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Ignite Passion   //   Inspire Creativity   //   Increase Empathy 

982North Shore Center’s Youtheatre program seeks to fulfill a mission to inspire, educate, entertain and ignite 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 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)

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.

The 2014-2015 Youtheatre Season

MathemagicMathemagic starring Bradley Fields
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 10am
$8 | Grades 4-8

View Mathemagic Teacher Resource Guide

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

View Handicap This! Teacher Resource Guide

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

View Schoolhouse Rock Live! Teacher Resource Guide

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
$8 | Grades K-5

View Super Scientific Circus Teacher Resource Guide

Super Scientific Circus combines zany characters and outrageous stunts to excite students in the pursuit of science. Principles included: friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure, and ultraviolet light.


Apollo to the MoonApollo to the Moon
Virginia Repertory Theatre – Theatre IV
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 10am & 1pm
$8 | Grades 3-12

View Apollo to the Moon Teacher Resource Guide

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
$8 | Grades 3-8

View Freedom Bound Teacher Resource Guide

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 & 1pm
Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 10:15am
$8 | Grades K-12

View Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago Teacher Resource Guide

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

View Golden Dragon Acrobats Teacher Resource Guide

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 Light in the Dark:
The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan
Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ 10am
$8 | Grades K-12
View A Light in the Dark Teacher Resource Guide Grades K-4
View A Light in the Dark Teacher Resource Guide Grades 5-8

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

View Flat Stanley Teacher Resource Guide

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

View The Mayhem Poets Teacher Resource Guide

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’ views 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

View the Alexander Teacher Resource Guide

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.