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Grace Performing Arts Center

Current Festival 56 Season

We have a fabulous summer in store for you, kicking off on June 23rd!

As always, the festival will feature the hallmarks of summer in Princeton: late night cabarets every Friday, free Shakespeare in the park, and the very best live theatre in the region! Come to Festival 56...and Let Us Entertain You!


Purchase Tickets Online Here! Disenchanted!

Disenchanted!

By Dennis T. Giacino

Directed by Jen Delac

June 23rd through July 1st, 2017
Grace Performing Arts Center


Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that's anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you thought you knew - the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. These royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you. What you thought about princesses will never be the same! This show contains adult humor and language.

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Friday, June 23rd
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, June 24th
  • 2:00pm, Sunday, June 25th
  • 7:30pm, Tuesday, June 27th
  • 2:00pm, Wednesday, June 28th
  • 7:30pm, Wednesday, June 28th
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, June 29th
  • 7:30pm, Friday, June 30th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 1st


Sponsored by Norberg Memorial Home

Comedy of Errors

Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Shannon Hill

July 2nd through July 30th, 2017
Soldiers & Sailors Park, Free Admission


Join us for FREE Shakespeare in the Park as we present one of Shakespeare's most hilarious plays, Comedy of Errors! Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus are twin brothers who have been separated for years, having been tossed to sea in a shipwreck. Together with their twin servants , both named Dromio, Syracuse and Ephesus descend upon the same town in search for their missing family. Two sets of twins, mistaken identities, long lost family members, and pregnant wives, what could go wrong?

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 2:00pm, Sunday, July 2nd
  • 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 5th
  • 7:30pm, Sunday, July 9th
  • 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 12th
  • 7:30pm, Sunday, July 16th
  • 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 19th
  • 7:30pm, Sunday, July 23rd
  • 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 26th
  • 7:30pm, Sunday, July 30th


Sponsored by Northern Public Radio 89.5 WNIJ News

Purchase Tickets Online Here! Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical

By Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Directed by Jimmy Calitiri

July 7th through July 15th, 2017
Grace Performing Arts Center


Based on the books by Dr. Seuss, Seussical brings all of your favorite Seuss characters together to tell the story of Horton the Elephant as he tries to save the tiny world of Whoville. Featuring The Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, and Gertrude McFuzz, Seussical will warm your heart with its funny music and lovable characters. The perfect family treat!

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Friday, July 7th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 8th
  • 2:00pm, Sunday, July 9th
  • 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 11th
  • 2:00pm, Wednesday, July 12th
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, July 13th
  • 7:30pm, Friday, July 14th
  • 2:00pm, Saturday, July 15th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 15th


Sponsored by Langhenry, Gillen, Lundquist & Johnson, LLC and WZOE, Z-98 and WRVY

Purchase Tickets Online Here! Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

By Alan Ball

Directed by Robert Tobin

July 18th through July 23rd, 2017
Grace Performing Arts Center


During an unfortunate wedding in Knoxville, Tennessee, five bridesmaids hide in the upstairs bedroom to avoid the festivities. While all remarkably different, the women form a common bond over more than just their hideous dresses. Raise a glass to Frances, Mindy, Georgeanne, Meredith, and Trisha in this wickedly funny and touching celebration of the women's spirit!

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 18th
  • 2:00pm, Wednesday, July 19th
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, July 20th
  • 7:30pm, Friday, July 21st
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 22nd
  • 2:00pm, Sunday, July 23rd


Sponsored by Flowers by Julia and Hoffman's Patterns of the Past

Purchase Tickets Online Here! Stop Kiss

Stop Kiss

By Diana Son

Directed by Tim Seib

July 21st through July 29th, 2017
Prairie Arts Center


Callie and Sara meet and become fast friends. Then, they unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss leads to a violent attack that changes their lives forever. In this poignant and enchanting story, Diana Son explores the meaning of love and how life can change in an instant.

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Friday, July 21st
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 22nd
  • 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 25th
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, July 27th
  • 2:00pm, Saturday, July 29th


Sponsored by Princeton Pharmacy

Purchase Tickets Online Here! Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

Directed by Jenn Hopkins

July 28th through August 6th, 2017
Grace Performing Arts Center


Charity Hope Valentine wants nothing more than to fall in love. She goes on dates with all types of men, hoping to find "the one". Along the way, she sings, dances, and laughs with her friends in this sharp, witty, and fun musical. Featuring songs like "Big Spender" and "Rhythm of Life", Sweet Charity is sure to be a swinging hit!

Individual Show Times & Dates
  • 7:30pm, Friday, July 28th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, July 29th
  • 2:00pm, Sunday, July 30th
  • 7:30pm, Tuesday, August 1st
  • 2:00pm, Wednesday, August 2nd
  • 7:30pm, Thursday, August 3rd
  • 7:30pm, Friday, August 4th
  • 7:30pm, Saturday, August 5th
  • 2:00pm, Sunday, August 6th


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