Welcome to Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences

  • Rags to Riches - Lou and Melody Peters

We are a traveling theatre troupe, entertaining the young and the young at heart with stories pulled from history, literature and fantasy. Our performances include music, laughter and improvisation.

Each year we put out a repertoire for the season, packing our props into a trunk and quite literally taking our show on the road. We perform in front of hundreds of people each month.

But Rags to Riches is not just for watching. Oh no, if indeed that were the case, we would be lost for words.


You Become Part of the Show

Our shows rely on participation – we teach our audiences songs and shouts and moves and dances. You just may end up being a tree or a fish or the net that catches one.

Rags to Riches is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1993. It is the culmination of a dream and we value the support offered by the community.

Rags to Riches Announces 2018-2019 Season Offerings

2018-2019 Rags Season PosterRags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences is excited to announce our 2018-2019 Season of plays. Contact us today to schedule a performance for your school or group!


Download Our 2018-2019 Season Poster in pdf format.

Rags to Riches Participating in the Great Human Race 2018

Great Human Race 2018 with The Volunteer Center of DurhamPlease support Rags To Riches theatre for young audiences with your donations as we walk the The Great Human Race in Durham, NC with other area non-profits! The Great Human Race is the largest collective fundraising event for Triangle Nonprofits. This event is organized by the Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center.

Rags to Riches in the Great Human Race 2018

Dreams for Rags To Riches

We would love to bring Rags To Riches theatre for young audiences to a school of higher learning. We believe that our plays and style of production would be an effective teaching tool as well as a wonderful outreach for an institution of higher learning.  With 24 years of experience and an MFA and a BFA would could teach and/or develop many credit hours of coursework.

People are Talking

You performed at Morehead this past week—I didn’t see it, but Lena reported that it was great!  She was singing various songs about Stone Soup all evening.  She also noted that in all your plays, she really likes the travelling music.

I’m pretty sure you all are magic, the way you keep kids’ attention and worm your stories into their malleable little brains!

Laura, parent of audience member

Myself and my two young children saw your performance of The Frog Prince this past Wed. at the Rowan Public Library. I just wanted to pass along something that my four year old son had to say about your show….“I guess if I had to marry a frog, I would want a funny one like that one we saw today…” We had such a wonderful time at your show and hope to be able to see you again very soon. Thanks for the laughs!!!

Crystal Love

“The Owl and the Turtle”

The Owl and the TurtleGet your copy of Lou Peters’ book, “The Owl and the Turtle” here, from Lulu.com.