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Learning Stage

Learning Stage

The Education Committee of the Princeton Theatre Group

High School Employment Opportunities

Festival 56 has an exciting opportunity for high school students this summer. We are offering up to four high school students including this year's graduates the opportunity to work as paid apprentices with our resident professional company conducting various aspects of theatre production. This program is made possible through federal funds and sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. (We just received notice of approval of the grant on May 26th!)

Click here for details on submitting an application due Monday June 6th.

Required Procedures For Teens under 16! The Illinois Child Labor Law (820 ILCS 205/1 et seq.) regulates the employment of minors under the age of 16 years and requires all minors to have employment certificates.

  1. "Letter of intent to hire" must be obtained from all prospective employers. The letter must outline hours worked. Click here for a letter you can take to your school.
  2. Teen and parent or guardian must bring this letter to an issuing officer at the minor's school or school district to obtain the required work permit.
  3. The issuing officer will review criteria and verify safety before issuing the work permit.

Please contact if you have any questions about this employment opportunity. Or call the box office at 815-879-5656 ext 11 and leave a message.

Camp 56

Attention all kids, ages 8-18! Camp 56 is returning for its sixth consecutive summer in 2016 for fun, theatre-based camping activities while preparing for on-stage roles in one of Festival 56 summer season's productions.

The two-week day camp will run from June 27 to July 8, 2016 under the direction of a certified teacher with a background in theatre, aided by selected cast and crew from Festival 56. Additional rehearsals are scheduled in conjunction with the performance dates.

Download Camp 56 Information Brochure
Download Camp 56 Registration Forms and Schedule (5 pages)

Please mail them with your payment to secure your spot in camp to:
      Learning Stage
      316 S. Main Street
      Princeton, IL 61356
Or email scanned copies to and we can call for credit card payments.

Please contact with any questions.

Learning Stage and Princeton Theatre Group would like to extend their deepest thanks to the following donors who are making Camp 56 a reality:

  • Illinois Alliance for Arts Education
  • DuPont Pioneer Giving Program
  • Church Women United
  • Sun Foundation
  • OmniArts
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • AmeriCorps
  • Leepertown Township
  • Walnut Bryant Club
  • Bob Glaser
  • and Friends of Camp 56

Your generosity is appreciated. Please contact or the box office at 815-879-5656 if you would like to donate to Camp 56.

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