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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 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
(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 Rice Young Peoples Endowment of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts 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 2016-2017 Youtheatre Season:
Healthy Art, Healthy Hearts



Tales of Spain
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 10am

Curriculum Connections: Social/Emotional Learning & Fine Arts

$8 | Grades K – 12

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.



KP_promoOperation Lunch Line 3D
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
10am & 12pm

Curriculum Connections: Health, Physical Education, Language Arts, Science & Social Studies

$8 | Grades K – 6

Operation Lunch Line 3D is a highly interactive, musical show, designed to help children grades Kindergarten thru 6 learn the value of good nutrition and exercise.




We the People
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 at 10am & 12pm

Curriculum Connections: Communication & Language Arts, Music, Relationships & Family, Social Studies

$8 | Grades 4 – 8

Just in time for the presidential election, We the People is a musical revue that brings American Civics lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting and accessible.



Handicap This

Handicap This!
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10am

Curriculum Connections: Social/Emotional Learning & Fine Arts

$8 | Grades 6 – 12

Hysterical, Risky, and Real! Part theatre-piece, part stand-up comedy routine and part insight on living with disabilities, Handicap This! is an ALL-REAL two-man show.



Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats

Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
January 31 – February 02, 2017
Tuesday & Thursday at 10am & 12pm
Wednesday at 10am & 1:30pm

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts & Foreign Languages
$10 | Grades K – 12

A Youtheatre favorite! Rooted in time-honored ancient traditions beginning twenty-five centuries ago, the Chinese Golden dragon Acrobats feature 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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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10am & 12pm

Curriculum Connections: Communication &Language Arts, Literature, Music, Relationships & Family

$9 | Grades PreK – 5

Based on Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, is a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical.




Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10am & 12pm

Curriculum Connections: Communication & Language Arts, Social/Emotional Learning, Fine Arts

$8 | Grades 3 – 8

A Game Apart provides a glimpse of Jackie Robinson’s life as a star baseball player who was showered with adulation on the field, but who became a second-hand citizen when he walked off the diamond. Jackie Robinson teaches us a powerful lesson of courage during discrimination through the practice of dedication, perseverance and leadership.




Charlotte’s Web
Friday, April 07, 2017 at 10am & 12pm

Curriculum Connections: Communication & Language Arts, Literature, Music, Relationships & Family

$8 | Grades K – 5

Theatreworks’ production of Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte.



Science-of-Magic-300x300-2Bill Blagg’s The Science of Magic
Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 10am & 12pm

Curriculum Connections: Science & Math

$8 | Grades 2 – 7

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.