Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but for a young woman, present circumstances bring her face to face with an old wound. With aid from an eccentric old man, she is able to find healing–in the form of a baby born two thousand years ago. Enjoy music from the season, and an eclectic cast of lovable characters in this heartwarming tale of the true hope of Christmas. Written by local author Michelle Oyer. Directed by Kevin Eyer


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Established in 2012, Heritage Hall can comfortably seat 160 guests for their viewing and listening delight. It is our promise that a performance at Heritage Hall will be enriching, creative, hopeful and suitable for the entire family; while also containing a message that’s in keeping with our Christian values.

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to the Essenhaus Heritage Hall presentation of The Hope of Noel this Christmas. In order to provide our guests & team with the safest live theater experience possible, please join us in abiding by the following local mandates.

Elkhart County requires guests to wear face-coverings over the nose and mouth while inside Heritage Hall and to maintain physical distancing of 6 ft. between non-household members.

Seating has been adjusted to provide physical distancing: Seats are automatically blocked between rows and between groups of guests. All guests are seated more than 6 ft. from the stage area.

Those who are not feeling well or who are experiencing a fever, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been in contact with someone who is ill should not attend. Please contact our team to exchange or refund your tickets.

The state of Indiana recommends that “those 65 and older and those who are medically high risk” should not attend large events. “Those who do should be extremely cautious as they are particularly susceptible to death from COVID-19.”

Additional Safety Measures: Social distancing markers and hand sanitizing stations are provided. The Heritage Hall team completes daily health screenings and wears required face coverings.

2021 Heritage Hall Season

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Two friends fill the void left by retirement in different ways: Marty decides he wants to explore the open road on a Harley while Fred decides to pay more attention to his health, inventing many new ailments along the way. With a little “subtle redirection” from their wives and a creative solution to a very unusual problem (which may or may not include a homemade coffin) they find the right track… eventually. Presented by special arrangement with Playwright’s Guild of Canada. Directed by Kevin Eyer.

Sara Hastings is an unmarried lawyer, much too busy to get involved in any romance. Her Aunt Martha has decided to take matters into her own hands and find her a husband. Unfortunately, her method amounts to having the prospective groom bopped over the head and brought to Sara’s apartment. Aunt Martha’s choice is Brandon Cates, a young man who handles her finances. Although Brandon is already engaged to be married, this does not deter Aunt Martha. Can she persuade Brandon that Sara is the girl for him? Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Directed by Kevin Eyer.

Margaret Taylor wants one thing for Christmas: a relaxing holiday season. However, she soon finds herself in charge of organizing a blanket drive and baking no less than 30 dozen cookies. To top it all off her husband, Pastor Luke, volunteers Margaret to direct the annual Christmas Pageant! With diva sheep, a malfunctioning oven, and an ever growing to-do list, a peaceful holiday seems impossible. Can Margaret find joy this Christmas season while she tries to get everything done? An original Christmas play, written for Das Dutchman Essenhaus by Kelly Miller. Directed by Kevin Eyer.

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