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Princeton Theatre Group announces summer camps

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 3:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 2, 2014 11:27 a.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Learning Stage, the education committee of Princeton Theatre Group, has announced two summer programs which together will provide youth from grades K-12 the opportunity to experience and participate in live performances, while immersing themselves in the many aspects of bringing a show into production. Both programs are being mounted in cooperation with Festival 56, which this summer marks its 11th season of bringing outstanding professional theater to local audiences.

Camp 56, to be held weekdays from June 23 through July 3, returns to mark its fourth consecutive year of providing a theater-based day camp for young people of primary and middle school age. Once again, camp director Lisa Gadomski will engage campers in a series of fun-filled activities including song, dance, make-up, costuming and visits to and with Festival sets, cast and crew. The culmination of their camping experience will be their on-stage appearances in the Festival’s production of "Oliver!"

The cost to enroll is $100 per camper. Financial assistance may be available to those who demonstrate financial need.

Theatre Boot Camp is the re-introduction, after several years’ absence, of a program for high-school aged students with an interest in the dramatic arts. Running for six days beginning July 7, under the direction of Festival 56 co-founder Laura Brigham, the program will combine an opportunity for campers to hone their own performance skills while expanding their understanding of the dramatic arts through exposure to a variety of theatre professionals. The participants will attend three Festival 56 productions, appear in a Festival cabaret and stage their own showcase performance on the final day of camp.

The $250 fee includes theater tickets, daily lunches, Friday night dinner and a chaperoned overnight stay at the conclusion of the cabaret. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who demonstrate financial need. Registration material may be accessed on-lined at www.festival56.com.

Camp 56 and Theatre Boot Camp are being funded by grants and contributions from the DuPont Pioneer Giving Program, Sun Foundation and Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust (courtesy of the Illinois Arts Council), Church Women United and other local donors, including St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and Open Prairie United Church of Christ.

Inquiries may be directed to learningstage@festival56.com.

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