Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

"The Hett" is Southern Illinois' premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz. The 488-seat auditorium is located on the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, Illinois, 25 miles from St. Louis.



These Shining Livesa glowing clockface on a black background

Thursday, February 29 @ 10:00 a.m. (Arts Education; Recommended for K-12)

Friday, March 1 @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 2 @ 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 3 @ 2:30 p.m.



These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

Based on the true story of Catherine Donohue and the women who painted watch faces for the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois, in the 1920s. Their employer assured them that the radium they were using was completely safe, even after many of them developed serious health issues. Their successful lawsuit became a cornerstone in the fight for workers’ safety standards nationwide.

Produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

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

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


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Masterworks Chorale

Broadway Pops at the Movies! with the Masterworks Chorale

Sunday, March 10 @ 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored in part by Art on the Square and Co-Produced by the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

A delightful revue of Broadway and pops favorites from the Silver Screen,
including The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, and West Side Story.

Featuring Masterworks Chorale, Children’s Chorus and Jazz Ensemble, with Steve Jankowski, Master of Ceremonies and a guest appearance by Christine Brewer!

The Masterworks Chorale is an ensemble of auditioned singers who enrich the cultural environment of the Metro East with outstanding performances of significant choral literature. The membership represents a seven-county area in Illinois and Missouri and includes a wide variety of professions and musical backgrounds.

FRIENDS: $16.00 Adult / $16.00 Senior / $16.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $20.00 Adult / $20.00 Senior / $20.00 Youth


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Giordano Dance Chicago

Giordano Dance Chicago

Saturday, March 23 @ 7:30 p.m.


For 60 seasons, Giordano Dance Chicago has served as a prime example of a company that can simultaneously revel in the past and the present. Considered jazz dance royalty, the electrifying performers of America’s original jazz dance company invariably run on high-octane fuel and generate a similarly high-powered response from their audience.

FRIENDS: $36.00 Adult / $32.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $45.00 Adult / $40.00 Senior / $15.00 Youth


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