North Shore Center’s YOUTHEATRE program seeks to fulfill a mission to inspire, educate, entertain and captivate the imagination of participating students. Youtheatre productions offer a unique opportunity to engage students from Kindergarten thru 12th grade in the performing arts. Whether they are historical, cultural, scientific or literary, Youtheatre productions, along with the provided Teacher Resource Guides, inspire creative learning opportunities that enhance Common Core State Standard achievement. A Youtheatre experience is the perfect way to infuse your school’s curriculum with empathy, imagination, and high quality performing arts in a creative and entertaining way! Our live performance programs help educators teach students the pillars of character and values that will impact their future decisions and life skills. YOUTHEATRE shows are approximately one-hour long. There is one FREE teacher ticket provided for every 15 students and ticket grants may be available to qualifying schools.

For School Group Reservations:
Christian Libonati
Educational Program Manager
(847) 679-9501 x3100
Click here for Group Reservations


For Individual YOUTHEATRE Tickets:
Click here, Call (847) 673-6300 or visit the box office

Principal support for YOUTHEATRE is provided by the Rice Young Peoples Endowment of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Foundation and the Irving M. and Sylvia Footlik Foundation. Additional support is provided by Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, The Village of Skokie, Niles Township Government and the Kiwanis Club of Skokie Valley.

Announcing the 2014-2015 Youtheatre Season

MathemagicMathemagic starring Bradley Fields
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 10am & 12pm

$8 | Grades 4-8
Bradley Fields uses his famous illusions to reveal the mathematical principles behind some amazing math tricks, including counting, fractions and division.


Handicap This!

Handicap This!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 10am

$8 |Grades 6-12
Using music, humor and honesty, charismatic duo Mike and Tim raise awareness for people born with severe physical handicaps and inspires all individuals to achieve their own goals and dreams. Supported in-part by the Beatrice C. Mayer Trust.



Schoolhouse Rock Live!Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Theatrebam Chicago
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 @ 1pm

$8 | Grades K-5 | Based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! continues to teach history, grammar, math and science to a whole new generation.



Super Scientific CircusSuper Scientific Circus
Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 10am & 12pm

$8 | Grades K-5
Super Scientific Circus combines zany characters and outrageous stunts to excite students in the pursuit of science.



Apollo to the MoonApollo to the Moon
Virginia Repertory Theatre – Theatre IV
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 10am & 1pm

$8 | Grades 3-12
Engaging students in the excitement of America’s race to the moon, this nationally-acclaimed drama features the story of the historic Apollo Space program and includes original downlink broadcasts from space as well as over 100 NASA photographs.



Freedom BoundFreedom Bound
Mad River Theater Works
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 10am & 1pm

$8 | Grades 3-8
Freedom Bound uses drama and live music, as well as riddles and rhyme, to present a true story from the Underground Railroad that depicts the triumph of the human spirit.

Arts MidwestThis presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Illinois Arts Council Agency and General Mills Foundation.



Muntu Dance Theatre of ChicagoMuntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Thursday, February 5, 2015 @ 10am

$8 | Grades K-12
Muntu Dance Theatre is the highly regarded and largest African dance company in the United States preserving traditional African dance in this electrifying show.



Chinese Golden Dragon AcrobatsChinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 10 & 11, 2015 @ 10am & 12pm

$10 | Grades K-12
A Youtheatre favorite! Rooted in ancient traditions beginning centuries ago, these electrifying acrobats, contortionists and jugglers combine award-winning acrobatics and traditional dance with spectacular costumes and graceful artistry to produce art that transcends boarders and culture.



Thodos dance 200x200Thodos Dance Chicago
A Light in the Dark:
The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan
Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ 10am

$8 | Grades K-12
Thodos Dance Chicago takes the inspirational story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, through the medium of contemporary dance, to bring awareness to those living with disabilities. This uniquely modern story ballet tells an intimate family story about the extraordinary woman who was deaf and blind, yet went on to become a world-famous writer, political activist and inspiration to all. Through this presentation, students gain understanding of the differences and resulting connections with the disabled community and also learn the history about Helen Keller, the educator who overcame adversity to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians, as well as the co-founder of the ACLU.



Flat StanleyThe Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
Dallas Children’s Theater
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @ 10am & 12pm

$8 | Grades K-4

This “Broadway-like” production celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jeff Brown’s beloved children’s book, is a whirlwind musical travelogue, where Stanley – the ultimate exchange student – explores the globe and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.



Mayhem PoetsThe Mayhem Poets
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 @ 10am & 1pm

$8 | Grades 5-8
This internationally-renowned three man group of theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip-hop, theatre, improv and stand-up comedy to reshape students’ view of poetry.



Alexander & the Terribly, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Theatreworks USA
Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 10am & 12pm

$8 | Grades K-3
Students will laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this hilarious literature-based musical as they see that sometimes everyone has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.