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Summer Job Opportunity for Youth in the Theater Arts

Festival 56 has openings for two High School aged youth including 2015 graduates for the summer of 2015 as a result of a recently awarded grant. Job responsibilities under the grant will be tailored to the individual, but include the following possibilities: Box Office, Costume Shop, Prop Shop, Education (Shakespeare in the Park, Camp 56, and Meet the Plays), Lighting, Sound, and Tech. The employment will extend over a 10 week period, beginning June 1 ending August 7.

"Whether our participating youth find a passion that stimulates a lifetime career is uncertain, but the personal growth they experience and skills they acquire should assist them in their future work lives," said Amber Harper, Princeton Theatre Group Board member. She continued: "They also learn the importance of teamwork. We at Festival 56 strive to provide a positive experience for area youth, creating ambassadors for both Festival 56 and the arts!"

Click here for the application form. Also the application is available at the Festival 56 box office, 316 S. Main St. in Princeton, from 11-1pm on Fridays and Saturdays beginning May 1. The application deadline is May 15.

The Summer Youth Employment in the Arts program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. The Princeton arts community comes alive each summer when Festival 56 opens, enhancing tourism and giving a boost to the local economy. The Princeton Theatre Group encourages families to visit Princeton, take in a play, and support the local vibrant arts community. For further information about this summer program, call 815-379-2031.

Also call Festival 56 Box office 815-879-5656 and email boxoffice@festival56.com.



Camp 56

Attention all youths in grades 3-12! Camp 56 is returning for its fifth consecutive summer of providing an opportunity for campers to engage in a series of fun, theatre-based activities while preparing for on-stage roles in this summer's Festival 56 production of Gypsy.

This year's day camp will run from June 15 - 26th under the direction of Lisa Gadomski, a certified teacher with a background in theatre, aided by selected cast and crew from Festival 56. Additional rehearsals for Gypsy are scheduled in conjunction with the performance dates of July 2 - 11th.

Pick up a registration package at the box office in the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St. in Princeton. Or download it here - print out all 5 pages, fill in and sign all pages, and mail or drop them off at the box office with your check.

Cost per camper is $100 for the two week camp and checks can be made out to Learning Stage/Princeton Theatre Group. Scholarship assistance may be available to campers who demonstrate financial need.

Please contact learningstage@festival56.com with any questions.

Download Camp 56 Registration Form Here!

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 (formerly Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust)
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • AmeriCorps
  • Leepertown Township
  • Walnut Bryant Club
  • Bob Glaser
  • and Friends of Camp 56

Your generosity is appreciated.



Meet The Plays

In conjunction with Princeton Public Library, Learning Stage presents a series of panel discussions centered around Festival 56's Summer Season. The lively discussions are held Tuesdays evenings in June at the Princeton Public Library. Check the calendar for a complete Schedule.

All panel discussions are free and open to the public.



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