On Friday, May 31st, the rain held out and the clouds parted just in time for the Opening Night Reception of the 82nd Season of The Lost Colony, presented by PNC. More than 250 attendees celebrated this season’s opening of this historic symphonic drama that first opened in 1937. The event was graciously catered by Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café. Holiday House Weddings and Events’ lavish floral designs were combined with the talents of Metro Rental to make SoundStage Theatre look fabulous and festive. Beverages were provided by Virginia Dare Winery, The Lost Colony Brewery, City Beverage and Pepsi.
During a brief awards ceremony held during the Reception, the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) honored several outstanding supporters of The Lost Colony. These recipients have contributed generously to the success of the production throughout the years.
Award recipients included:
Distinguished Alumni Award: The late Pete Peterson, accepted by Gail Hutchison
Skipper Bell Business Award: Dunes Restaurant, owned by Roxie and Rufus Pritchard
Volunteers of the Year: Jack and Nancy Ennis
Individual Skipper Bell Award: Lib Fearing
Martin Kellogg Distinguished Service Award: Myra Ladd-Bone
This season, the production welcomes a predominantly new cast. New cast members include Glynnis Marcelle as Queen Elizabeth I, Blake Burgess as John Borden, and Caleb Pless as Old Tom. Don Bridge will be returning as the Historian and will be celebrating his one-thousandth performance with the production! Ira David Wood returns again for his seventh season as Director of “one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history.” It is certainly, shaping up to be a season that cannot be missed!
Reserve your tickets today for the 82nd Season of The Lost Colony running through August 23, 2019.