The Hett Celebrates 10 Years!

Photo of the Hettenhausen center for the ArtsThe Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts opened in November 2006 and has since become Southern Illinois’ premier performing arts venue. The state-of-the-art theater is home to McKendree’s music, dance, theatre and show choir programs. Director Peter Palermo and Tech Manager Doug Magnussen have guided “the Hett” since its beginning. Over the past decade “the Hett” has hosted:

  • +200,000 visitors

  • +1,000 performers

  • At least 1 onstage wedding (alumna Tori (Gale) Galle ’09)

  • +200 “McKendree Presents” acts and distinguished speakers

  • Countless music concerts, theatre productions, dance recitals, children's theatre performances, town hall meetings, film showings, award presentations, and University events



Photo of Golden Dragons

2010 - Golden Dragons Acrobats


Photo of Christine Brewer & Fern Hettenhausen

2006 - Christine Brewer & Fern Hettenhausen


Photo of Russian National Ballet

2015 - Russian National Ballet


Photo of Doc Severinsen

2013 - Doc Severinsen


Photo of Robert Kennedy Jr.

2006 - Robert Kennedy Jr.


Photo of 100 Years of Broadway

2013 - 100 Years of Broadway



The Hett Gala

The Hett celebrated its tenth anniversary on Sept. 23 with an unforgettable evening of all-star entertainment by soprano Christine Brewer, The Peter Martin Quintet featuring clarinetist Anat Cohen, vocalist Brian Owens, and MADCO Dance.

Photo of the Hett Gala Tent


Photo from the Hett Gala


Hett Gala


Hett Gala


Hett Gala


Hett Gala