"The Lost Colony" Opens 71st Season

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.


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