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Announcing RLT’s 2021-2022 Season of New Heights


Welcome to our 2021/2022 Season of New Heights at RLT!

Raleigh Little Theatre is soaring to new heights after a year of limited operations. It is thrilling to be able to announce a full season as we prepare to welcome volunteers and audiences back through our doors. RLT has revised our canceled 2020/2021 season with the safety of our audiences, performers and volunteers in mind. And we are excited to present a season of shows that have never been produced at RLT! With unforgettable music, exhilarating stories, and a diversity of characters, these plays will inspire us to rise from great depths to new heights as Raleigh Little Theatre comes back stronger than ever.

Welcome back!

Patrick Torres, Artistic Director

2021-2022 Season

Illustration of red brick building with a sunrise is the background and the silhouette of a family sitting atop the building. The titles and dates of the season shows are listed (text available elsewhere on the page).See below for a quick overview of our new season! Scroll down to continue reading more about each production.

SUTTON SERIES, presented in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (unless otherwise noted)

GADDY-GOODWIN SERIES, presented this year in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre

FAMILY SERIES, presented in the Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre and Cantey V. Sutton Theatre


  • As You Like It, Teens on Stage / Teens Backstage Production
    • July 23 – 31, 2021
  • Holiday production to be announced at a later date*

*At the time of the season announcement, we are still determining the best path forward for our holiday programming this year. At this time, we could not safely have a cast the size that Cinderella (our traditional holiday production) calls for using our limited dressing room and backstage spaces. While we assume restrictions might relax a bit by the end of the year, it is difficult to know just how much grace we will be given and how safe everyone will feel working in close proximity again. Whether it is Cinderella or something else, we do plan on presenting a show at the holidays. We will share updates as soon as we have more information!

Side view of an outdoor stage with several musicians in black playing their instruments and a dark skinned female actress sitting on a stool and singing.

Photo by Dennis Berfield of RLT’s “The Last Five Years” in April 2021

Returning Members

If you chose to transfer your 2020-21 season membership to 2021-22, you should have an email in your inbox from April 30 with information about your new tickets! If you need help or didn’t receive the email, please contact the box office at BoxOffice@nullRaleighLittleTheatre.org or call 919-821-3111 and leave a detailed voicemail. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

New Members & Ticket Information

In order to fulfill outstanding season ticket purchases from RLT’s postponed 2020-21 season and maintain the ability to sell single tickets at reduced seating capacity, the theatre will not be selling new season memberships or subscriptions for the 2021-22 Season of New Heights at this time.

Single tickets for As You Like It will go on sale May 3. Tickets for Beehive, The Velocity of Autumn, and Elephant & Piggie will go on sale July 1. The second half of the season will go on sale in the fall – date TBA.

Safety Precautions

We plan to maintain social distancing in our theatre spaces during the new season and will be requiring masks for ages 5+ for at least the fall shows, but we will reassess the mask requirement for the spring. Performance venues and seating capacities are subject to change based on health and safety guidelines at the time of the performance.

Young female actress with purple glasses and red hair looking excited with her hands up in front of a colorful set and other children sitting at tables.

Photo by Dennis Berfield of RLT’s “Junie B. Jones, The Musical” in February 2019

2021-2022 Season of New Heights

As You Like ItComedy

July 23 – 31, 2021
Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre and Raleigh Rose Garden
General Admission
Thursday – Sunday at 7PM

Written by William Shakespeare

RLT’s Teens on Stage and Teens Backstage program take you into the Forest of Arden for a site-specific, outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a pastoral comedy that explores the rollercoaster of falling in love. When Rosalind is banished from her uncle’s court, she flees to the Forest of Arden. Disguised as a man, she encounters Orlando, her love interest, in the forest. While in disguise, Rosalind becomes Orlando’s teacher, instructing him how to woo the real Rosalind. Tickets on sale May 3!

Beehive: The 60’s Musical | Musical

August 12 – 28, 2021
Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
General Admission
Thursday – Saturday at 8PM

Created by Larry Gallagher

Beehive celebrates the powerful female voices of the 1960’s with such timeless hits as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” Told from the perspective of six young women who come of age in this enigmatic decade, Beehive takes us from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation.

The Velocity of Autumn | Comedy

September 17 – October 3, 2021
Cantey V. Sutton Theatre
General Admission
Thursday – Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

Written by Eric Coble

The Velocity of Autumn swirls around Alexandra, an 80-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra’s corner are her wit, her volcanic passion, and the fact that she’s barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon: estranged son Chris, who returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra’s second-floor window and becomes the family’s unlikely mediator. No sooner are the words “Hi, Mom” uttered than the emotional bombs start detonating. The Velocity of Autumn is a wickedly funny and wonderfully touching discovery of the fragility and ferocity of life.

Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” | Family Musical

October 23 – 31, 2021
Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
General Admission
Saturday – Sunday at 1PM & 4PM

Book and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems

An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are the very “bestus” of friends! In this vaudevillian romp, Elephant and Piggie sing their way through a day where anything is possible. They go to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, wear silly hats, learn a new dance, and share ice cream! Their perfect day hits a snag when Gerald accidently breaks Piggie’s new toy and her feelings get hurt. Will their friendship withstand the tragedy of a broken toy? See your favorite moments from the Elephant & Piggie book series come to life in this bouncy and fun musical!

Pride and Prejudice | Romantic Comedy

February 4 – 20, 2022
Cantey V. Sutton Theatre
Reserved Seating
Thursday – Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

By Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen

This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this P&P for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical or so full of life than it does in this effervescent and freewheeling adaptation. Because what turns us into greater fools… than the high-stakes game of love?

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook | Family Comedy

March 18 – 27, 2022
Cantey V. Sutton Theatre
Reserved Seating
Thursday – Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday – Sunday at 1PM & 4PM
Sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, April 2 at 1PM

By Allison Gregory
Based on the book series by Barbara Park

Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today: someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, because “finders keepers, losers weepers,” right? And Junie B. wonders if her magnificent new pen will help her win the affections of the handsomest new boy in kindergarten! That makes it okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook… or is she? This hilarious and heartfelt tale follows everyone’s favorite almost-six-year-old as she learns valuable lessons of right and wrong and realizes the power of friendship.

In the Heights | Musical

June 3 – 19, 2022
Cantey V. Sutton Theatre
Reserved Seating
Thursday – Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Follow bodega owner Usnavi and his friends as they dream of a brighter future in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s energetic Tony Award-winning Best Musical.

Two actors on a barren stage with blue lights in the background staring tensely at each other.

Photo by Jeremy Diamond of RLT’s “A Number” in March 2021