Performing Arts News

Spring musical one of laughter, struggle and a pickup truck

Hesston College Theatre will present five performances of the show, “Hands On a Hardbody,” as the spring musical at 7 p.m., Feb. 28 to March 3 and 2 p.m., Mar. 4, at the AGCO Corp Auditorium in the Communication Center, 420 W. Lincoln Boulevard in Hesston. The show is rated PG for some mild language. […]

Andover Organ Series to feature Italian organist

Continuing to bring quality performing art from around the world to south central Kansas, the next concert in the 2017-18 Andover Organ Series will feature Italian organist, Davide Mariano at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Born in […]

VOCES8 vocal ensemble to bring contemporary flavor to HBPA spring season

Having established themselves as one of the world’s best-loved singing groups, the British vocal ensemble VOCES8 will delight a Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) audience as part of their North American Tour at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The a cappella ensemble comprised of eight mixed voices […]

Submissions being accepted for play writing festival

For the second year in a row, members of the local communities can exercise their creativity and storytelling abilities through play writing with Hesston College Theatre’s “Pen to Paper to Performance” play writing festival. Submissions for the 10-minute play festival will be accepted through March 16. Eight winning submissions will be notified March 23 and […]

Masterworks concert “Light Eternal” brings comfort to holiday season

Hesston College Music and Theater will present the annual masterworks performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The program, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna (Light Eternal), will acknowledge the light that Christ brings to our world. The Hesston College community and wider community has experienced several losses […]

Andover Organ Series to feature Polish organist

The first concert in the 2017-18 Andover Organ Series will feature Polish organist Karol Mossakowski. Born in 1990 into a family of musicians, he started studying piano and organ with his father at the age of three. After study at the Music Academy of Poznań, he was accepted into the National Music Conservatory in Paris […]

Hesston College Theatre to open season with look at responding to disabilities

Hesston College Theatre will present five performances of “And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson” by Jim Leonard, Jr., as the fall play Oct. 25 to 29, in the Keim Center Black Box Theater on the Hesston College campus. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Oct. 25 to 28, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee performance […]

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts celebrates 35 years with a wide array of performances

For its 35th season, the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) series will feature a vast array of performing art and culture from some of the world’s most popular ensembles. An improvised musical comedy will open the season on Oct. 5 at Bethel College’s (North Newton, Kan.) Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center, with Broadway’s Next […]

Hesston College to host summer theatre camps for community students

Young actors can switch up the typical summer activities and hone their thespian skills, techniques and creativity during one of Hesston College’s two separate workshop-style summer theatre camps. Students ages 14 to 18 can participate in “Broadway in the Black Box,” June 19 to 24, and students ages 11 to 14 will be “Wandering the […]

Bel Canto Singers to tour May 14 to 24

Hesston College’s premier vocal ensemble, the Bel Canto Singers, will embark on a 12-concert tour May 13 to 24 at churches and schools throughout the Midwest as the culminating event for the 2016-17 year. The group’s program, “God is Near,” is inspired by the call to seek out faith in our lives, and features a […]

First playwriting festival to feature seven original plays

This spring, Hesston College will debut a play writing festival entitled “From Pen to Paper to Performance,” that features seven original plays by local writers. It’s the first of what Hesston College Theatre Director Rachel Jantzi hopes will become an annual tradition. “I was pleased with the number of submissions we received for this first-time […]

Graduate students to be featured in final organ series concert

The final concert in the 2016-17 Andover Organ Series at Hesston College will be at 7 p.m., Friday, April 21, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The program will feature University of Kansas (Lawrence) (KU) graduate students Shayla Van Hal and Bethany Johnson. Van Hal and Johnson are students in the Master […]

Spring concert to feature three groups

The Hesston College Chamber Orchestra, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus will be featured in a concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free and open to the public. The groups will perform sacred and secular selections. Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus are directed […]

Vocal instructor wins national fellowship award

Hesston College music faculty member Matthew Schloneger, Ph.D., was selected as one of two winners nationally for the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, recognizing a combined commitment to excellence in teaching and voice science. The Fellowship and $2,000 award are intended to provide opportunities for the Fellow to become more thoroughly acquainted with practices, techniques, technology […]

Indiana organist and instructor to be featured in Andover Organ Series

The second of three concerts in the Andover Organ Series at Hesston College will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert will feature Kevin J. Vaughn, director of music and organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran church (South Bend, Ind.), instructor of organ at Goshen […]