It’s become a most wonderful time of the year at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.
“Candlelight Theatre started offering a holiday production two years ago, and the response has been amazing,” said Candlelight Theatre founder Donna Wing, a Geist resident. “Thus, we added an additional evening of performances this year. The production is a progressive play, meaning that the audience will travel the mansion, experiencing holiday characters and vignettes in various rooms. Some of the characters have been showcased in the previous productions as they have been quite popular, such as Scrooge, the elves, the ‘Nutcracker’ characters, the Kwanza storyteller and, of course, Santa.”
Performances of “’Twas the Night Before” are Dec. 13 to 15, starting at 6 p.m., and Dec. 16, starting at 2 p.m. at the Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis. Performances began every half-hour and last approximately one hour.
Wing plays the Snow Queen in the production, which was written by James Trofatter.
“The greatest challenge is to find the unfamiliar holiday traditions that represent the various regions of our planet,” Wing said. “The balance between what is familiar and what is new adds a spark of surprise to this heartwarming performance. I will add that there is also a special bonus with this performance. The audience will be entertained by carolers while they sip on hot cider. Also, the guests receive something special from each character.”
Fishers resident Kevin Shadle will play Scrooge for the third straight year.
“This is by far one of my favorite roles, and this year I’m back to being solo, although the monologue will not be quite as long as the first year,” Shadle said. “What is so wonderful is that I am the post-epiphany Scrooge. The name Scrooge is associated with the miserly misanthrope, but the point to Dickens’ story is that Scrooge changes, and that is a true Christmas story. This short scene exemplifies that.”
Noblesvile resident John West plays Towering Tree Trimmer, one of three elves folks meet during the show.
“I enjoy this role as it is one of the more silly roles I get to play,” West said. “The banter between us elves is a lot of fun and we enjoy interacting a bit with the audience. This is the third time I’m in the holiday show as an elf. I think the holiday show is more family oriented than some of our others and it is a great opportunity for people to learn about holiday traditions and stories from various cultures.”
Admission is $14.95 for members and ages 3-12 and $17.95 for adults. Children 3 and under are admitted free.