New costumes. New scenery. New stage setup. They're all part of "The Lost Colony," which opens its 71st season Friday night at the Waterside Theatre in Manteo after a fire destroyed costumes, three buildings and props in September 2007.
The fire caused $2.7 million in damage, and destroyed more than
1,000 costumes that designers, led by Tony Award-winning William
Ivey Long, have re-created. The play also has about 80 percent new
scenery, courtesy of a family gift, and a new look to the stage,
courtesy of a new director.
The outdoor drama is based on the play by Paul Green about the
first attempt at a permanent English settlement in the New World in
1587. When provisions were late in arriving from Britain, the
colonists disappeared, leaving a single clue: the word "Croatoan"
carved on a tree.