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

Make N Take Family Series at the Scrap Exchange

Rags to Riches at the Scrap Exchange - Make N Take Family SeriesRags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences is thrilled to partner with the Scrap Exchange for The Make N Take Family Series. We will perform at The Scrap Exchange one Saturday a month at 4:00pm-5:30pm. Come see a show then stay for a make and take craft project that will link you and your family to your experience! Take a look at our flyer for a listing of shows and dates!

Our first show in the series is, “The Owl and the Turtle,” on October 22ndGet your tickets online today!

Come See The Owl and the Turtle at Northgate’s Discovery Nook

The Owl and the Turtle Poster

Come to the Discovery Nook in Northgate Mall  Saturday September 10th at 12:30 pm for crafts and fun and then see our performance of “The Owl and the Turtle,” at 1:00 pm!


Free and open to the public! Celebrate reading with the Durham County Library and Rags To Riches at Northgate Mall in Durham, NC!





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.