AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED!
The 2021 Season of The Lost Colony offers a refreshed production of Paul Green's original symphonic drama. Set on the soundfront on Roanoke Island, enjoy this 84 year-old musical under the stars. Become immersed in the story of the discovery of a new world with newly enhanced musical and theatrical direction and dynamically stunning choreography. Witness the pageantry of Queen Elizabeth I and her court and celebrate the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America all while preserving the historical importance of America's oldest mystery. An Outer Banks experience not to be missed!
THE LOST COLONY
In 1587, 117 English men, women and children came ashore on Roanoke Island to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. Just three years later in 1590, when English ships returned to bring supplies, they found the island deserted with no sign of the colonists. After nearly 450 years, the mystery of what happened to the colonists remains unsolved.
The Lost Colony’s 84th season runs May 28th - August 21st every Monday-Saturday evening at 7:45PM at Manteo’s Waterside Theatre on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. 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 that brings our nation’s oldest mystery to life all around you.
HISTORY OF THE PLAY
Millions have seen the compelling story that celebrates the 117 English men, women, and children whose dream still lives on in this American original.
Come see epic battles and Indian dances. Experience the sorrow and heartbreak of tragedy and loss. Witness the pageantry of the Queen and her court and celebrate the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America. There is music, laughter, romance and dance.
Over 100 actors, technicians, singers, dancers, designers and volunteers gather each spring to begin rehearsals to bring The Lost Colony to life for another summer season. The production is enormous. The stage itself is over three times larger than most Broadway stages in New York City. You are seated in our open-air theatre, located on the Roanoke Sound, with the stars above and live action happening on three sides of you.
The Lost Colony outdoor drama is the “grandfather” of all outdoor dramas and is produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA), a non-profit whose mission is to celebrate the history of the first English colonies on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and to honor the founders of The Lost Colony symphonic drama through drama, education and literature.
First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 83rd anniversary season opens May 29 and plays through Aug. 21, 2020 at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
PLAN YOUR VISIT: MAKE A DAY OF IT!
Plan your visit and make a day of it. Just a few minutes from the beach, you will discover a “New World”on Roanoke Island. In addition to its rich history, Roanoke Island has charming boutiques, art galleries, sidewalk cafes and a working waterfront and colonial farm, an aquarium to discover and explore and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. There’s something for the whole family!
BRING HISTORY TO LIFE
The Lost Colony history experience, America’s longest running outdoor symphonic drama, embarks on its 82nd season of production in 2019. This production, based on historical fact, tells the story about this land, this island, being the site of the first English settlement in the New World and the birthplace of the first English child-Virginia Dare.
It took a community and the nation to open The Lost Colony in 1937 for the 350th anniversary of Virginia Dare’s birth. President Roosevelt’s WPA program facilitated in building the theatre and WPA actors performed in the production. Roosevelt attended that year. Since, more than 4 million patrons from around the world have attended. For many, especially within the Outer Banks community, attending or participating in the performance remains a family tradition.
In live theatre, the audience plays a major role in bringing the story to life. Paul Green, its playwright, called this theory the “Peoples Theater” – the play was written to relate to and affect its audience. Green’s ideologies of equality among mankind is also reflected in the play. On Roanoke Island the elite aristocrats no longer matter, the colony who land, live and survive, or perish, “the common man,” become the collective heroes.
The Lost Colony is housed on the grounds of the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Since the formal establishment of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on April 5, 1941 the National Park Service (NPS) and the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) have been partners. Tied together by the mystery surrounding the Lost Colony, both entities have spent the last eight decades entertaining and educating residents and tourists alike. Together with your continued support and encouragement, we will continue to educate the public and preserve the historical significance of The Lost Colony.
4th Annual Lost Colony Wine, Beer & Culinary Festival
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 24–26
Ticket Office: (252) 473-6000