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. 


Learning Stage, the Education Committee of the Princeton Theatre Group, has AmeriCorps positions open in the summer.  AmeriCorps Volunteers volunteer 300 hours and receive approximately $3,000 separated into a living stipend and a college tuition waver. While anyone may apply, these AmeriCorps positions offer theater arts majors a way to build their resumes.

Volunteers will be responsible for multiple educational platforms. The volunteers will also gather specific data throughout the season. This includes a count of patrons for demographic purposes and interviews with play-goers, providing the staff with informed data to drive the future. Additionally, volunteers will be asked to work in various theater departments that need assistance. Each AmeriCorps Volunteer will be mentored initially with the goal of becoming independent by the end of the season.

Individuals can access the application and reference form here! The documents need to be printed to fill out. Upon completion, the forms can be emailed to nicole.b.schafer@svcc.edu, faxed (815-835-6313) or mailed to ABC AmeriCorps, 173 IL Rt. 2, Dixon, IL 61021. Three references must be on file within 30 days from the interview.

Individuals are encouraged to contact the Sauk Valley AmeriCorps Office if they have any questions about the program.

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Learning Stage is the Education Committee of Princeton Theatre Group.


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Festival 56
316 S. Main Street
Princeton, Illinois 61356