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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.

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 curriculum connections (See listings below)
  • Tickets range from $9-$12 (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:
Educational Program Manager
(847) 679-9501 x 3100
Click here for Group Reservations


Thank you Youtheatre supporters:
Village of Skokie, Niles Township Government, Rice Young Peoples Endowment of NSCPA Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Skokie Valley, Rotary Club of Skokie Valley and Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Charitable Foundation.

2018-2019 Youtheatre Season:
A STEM to Growth

MatheMagic! Starring Bradley Fields
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades 3rd to 8th
Curriculum Connections: STEM, Math, Geography, History
Themes: Problem-solving, Comedy, Magic

Internationally acclaimed magician and educator, Bradley Fields captivates students with his famous magic illusions and turns them on to the history, the power and the beauty of the language of math!



Pete the Cat
from TheatreWorksUSA
Friday, November 02, 2018 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades PreK to 3rd
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music
Themes: Communication, Relationships, Family

Based on the popular children’s book, Pete the Cat takes us on a rocking, imagination filled adventure to conquer second grade that turns everything upside down!



Story of Ram
from Mandala South Asian Performing Arts
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10am
$9 | Grades K to 8th
Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Music, Dance
Themes: South Asian Culture, Traditional & Folkloric Dance, Shadow Puppetry

Talking monkeys, shape-shifting deer, and ten-headed demons, this performance introduces audiences to beloved cultural traditions of Asia through dance, shadow puppetry, and creative storytelling!



Rosie Revere, Engineer
from TheatreWorksUSA
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades K to 4th
Curriculum Connections: STEM, Communication & Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies
Themes: Ingenuity, Problem-solving, Engineering & Science

A fun new Theatreworks USA musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).



Tired Souls: King & the Montgomery Bus Boycott
from Mike Wiley Productions
Thursday, February 07, 2019 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades 3rd to 6th
Curriculum Connections: American History, Civil Rights
Themes: Freedom, Protest, Equity, Racism, Segregation

Tired Souls introduces audiences to Rosa Parks, Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin and others instrumental in pushing the civil rights movement and changing the course of U.S. history forever.



Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 10am
$9 | Grades K to 12th
Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Music
Themes: African Culture, Traditional & Folkloric Dance

Muntu is the largest African dance company in the United States. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative repertory and preserving traditional African dance while creating electrifying new works that build on African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions.



Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats

Golden Dragon Acrobats
Tuesday & Wednesday,
February 26 & 27, 2019 at 10am & 12pm
$12 | Grades K to 12th
Curriculum Connections: Music, Dance, Foreign Language
Themes: Chinese Culture, Traditional Dance, Acrobatics

A Youtheatre favorite! Rooted in time-honored ancient traditions beginning twenty-five centuries ago, the Golden Dragon Acrobats features electrifying acrobats, contortionists and jugglers combining award-winning acrobatics and traditional dance with spectacular costumes and graceful artistry to produce art that transcends borders and culture.



 The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour Presents
Me…Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall
Based on the book Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades K to 5th
Curriculum Connections: STEM, Science, Literature, Geography
Themes: Zoology, Conservation, Dreams, Patience

In this brand new musical adaptation, join young Jane Goodall and her special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. With anecdotes taken directly from Goodall’s autobiography, this adaptation makes this very true story accessible for the young—and young at heart.



The Magic School Bus
from TheatreWorksUSA
Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades K to 5th
Curriculum Connections: STEM, Communication & Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies
Themes: Exploration, Discovery, Space

Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in Theatreworks USA’s new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic. When the planetarium is closed, and the field trip is ruined, Ms. Frizzle saves the day!



Junie B. Jones

Junie B. Jones
from TheatreWorksUSA
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades K to 5th
Curriculum Connections: Communication & Language Arts, Literature-based, Social Studies
Themes: Learning, Relationships, Family, Perseverance

A musical adventure based on Barbara Park’s popular books. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun and always something to sing about!



Tales of Spain
from Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater ­
May 01, 2019 at 10am
$9 | Grades K to 12th
Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Foreign Languages
Themes: Hispanic Culture, Traditional & Folkloric Dance

Ensemble Español presents its distinct multi-media Spanish dance and music lecture concert series Tales of Spain, especially designed for school audiences of all grades and levels.



Bill Blagg’s The Science of Magic
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades 2nd to 7th
Curriculum Connections: STEM, Science, Magic, Performing Arts
Themes: Problem-solving, Suspension of disbelief, Perspective

Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of-a-kind educational experience, The Science of Magic, takes students on a rare, never-before-seen journey “behind the scenes” of the magic world.