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

Festival 56 Auditions

Festival 56 Auditions

Festival 56 local auditions will be held March 10 at 6pm in the Grace Theatre 316 S. Main Street, Princeton, IL 63156. There will be an accompanist present. Please prepare 32 bars of music from either Urinetown or Grease. The section or sections you chose are the...

Season Announcement: Summer 2024

Season Announcement: Summer 2024

The Princeton Theater Group is pleased to announce Festival 56’s summer 2024 season. As our Artistic Directors begin their second summer here in Princeton, we tackle productions which share ideas and themes of exploration, discovery, and growth. We start by examining...

Learning Stage is the Education Committee of Princeton Theatre Group.


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

The Box Office opens one hour before performances


Festival 56
316 S. Main Street
Princeton, Illinois 61356