Imagine being outdoors with the breeze of cool evening air and the still of the summer night all around you, sitting in the very location where colonists first came to settle the new world. The Waterside Theatre in Manteo on Roanoke Island offers a unique experience to watch the compelling mystery of The Lost Colony unravel before your eyes.
In May, The Lost Colony kicked off its 73rd season of mystery, music, drama and dance. It is the nation’s longest running symphonic drama and tells the story of the first 117 English men, women and children settlers who came to be known as The Lost Colony. This show is truly an Outer Banks original. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, it was created in 1937 by a desire of the Roanoke Island community to honor the 350th Anniversary of the birth of Virginia Dare -the first English settler born in America.
On July 4, 1937, The Lost Colony opened to a packed house, despite the economic hardship of the Great Depression. The show was intended to run only through the end of that summer. But when Franklin D. Roosevelt attended on August 18, 1937, the nation’s eyes were fixed on the production, assuring that there would be subsequent seasons.
And the rest, they say, is history…
To purchase tickets or learn more, visit The Lost Colony.