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Niles North Presents ‘Deathtrap’


Thursday, August 18, 10 a.m. Community Performance – FREE
Friday, August 19- 4 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 – 4 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (847) 626-2122

A successful Broadway writer of mystery-thrillers is fighting a stint of writer’s block that is also creating a lack of cash flow. One of his recent students sends him a new script, which he immediately recognizes as a potential big hit! He and his wife scheme to get the young writer to accept him as “collaborator,” and the tension builds as the actions take us in surprising directions — as a mystery of our own unfolds on the stage!

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World Famous Kishi Bashi Coming Tuesday, May 3 at 7pm!

International recording artist Kishi Bashi will perform in concert with District 219 orchestra students, as well as musicians from McCracken and Golf Middle Schools at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 in the Auditorium at Niles North High School, 9800 N. Lawler, Skokie.  There will be added singers, percussionists, and a student banjo player. This one-of-a-kind concert is free to the public.

Niles North High School is one of four schools in the country that will receive a performance from Kishi Bashi. The North Orchestras entered a contest earlier this year, uploading their performances of Kishi Bashi songs to YouTube, and were selected as one of the winners.Niles North’s YouTube Kishi Bashi entry.

NPR describes Kishi Bashi as “a master of building his music from the ground up, from live violin loops to layered singing to beatboxing, in order to create pocket symphonies steeped in classical music and 21st-century pop.” His music incorporates electronics, acoustic violin, singing and beautiful lyrics.



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North Artists Design Posters Honoring Skokie’s Finest and Bravest Fire and Police


Three Niles North artists designed the winning posters for the upcoming Honoring Skokie’s Finest and Bravest Fire and Police Campaign which will be held in May. Dechen Tsechen, Cindy Salazar, and Revathi Ravindran created artwork that will be used in the campaign that will show support and gratitude to first responders in the Village of Skokie.


From May 15 to May 31, residents, businesses, houses of worship and schools in Skokie are asked to tie red and blue ribbons around trees and lampposts. This is a village-wide show of support and gratitude for our fire and police departments. Starting April 11th, ribbons will be distributed.


The Kickoff will be held on Monday, April 11 at Village Inn. Grab a meal, pick up a ribbon and mention that Skokie honors its finest. A portion of all sales will be contributed to the campaign.

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The Second City Comes BACK to North!



On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre, The Second City will make their appearance again at Niles North High School, 9800 Lawler Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077, at 7:30 p.m.

This must-see evening of comedy features some of Chicago’s best and brightest in a special one night engagement. Fresh, fast and spectacularly funny, The Second City celebrates over 55 years of cutting edge satiric revues and continues to launch the careers of comedy superstars. The Second City is truly a Chicago landmark and a national treasure.

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This irresistible new show features classic material made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from their sold out shows in Chicago and Toronto.

Tickets for this one-night only event are $30 general seating; $50 limited cabaret seating, and $10 student-only general admission seating with an ID. Tickets (non-student) can be purchased online at For more information email to or call 888-797-1606, leave your name and number, and your call will be returned by a volunteer.

There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle and additional prizes the night of the event. To pre-purchase raffle tickets or to make a donation, visit!raffle/cdhu.  Tickets will be for sale at the event.The community is welcome to attend. This performance is suitable for audiences who are 14 years old and above.

This event is sponsored by The Niles North Athletic Booster Club and the Niles North Fine Arts Parents & Patrons, Ltd.


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ILMEA District VII Festival musicians chosen!

Forty-one Niles Township High School District 219 musicians have been invited to perform at upcoming Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) District 7 Festivals this month. This is the largest contingent from D219 to ILMEA in many years. Students from the orchestra, choir and band underwent stringent auditions to qualify for the festivals. Their performances will determine whether these musicians receive an invitation to the All-State Festival in Peoria, IL during the 2016 Illinois Music Educators Conference on January 27 through 30, the most prestigious high school music festival in the state of Illinois, and the highest single honor a high school musician can achieve.
The following students will perform at the ILMEA District VII Concert Festival on November 7 at Glenbrook South High School:
Band:  Oscar Benbow, alto sax; Lucy Chavez, oboe; Filip Czarkowski, trumpet; Juliana Tichota, percussion.
Orchestra: David Caplan, cello; Robert Sanders, violin; and Daniel Aisenberg, clarinet.
Choir:  Jacob Austria, bass; Justin de la Cruz, tenor; Gabriella Dizon, alto; J.P. Dizon, bass; Hannah Eisman, soprano; Al Estacion, tenor; Goodwin Francis, tenor; Anna Hill, alto; Flonja Hoxha, alto; Thomas Montgomery, bass; Russell Reyes, tenor; Geoffrey Schmelzer, tenor; Sophie Steger, alto; and Joy Yelenosky, soprano.
The following students have been selected for the ILMEA Jazz Festival held at Niles West High School on November 21:
Vocal Jazz Ensemble:  Jacob Austria, bass; Justin de la Cruz, tenor; J.P. Dizon, bass; Anna Hill, alto; Russell Reyes, tenor; Geoff Schmelzer, tenor; and Emma Steger, alto.


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Niles North shoe designs were selected in the top 10 for the NORTHEAST REGION of Van’s Custom Culture Shoe Design Contest!


Please go to this link and vote for Niles North. 
The artists are:
Judith Tong-Skateboarding culture (eyeballs on high tops)
Diana Schlikhtova-Music ( Black with digital wavelengths)
Shane Tolentino-Local culture (Chicago skyline with L track routes)
Elena Ruiz-Art (Van Gogh inspired)

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Student to perform with all All-National Band at Grand Ole Opry

Niles North High School student Daniel Sahyouni has been selected to perform with the all-National Concert Band. The All-National Honors Ensembles are comprised of 674 high school students from across the United States. Only 13 students were selected from the state of Illinois, and of those, only three are band students.

Sahyouni is the first Niles North student to be awarded this honor. Only students who have previously participated in All-State Honors Ensembles were eligible for the National Honors Ensemble. He was selected on the basis of his video audition.

Sahyouni will be participating in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Conference, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN in October. The All-National Concert Band will be directed by renowned composer-conductor Mark Camphouse.