Give a Gift of Entertainment: Tickets to the Hett

Need an entertaining gift idea for the children or the music and theater lovers on your holiday gift list? Consider tickets to a 2014 performance at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. While some shows have sold out, seats remain for several performances in 2014, including a VIP dinosaur experience for children, and the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series.

Prices range from $5 to $25, with discounts for seniors and students. Gift certificates are available in $25 increments. Personal checks, cash and all major credit cards are accepted.

Choose your seats and purchase tickets anytime online at The box office is open Monday through Friday afternoon, until Dec. 21 (closed Dec. 21 to Jan. 2). Tickets remain for the following shows:

Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.:
The John Pizzarelli Quartet reinvigorates the Great American Songbook with cool jazz, brilliant guitar playing and vocals.

March 5, 7:30 p.m.: Valentina Igoshina is an acclaimed Russian pianist who has performed on many of the world’s grand concert stages.

March 8, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live is an entertaining, educational show in which children accompany the lifelike creatures on a journey to prehistoric Australia. For the 6 p.m. show only, a special VIP children’s ticket available for $25 per child that includes an exclusive pre-show meet and greet with the dinosaurs and their handlers, preferred seating close to the action, and an official Dinosaur Zoo hat.

April 3, 7:30 p.m.: The Intergalactic Nemesis - Book One: Target Earth is a 21st century mash-up of comic books, sci-fi and radio adventure drama for the kid in everyone.

“The Met at the Hett” simulcasts New York’s Metropolitan Opera in high-definition, offering a better-than-front-row seat for “Rusalka,” Feb. 8; “Prince Igor,” March 2; “Werther,” March 15; “La Bohème,” April 5; “Così fan tutte,” April 26; and “La Cenerentola,” May 11. General admission seating for each opera is $18 adults, $15 seniors and $10 for full-time students. All performances begin at midday. For descriptions of each, visit

For more information about performances at the Hett or to purchase a gift certificate, call the box office or at 618-537-6863 or 1-800-BEARCAT, ext. 6863.




The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts—“The Hett”—is Southern Illinois’s premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz. The 488-seat venue is located on the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, Illinois, 25 miles from downtown St. Louis.