Performing Arts News

Theatergoers of all ages invited to Hesston College production of “The House at Pooh Corner”

Theatergoers of all ages invited to Hesston College production of “The House at Pooh Corner”

Hesston College’s Theatre for Young Audiences program returns to Dyck Arboretum of the Plains April 27 to May 1 to stage “The House at Pooh Corner,” adapted for the stage by Bettye Knappe from the book by A.A. Milne. “The House at Pooh Corner” finds Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest of […]
Hesston College Chorale to “shine the light” in Europe and at home through music

Hesston College Chorale to “shine the light” in Europe and at home through music

The Hesston College Chorale under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian and Ken Rodgers will present a music program entitled “Shine the Light” at churches in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and France May 17 to June 7, 2022. The choir will perform a send-off concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at Hesston Mennonite […]
Hesston College Summer Theatre will offer a weeklong residential camp for 2022

Hesston College Summer Theatre will offer a weeklong residential camp for 2022

Hesston College’s summer musical theatre camp will feature a new format in summer 2022. Aspiring actors and tech crew members ages 11 to 18 will stay in the dorms June 13 to 18 while participating in an immersive production schedule culminating in a Saturday matinee performance of the musical “The Addams Family.” The weeklong overnight […]
Bel Canto Singers spring break tour includes concerts in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kansas

Bel Canto Singers spring break tour includes concerts in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kansas

Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will travel east for a spring break tour March 13 to 22 with performances in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The 18-voice mixed chamber choir, under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian, will present a program entitled “Deep Peace.” The program is inspired by this year’s theme verse at Hesston College, […]
Hesston College to present the well loved musical, James and the Giant Peach, March 2 to 6

Hesston College to present the well loved musical, James and the Giant Peach, March 2 to 6

Hesston College Performing Arts will present five performances of James and the Giant Peach, March 2 through 6. Music and lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and the book is by Timothy Allen McDonald, based on Roald Dahl’s story of quirky characters. The musical follows Dahl’s 1961 children’s book, which traces the life […]
Canadian Brass to present holiday concert as part of Sunflower Performing Arts series

Canadian Brass to present holiday concert as part of Sunflower Performing Arts series

Lauded as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass will perform a holiday concert as part of the 2021-22 Sunflower Performing Arts season on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church. “Sunflower Performing Arts takes seriously our commitment to present a variety of excellent performing artists, some of whom […]
“Home for Christmas” program to examine diversity of holiday experiences through theatre and music

“Home for Christmas” program to examine diversity of holiday experiences through theatre and music

The Hesston College Performing Arts Department will present “Home for Christmas” – a joint effort between Bel Canto Singers, conducted by Russell Adrian; Global Voices, conducted by Ken Rodgers; and theatre students, led by director Rachel Jantzi – that will explore what coming “home for Christmas” means for a diversity of people and cultures. The […]
Masterworks concert inspired by theme verse, features works by Bach, Brixi, Mozart and Handel

Masterworks concert inspired by theme verse, features works by Bach, Brixi, Mozart and Handel

The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers, joined by community members and a professional orchestra, will present Hesston College’s annual masterworks performance on Saturday, Nov. 13, at Hesston Mennonite Church. The 2021 iteration of the concert will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frantisek Brixi and George Frederic Handel, rather than one large […]
Bel Canto Singers to present “Deep Peace” fall concert

Bel Canto Singers to present “Deep Peace” fall concert

The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will present its fall concert, “Deep Peace,” on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church. The program is inspired by this year’s theme verse at Hesston College, Ephesians 4:2-3, in which Paul calls Christians to lift each other up in community: “Be completely humble and gentle; be […]
First Sunflower Soirée to feature local artists as 2021-22 Sunflower Performing Arts series kick-off

First Sunflower Soirée to feature local artists as 2021-22 Sunflower Performing Arts series kick-off

The Sunflower Performing Arts series will begin Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. with the first-ever Sunflower Soirée, a concert of local and regional artists that also promotes the season ahead and kicks off the organization’s annual patron drive. Free of charge, this event will feature the following artists: pianist Karen Schlabaugh; The Sunflower Trio; flautists […]
Theatre department to stage “The Game’s Afoot,” a whodunit comedy set on Christmas Eve

Theatre department to stage “The Game’s Afoot,” a whodunit comedy set on Christmas Eve

Hesston College Theatre will present four performances of the murder mystery comedy “The Game’s Afoot” as the fall play from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3, at the Keim Center Black Box Theater. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 3. The play is rated […]
Hesston College students recognized for academic and leadership achievements at virtual LarkFest

Hesston College students recognized for academic and leadership achievements at virtual LarkFest

Dr. Carren Moham, associate academic dean at Hesston College, awards Lark of the Year to sophomore Den Morita. Hesston College students and faculty were recognized for their achievements in academics and leadership in a virtual LarkFest Awards ceremony, broadcast on April 23. The top student award—Lark of the Year—went to sophomore Den Morita, Chigasaki, Japan, […]
Bel Canto Singers to present “Lift Every Voice” outdoor music program at churches across Kansas and the Upper Midwest

Bel Canto Singers to present “Lift Every Voice” outdoor music program at churches across Kansas and the Upper Midwest

Changes due to weather will be announced via the Hesston College Music Facebook page. After over a year of virtual and on-campus concerts, Hesston College’s Bel Canto Singers are hitting the road to perform a program entitled “Lift Every Voice” at locations across Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota. The concerts will feature choral numbers […]
Theatre department to stage “Superior Donuts,” an examination of race, class, and generational issues

Theatre department to stage “Superior Donuts,” an examination of race, class, and generational issues

Hesston College’s Theatre department will present five performances of “Superior Donuts,” a play by Tracy Letts. The show is directed by theatre professor Rachel Jantzi. Performances will take place in the Black Box Theater in Keim Center on Hesston College campus, April 14 to 18. Shows on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday start at 7 […]
Middle and high school students to experience staging live theatre at summer theatre camp

Middle and high school students to experience staging live theatre at summer theatre camp

Middle school- and high school-age actors ages 11 to 18 are invited to stage a live theatre performance at Hesston College’s annual summer theatre camp on weekdays June 7 to 18. Led by Hesston College Theatre director and professor, Rachel Jantzi, the summer theatre camp, now in its seventh year, will keep the same format […]