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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.

Youtheatre Summer 2019:

Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 11am
Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 11am
Grades 2nd to 7th
$15 Single Tickets – (847) 673-6300
$10 Youth Groups, Day Camps, Student Groups – (847) 679-9501 x3100

Curriculum Connections: STEM, Science, Magic, Performing Arts
Themes: Problem-Solving, Suspension of Disbelief, Perspective

Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion melds the fascination of magic with the wonders of physical science to create an unbelievable educational experience! Recommended for Families, Day Camp Groups and Grades 2nd to 7th

2019-2020 Youtheatre Season:
Inspiring Innovation

Rosie Revere, Engineer
from TheatreWorksUSA
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 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, EngineerIggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).



The Henry Ford’s
Innovation Nation – Live!
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades 3rd to 12th
Curriculum Connections: STEM, History/Social Studies, Science, Mathematics
Themes: Invention, Innovation, Environment, Social Justice

The two-time Emmy-winning Saturday morning show comes to life in a new production. Like the award-winning TV show, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation – Live! will inspire students with entertaining and educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries and innovators—highlighting major turning points in the past and present that influenced the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, the environment and social justice.



Giordano Dance Chicago
Jazz Dance Beat…Then and Now
Thursday, January 30, 2019 at 10am
$9 | Grades K to 12th
Curriculum Connections: Dance, Music, Fine Arts, History, Math, Science
Themes: American History, Performing Arts, Artistic Expression, Culture


A presentation of Jazz Dance, its history, present status and future directions. Jazz Dance was born in Africa many centuries ago and was cherished and nourished as an American art form throughout the 20th Century. Jazz Dance is one of America’s national treasures.




Mike Wiley’s Breach of Peace
Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades 4th to 12th
Curriculum Connections: American History, Civil Rights
Themes: Freedom, Protest, Equity, Racism, Segregation, Justice

May 24, 1961 was the day nineteen-year-old Jean Thompson’s father had prepared her for her entire life. On that day, she boarded a Trailways bus in Montgomery, Alabama with eleven other young Freedom Riders bound for New Orleans—and history. Within three months, approximately 300 other riders took up the mantle to desegregate buses, following the path of the first brave few. Mobs bloodily assaulted many. Others were arrested shining a light on a brutal, segregated South.



Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Friday, February 7, 2020 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 25 & 26, 2020 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.



Dogman: The Musical
from TheaterWorksUSA
Thursday, March 05, 2020 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades 1st to 5th
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies
Themes: School, Family, Forgiveness, Teamwork, Science, Space

Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious new production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants. Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it’s time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!!



Yao Yao
Produced by BRUSH Theatre from Seoul, South Korea
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades PreK to 3rd
Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Science, Emotional/Social Development, Music
Themes: Imagination, Family Relationships, Perspective

Join Yao on her ingenious journey to find out what’s waiting for her at the end of an accidentally pulled thread from her dad’s work overcoat. Yao Yao is a playful blend of reality and imagination, using interactive screen art technology and live music.



The Pout-Pout Fish
from TheaterWorksUSA
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades PreK to 3rd
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Social Studies
Themes: Puppetry, Confidence, Adventure, Friendship, Teamwork

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!



Tsukasa Taiko
Japanese Drumming
Thursday, May 07, 2019 at 10am
$9 | Grades PreK to 12th
Curriculum Connections: Music, History, Dance, Foreign Language
Themes: Japanese Culture, Rhythm, Movement

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.