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Camp 56 open for registration

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 2017 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 14th​ season of bringing outstanding professional theater to local audiences. Camp 56 is returning for its seventh consecutive year of providing a theater-based camp for young people.

The camp will be held weekdays from June 19-30. Camp director Lisa Gadomski 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 “Seussical.” Two AmeriCorps volunteers will assist the director in introducing new, age-appropriate curriculum. The volunteers include Nicki Butler, returning as co-director, with Taylor Tieman providing 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 can be accessed online at www.festival56.com/education. Interested persons may also email LearningStage@festival56.com or call 815-879-5656 to obtain pdf or printed registration materials. 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 OmniArts, the Sun Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, Kinji Akagawa, Mary Child, Eureka Savings Bank, Hallmark Metamora Fixtures, First National Bank of Lacon, Keith Kostelecky, Marc Decker, Rome Industries, Jim and Sue Weber, Church Women United, Hal Kuehl and Sharon Mercer, and Bob Glaser. Additional support comes from St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Monical’s Pizza, and AmeriCorps.

For more information, contact Amber Harper, Princeton Theatre Group Board member and liaison for Camp 56, at 815-379-2031.

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