Actors and hopefuls, mark Saturday, March 13 on your calendars. That’s the day The Lost Colony is holding auditions for the 2021 season.

For the first time since WWII the nation’s longest running outdoor drama had to take the summer off as COVID restrictions made it impossible to stage the play.

But the Roanoke Island Historical Association, the organization that stages the play, has committed to reopening this summer

There’s a new director and new choreographer this year. There has also been a concerted effort to bring in Native American actors to play the key Indian roles. With all of that, it’s looking like the Paul Green classic that was first produced in 1937 will be updated and better than ever.

Jeff Whiting, the new director and choreographer may be the most exciting new addition.

Whiting, with a strong background in Broadway production and directing, is president of The Open Jar Institute, an organization that works to develop the potential of young actors. Much of the cast of The Lost Colony are just starting their careers.

Local Talent Needed

The Lost Colony has always relied upon local talent for a number of roles. Everyone who has participated has come away with wonderful memories of the experience. Some, like opera singer Tshombie Selby, go on to bigger things. Before the it had to close last year, Selby was regularly being cast in operatic roles.

For anyone who does wish to see what the possibilities are the auditions will be March 13 at the Waterside Theatre, which is where The Lost Colony is staged.

Participants must wear a mask and adhere to all local, state and federal COVID guidelines. For more information check out The Lost Colony website.

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