We hope you will book a show, sponsor a performance or just bring your family to see us at work.
It does the heart good to be reminded that dreams do come true.
Lou Peters, Artistic Director
Melody Peters, Managing Director
We are a traveling theatre troupe, entertaining the young and the young at heart with stories pulled from history, literature and fantasy. Our performance 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 For Riches is not just for watching. Oh no, if indeed that were the case, we would be lost for words.
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.
Your donation of $10 per person includes your tickets to the play,"The Owl and the Turtle," based on Lou's book as well as tea time,
For a donation of $30 or more per person, you will also receive a copy of Lou's book,"The Owl and the Turtle." He will also read the story during our tea!
Why we don't use microphones
Rags To Riches theatre for young audiences does not use electronic supplementation in performance because Theatre is supposed to be a live, spoken word, acoustic art form. In this day and age, adults use microphones and amplifiers to shout over the noise that young people make.
Theatre is supposed to be one of the ways that we are taught to listen and it is to that end that we strive. There is a certain immeasurable something that happens when a whole group of people in an audience are listening to actors who know how to resonate on a stage. The shared resonation between actor and audience is of primal importance. We are certain that it is an important something that we are not allowing our young people to experience.
If you are coming to a Rags To Riches performance or we are coming to your facility, please prepare any young people by telling them that this will be an experience in which they will be asked to participate. Participation will include any of the environmental cues that the audience will be taught prior to the show. Also included in this process is listening in those times that we are not actively participating. We hope to share the acoustic, live performance with our audience. We refuse to shout it at them through an amplified system.
A great story on Rags to Riches and their performance of "The Frog Prince" appeared in the Caldwell Messenger recently. Read it here!
"The Owl and the Turtle"
Get your copy of Lou Peters' book, "The Owl and the Turtle" here, from Lulu.com.
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