The Lost Colony Drama Returns May 27

The Lost Colony 1939. Source: Roanoke Island Historical Association, NC.
The Lost Colony 1939. Source: Roanoke Island Historical Association, NC.

Join The Lost Colony This Summer As We Make History Better Than Ever

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The Lost Colony opens its 79 season May 27, 2016, and run through August 20, 2016 at Manteo NC’s Waterside Theatre.

The story of The Lost Colony is one of America’s unsolved mysteries. The elaborate production details the drama and hope of colonizing the new world and the mysterious tragedy that befell 117 British settlers. The magnificent outdoor stage comes to life as the day draws to an end. The choreography, lighting, sound and music propel you to the highs and lows of this captivating and still unsolved mystery while the talented cast will make you laugh and cry.

The Lost Colony has made several enhancements for the 2016 season.

Lighting designer, Joshua Allen brings all new lighting equipment and techniques to both enhance the production and better accommodate the earlier start time of 7:30 p.m. while Choreographer Pam Atha has added exciting changes to the opening and closing dances for the show that are sure to delight. An upgraded sound system was added to provide a more cinematic experience for the audience.

The Lost Colony is performed outdoors. The drama is approximately 2 hours with intermission.

According to the website,

In July of 1587, 117 English men, women, and children came ashore on Roanoke Island with a commission from Elizabeth I to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. Just three years later in 1590, when English ships returned to bring supplies to the settlement, they found the island deserted with no sign of the colonists except the single word, “CROATOAN,” carved into the surface of an abandoned structure and the letters, “CRO,” scratched into the bark of a tree. After nearly 450 years, the mystery of what happened to the colonists remains unsolved.

The Lost Colony, Paul Green’s Symphonic Outdoor Drama, has been performed each summer since 1937 on the same site where these actual events occurred. Under the direction of Ira David Wood, III, a company of over 100 actors, dancers, singers, and technicians create a magical evening for your whole family.

Gather clues from the colonists as you are immersed in epic battles, haunting Native American dances, elegant costuming, and beautiful music in this enormous stage production. The Lost Colony brings our nation’s oldest mystery to life all around you. Experience a night surrounded by the mystery of The Lost Colony!

The Lost Colony Preview Night tickets are on sale now for the show May 26, 2016, beginning at 7:30pm. The ticket office may be reached at 252.473.6000 or visit the calendar to chose a date.

Preview night tickets are $20 per person. Ticket prices vary on other nights.

The drama is presented at the Historic Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in the Fort Raleigh National Park. It is produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association, NC.

In addition to The Lost Colony performances, childrens events, ghost tours, and a Virginia Dare Faire are held by the historical association.

Ed. Notes:

A brief history of NC’s lost colony and its people may be read at

A Roanoke Colony entry describes the colony and speculations about their disappearance.

Stephen King’s story and subsequent film, Storm of the Century, reference the Roanoke colony and CROATAN.

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