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Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

March 8 - 31, 2019

Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (General Admission)

Due to popular demand, 2 performances have been added to Mar 30 – Mar 31! Meet Ziggy, a shy boy who would rather stay at home and watch television than explore the island of Jamaica. Over the course of his onstage journey, with some help from his friend Nansi, he realizes that the real adventures can be found outside, amid the birds and jungles and beaches. Their worldly adventure is enlivened by the fantastic songs of renowned Reggae artist, Bob Marley.

Based on the story by Cedella Marley
Music & Lyrics by Bob Marley
Adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt
Additional Music & Lyrics by John L. Cornelius, II

Directed by Deb Royals-Mizerk

Mar 14th | Milk & Cookies Night

Enjoy fresh milk & cookies after the show provided by Insomnia Cookies.

Mar 16th | Party w/Jamrock | 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy the sounds of Jamrock in the Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre Lobby between performances. Jamrock was founded in 1995 through the desire of a few Jamaicans to hear authentic reggae music, featuring true “yard style” reggae rhythms, reggae standards, and an authentic Jamaican sound. Missed the performance, check out the livestream here. 

Mar 17th | Presentation | After 1 p.m. Performance

An in-depth look at the history and culture of Jamaica with Jodean Simpson.  Jodean Simpson is a native of Jamaica and currently teaching 2nd grade in Raleigh, NC at Hunter Elementary.

Mar 24th | Post Show Discussion | After 1 p.m. Performance

Artistic Director, Patrick Torres, will speak with Director, Deb Royals-Mizerk and the cast about the themes of the show and the joy of singing Bob Marley’s music.

Mar 30th at 1:00 p.m. |  Sensory-Friendly Performance

Sensory-friendly performances are designed especially for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, or other disabilities Sensory-friendly seating is general admission allowing individuals extra space if needed. Click here for more details and pre-visit materials.  To provide a supportive and welcoming environment for children and families, sensory-friendly performances include:

  • Reduction of loud or jarring sounds
  • Reductions in flashing or strobe lights
  • Modification of the house lights during the performance
  • Accommodated house rules: audience members are free to talk or move during the show
  • Extra staff and volunteer support.
  • Designated “Take a Break Space”


“ I also loved the live music, the dance and the brief Jamaican history lesson that weaved together all the cultures that makeup Jamaica. The creative storytelling was full of fun and the set was simply beautiful.” – Sobe Savvy

“Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds at Raleigh Little Theatre Is a Joyful Tale of Youthful Courage”- Triangle Arts & Entertainment

“Under the direction of Deb Royals-Mizerk, the Gaddy-Goodwin has been transformed into a pocket of Jamaica, featuring imaginative scenic design by Jeannine Borzello, beautiful lighting by Ryann Norris, and above it all a four-piece band (under the attentive eye of music director Ronzel Bell).” – Talkin’ Broadway

“Much of the show rests on the shoulders of its two main stars: Jireh Ijeoma (a 7th grader) and Seanna Osborne (a 5th grader). The two are so good that I forgot that I was watching children.” – Chatham Life & Style

Raleigh Little Theatre is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, as well as the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.. www.NCArts.org

North Carolina Arts Council - Fifty years of leadership.

Thanks to our show sponsor, First Citizens Bank.

The Sensory Friendly performance is brought to you by UNC Health Care and the UNC Autism Research Center. Sensory friendly kits have been provided by UNC Health Care while supplies last. Additional Support provided by the Raleigh Kiwanis Foundation.


Ticket Information

Tickets available now. Buy them online or from the box office at 919-821-3111. Group sales are also available from the box office. Click to learn more about the ticket buying experience here.

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds is part of the RLT Family Series. The running time is 56 minutes.

Show Times:

  • Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30pm
  • Saturdays at 1:00pm & 5:00pm
  • Sundays at 1:00pm & 5:00pm

Limited Wednesday matinees are available. Please contact our Box Office for ticket information and times.

Ticket prices (including taxes):

  • Adults: $18
  • Children (12 and under): $12

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Cast List

Jireh Ijeoma
Seanna Osborne
Jajuan Cofield
Doctor Bird
Benaiah Barnes
Cedella/Great Aunt African Bird
India Williams
Joshua Johnson
Chanda Branch & Aya Wallace
Spanish Conquistador Bird
Verlene Oates
Sister Indian Bird
Salima Thomas
Great Grandfather Spanish Bird
Darius Hooks
Great Grandmother British Bird
Maria Barber
British Colonizer Bird
Noah Guilford
Cousin Chinese Bird
Hadley Ayers
Alyssa Wise, Leah Guilford, Kyla Guilford, Rayne Hooks

Accessibility Information

  • All performances are wheelchair accessible.

  • Assistive listening devices are available for all performances.

  • Audio description for those with visual disabilities. The Sunday, March 17 performance at 5pm will be described.