The Lost Colony

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First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest-running symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 81st season is open May 25 through August 22, 2018 at Manteo’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The Lost Colony is the “grandfather” of all outdoor dramas and is produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA), a non-profit whose mission is to celebrate the history of the first English colonies on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and to honor the founders of The Lost Colony symphonic drama through drama, education, and literature.

Each summer, over 100 actors, technicians, designers and volunteers rehearse to bring the Lost Colony of Roanoke story to life. The production is enormous. The stage itself is over three times larger than most Broadway stages in New York. The Lost Colony is widely acknowledged as the precursor to the modern American Broadway Musical.

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