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  • Ignite Passion   //   Inspire Creativity   //   Increase Empathy

    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 Illinois Priority Learning Standards and achievements. 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 student tickets
    • Teacher Resource Guides are available 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 may 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 during 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:

    Click here for Group Reservations
    (847) 679-9501 x 3105

    Thank you Youtheatre supporters:
    Village of Skokie, Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, Rice Young Peoples Endowment of NSCPA Foundation, and Rotary Club of Skokie Valley.

    Spring 2024 Youtheatre Shows


    Mad River Theater Works:
    Keep Marching: The Road to the March on Washington
    Friday, February 02, 2024 | 10am & 12pm
    $9 | Grades 2 – 6

    Curriculum Connections: American History, Civil Rights, Social Justice, Civics and US Government.
    Themes: Freedom, Policy, Protest, Equity, Racism, Segregation


    Bringing collected oral history to life, this new one-act play with music explores the historic 1963 march on Washington. Revered as the day that Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in August 1963, the event drew over a quarter of a million people together in a peaceful gathering, and was a shining moment in the progression of equality in America, as well as a pivotal action in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.


    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
    Alphabet Soup Productions
    Monday, February 05, 2024 | 10am & 12pm
    $9 | Grades Pre-K – 3

    Curriculum Connections: Reading Comprehension, Literacy, Music & Dance, Social and Emotional Learning, Problem Solving
    Themes: Fantasy, Humor, Engagement, Responsibility, Persuasion


    Based on the award-winning children’s book by Mo Willems, audiences can now hop on board for an unforgettable ride! It’s not easy being the Pigeon… you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis and threatens to make her passengers late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Featuring an innovative mix of songs, and feathers, this fun-filled musical is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping.


    The Peking Acrobats
    Featuring members of the Shanghai Circus
    Monday, May 06, 2024 | 10am & 12pm
    Tuesday, May 07,2024 | 10am & 1pm
    $12 | Grades K – 12

    Curriculum Connections: Music, Dance, Art, Foreign Language
    Themes: Chinese Culture, Traditional Dance, Acrobatics, Pageantry


    The Peking Acrobats have been called “incredible,” “breathtaking,” “stunning,” and “quite unbelievable,” to quote but a few of the critics. As a special treat for the fans of THE PEKING ACROBATS, this all new production now features performers from THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS to create a very special Chinese Acrobatic extravaganza unlike any other!

    The amalgamation of THE PEKING ACROBATS and THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS offers the unique talents and the very best of both shows, suitable for playing arenas and concerts, fairs, theme parks, festivals, special events and corporate events, and casinos in North America and the world over. With the addition of fresh elements from THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS, the amalgamation of their incredible talents brings a whole new dimension to the ancient artistry of Chinese Acrobatics!

    THE PEKING ACROBATS with THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS offers more than a glimpse into the fascinating traditions of the Orient. It consists of sensational Chinese acrobatics, comedy, balancing feats, and much more. A truly Oriental spectacular and a show for all ages, the grace and precision of the acrobats are the triumph of years of dedicated training and discipline. Chinese Acrobatics are, in fact, more than just a series of stunts. Most of these acts clearly demonstrate the achievement of perfection through finding harmony between mind and body – an ancient concept in the Orient. The art form has been transformed from its simple “folk art” roots to the spectacular entertainment event we see today, by centuries of tradition.

    THE PEKING ACROBATS new partners, THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS, have been entertaining audiences of all ages for over thirty years in the United States including two six-week Broadway engagements. Recognized as being among the best acrobatic shows that introduces young people to the magic of theatre, these acrobats were awarded Best Variety Show in Branson, MO, due to their continual demonstration of the highest caliber of professional, trained athletes, jugglers, and contortionists. Their acts often trace their origins to traditional harvest festivals down through the centuries. It is no wonder the New York Times reported, “THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS is providing entertainment in abundance!”

    The tremendous response of the audience is a testament to the popularity of their unique brand of artistry, which transcends time to delight people of all ages.

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