Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

"The Hett" is Southern Illinois' premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz. The 488-seat auditorium is located on the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, Illinois, 25 miles from St. Louis.


Play La La Land (2016) Video TrailerLa La Land (2016)
Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

A contemporary musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling centers on the relationship between a jazz musician and an aspiring actress.

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Elizabeth Gilbert - SOLD OUT!Elizabeth Gilbert - SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @7:30 p.m.

Author Elizabeth Gilbert has been a finalist for both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Award. Her blockbuster, Eat, Pray, Love, spent 57 weeks at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List.

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Play Parsons Dance VideoParsons Dance
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.

One of the great creators of contemporary dance in America, David Parsons’ New York company is universally hailed for its athleticism, joyfulness and technical skill.

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