Off to GREAT 2018!

The Lost Colony 2018 Season Opening Weekend

The 2018 season of The Lost Colony opened on Friday, May 25 to a packed house of nearly 1,000 patrons. Beautiful weather with occasional light breezes made for the perfect night to watch the first performance of the 81st season. Attendance on Opening Weekend was up 12% over 2017 and we are looking forward to a great summer on Roanoke Island!

The Lost Colony runs nightly, except Sunday, through August 22 at the Waterside Theatre located on the grounds of the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Please visit for information on additional events including the premier of Royal Tea.



About The Lost Colony

First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony (a 501-c3 non-profit) is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 2018 season runs through August 22 at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Curtain time is 7:45 pm. For tickets and information, go to or call (252) 473-6000.

2018 Season Opener

2018 Season of The Lost Colony Opens Friday, May 25

Actors, directors, designers, technicians, dancers and singers are in the final days of rehearsal for Paul Green’s The Lost Colony, opening for its 81st season on May 25. Each year, the symphonic drama, presented by PNC, is reinvented by new actors and technicians who join returning Company members to perform The Lost Colony. The 2018 Company will perform a special preview night performance on Thursday, May 24th. Tickets for the preview night performance, and all other performances, are available now.

This season’s production is under the direction of Ira David Wood, III who is returning for his sixth season as Director. Other returning members of the artistic staff include: William Ivey Long as Production Designer, Robert Midgette as Fight Director, Joshua Allen as Lighting Designer, McCrae Hardy as Music Director and Pam Atha as Choreographer.

This season of The Lost Colony will feature many returning actors including:  Don Bridge as Historian, Robert Hooghkirk as Old Tom, Emily Asbury as Queen Elizabeth I, Joey Cassella as Manteo, Daniel Prillaman as Sir Walter Raleigh, Erlin Zavala as Wano and John Bennett who will be playing King Wingina.

Other featured actors include: Terry Edwards as Governor White, Daniel Gonzalez as Ananias Dare, Grant VanderVoort as Wanchese, Demetrius “Zuni” Gresham as Uppowoc, Daniel Dutot as Simon Fernando and Patsy Hart as Agona.

The Lost Colony continues several traditions in 2018 including its “Dare Night” performances for the residents of Dare County on June 1, 8, and 15. 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.

New for 2018, a special invite to the Queen’s Court. Join us Thursday evenings before the show for Royal Tea, a once-in-a-lifetime experience to enjoy tea and sweets with the Queen’s Master of Ceremony and Sir Walter Raleigh. You’ll be presented to Queen Elizabeth I, you can even have your picture taken with Her Royal Highness! This is perfect for celebrating a special occasion such as birthdays and anniversaries. Tickets are just $12 and seating is limited.




About The Lost Colony

First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony (a 501-c3 non-profit) is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 2018 season plays May 25 through August 22 at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Curtain time is 7:45 pm.  For tickets and information, go to or call (252) 473-6000.

Cast Highlight | Chief Manteo

Joey is ecstatic to be returning to the role of Chief Manteo for his third season at The Lost Colony. Since last summer Joey performed in Midnight Syndicate Live at Cedar Point and was an extra on CBS’s show Instinct.
Other credits include Hal in
Picnic and Shaman in Serpentine Pink. While Joey enjoyed the fast-paced lifestyle of New York City he is ready to enjoy another summer on the Outer Banks. Joey would like to thank his family and friends for believing in him and would also like to say “Go Eagles.” 

See Joey as Chief Manteo in the 81st Season of The Lost Colony
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PNC Bank Returns as Presenting Sponsor

PNC Bank Returns as The Lost Colony’s Presenting Sponsor

The Roanoke Island Historical Association today announced that PNC Bank will again be the presenting sponsor of The Lost Colony production this season. Last year, for the 80th anniversary season, PNC became the production’s first presenting sponsor since opening in 1937.

“We could not be more honored to have PNC Bank back again as the presenting sponsor,” said Bill Coleman, CEO of the Roanoke Island Historical Association. “We are grateful for PNC’s dedication to the arts and history of our region.”

PNC Bank’s sponsorship recognizes the historical significance of the Lost Colony story and the economic, educational and cultural impact the production has within the Outer Banks community and throughout North Carolina. Opening night is May 25, 2018.

Additionally, PNC Bank continues to support the Kids 5-and-under Ticket for free admittance to The Lost Colony performance. The PNC Kids 5-and-under Ticket allows families with young children to more affordably attend The Lost Colony, giving children the chance to learn about music, dance and theater as they develop the social and cognitive skills needed for long-term learning.

“The Lost Colony is an enduring mystery for all of us who are fascinated by this story,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president of Eastern Carolinas. “Our hope is that another generation finds the history of these early settlers equally fascinating and ignites a curiosity and love of learning in these children.”

More than 430 years ago, 117 men, women and children sailed from Plymouth, England, to settle on Roanoke Island. They vanished two years later. The Lost Colony is their story. In 1937, when The Lost Colony debuted, the attention of the nation focused on Roanoke Island and on the events in early colonial history that occurred there. That year the production was attended by 50,000 people from across the nation, as well as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The story of the 1587 colony and its disappearance is known across the globe. The Lost Colony is the longest running outdoor symphonic drama in the nation and the only outdoor drama to have received a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre.


About PNC

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit

About The Roanoke Island Historical Association

The Roanoke Island Historical Association continues to preserve and celebrate the 1587 colony, mainly through the annual production of Paul Green’s The Lost Colony. RIHA is supported by memberships, corporate sponsorships, grants from the NC Arts Council and private foundations, fundraising events, and the dreams and efforts of its community and business leaders.  The Roanoke Island Historical Association is very grateful to PNC for its philanthropy and its commitment to strengthening communities with both time and resources.