Bureau County Republican

Princeton’s two-week summer day camp, Camp 56, is open for registration

Camp will be held on weekdays from June 20 through July 1

The education committee of Princeton Theatre Group, Learning Stage, will be offering the 11th Annual Camp 56; a two-week summer day camp for youth entering third grade through 2022 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 its 18th season of bringing professional theater to local audiences.

The camp will be held on weekdays from June 20 through July 1 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 Matilda.

Camp director Reid Tomasson, who is currently studying filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago, has professional acting credits at Paramount Theatre (Aurora) and Festival 56 and community acting and directing credits at Stage 212, Engle Lane Theatre and IVCC.

Reid has directed children’s theater at Stage 212 for two years and has served as a children’s theater choreographer in over a dozen productions at Stage 212 and PAC.

Camp co-director Alexis Trammel is currently attending Columbia College Chicago as a Musical Theatre Major. She has been in productions at IVCC, Stage 212 and Mendota High School’s summer shows.

The camp fee is $125 per child. Need-based scholarships are available as are family discounts. Registration forms can be accessed online at www.festival56.com/education.

Interested individuals may also email 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 for its sponsors, including the Sun Foundation’s “Community Arts Access Regranting Program,” which is funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and local businesses and individuals including Church Women United, Bob Glaser, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and Monical’s.