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Northbrook Musical Theatre for Young Audiences
The North Shore's ONLY professional Equity theatre dedicated to the child and family audience!
Thank you for a great season! Northbrook Musical Theatre for Young Audiences is planning our 19th season. Performances will run approximately one hour and are packed with singing, dancing, acting and thrills. Our intimate 268-seat theatre, located at 3323 Walters Avenue in Northbrook,is the perfect setting in which to share live theatre with children. Audiences of all ages can enjoy our performances. We also offer group discounts, lunch/theatre packages, birthday party packages and weekday performances for schools and similar groups, which include curtain talks and backstage theatre tours.
"Professional theatre for children...performed with kids in mind!"
Northbrook Musical Theatre For Young Audiences is a professional theatre company dedicated to presenting the highest quality shows to and for young people and family audiences. We are one of a very few theatres in the Midwest operating under a Theatre For Young Audiences Agreement (TYA) with Actors’ Equity Association, the national union of Actors and Stage Managers.
When are the performances?
Our professional theatre's performances are every Saturday at 10am and 1pm during the weeks of the production.
How long is the performance?
NTYA shows have a running time of about one hour, with no intermission.
Can my children meet the actors?
After the performance, the actors come into the lobby for a “Meet and Greet” with audience members.
Is there a group discount?
Yes, there is a discount for a group over 20. Contact the Performing Arts Office at 847·291·2995 for details.
NTYA School Bookings
What days and times can my school come?
School bookings are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with performances beginning at 10:30am. Groups are asked to arrive no earlier than 10:15am.
What ages can attend the show?
Most performances are appropriate for preschool aged children and up; however good children's theatre can be enjoyed by children of all ages as well as the young and young at heart! If concerned, call for specific show age-appropriateness.
How long is the performance?
The show is about one hour long, with no intermission. After the performance, children can ask the actors and director questions during the “Curtain Talk.” A backstage tour also is available, with advance notice.
Northbrook Theatre Children’s Company
“Theatre by kids . . . for kids!”
For more than 30 years, the award-winning Northbrook Theatre Children’s Company has presented “theatre by youth for youth.” The actors are in grades 6-10 and perform age-appropriate plays and musicals suitable for family viewing.
What is the audition process?
Children are asked to sing, dance and read from the script during their audition. The singing portion consists of a one-on-one audition with the music director/pianist. Children prepare a song and provide their own sheet music, in the proper key. During the dance audition, the children are divided into groups and taught a short dance by the choreographer. In the final part of the audition, children are placed with one-to-three other children and given a section of the script. After being given time to rehearse, the children perform the scene for the directors.
What is the time commitment if I am cast in a production?
Each cast rehearses one day during the week and on Sundays.
The Bright Star Theatre Company
The North Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) produces this theater program for teens with special needs. Participants are joined by volunteer Creative Companions (CCs) and Northbrook Park District Theatre staff to help facilitate a professional production.
This program meets weekly from September to April. The experience combines theatre games, movement exercises and musical training with rehearsals for a fully-mounted musical production. The culmination of the program is a spring performance for friends and family at the Northbrook Theatre. Actors and companions register for the program through NSSRA.