the title of the longest-running musical in theater history. It explores the timeless themes of love, family, friendship, and adversity, taking the audience on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. 

9 to 5 Candlelight9 to 5 The Musical 
September 14 – October 20 

"9 to 5 The Musical" takes viewers back to the late 1970s, a time when women were breaking new ground in the workforce. Join three female coworkers as they concoct a plan to take down their oppressive boss and give their workplace a makeover. With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and a hilarious storyline, this production is an outrageous, thought-provoking, and slightly romantic ride through the Rolodex era. 

Holidays at Candlelight
Happy Holidays! 
November 16 – December 22

While Candlelight is withholding some details about their holiday performance, they promise a classic holiday show filled with warmth, joy, and festive cheer at the the barn. Stay tuned for more on this special holiday treat! 



Candlelight Theatre's 2024 season is a treasure trove of theatrical experiences waiting to be discovered. From musical masterpieces to side-splitting comedies, there's something for every theater lover. Don't miss the chance to be part of these unforgettable moments that will stir your emotions, tickle your funny bone, and leave you with cherished memories. Ticket prices vary depending on the show and date. Adult tickets for mainstage shows start at $69 with discounts for Candlelight season pass holders, groups and tours, as well as youth pricing. The ticket price includes a dinner meal served before the show. Book your tickets, and get ready to be captivated by the magic of live theater at Candlelight Theatre!