K-12 Arts Education Matinees Scheduled for the Hett's 2021-2022 Season

World class illusions, holiday music, hip-hop and more will introduce young audiences to the arts.

(LEBANON, Ill., October 4, 2021) – The Arts Education series at McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts offers a variety of daytime performances at reduced prices for young audiences in grades K-12.

The Arts Education series exposes young students to the transformational power of the arts. Attendance to any of these performances will help students meet Illinois Arts Learning Standards by responding and connecting to the arts. Admission is $5 per child, with one free chaperone ticket for every 10 children. To purchase tickets, call the Hett box office at (618) 537-6863 or visit theHett.com.

The three performances for the 2021-2022 season are as follows:

Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.: Reza, World Class Illusionist. Reza’s current tour transports concert-level lighting and production merged with the most incredible cutting-edge magic in existence today. Reza has garnered a world-wide buzz and loyal fan base with his passion for creating signature grand-scale illusions such as making motorcycles and helicopters materialize out of thin air.

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.: The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America. The talented musical ambassadors of Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base return to spread holiday cheer to all. The 45 enlisted musicians and vocalists of the Band of Mid-America’s Concert Band represent the professionalism and excellence found throughout the U.S. Air Force. Their diverse repertoire includes symphonic masterworks, traditional marches, modern compositions and jazz-inspired holiday music.

Thursday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.: Mad River Theater Works presents “Freedom Riders.” Mad River Theater Works is an acclaimed touring ensemble that creates vibrant and evocative plays with music for families and young audiences based on American history and folklore. “Freedom Riders” is the latest edition to the canon of American History plays by Mad River Theater Works. This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement.

This series is proudly sponsored by the Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center and Dr. Linda Cassens. The morning matinees for younger audiences are in addition to the “McKendree Presents” performances in the evening. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit theHett.com, call 618-537-6863 or email theHett@mckendree.edu.