Festival 56

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It’s summer theater time.  Places that are relatively quiet the rest of the year are churning out productions at a dizzying pace.  That raises a question:  is summer theater somehow different from theater the rest of the year?  

Dexter Brigham founded Festival 56 in Princeton, Illinois, more than a decade ago. He says summer theater is almost a separate genre, with roots that go back to the 19th century, when both actors and audiences were looking for something to do when the Broadway season ended.  

Shakespeare in the Park

Jun 24, 2013

WNIJ invites you to experience "Shakespeare in the Park," part of this year's "Festival 56" line-up from the Princeton Theatre Group.

Each Wednesday and Sunday evening -- June 30th through July 28th -- the downtown park stage comes alive with the wit and spectacle of Macbeth.  Whether you're a seasoned Shakespeare scholar or just dabbling, the actors provide some "Basic Bill" pointers before the show, making it the perfect outing for all ages.

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Princeton is the county seat of Bureau County. It’s also the center for cultural activity that seems all out of proportion to its size.

Joni Hunt is Tourism Director for the City of Princeton. She says, no matter how you slice it, there’s a lot going on in this town of 7000.

“We have multiple platforms for artists and thespians and musicians, so it doesn’t matter what age you are, or what type of culture you’re interested in, there’s something for you here.”