Opening Night of The 85th Season of the Lost Colony

The 85th Anniversary Season of The Lost Colony Opens Friday, May 27th   America’s Longest-Running Outdoor Symphonic Drama Celebrates its 85th Season

The Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) is proud to announce that the 85th Season of The Lost Colony, presented by PNC, opens May 27th, 2022.

New Executive Director Chuck Still and returning Director/Choreographer Jeff Whiting are at the helm for the 2022 season. Another record-breaking season is on the horizon, with early ticket sales on track to exceed 2021 sales. Many new additions and upgrades took place over the past year including new seats installed by the National Park Service.

In addition to new seating, the show will feature upgraded lighting, scene designs and spectacular special effects with the introduction of new projection equipment. The 85th season will also feature more musical compositions, a newly constructed ship, and beautiful choreography.

“We are so thrilled to introduce some brand new-technical elements to the show this year, which really enhances the impact of this important story and bring this mystery to life in a whole new way. “-Jeff Whiting, Director/Choreographer.

Returning to The Lost Colony company for the 85th season are members of several Native American tribes, including North Carolina’s Lumbee Tribe, with principal as well as supporting and directorial roles.  New for 2022, there will be a Native American Pre-Show Powwow performance on Friday and Saturday nights.

“If you’ve been to the Outer Banks, you’ve probably seen The Lost Colony at least once, but I promise you, you’ve never seen this Lost Colony. If you haven’t been in a while, it’s time to come back to the Waterside Theatre.”-Chuck Still, Executive Director.

Dare Nights for the 2022 season will be held on June 3rd, June 10th and June 17th .  Dare Nights admission is free to Dare and Currituck residents with donations to the local food pantries. For more information visit

 The Lost Colony’s 85th season begins May 27th and runs through August 20th, 2022. The show begins at 8:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Tickets start at $25.

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Pre-Show Native American Cultural Presentation

Pre-Show: Native American Cultural Presentation

Don’t miss our Native American Cultural Presentation, beginning at 8pm (pre-show) on Fridays and Saturdays, performed by Indigenous members of The Lost Colony production.

This will be a Native American cultural showcase of stories, songs, and dances ranging from plains powwow style intertribal dances all the way to dances of the Eastern woodland. This will all be performed by the members of the Native American The Lost Colony cast to educate and enrich the overall experience for the audience regarding native culture.

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KEEPER OF THE DREAM AWARD Celebrates Lost Colony Alumni on 85th Anniversary Production

May 6th, 2022

To help commemorate the 85th Anniversary of the longest running outdoor symphonic drama, The Lost Colony, the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) announced today the Keeper of the Dream Medallion, which will be presented to revered Alumni of the production throughout the 85th Season of the Tony Award-winning production.

Inspired by Paul Green’s iconic speech, who refers to the struggling colonists as “the keepers of a dream,” the medallion honors the “devotion to the dream that brought us here,” as proclaimed by, John Borden, one of the leading characters of the play.

Over the past 85 years, thousands of actors, technicians, musicians and staff have continued keeping the dream of this powerful story alive through the annual production of The Lost Colony. Many notable alumni include TV Hall of Fame’s Andy Griffith, Oscar-nominee Lynn Redgrave, Tony-winner Colleen Dewhurst, Rory O’Malley (Book of Mormon), Tony-Nominee Terrence Mann (Beauty & The Beast), Tony-winner Steve Kazee (Once) and many others.

Many alumni will return to the production during the 85th Anniversary season. On the evening they attend, those who participate will receive the Keeper of a Dream medallion in a pre-show ceremony and will also appear in a featured role in the production, to help commemorate this significant season.

“We are so grateful for the enormous The Lost Colony family,” said show director Jeff Whiting, “and humbled by the opportunity we have each night to share this story with the world through the production.”

“We owe our alumni so much for their devotion to the production each year,” said Kevin Bradley, Chair of the RIHA Board, “and this medallion represents a small portion of that gratitude.”

Alumni are invited to sign up if they plan to attend and receive the Keeper of the Dream medallion, through the link below.



The 85th Anniversary production of The Lost Colony opens on May 27th, adapted from the original script, written by Paul Green, directed by Jeff Whiting, Native choreography by Nakya Leviner, additional music by Sam Davis, scenic design by Skipper Bell/C de La Cruz, puppet design by Nicholas Mahon, fight choreography by Jason Paul Tate, costume design by Hannah J. Davis, lighting design by Keith A. Truax, cultural advisement by Kaya Littleturtle, sound design by Shannon Slaton, projection design by Christopher Ash, music direction by Jesse Kissel, technical direction by David Boyd, stage management by Nick Alteri, and production management by Bryant Cyr.

New Executive Director of The Lost Colony Announced

Experienced Theatre Manager Appointed As Executive Director for The Lost Colony

Chuck Still, a 30-year veteran in theatre management, has been appointed Executive Director of the Roanoke Island Historical Association, which produces the outdoor symphonic drama The Lost Colony on Roanoke Island each summer.

Chuck Still Named Executive Director for The Lost ColonyThe Executive Committee of the RIHA Board of Directors made the appointment Saturday, March 12th, 2022.

“Chuck Still has the skills, experience and personality that we wanted in our Executive Director as we prepare for our show’s 85th year,” said Kevin Bradley, chairman of the board. “We are excited that we were able to recruit him, and we believe he will help our team take The Lost Colony to a new level in the years ahead.”

Cindy McGann, chair of the board search committee that recommended Still, said, “We received 40 applications for the position, and we were impressed by their quality. Chuck emerged as the most promising and best qualified candidate. He met with our committee in Manteo last week, and he toured the Waterside Theatre and Morrison Grove. After the visit, our committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommended his appointment.”

Still said, “My first professional theatre experience, my first theatre experience of any kind, took place in North Carolina, and many of my closest friends still live in the state. Taking this position feels a lot like coming home and I am looking forward to getting to work.”

Still has extensive experience in theatre management:

He is a native of Chattanooga and a graduate of Davidson College. He has an MFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He began his professional theatre career as Production Manager of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival in High Point.

He will begin in late March.




The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival | April 9th, 2022

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival Is Set For April 9th, 2022

Presented by TowneBank, celebrate Roanoke Island’s history, while sampling 100 wines , local fare, craft beers, live music & an art show.

Manteo, NC- The Roanoke Island Historical Association is pleased to present the 4th Annual Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival. The festival celebrates Roanoke Island’s history with local and regional wines, beers, delicious food parings as well as an art show. This “don’t miss” event is a fundraiser to benefit The Lost Colony. 2022 marks the 85th Anniversary of Paul Green’s original symphonic drama.

Attendees will taste over 100 wines, discover local craft beers, sample savory local fare and enjoy live entertainment, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Roanoke and Pamlico Sounds.

In addition to wine, the popular Beer Garden will feature local and regional craft beers, some of which are found only on the Outer Banks. Paired with delicious fare from local restaurants and live entertainment-the Beer Garden is a great addition to the wine festival.

New for 2022, local and regional artists will display original pieces for display and purchase. Enjoy a glass of wine or cold beer while you peruse the fabulous art show at this year’s festival.

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival, held on the grounds of The Lost Colony. This annual event sells out quickly, with tickets increasing by $10 on April 2nd. The festival will be held Saturday, April 9th, doors open at 1PM for VIP ($95) ticket holders and at 2PM for General Admission ($75). Tickets are now on sale at

The festival is generously funded by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and Presenting Sponsor TowneBank. For a full listing of the festival’s generous supporters, event details and tickets please see our website, For more information, please call (252) 473-2127.

Covid 19 Cancels Remainder of The Season

Unfortunately, one of The Lost Colony members has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, the remainder of the season has been cancelled.
Any ticket holders should contact the box office at 252.473.6000 for a full refund.
We are saddened that an incredible season has come to an end abruptly however, the safety and health of the company is our top priority.

Virginia Dare Night Wednesday August 18, 2021


8:10 pm
Wednesday August 18th, 2021

Waterside Theatre, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Home of The Lost Colony

The Lost Colony is proud to announce their annual Virginia Dare Night, which will be celebrating the 434th anniversary of the birth of Virginia Dare tomorrow, August 18th. There will be an awards ceremony starting at 8:10, which will begin with the presentation of the 2021 Virginia Dare Babies and their families. Tomorrow evenings performance of The Lost Colony will begin shortly after the awards ceremony concludes. Virginia Dare Night is graciously sponsored by First National Bank. For information on tickets, please call The Lost Colony box office at 252-473-6000.

More information is available on the website at or by calling the Ticket Office at (252) 473-2127.  The Lost Colony runs nightly through August 21st, Mondays through Saturdays.


The Lost Colony In The Media

The Roanoke Island Historical Association and The Lost Colony company members are thrilled with the overwhelming support of the reimagined 2021 The Lost Colony production.

Below are links to several earned media mentions and articles.

The Lost Colony in the Media:

The Coastland Times-read here.

Broadway World-read here.

Coastal Review-read here.

The Outer Banks Voice-read here.

Laurinburge Exchange-read here. here. here. here.

WRAL-read here.

Walter Magazine-read here.

Indy Week-read here.

WRBL-read here.

Robesonian-read here.

Dance Magazine-read here. here.

History & Highballs With The Creative Team

Members of the The Lost Colony Artistic Team visited with the North Carolina Museum of History and their program History + Highballs. Jeff Whiting, Nicholas Mahon and Sam Davis shared their perspectives on various aspects of the creative process behind the reimagined production of The Lost Colony.

We are pleased to share this link of the interview and we hope you enjoy learning more about the work behind the magic. We are grateful to the North Carolina Museum of History for visiting with the team and for sharing the interview. Enjoy!

2021 Virginia Dare Baby Auditions


The 84th Anniversary Season of  The Lost Colony commemorates the 434 birthday of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World to colonist Eleanor Dare on August 18, 1587. The Lost Colony continues its long celebrated tradition of using real babies during the August 18th performance. Being a “Virginia Dare Baby” is a coveted role in the community that many local citizens have had the opportunity of being a part of. For Virginia Dare Night only, the prop baby swaddled in blankets, is replaced with these special guests. Virginia Dare Night is generously sponsored by First National Bank.

To be considered for the honor of appearing on stage, all babies must attend an audition meeting on Saturday, July 24th at 10:00 AM in The Lost Colony Admin Building located by the Elizabethan Gardens within Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The casting is open to all cheerful boys and girls that are 15 pounds or less. All Virginia Dare babies must be available for several hours on the evening of August 18th for pre-show preparation and for The Lost Colony performance. All selected Virginia Dare babies will be introduced from the stage prior to the performance at 8:30 PM.

Paul Green Foundation Article on the 84th Season

The Lost Colony creates a new, historic collaboration
on Roanoke Island

After missing a season in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA), opened the 84th annual production of Paul Green’s longest running drama, “The Lost Colony,” on May 28th.

Paul Green at Waterside Theatre

The collaborators freshened the script, enlivened the dance, and lifted up aspects of Native American spirituality and culture as a more historically accurate and seamless part of the drama. We believe Paul Green would be proud of this effort, and hope that visitors to the Outer Banks will revisit the play in its present form.

The Lost Colony” is a critical part of Paul Green’s distinctive artistic legacy in North Carolina and has made a long impression on generations of school-aged children and their parents who attend the play as a summer vacation ritual. Kevin Bradley, the current chair of the RIHA board was one of those children. Though he grew up in Maryland, Kevin said that attending “The Lost Colony” provided the best family memories of his childhood. Bradley and the RIHA board are working hard to sustain this North Carolina tradition for future generations.

-photo of opening night audience coming into the historic Waterside Theatre in Manteo for the 84th annual production of “The Lost Colony” by Paul Green. Photo by Donna Campbell.

Article Source: Paul Green Foundation News-Summer 2021.

The Lost Colony, Opens Friday, May 28th  

America’s Longest-Running Outdoor Symphonic Drama
Celebrates its 84th Season

The Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) is proud to announce that the 84th Season of The Lost Colony, presented by PNC, opens May 28th, 2021. After the 83rd season was cancelled due to COVID, the RIHA Board of Directors and The Lost Colony staff are elated to welcome The Lost Colony guests back to historic Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island.

New Director/Choreographer Jeff Whiting is at the helm for the 2021 season.  With accomplished and talented artistic and production teams, ticket holders can expect to see new musical compositions, spectacular special effects, beautiful 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.”- John Ancona, General Manager.

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 begins May 28th and runs through August 21st. The show begins at 8:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Tickets start at $20.

Sneak Preview of the 2021 Season With Jeff Whiting

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Join Director Jeff Whiting as he gives an exclusive sneak preview into the upcoming production of The Lost Colony. Learn about some of the new symphonic score inspired by Paul Green’s music, dynamic new staging and design elements which will be seen when the show opens May 28th.

To attend this sneak preview, use the link below to register for the webinar!


Open Auditions For The 2021 Season

The Lost Colony  Auditions Announced
Become A Cast Member of the 84th Season of The Lost Colony

The Roanoke Island Historical Association has announced the dates for the local Outer Banks auditions for the 2021 season of The Lost Colony. Associate Producer for The Lost Colony, Lance Culpepper, has organized the auditions and will be joined by Director/Choreographer, Jeff Whiting, Associate Choreographer, Jerad Todacheenie, and Associate Director, Julie A Richardson.



Auditions will be held March 13th at the Waterside Theatre within Fort Raleigh on Roanoke Island.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions all participants must be masked and register in advance at  Actors will receive an audition time prior to the audition date with additional instructions. Current Federal, State, and local COVID guidelines will be observed. For the safety of our Staff and Auditionees, only those with a scheduled audition time will be allowed inside the Waterside Theatre.

For more information on The Lost Colony auditions and to apply for an audition time, visit here.