The Lost Colony seems to have been found again. Or at least, after taking a year off because of COVID19, the popular epic that tells the story of the doomed first English attempt to colonize the New World is once again taking the stage.
The summer Lost Colony season begins this year on Friday, May 28. Performances are at the Waterside Theater on Roanoke Island.
The 2021 season is the 84th year for the venerable play. What might be most remarkable about it, is how well it has aged. Updated—yes. Some modern touches—of course. But the production is still quite true to the original play Paul Green wrote in 1937.
Changes for the 2021 Season
There are going to be some changes this year.
Some of those changes we won’t know about until the play opens. The new director is Jeff Whiting, who brings years of Broadway experience to the stage. It will be interesting to see how he works with an outdoor drama.
One of the behind the scenes changes that may be one of the most significant is the use of Native Americans for the key roles of Wanchese, Manteo and the Indian tribes. In the past, the roles were played by white actors with makeup to darken their skin. This past year, a lot of effort went into finding Native American actors who could fill the roles.
The Lost Colony management team also added an America Indian choreographer to the team. Jerad E. Todacheenie, is a Navajo/Tlingit Alaskan, and will be the associate choreographer.
The Lost Colony is the oldest continually running outdoor drama in North America. For anyone planning on going—-and we recommend ti strongly—keep that in mind. In case the temperature drops, a light sweater or jacket is a good idea. Especially later in the season, mosquitos repellent wouldn’t hurt.
The Lost Colony is just one of the many amazing things to do on the Outer Banks. Make your reservation with Brindley Beach Vacations and begin the exploration.