North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie has been closely following the public health situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus and the State of Illinois mandated cancellation of events of 50 or more. Following this official mandate, we are cancelling YOUTHEATRE performances at the North Shore Center up to April 30. Most of our area schools are closed until March 30 or after spring break in early-April. We will monitor official guidance and make a determination at a later date regarding YOUTHEATRE events on and after April 30.

We will immediately send email notification to school group leaders if we cancel or confirm a new date. If we are unable to reschedule, we will provide a full ticket refund. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Youtheatre productions offer a unique opportunity to engage students from PreK through 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, Irving M. and Sylvia Footlik Foundation, Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, Rice Young Peoples Endowment of NSCPA Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Skokie Valley, and Rotary Club of Skokie Valley.

2019-2020 Youtheatre Season:
Inspiring Innovation

Yao Yao
Produced by BRUSH Theatre from Seoul, South Korea
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 10am
$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

Turn the poutiest of frowns upside down in this new musical featuring whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure. When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout.



Tsukasa Taiko
Japanese Drumming
Thursday, May 07, 2020 at 10am
$9 | Grades PreK to 12th
Curriculum Connections: Music, History, Dance, Foreign Language
Themes: Japanese Culture, Rhythm, Movement

The unmistakable sound of Taiko (Japanese drums), once heard only at seasonal festivals and temples in Japan, reaches a new dimension of community engagement. Tsukasa Taiko celebrates a mission to preserve and pass on the traditional concepts of taiko as a cultural legacy and to utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the taiko form.



Moon Shot
From Chicago’s Theater Unspeakable
Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades 4th to 7th
Curriculum Connections: History, Space Race, Problem-Solving, Physical Theater
Themes: Teamwork, Curiosity, Exploration, Goal Setting

Theater Unspeakable recreates the story of America’s Apollo 11 lunar landing with seven actors that squeeze onto a 21-square foot stage nearly as tight as NASA’s original Mercury capsules. Using only their bodies and their voices, this astounding troupe of actors brings to life one of the most daring times in the history of human exploration: The Space Race.



Magic Tree House
Showtime with Shakespeare
A New Hip Hop Musical
Based on “Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night” by Mary Pope Osborne
from New Jersey PAC and George Street Playhouse
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 10am & 12pm
$9 | Grades 1st to 4th
Curriculum Connections: Shakespeare, History of Literature, Rhyming, History of London
Themes: Overcoming Fears, Decision Making, Social Awareness, Friendship

A new hip hop musical based on the Magic Tree House adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night by The New York Times best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne.



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, Engineer; Iggy 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.



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
Thursday, February 13, 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.



Dog Man: 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!!