Performing Arts News

Local playwriting festival takes the stage

Local playwriting festival takes the stage

For the first time since 2019, Hesston College will present their local playwriting showcase, Pen to Paper to Performance, on April 26 and 27 in the Keim Center Black Box Theater. Nine ten-minute plays were chosen from dozens of submissions to be produced and performed by the Hesston College Theatre Department. “I love this event […]
Bel Canto Singers travel east on Common Ground spring tour

Bel Canto Singers travel east on Common Ground spring tour

Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will travel east for a spring break tour March 8 to 19 with performances in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kansas. The 19-voice mixed chamber choir, under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian and accompanied by Ken Rodgers, will present a program titled “Common Ground.” The program is inspired […]
“Little Shop of Horrors” performance highlights romance and tragedy

“Little Shop of Horrors” performance highlights romance and tragedy

Hesston College Theatre will demonstrate why you should be careful what you wish for with their spring musical production of “Little Shop of Horrors” from Feb. 28 through March 3. The show is suggested for ages 10 and up. Performances will be held in the Keim Center Black Box Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday through […]
Now accepting submissions for Hesston College’s playwriting festival

Now accepting submissions for Hesston College’s playwriting festival

It’s back! After a four-year hiatus, it’s time again for south central Kansas playwrights – both amateur and experienced – to exercise their creativity and storytelling abilities with submissions to Hesston College Theatre’s “Pen to Paper to Performance” playwriting festival. Submissions for the 10-minute play festival will be accepted through March 8. Eight winning submissions […]

Music and theatre programs will continue at Hesston College

The office of academics announced this week that the music and theatre academic programs will continue beyond the current academic year. While activities within performing arts, such as choirs, private lessons and theatre productions have always been a part of the college’s long-term plans, the music and theatre academic programs were initially included in the […]
Performance will take new approach on a classic holiday tale

Performance will take new approach on a classic holiday tale

Hesston College Performing Arts will ring in the holiday season with a performance of “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday, December 2. The one act production gives a fresh, new perspective to the well-known story. The performance will be held in the Hesston Mennonite Church at 7 p.m. Admission is free to the public. “A Christmas […]
Masterworks remembers Tony Brown with a tribute concert

Masterworks remembers Tony Brown with a tribute concert

This year’s Masterworks concert presented by the Hesston College music department has a personal significance to the Hesston community. The memory of Hesston College alumnus and former employee Tony Brown will be honored with a concert titled Peacing it Together: A Tribute to Tony Brown. The performance takes place November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at […]
Steel Magnolias performance emphasizes the importance of strong relationships

Steel Magnolias performance emphasizes the importance of strong relationships

Hesston College Theatre will highlight the resilience of strong relationships in their fall play production of “Steel Magnolias” from Sept. 28 through Oct. 1. With lessons about patience, understanding and love, it is a show that audience members will find emotionally engaging. Please note: While this show is full of laughter and love, it deals […]
Theatre camp for middle and high school students coming in June

Theatre camp for middle and high school students coming in June

Student actors ages 11 to 18 are invited to stage a live theatre performance at Hesston College’s annual summer theatre camp June 11 to 17. The weeklong theatre immersion will culminate in a public performance of the musical “Freaky Friday” at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, in the Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary on the Hesston […]
Bel Canto Singers travel southwest on summer tour

Bel Canto Singers travel southwest on summer tour

Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will travel southwest for a spring tour May 15 to 25. The 18-voice mixed chamber choir, under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian, will present a program titled “God Is Love,” inspired by I John 4:7-8, this year’s theme verse at Hesston College. The program will feature a wide range […]
Semester finale performances to highlight voice and theatre talents

Semester finale performances to highlight voice and theatre talents

Voice and theatre students will demonstrate their performance abilities during sophomore voice recitals on Friday, May 12, at 2 and 4 p.m. and a theatre showcase on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. The sophomore recitals will be held at Hesston College’s Black Box Theater in Keim Center with performances from a wide variety of […]
Tomato Plant Girl performance to highlight bullying and acceptance

Tomato Plant Girl performance to highlight bullying and acceptance

All generations will appreciate the message of kindness and friendship that grows in this year’s Theatre for Young Audiences production, “Tomato Plant Girl,” showing April 27 to 30 at the Hesston College Black Box Theater in Keim Center. Performances will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. […]
Hesston College Performing Arts presents The Apple Tree

Hesston College Performing Arts presents The Apple Tree

Hesston College Performing Arts presents The Apple Tree on March 1 to 5, 2023, at the Hesston College Black Box Theater in Keim Center. The cast and crew are Hesston College students with a special appearance by a former Hesston College staff member and alum. The Apple Tree is a work from Bock and Harnick, […]
Music Department presents January 14 Masterworks Concert: I Believe

Music Department presents January 14 Masterworks Concert: I Believe

The Hesston College Music Department will present a Masterworks Concert titled I Believe on January 14, 2023, at 7 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church. This performance during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend will feature works by Black composers William Dawson, Robert Owens and Margaret Bonds. Performers will include the Masterworks Choir made up of […]
SPA Christmas concert by Calmus canceled

SPA Christmas concert by Calmus canceled

The Dec. 6 Calmus Christmas concert at Hesston Mennonite Church has been canceled with the hope of rescheduling Calmus or another ensemble for a different program in spring. Single-event ticket holders can request refunds by contacting Brandy Quinn, Bookstore manager, at brandy.quinn@hesston.edu, 620-327-8104. Sunflower Performing Arts will share news of a replacement or rescheduled concert […]