McKendree Presents: Arts Education Series


In order to ensure our patron's health and safety at Hett performances, all tickets will be sold 45 days prior to all events for Friends of the Hett and 30 days prior for the general public.



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. 1 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.




Play the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America VideoU.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America



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. Always a sell out!






Play the The ReMINDers Video

The ReMINDers

Hip-Hop/Rap, Folk

The ReMINDers’ unique mashup of razor-sharp rhymes; raw, soulful vocals; and reggae-tinged hip-hop beats form the backdrop for their relevant and inspiring themes. The duo seamlessly blends soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. Brussels-born emcee Big Samir weaves intricate rhythmic patterns with a bilingual French-English flow, complemented by Aja Black’s confident delivery and unique vocals. Married for almost a decade, they share an undeniable chemistry.

The ReMINDers released their debut album “Recollect” in 2008, followed by “Born Champions” in 2012. They have shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, Fishbone, Nas, Mos Def, Big Boi and others, garnering international acclaim. Beyond their performances, the duo often works with community organizations, schools, and universities to deliver workshops, talks, and special performances.





Schoolhouse Rock Live!Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Family fun, educational


The classic Saturday morning cartoons come to life, updated for a new generation with a rock ’n roll feel. Academic subjects are presented through mega-hits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” and “Three is a Magic Number.” The live performance centers around Tom, a nervous young man on his first day as a schoolteacher, who turns on the television to calm himself down and is reminded that learning can be fun!

Originally broadcast on the ABC network from 1973 to 1985 and revived in the ’90s and ’00s, “Schoolhouse Rock” was a collection of clever, animated shorts that taught grammar, mathematics, civics, and science.

“Children’s theatre doesn’t come much more marketable than this ‘jukebox musical’… The songs, which teach multiplication, basic grammar, civics, history, science, etc., still work with the kids in the audience. But they also offer a strong dose of nostalgia to the parents and grandparents.”
— Phoenix Mag