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What we do

Mission Statement: Raleigh Little Theatre is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enrich, educate, and entertain our community by providing a superior theatre experience.

Raleigh Little Theatre is a community theatre that produces 11 full productions annually and maintains a comprehensive youth and adult theatre education programs.

Exceptional Stage Productions

RLT produces 11 shows each season, professionally supported by complete on-site costume and scene shops, along with a full and part-time professional staff of 16 and more than 500 community volunteers. With the largest subscription base of any community theatre in the area (3,000+), RLT serves more than 40,000 people with shows each season.

The historic Raleigh Little Theatre facility in Raleigh, North Carolina includes three on-site venues: the 298-seat Cantey V. Sutton Theatre built in 1939; the beautiful, outdoor 1700-seat RLT’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre, also built in 1939; and the 150-seat Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre built in 1990.

A total of 11 shows are produced annually, professionally supported by complete on-site costume and scene shops.

Nationally Acclaimed Education Programs

Each year, RLT serves more than 900 children and adults in its year-round on-site and satellite education programs through the Dianne Davidian Education Program. In addition, more than 1,000 Wake County students are served in the classroom, at youth organizations and on-site are reached through its RLT Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Active Arts Outreach Program.

RLT’s Youth Education Program has received national, state and local recognition for excellence, not only are they the talent of tomorrow but also tomorrow’s audiences. RLT’s Education Program has included the active participation of more than 14,000 young people in the past 15- years that have taken classes at RLT, including being named the “Best Youth Education Program” by the North Carolina Theatre Conference in 2002.

In 2003, RLT launched its RLT/Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Arts Active Outreach Program to bring its award-winning, process-oriented, youth education program directly into the classroom. During the first six months of the program, more than 1,000 students had the opportunity to experience the theatrical arts either through workshops, in-classroom residencies or special performances in schools that otherwise would not have been possible.


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