Holdcraft Performing Arts Center
The Holdcraft Performing Arts Center (HPAC) is located near the historic Elston Grove and Uptown Arts District. The building sits on the site of the former Elston Junior High School which later became the Elston High School, and is now the former Elston Middle School. The facility originally opened in 1981 and has since had various lighting, sound and rigging renovations along the way. In early 2015, an agreement between the Michigan City Area Schools and Young People's Theatre Company, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) was initiated giving YPTC control of the venue. In addition to YPTC's regular seasonal performances, the venue is host to concerts, lectures, recitals, live theater and more.
The HPAC is a multipurpose venue consisting of performance and rehearsal spaces. The HPAC mainstage, Venue A, is an 800 seat proscenium style theatre with a orchestra pit and pull out choral risers. The stage consists of an under hung counter weight fly system with 27 linesets including 4 motorized electric lineset lifts. If the seating is to large for your event we also can reconfigure our actual stage (Venue B) to seat up to 150. Venue B can also be configured into multiple layouts depending on the performance or event requirements.
The HPAC consists of the mainstage, dressing rooms (located below the stage), a scene shop, and two large multipurpose lecture areas that were formerly music classrooms. These rooms can easily be turned into small performance areas.
If you are interested in renting this venue, please contact our Executive Director Stan Holdcraft at: