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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 2018 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 15th ​season of bringing outstanding professional theater to local audiences. Camp 56 itself is returning for its eighth consecutive year of providing a theater-based camp for young people.

The camp will be held weekdays from June 18 to 29. 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 "The Addams Family." Nicki Butler will be returning as co-director, with an AmeriCorps volunteer 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 and the Sun Foundation’s “Community Arts Access Regranting Program,” which is funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, First National Bank of Lacon, Caterpillar Inc., Dina Lunken D.D.S.PC., John Jacob, and Jim and Katharine Weber. Camp 56 also thanks sponsors Church Women United and Bob Glaser. Additional support comes from St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Monical’s Pizza, AmeriCorps, and Princeton Walmart Supercenter, a generous supporter of children’s theater.

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

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