Candace Neal is a professional actress/ singer/ songwriter and theatrical teaching artist/ director currently residing in the Orlando area. She is a contracted Equity actor with Walt Disney World Entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando Repertory Theatre, and narrator for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Her original music can be heard not only on her own original album, "Music From A Can," but in various theatre for young audience adapted works, and live around town in her cabarets and live performances.
Candace has written seven short plays for young audiences including comedic adaptations of Shakespeare's works, popular fairytales, and teen literature.
If it's artistic and comes with laughter a la carte, Candace is probably there.
IN THE PRESS
The six cast members all do justice to their numbers, but Candace Neal shows the most personality both in her voice and manner.
Matthew Palm, Orlando Sentinel Review of "Anything Cole" at the Winter Park Playhouse
Candace Neal, as the lone American, made me laugh out loud when she said, "I came all the way from Cincinnati to get a look at Paul McCartney" Did the writers know me so well at 16? And her verve serves her well throughout in a nicely bluesy "Son of a Preacher Man" (Dusty Springfield again), a lovely version of the Springfield hit "I Just Don't Know What to Do" and the infectious title tune.
Elizabeth Maupin, Orlando Sentinel Review of "SHOUT! The Mod Musical" at the Winter Park Playhouse
Big-voiced Candace Neal, as Ralphie's teacher, leads the biggest and best showstopper, gleefully belting all together now, "You'll shoot your eye out."
Matthew Palm, Orlando Sentinel Review of "A Christmas Story: The Musical" at Orlando Repertory Theatre
With Candace, it's not just about solid, original songwriting. The girl can sing. Her voice is strong and rich, controlled enough to weave a dreamlike and wistful song like"Unrequited" but big enough to belt out musical theatre.
Katie Scarvey, The Salisbury Post
Candace Neal is delightfully evil as the mean-spirited teacher, and she then turns the show into an acting class on how to play multiple parts. The fabulously frumpy costumes by Marcy Singhaus help, but it's Neal's speech patterns and physical tics that let her also shine as kind Ms. Jewls and Mrs. Gorf's nerdy yet vengeful son.
Orlando Sentinel Review of "Sideways Stories From Wayside School"