McKendree Presents: Arts Education Series

The Hett is pleased to present a wide variety of professional touring companies programmed specifically for grades K-12. Our Arts Education Series offers daytime performances for students, exposing them to the transformational power of the arts.

Attendance to any of our performances help students meet Illinois Arts Learning Standards by responding and connecting to the arts.


Reduced Prices for Groups

Call the box office at (618) 537-6863 to purchase tickets, priced at $5 per child. One free chaperone/adult for every 10 tickets purchased.


Educational Opportunities

Educational and study-guide materials are available. Visit under Upcoming Events/Arts Education for more information.



Music of Lewis and Clark

The Music of Lewis and Clark

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2024  |  10 a.m.

Follow the amazing adventures of Lewis and Clark, with a musical journey from St. Louis, up to the Missouri River, across the Rocky Mountains, and all the way to the Pacific Ocean!





FRIENDS: $15.00 Adult / $15.00 Senior / $5.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $15.00 Adult / $15.00 Senior / $5.00 Youth


Tickets on Sale - August 14 at Noon button



USAFUnited States Air Force Band of Mid-America Concert Band

Friday, Dec. 13, 2024  |  10 a.m.

This diverse, 45-piece ensemble’s repertoire ranges from symphonic band masterworks to traditional marches, modern compositions, pop, and jazz.

A Hett holiday tradition! The talented musical ambassadors of Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base return for three joyful, uplifting performances. 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. Get your tickets early – these shows sell out fast!



Tickets on Sale - August 14 at Noon button




Mermaid Theatre

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Tuesday, April 29, 2025  |  10 a.m

Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Mermaid’s staged adaptation brings a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.


FRIENDS: $15.00 Adult / $15.00 Senior / $5.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $15.00 Adult / $15.00 Senior / $5.00 Youth


Tickets on sale aug. 12 noon


The Arts Education Series is generously suppored by Ameren Illinois

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