The Lost Colony’s Back Stage Tour

August 3, 2011

The Lost Colony is celebrating its 74th season this summer. Many thanks go out to Waterside Theater for inviting Southern Shores Realty to join in on the backstage tour so that we could share some of the fun with you. The tour guides Paul and Kori were great, from explaining the history of The Lost Colony to bringing us, the tour, into their every night world. They brought us backstage where we could personally see, and understand the makers of the show. I didn’t realize how much tough a job it is for the characters to make sure everything goes as planned. There are over 100 people in the cast taking care of the 90-foot stage (bigger than Broadway) throughout the drama with no “extras” to do side work like moving sets. I’m not going to give you ALL the details of the Back Stage Tour, you will have to see it for yourself, but another interesting part of it was the costume shop that the tour went through. Nothing would run without the eleven women who make sure every costume is washed, fitted, and ready to go. They dress each cast member in their hand-made outfits and have to fix any sort of problem that may arise during the show. With over 10,000 pieces of wardrobe, and over 100 members to look after each night, these ladies are at the heart of the operation. But, what Southern Shores loved the most was the surround sound that took you back, and made you feel as if you were apart of the original colony itself. I hear that during the actual show it will put you right into the heart of the battles! How awesome is that? Roanoke Island residents commissioned this outdoor theater back in 1937 to initially celebrate, and show respect for the anniversary of Virginia Dare’s birth. She was the first English child born in America. Since then The Lost Colony, located at Waterside Theater, has developed into one of the most popular outdoor dramas in our country; who would have known that such a thing on the Outer Banks in that day in time would have evolved into something so popular? This nationally beloved play is an event that you can bring the family to, and the children will absolutely love it. Your attention will be captured from the moment you walk through the gates until the show ends. In fact, I bet the little ones will be begging to go back the next day. Waterside Theater holds a classic gourmet picnic for the family to enjoy a delicious dinner before the drama, and to witness the incredible sunset over the Albemarle sound. Many families like to bring their towels to picnic on, but they do provide tables. The picnic starts at 6, followed by the backstage tour at 7:30, and then on to the big show at 8:30! Tickets are available online at or call the box office at 252-473-3414

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