Thursday night, I had purchased tickets for Jack and me to go see the production of the play/musical/historical drama of The Lost Colony. It portrays the English colonization of Roanoke Island, and the birth of the first English child, Virginia Dare, in the New World. Virginia was born here in 1587.
This summer marks the 75th year that this outdoor production has been produced just outside of Manteo, NC. Thirty years ago, attendees sat on blankets on the sand in front of the stage. Now, there’s a very nice tiered outdoor theater. I had chosen these seats last week without quite realizing that they were in the front row. What a view we had! In back of the stage is the Roanoke Sound. As you make your way along the path to the theater, the actors line the sides greeting you in their period costumes. Indians lurk in the woods as well. A nice start to a very enjoyable evening. By the time things got underway, we estimated that at least 500 people were in attendance.
There’s singing, dancing, battles, and lots of drama as the story unfolds. Even the Queen of England and Sir Walter Raleigh play important parts in this fictionalized story.
The native Algonquin's are at first pleased to have the English colonists in their midst. Of course, that doesn’t last, and a great battle ensues complete with gunfire, stabbings, and general mayhem.
Now I know where the towns of Manteo and Wanchese got their names. They were the two Algonquin chiefs that had dealings with the colonists. They even made a trip to England to meet the Queen.
I’m not going to relate the entire story here, but if you are on the Outer Banks during any summer season, this is a not to be missed experience in my opinion. There is enough action with the battles and dances, and the antics of a comedic settler to even keep the young ones in the crowd entertained and awake until almost 11:00 at night. No flash pictures or videos are allowed, so getting photos can be a real challenge with a hand held time exposure. It isn’t often that the actors stand still long enough.
In the end, the entire colony moves off and are never heard from again. Hence the name… The Lost Colony.
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy