Youtheatre

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Ignite Passion   //   Inspire Creativity   //   Increase Empathy 

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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 that are educationally augmented with Teacher Resource Guides, inspire creative learning opportunities that enhance Common Core standards and achievement. A Youtheatre field trip is the perfect way to infuse your school’s curriculum with empathy, imagination, and high quality performing arts presentations. NEW for the 2015-16 Season: We are now offering opportunities to experience in-school workshops as well as post-show workshops for select performances. Your students will work directly with our Youtheatre performing teaching artists!

Youtheatre Basics:

  • Shows are approximately one-hour long
  • Receive one FREE adult ticket for every 15 students tickets
  • Teacher Resource Guides are provided for each show to aid in making Common Core Anchor Standard Connections (See listings below)
  • Tickets range from $8-$10 (See listings below for details)
  • Ticket grants may be available to qualifying schools (please email or call with inquiries)

Accessibility & Inclusivity

Please be aware that during a Youtheatre performance your students may be seated alongside students from other schools. Our Youtheatre audiences are very diverse, and represent a range of ages, grades, school districts, and personal backgrounds. Some may have attended the theatre many times, while for others, this many be their first theatre experience. Additionally, every year the North Shore Center is proud to host students with a range of physical disabilities, as well as cognitive differences to Youtheatre programming. We ask all our patrons, young and old audiences alike, to practice good theatre etiquette, and to be patient, respectful, and welcoming to all audience members attending the performance. We thank you for your compassion and commitment to making the arts accessible to all audiences.

For School Group Reservations:
Lucy O. Ahlborn
Educational Program Manager
lahlborn(at)northshorecenter.org
(847) 679-9501 x 3100
Click here for Group Reservations

 

Principal support for Youtheatre programming is provided by the Irving M. and Sylvia Footlik Foundation; the Beatrice C. Mayer Charitable Trust; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Rice Young Peoples Endowment of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Foundation; the Winnetka Northfield Rotary Charitable Foundation; 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, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation; Rotary Club of Skokie Valley; Kiwanis Club of Skokie Valley; and members of the High Five Club.  Additional support is provided by Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, The Village of Skokie, and Niles Township Government.

The 2015-2016 Youtheatre Season: Expanding Our Horizons

Handicap ThisHandicap This!
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10am
$8 | Grades 6-12

Curriculum Connections: Social/Emotional Learning and Fine Arts

Using music, humor and honesty, the charismatic duo of Mike and Tim raise awareness for people born with severe physical handicaps and inspires all individuals to achieve their own goals and dreams.

 

 

I-Am-Jack-300x300I Am Jack
A Youtheatre Anti-Bullying Initiative
Thursday & Friday, November 12 & 13, 2015 at 10am
$8 | Grades 2-6

Curriculum Connections: Social Development (Bullying, Family Relationships, Communication, Problem Solving); Language Arts (Reading, Literature Adaptation); Fine Arts (Drama – Performing and Design).

I am Jack is based on the popular book by Susanne Gervay and produced by Monkey Baa Theatre Company from Australia. A recounting of actual events, this excellent one-man show explores the often overlooked insidious taunting and teasing that bullies are so adept at inflicting on their victims.

 

 

Muntu Dance Theatre of ChicagoMuntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 10am & 1:30pm
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 10am
$8 | Grades K-12

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Social Studies, Foreign Languages

Muntu Dance Theatre is the highly-regarded and largest African dance company in the United States preserving traditional African dance in this electrifying show.

 

 

New! Weekend Public Performances Available!

Three-Little-Birds-300x300Three Little Birds
A New Reggae Family Musical featuring the Music of Bob Marley!
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10am & 1pm
$10 | $14 | $18 | Ages 4+!

Great for kids of all ages! Come on a tropical journey of love, friendship and self-confidence to explore a new culture through the music of a man that was, and is arguably, a major catalyst for social change, love and peace around the world.

 

 

Chinese Golden Dragon AcrobatsChinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
Wed & Thu, February 17 & 18, 2016 @ 10am & 12pm
$10 | Grades K-12

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts and Foreign Languages

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 borders and culture.

 

 

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A Youtheatre Anti-Bullying Initiative
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 at 10am
(TBD Workshop/performance on Monday, 2/29/16)
$8 | Grades 5-9

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts (theatre, stylized movement, hip hop); Language Arts (storytelling, fiction vs. nonfiction); Emotional/Social Development (relationships/friendship, forgiveness, personal identity, empathy, self esteem, Social media and how to use it safely).

Out of Bounds confronts the growing issue of cyber-bullying and initiates a dialogue around its harmful effects. Classroom workshops are available as well as a partner performance that explores the plight of the adults who feel powerless to help their children and students.

New! Youtheatre Public Performance Available!

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A Youtheatre Anti-Bullying Initiative
Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7pm
FREE
to the public
Click HERE to reserve your seat

A special public performance for all parents, teachers and students who are 5th Grade and up! Out of Bounds confronts the growing issue of cyber-bullying from the perspective of parents and school teachers. A post-show panel discussion will help facilitate community dialogue around the topic.

NEFA_black_RGB_small_0OUT OF BOUNDS was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.

 

 

Let's Go ScienceLet’s Go Science
Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 10am & 1pm
$8 | Grades K-5

Curriculum Connection: English Language Arts, Science

Let’s Go Science is a fun look at scientific principles in action during a fast-paced, interactive and comedic show!

 

 

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Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players
The Mysterious Hat

Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10am
$8 | Grades K-5

Curriculum Connections: TBA

Justin Roberts’ brand new theatrical concert experience, The Mysterious Hat is a heart-felt combination of catchy music, whimsical storytelling and puppetry, plus a bit of theater magic, all designed especially for families by the two-time Grammy nominee, Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players.

New! Weekend Public Performances Available!

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Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players
The Mysterious Hat

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10am & 1pm
$12 | $16 | $22

Justin Roberts’ brand new theatrical concert experience, The Mysterious Hat is a heart-felt combination of catchy music, whimsical storytelling and puppetry, plus a bit of theater magic, all designed especially for families by the two-time Grammy nominee, Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players.

 

 

Havanah-300x300Havana Hop
A Children’s Tale of Culture and Originality!
Featuring Youtheatre Teaching Artist-In-Residence, Paige Hernandez
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at TBD (After-School Program)
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10am
$8 | Grades preK-4th

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts (Theatre, Hip-hop); Language Arts (Storytelling); Foreign Language (Spanish); Emotional/Social Development (Cultural identity, Empathy).

The audience gets to dance along in this dynamic participation play where one multi-cultural actress creates three generations of lively women. A “classroom hero” —Huffington Post

 

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A B-Girl’s Visual Mixtape
Featuring Youtheatre Teaching Artist-In-Residence, Paige Hernandez
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10am
$8 | Grades 5-9

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts (Theatre, Hip-hop); Language Arts (Storytelling); Emotional/Social Development (Relationships/friendship, Personal/Cultural identity, Empathy)

Paige in Full blends poetry, dance, media and music to tell the autobiographical tale of Paige Hernandez, a multicultural girl on a journey to self-discovery through hip-hop. A “classroom hero.” —Huffington Post

Workshop Opportunities Available!
Monday – Friday, April 18-22, 2016 at TBD
Paige will take her message of identity and creative writing directly into schools where she will lead students in workshops that build confidence and give students opportunities and tools to tell their stories. Workshops include “Rap, Clap, Write That!” where Paige helps students create characters, plot and setting using hip-hop inspiration. Other themes explored in workshops could include exploring personal identity, engaging self-expression and challenge stereotypes. The North Shore Center will work directly with Paige and local schools to develop a unique, inspiring and educational curriculum to complement and support Paige in Full. Paige was named a “classroom hero” by the Huffington Post. A limited number of workshops will be available. Restrictions apply. 

Teacher Workshops:
Monday, April 18, 2016 at TBD
In addition to classroom workshops, Paige will be available for teacher training workshops where she will share “Hip-Hop Strategies for the Classroom.” In these workshops, teachers will explore innovative hip-hop teaching methods, activities and exercises to supplement curriculum. A “classroom hero.” —Huffington Post

 

 

Lightning-Thief-300x300Lightning Thief
Adapted from the best-selling book by Rick Riordan
Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 10am & 12pm
$8 | Grades 2-6

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts (Literature-Based); Fine Arts (Music); Social/Emotional Learning (Relationships and Family); Social Studies

In this adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling children’s novel, Greek mythology comes to life as the audience is taken on a journey all the way to the gates of the Underworld to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

New! Weekend Public Performances Available!

Lightning-Thief-300x300Lightning Thief
Adapted from the best-selling book by Rick Riordan
Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 10am & 1pm
$10 | $14 | $18

Great for ages 6 and up! In this adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling children’s novel, Greek mythology comes to life as the audience is taken on a journey all the way to the gates of the Underworld to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.