Rags to Riches has been coming to my school since we opened 17 years ago. I am constantly amazed at how 2 people can bring such wonderful entertainment to our children. I honestly don’t know who enjoys it more—my children or my teachers. I highly recommend them.
Sharon Fingerhut, Owner of Tutor Time Child Care
Magic does not just happen by itself, but can be generated, and Rags to Riches theatre company does exactly THAT every time they bring a performance to our school. In this day and time, focused attention is a challenge with our young children, but it is amazing to watch to Rags to Riches ‘share’ a story with 250+ children and have everyone fully engaged. I say ‘share,’ because it is not a ‘telling of a tale,’ but one in which the actors/performers (use the word that fits best) craftfully guide the audience into being ‘part’ of the story. The extended hands with ‘tick tock tick tock’ to show the passing of time, the interactions with the children while they are in the audience (hiding among them, asking them questions), and the explaining a part of the story with both actions AND words), are just a few of the many ways in which a live theatre experience becomes very ‘real’ for even the youngest of our audience members.
What is the BEST part of a ‘Rags to Riches’ performance? FUN! Absolute fun and playfulness are first and foremost in telling of any story and with any audience! Their performances are one that we just don’t want to see come to an end. However, they always leave the kids with a ‘happily ever after’ spirit and encourage them to go and read the stories for themselves. Fun, literature, acting….how much better can it get? Yes, it’s MAGIC indeed!”
NBC Art Educator
Durham Public Schools