The Lost Colony returns for 84th season on Friday, May 28

[Photo courtesy The Lost Colony]

The Roanoke Island Historical Association announces the 84th Season of The Lost Colony, presented by PNC, opens May 28.

After the nation’s longest-running outdoor drama had to cancel its 83rd season due to COVID, the RIHA Board of Directors and The Lost Colony staff are excited about the show’s return to the historic Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island.

New director/choreographer Jeff Whiting is at the helm for the 2021 season. Ticket holders can expect to see new musical compositions, special effects, choreography and an entirely refreshed production of Paul Green’s original symphonic drama.

“We are beyond excited to reveal this season’s production. I am so proud of our entire team for the tireless work creating a unique perspective and captivating portrayal of Paul Green’s original script,” General Manager John Ancona said in a statement.

Joining The Lost Colony company for the 84th season, members of several Native American tribes, including North Carolina’s Lumbee Tribe, will debut in principal as well as supporting and directorial roles.

The Lost Colony has welcomed many new faces on stage in addition to talent behind the scenes for the 2021 season including: John Ancona as General Manager, Navajo and Tlingit Alaskan dancer and choreographer Jerad E. Todacheenie as the Artistic Team’s Associate Choreographer, and RIHA Board Member Harvey Godwin Jr., Chairman of the Lumbee Tribe.

The Lost Colony’s 84th season runs through Aug. 21 and the show begins at 8:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Tickets start at $20. For more information visit

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony was first staged in 1937.

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