Learning Stage

The Education Committee of the Princeton Theatre Group

Camp 56

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 2023 Junior High Graduates. 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 20 years of bringing outstanding professional theater to local audiences. Camp 56 itself is returning for its twelfth consecutive year of providing a theater-based camp for young people. The camp will be held weekdays from July 10– July 21 at St. Matthews. Camp directors 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 Something Rotten. The camp fee is $125 per child. Need-based scholarships are available as are family discounts. Registration forms can be accessed at the theater, or by emailing LearningStage@festival56.com. 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 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, and local businesses and individuals, The Princeton Closet, Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, Bob Glaser, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and Monical’s Pizza.

Camp 56 Forms

Registration Form

Medical Information Form

COVID Waiver

Something Rotten Dates

Risk & Liability Release Form

Scholarship Form

2023 Release Form


2023 employment opportunities will be announced soon. Funding has been applied for through the Illinois Arts Council. 

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Festival 56
316 S. Main Street
Princeton, Illinois 61356