Theatre Facilities & Events

Hardin-Simmons University is the home of three theatre facilities.

Behren’s Chapel is a 1,900 seat auditorium which serves as our chapel twice weekly as well as an auditorium for concerts, meetings, operas, musicals, and other theatrical presentations.

Van Ellis Theatre is a versatile theatre space which can serve as a traditional proscenium theatre, thrust stage, arena stage, proscenium stage with large side stages, and a versatile black-box theatre. It serves as the primary venue for Theatre Department productions.

Down Center Stage Lab Theatre is a small production space that has been home to many different types of productions, including numerous student-directed productions since it’s completion in 1996. This renovated space also serves as classroom, rehearsal hall, and meeting room.

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Pops at the Pond
Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m.  A musical picnic event at the duck pond. No admission charge.

Oct. 2—5 at 7:30 p.m. & Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Musical by Stephen Schwartz, based on a book by Studs Terkel. Directed by Victoria Spangler.

This Random World
Nov. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. & Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.  By Stephen Dietz. Directed by adjunct instructor Teri Wilkerson.

The Night of January 16th
Nov. 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. By Russian-American author Ayn Rand. Co-directed by Ben Burke and Hanna Hayes

Director’s Cut
Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. Title will be determined at the beginning of the school year. Directed by Bridgett Mistrot.

The Secret Garden
Feb. 5-8 at 7:30 & Feb. 8-9 at 2 p.m. By Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman.  Directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth.

Starlight Extravaganza
March 21 at 6:30 p.m. Dinner-cabaret event; musical fundraiser for Scotland travel.

A Comedy of Errors
April 1-4 at 7:30 p.m. & April 5 at 2 p.m. By Williams Shakespeare. Adjunct Instructor Jenni Harbour will be the guest director.

DirectFest 2020
April 29, 30, May 1, 2, at 7:30 p.m. A slate of plays directed and produced by the students of Directing I.

Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices for all plays:

  • General Admission $10
  • Military, Seniors, and Students $5
  • HSU Faculty, Staff, and Students FREE

Ticket Prices for Musicals: “Working” and “The Secret Garden”

  • General Admission $15
  • Military, Seniors, and Outside Students $10
  • HSU Faculty, Staff, and Students $5

Starlight Extravaganza:

  • Tables: $350
  • Individual tickets:  $65

Reservations must be made by March 21. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m.

Purchase tickets by visiting or calling the Van Ellis Theatre Box Office at 325-670-1405. Or you can buy online now:

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