Report on the 2021 Season
The Board of Directors of the Roanoke Island Historical Association received a report Saturday that “The Lost Colony enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in 2021, after enduring one of the most challenging times of its 84-year history.”
The report was presented at the board’s quarterly meeting in Manteo by the Community Relations Committee. The committee was appointed in September to review concerns about the 2021 show voiced by some cast and crew members and alumni. Its report to the board noted:
“By every external measure, the 2021 season was a success. Revenue, ticket sales and audience numbers hit levels not seen in nearly a decade. Average nightly attendance increased almost 20 percent – to 646 from 540 in 2019. The audience averaged over 600 per night for the first time since 2013. Gross ticket revenue increased 25 percent, despite fewer shows than 2019 due to weather and the Covid-related cancellation of the final week of the season.”
The committee hosted a two-hour Zoom meeting on September 24 to hear concerns from alumni representatives. The committee also received and reviewed more than 40 letters forwarded by the alumni expressing concerns. Its report has three primary findings:
- “There were operational and communications problems that must be remedied next season.”
- “There were a number of concerns and criticisms regarding creative aspects of the show. These should be communicated to the Director for his consideration in developing the 2022 production.”
- “Some of the allegations were unfounded. They did not stand up to scrutiny.”
The report added, “We concluded that Chairman Kevin Bradley, General Manager John Ancona and Director Jeff Whiting acted appropriately under difficult circumstances. The board can be proud of their performance. They deserve our gratitude for their hard work and for making this season successful despite many challenges.”
The committee members were Chair Tess Judge of Kitty Hawk, Lucy Inman of Raleigh, Gary Pearce of Raleigh and Nags Head and David Woronoff of Pinehurst.
A full copy of the Community Relations Committee’s report is posted HERE.
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