Camp 56 open for registration

Youth of all ages invited to take part in summer program


PRINCETON - Learning Stage, the education committee of Princeton Theatre Group, is offering Camp 56, a two-week summer day camp for youth entering third grade through 2021 graduating seniors. Participants will have the opportunity to experience and take part in live performances, while immersing themselves in the many aspects of producing a show.

The camp is held in cooperation with Festival 56, which this summer marks its 18th season of bringing outstanding professional theater to local audiences. Camp 56 itself is returning for its 11th consecutive year of providing a theater-based camp for young people.

The camp will be held weekdays from June 21-July 2 at Hampshire Colony Church in Princeton. Camp director and Festival 56 alum, Frank Monier, will engage campers in a series of fun-filled activities including song, dance, makeup, costuming, trips to the Festival sets, and visits with cast and crew. The culmination of the camp experience will be an onstage appearance – as part of the chorus ensemble – in several performances of the Festival 56 production of “Godspell.” The co-director, an AmeriCorps volunteer, will providie supporting and leadership roles with the campers and at other Festival 56 venues.

The camp fee is $100 per child. Need-based scholarships are available as are family discounts. Registration forms are available online at Interested persons may also e-mail Completed registrations, along with the registration fee, should be mailed to the Festival box office at 316 S. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356.

Camp 56 is grateful to its sponsors, including the Sun Foundation’s “Community Arts Access Regranting Program,” which is funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and local businesses and individuals, Church Women United, and Bob Glaser.