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Festival 56 gala supports Shakespeare in the Park

PRINCETON —The 2014 Festival 56 Gala, celebrating the launch of its 11th season, begins at 6:30 p.m. June 28 at Chapel Hill Golf Course, Illinois Highway 26, south of Princeton.

Once Upon a Time, the gala’s theme this year, is intended to evoke a sense of the magical, particularly the Brothers Grimm fairy tales that are the basis of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, "Into the Woods." The Chapel Hill venue will be decorated accordingly. The gala will feature cabaret-style entertainment provided by the 2014 Festival 56 cast, along with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live auction and raffles.

This annual special event raises funds for the Festival’s free Shakespeare in the park offered every summer. This year’s play will be, “As You Like It,” and will be performed Wednesdays and Sundays beginning July 6 at Princeton’s Soldiers and Sailors Park.

Gala tickets are $35 per person and $250 for a table of 8. Cocktail party dress is suggested. Reservations are required.

To purchase tickets to the gala stop by or call the Festival Box Office at 316 S. Main St., Princeton, or 815-879-5656. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. For more information, visit www.festival56.com.

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