The 82nd season of ‘The Lost Colony’ underway

[Photo courtesy The Lost Colony]

The 82nd season of “The Lost Colony, the longest running outdoor symphonic drama in the country, opened Friday, May 31, at Manteo’s Waterside Theatre.

The play, first staged in 1937, portrays Sir Walter Raleigh’s attempt to establish a permanent colony on Roanoke Island in the late 1500s, and the enduring mystery of what happened to those colonists.

The 2019 season, presented by PNC, is under the direction of Ira David Wood, III who is returning for his seventh season as director. The 2019 cast and crew will perform a special preview night performance on Thursday, May 30. Tickets for preview might, and all other performances, are available now at

Returning members of the 82nd company include Tony award-winning production designer William Ivey Long, Robert Midgette as fight director, Joshua Allen as lighting designer, McCrae Hardy as music director and Pam Atha as choreographer.

The Lost Colony continues several traditions in 2019 including its “Dare Nights” performances for the residents of Dare County on June 7, 14 and 21. Dare County residents are encouraged to attend the performance – while continuing to help the Outer Banks food pantries. Admission to the Dare Night performances is free for Dare County residents who attend and bring at least two canned goods or two dry goods as a donation for the Outer Banks food pantries.

For 2019, other RIHA productions include: children’s show, Wanda’s Monster, as well as Royal Tea – a meet-and-greet with the Queen herself. Visit for more information.

The 82nd season runs through Aug. 23.

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