Who We Are

About Festival 56 and the Princeton Theatre Group

Founded in 2003, Princeton Theatre Group is a volunteer driven, non-profit arts organization dedicated to developing Princeton and the surrounding region as a home for professional theatre and theatre arts education. Festival 56 offers professional theatre in central Illinois and is produced by Princeton Theatre Group.

Learning Stage, the education committee of Princeton Theatre Group, promotes theatre arts education and enrichment for children and adults. Camp 56, a two-week summer theatre camp for children, is sponsored by Learning Stage.

The mission of Festival 56 is to present a wide selection of the most memorable plays and musicals throughout history, from the plays of William Shakespeare to the new generation of Broadway composers.

Recent News

Welcome to the Renaissance!

Welcome to the Renaissance!

The theme for our 2023 summer season is Welcome to The Renaissance! Just as the Renaissance was a historical period of transition to not only revitalize but even surpass the achievements of the past, this season is designed to usher in a new era of creativity and...

Festival 56 Audition Breakdown and Specifics

Festival 56 Audition Breakdown and Specifics

All interested: email Festival56auditions@live.com to be assigned to an audition time. For professional auditioners attending live auditions: Be prepared with 16 bars of musical theatre with a second contrasting 16 bars ready in case asked (second 16 bars may be a pop...

Learning Stage is the Education Committee of Princeton Theatre Group.


Offseason Hours TBA

For tickets, please leave a message at the Box Office phone 815-879-5656 Ext 11.

The Box Office opens one hour before performances


Festival 56
316 S. Main Street
Princeton, Illinois 61356