As the temperature drops and leaves start to fall , Charles Dickens takes up residence at Duck Creek Center for the Arts in Elwood .
Despite being in its first season , the center , deemed “ The Duck ” on its website , has exciting plans for its winter production , Charles Dickens ’ “ A Christmas Carol .”
Ian Hauer makes his directorial debut at the center with this play , which he describes as “ colorful , witty and timeless .” Hauer explains the process in choosing which of the many adaptations to produce .
“ I looked through 70 of them online ,” Hauer says . “ I ended up ordering eight , then picked one that the Royal Shakespeare Company first did back in the early ‘ 90s .” Hauer explains that the adaptation is very true to
Dickens and sticks closely to the original story .
“ What ’ s different about it is that it doesn ’ t use a lot of hard scene changes ,” Hauer says . “ It ’ s very fluid and it kind of uses a Greek chorus narrative device .”
Instead of being set-heavy , the local adaptation relies on the actors , lighting and costumes to bring the tale to life .
Founder Bill Smith created the Duck Creek Center for the Arts with the belief that “ the arts hold transformative potential .”
Hauer explains that part of Smith ’ s vision for “ The Duck ” is “ to breathe life into the arts in Elwood and give it what a lot of other communities have : an arts center of its own .”
While the center is moving into the former Duck Creek-Boone Elementary School , Smith is still finding opportunities to create and share theatre in spaces like Calloway Park and the Historic Elwood Opera House , where “ A Christmas Carol ” rehearsals and performances are held .
The center ’ s performances of Agatha Christie ’ s “ The Mouse Trap ” originally set for October have been postponed to 2022 , but performances of “ A Christmas Carol ” will take place in December .
DUCK CREEK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
What : “ The Duck ” was founded in 2018 for the purpose of promoting the performing and visual arts in North-Central Indiana . Through live performances , theatrical productions , outdoor concerts , and other opportunities
Where : Moving into the former Duck Creek-Boone Elementary School , 5972 Madison County Road 1650 North , Elwood
Holiday performances : “ A Christmas Carol ,” 7 p . m ., Dec . 8-11 . Tickets : $ 8 at duckcreekcenter . com . Information : 317-517-7082 ; info @ duckcreekcenter . com