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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 $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:
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.

2017-2018 Youtheatre Season:
New Perspectives

The Money Tree
Produced by Roseneath Theatre
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 10am & 1:30pm
$8 | Grades 1st to 6th
Curriculum Connections: Math, Social Sciences
Themes: Financial Literacy, Classism, Bullying, Equity

Through a magical journey, Shasta and Simon learn that being a loyal friend is worth more than buying new things, and in the end, our friends, family, and imaginations remain our greatest assets.




Pete the Cat
Theatreworks USA
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10am & 12pm
$8 | Grades PreK to 3rd
Curriculum: Language Arts, Fine Arts
Themes: Communication, Relationships, Family

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





One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom
Mike Wiley Productions
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10am & 12pm
$8 | Grades 3rd to 8th
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Social Sciences
Themes: Slavery & Emancipation, Racism, Equity

Mike Wiley’s one man show tells the story of Henry “Box” Brown, who escaped slavery and traveled to freedom in a wooden box.




Freedom Riders *
Produced by Mad River Theatreworks
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10am & 12pm
$8 | Grades 3rd to 8th
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Social Sciences
Themes: Civil Rights & Segregation, Racism, Equity

The Freedom Riders, both black and white Americans from the North and South, traveled together on buses that crossed state lines despite segregation and racism in America.




Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats

Golden Dragon Acrobats
 Youtheatre favorite!
Wednesday & Thursday, February 21 & 22, 2018 at 10am & 12pm
$10 | Grades K to 12th
Curriculum Connections: Foreign Language, Fine Arts
Themes: Chinese Culture, Traditional Dance, Acrobatics

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.




Curious George
Theatreworks USA
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10am & 12pm
$8 | Grades PreK to 3rd
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Fine Arts
Themes: Communication, Relationships, Family
Don’t miss George’s special weekend performance for the public on Sat, Apr 28 at 10am & 12pm! Prices may vary.

Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical which takes us on a fun, food filled, adventure!




Tales of Spain
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 10AM
$8 | Grades K to 12th
Curriculum Connections: Foreign Language, Fine Arts
Themes: Hispanic Culture, Traditional 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.




Doktor Kaboom! Live Wire
Co-commissioned by Doktor Kaboom, LLC &
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10am & 12pm
$8 | Grades 3rd to 8th
Curriculum Connections: Science, Math
Themes: Electricity & Energy, Exploration, Creativity

Doktor Kaboom! performs original interactive science comedy shows for audiences of all ages. Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom! keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter.

*Freedom Riders 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 the Crane Group.