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Camp 56 planned for summer

PRINCETON — Plans are underway for a two-week performing arts camp to be offered by the Illinois Theater Conservatory committee of the Princeton Theatre Group in collaboration with the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education. The full-day camp, Camp 56, will be held June 18-29.

The camp will be open to youth age 8-18 and will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday with additional dates and times tied to the Festival 56 performances of “Carousel” July 6-14 (with tech runs and dress rehearsals over the Fourth of July holiday).

Camp 56 will provide campers the nuts and bolts of auditioning, improvisation, make-up, wardrobe, stage design, lighting and sound, musical theater, hands-on opportunities in set construction and painting, make-up, props and performing. The camp will be conducted by a certified teacher (with a background in theater) assisted by a two full-time college theater interns (AmeriCorps), cast and crew members of Festival 56 and local theater volunteers.

In 2005, Illinois Creates, an initiative of the Arts Alliance Illinois (AAI) conducted a comprehensive survey of school administrators statewide concluded that almost all superintendents and principals agree that “the arts are an essential part of a quality education,” that “arts education helps students perform better on standard achievement tests” and that “arts education is important to success in life.” Camp 56 organizers hope that performing arts out of school and in non-traditional settings will complement the excellent programs offered by area schools and may also introduce some new youth to the social and emotional benefits of participating in the arts.

Camp 56 is open to youth from throughout the area. There is a $75 non-refundable fee for the program which will include costs of insurance, supplies and healthy snacks. A limited number of need based scholarships will be available.

Registration will be at the Festival 56 box office from 9 to 11 a.m. April 21. Children should be prepared to audition (wear clothing/shoes for safe movement). There is space for only 45 campers.

This program is partially funded by area individuals and organizations, ITC, IAAE, the Sun Foundation for Advancement in the Environmental Sciences and Arts, The Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust and the Illinois Arts Council, an agency of the state of Illinois.

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