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Grant supports free Shakespeare in the Park

Actors perform "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," directed by Jennifer J. Hopkins, in Princeton’s Soldiers and Sailors Park.
Actors perform "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," directed by Jennifer J. Hopkins, in Princeton’s Soldiers and Sailors Park.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Community Foundation of Central Illinois awarded a grant to the Princeton Theatre Group in support of a free Shakespeare production in Princeton’s Soldiers and Sailors Park. The grant was made possible by the Alvin and Donna Haerr Family Performing Arts Fund administered by CFCI.

This year’s grant provided support for the Festival 56 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” performed Sundays and Wednesdays in July. OmniArts, the Illinois Arts Council, the Sun Foundation, Walmart Distribution Center, Church Women United and other businesses and individual donors also provided financial support.

“Mounting live theatrical productions is a fulfilling and enjoyable process, but producing theater is time-consuming and expensive. Our ability to present a free production every summer in Soldiers and Sailors Park is due to the generosity of our many contributors, from our sponsors and granting sources such as CFCI to the patrons who donate during intermission,” said Producing Artistic Director Tommy Lafrate. “Our 2018 production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was enjoyed by over 1,000 audience members and included magic, mischief and two pairs of lovers that ended up happily ever after despite all odds.”

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was one of six plays offered during Festival 56’s 2018 summer season. Other productions were “A Year with Frog and Toad,” “The MOMologues,” “The Addams Family,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

For more information about Festival 56, including volunteer opportunities, visit festival56.com or call 815-879-5656.

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