Accepting pictures and resumes for 
Hello, Dolly!

The Candlelight Theatre, located in historic Ardentown, Delaware (30 minutes from Center City, Philadelphia) is accepting pictures (headshot or recent photo) and resumes for its upcoming production of Hello, Dolly! which runs January 20 – February 25, 2024. The production will be directed and choreographed by Jody Anderson. Music director Amanda Wise. Seeking dynamic, non-union, singers, actors, and dancers, of all types, and ethnicity.

Auditions will be held by appointment at The Candlelight Theatre on Monday October 16, 7:00 – 10:00 pm and October 17, 6:00 – 10:00. Rehearsals begin on or around Monday, November 26, 2023 through Friday, January 19, 2023. 

Please email pictures and resumes to Bob Kelly, Artistic Director and indicate your preference for either a Monday or Tuesday audition slot. Calls will be made late September/early October to arrange audition times for those selected. For auditions, prepare 16 – 32 bars in the style of the show, readings will be provided.  Please bring headshot and resume stapled together if called to audition.

Hello, Dolly! features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The book, by Michael Stewart, is based on Thornton Wilder’s The Merchant of Yonkers (The Matchmaker). Presented through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

All roles are open and paid. Performers may also have the opportunity to work in the restaurant during the run of the show to supplement their income. 

No calls to the theater, please.


Character Breakdown

Dolly Levi –   Matchmaker, Widow who wants to experience life again.  Meddler, opportunist. strong stage presence. Strong belt

Horace Vandergelder – Well known “half – a – millionaire”. Widower who owns the feed store. Gruff, authoritative and set in his ways. Baritone

Cornelius Hackl – Head clerk at the Feed Store. Energetic, enthusiastic, and looking for adventure. Strong dancer. Bari/tenor

Barnaby Tucker – Assistant to Cornelius. Naive, energetic. A follower. Strong dancer. Bari/tenor.

Irene Molloy – Owner of the hat shop. Widow. Attractive, smart, fun-loving. Strong dancer/mover. Soprano

Minnie Fay – Irene’s assistant. Naive, strait-laced. Strong dancer/mover. Mezzo

Ambrose Kemper – Struggling artist. Good-natured, accommodating. Wants to marry Ermengarde. Strong dancer. Tenor

Ermengarde – Horace’s niece. Whining, high-strung. Plans on marrying Ambrose. Strong dancer.

Ernestina – Looking for a good time. A Party girl.

Rudy – Maître d’ of the Harmonia Gardens. Proper, commanding. Baritone

Ensemble – Looking for strong character types and very strong dancers.


The Candlelight Theatre is a professional Dinner Theatre located in Ardentown, Delaware, approximately 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia. Paid performances with between 3-5 performances per week. Additional restaurant opportunities, if desired, are available to supplement performance income. Please, no phone calls to the theatre.

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