Welcome to Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences

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 - Lou and Melody Peters

Support Rags to Riches in The Great Human Race

Supprt Rags to Riches in The Great Human RaceHello supporters of Rags To Riches. I want to invite all of you to help keep our shows on the road by sponsoring Lou and I  as we walk for Rags To Riches theatre for young audiences in an upcoming 5K that the Volunteer Center of Durham puts on for area Non-Profits, called The Great Human Race.  This event is a nice way to offer an annual fundraiser and also be doing something that benefits our organization as well as other non-proft organizations in the community. 5% of all donations raised by June 1st will be matched by an anonymous donor!  This is a great time to give!

Last year we raised about $1,000 and with that we were able to bring our shows to 10 new Preschools this year. Preschools have and also will be the Bread and Butter of our company!  No one tours to Preschools like we do! Help us keep growing and reaching new schools!  Please consider going to the link below and contributing what you can! No amount is too small!  Thank you for your support of bringing live theatre to so many young folks and folks who are young at heart! We are excited and grateful to have been performing for Rags To Riches for 23 years now!

Melody and Lou Peters



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.



Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences