The Lost Colony

The Lost Colony




The Lost Colony Play has been a big attraction for many visitors since it started in 1937. As a local resident I have seen it every year since 1975. I attended the free Residents performance last Friday. For anybody who has not seen it, go, its such a big part of the Outer Banks and its History. However, for those who have seen it, especially multiple times you may be surprised and walk out wondering what you just saw. Without giving away script or story line, here are some highlights or closer to "Lowlights". First and foremost the Old Tom Character has been relegated to the Ensemble. A 5 member Drum Line playing College Marching Band Cadences makes you feel like a College Football Game. It's supposed to be 1587. All Religion has been removed from scenes. A "Bellydancer" sends off the Colony from England. Actually she needs a Pole, it would be more interesting. Lastly, all but one Indian Fight Scene have been removed. Death and Hardships are depicted by Puppets. Music has gone Broadway or Hollywood with "Period" sounding music essentially eliminated. Creative, I guess so! For and old timer I would not go again. Go see it and make your own decision.


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Sounds awful!!!!!


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Evidently, Director Jeff Whiting wanted to "reimagine" the historical play from a "new perspective." Time (and reviews) will tell whether it was broken and he improved it, or was fine and he ruined it.


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Sorry to hear this. We are planning an extended stay this year and wanted to take it in, since we’ve never seen it. Thanks for the heads up.


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Actually, very sad.

In our area, we have an outdoor drama called "Tecumseh", about the life of the Shawnee leader in Ohio during the 1700s. I hope such "changes" have not happened with this long-running annual performance in Chillecothe, Ohio.

I guess it won't be long before the Easter bunny becomes the spring rodent..






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I'm in finance. And I've been struggling all day since Pickle's post trying to figure a way how to make money on this. Any ideas on how to short a play?


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I was just reading the other day that the private Williamsburg foundation has overhauled their historical interpretations and re-enactments over the last year. I won't get too political but it sounds like they managed to check off a few boxes on the woke bingo card in the process.


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Sounds like a great way to drive the audience away and bring an end to a long-standing tradition. If something has worked well for 80 years, DON'T change it!

I've noticed a lot of the types who like to "reimagine" something from a "new perspective" are the same types who will re-purpose a toilet into a punch bowl....




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I read a review of the “new” Lost Colony a week or so back that said it was underwhelming. The reviewers gripe was that they cut out a lot of Paul Green’s great original dialogue. Wonder if “get woke, go broke” applies here.


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Thank you, Pickle for warning us away!
I certainly don’t want to spend $ on some woke revisionist reimagined tripe! So sad! What a loss to the outer banks and all the folks who who will never see the real production.
I loved going to this every couple of years. I’ll still enjoy walking around the beautiful open air theater sound side when we come down in October.


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That people politicize a modern interpretation on a play is simply pathetic. When you become the one screaming at kids to get off the lawn and how they have no morality.....own it. It might be you who does not get it.


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I read they want only Native actors to play the natives...while, on Broadway, "Hamilton" is a big hit with the woke. What's up with that?


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I had to check the date on the original post of this thread to make sure it wasn't from an old April 1 post that I missed. Sadly, it is apparently no joke.

I certainly will not be paying money to sit through this sort of crapola. I cannot imagine this "re-imagining" being successful.

Pickle, thanks for passing this along. I was probably due for another trip to see what used to be a wonderful production. I lament what it has become.


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My mom went every year to the “free to the locals” performance at the beginning of the season. She loved it!
Knowing my mom, she would have been the first to stand up and boo this fraud.
Puppets???!!!!
Seriously??!!!!!


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Funny how people who have not seen this production can say how bad it is.....or how good. Fraud opinions based on pre-conceived notions are simply that. Name calling, labeling.....what a crock of poo.



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Funny how people who have not seen this production can say how bad it is.....or how good. Fraud opinions based on pre-conceived notions are simply that. Name calling, labeling.....what a crock of poo.

Mad Tortuga


TBH, I saw it around 2000—t'was nothing to write home about...I heard it had gotten better


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To be clear, PIckle's assessment is authentic, neutral, and fair.


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Funny how people who have not seen this production can say how bad it is.....or how good. Fraud opinions based on pre-conceived notions are simply that. Name calling, labeling.....what a crock of poo.

Mad Tortuga


How about we send a bunch of watermen up to 'remodel' Broadway? That be ok with you?


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Funny how people who have not seen this production can say how bad it is.....or how good. Fraud opinions based on pre-conceived notions are simply that. Name calling, labeling.....what a crock of poo.

Mad Tortuga


With all the name calling my butt is killing me, butt hurt styley too!


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Funny how people who have not seen this production can say how bad it is.....or how good. Fraud opinions based on pre-conceived notions are simply that. Name calling, labeling.....what a crock of poo.

Mad Tortuga


How about we send a bunch of watermen up to 'remodel' Broadway? That be ok with you?

Greg MD


MD...you almost made me spit water out my nose...now that was funny...but a perfectly legit question. I suspect that Broadway would have a meltdown and need to find some therapy goats to calm themselves.

I appreciated Pickle's review and advice, always fair and spot on. Don't think I need to attend until it is remodeled back!


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I have been going since the 60's usually about every 5 years or so. Due to family issues, we have not attended since around 2005.
Unfortunately, we are scheduled to go with some friends who are vacationing with us on Monday night and have already paid for the seats. I am still going to take them but not give them any feedback relative to my previous experiences nor comments here and get their take on the performance. Should be interesting.


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We were there last Friday too Pickles. Underwhelming is a good description for the show.


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Dear Andy is probably rolling in his grave.

Perhaps reduced attendance/negative reviews will drive a revision.

Makes me sad - it’s great history. Tell it like it was.


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^ probably! And he’s buried right there on Roanoke Island.
He had a long history with the production beginning in (I think) 1949. He was a great supporter of the play and I understand would at times sneak in and add his voice to the chorus.
This makes me so sad



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We saw it on opening night this year. It was a bit underwhelming. It was entertaining, but there was a good amount of historical rewriting. After all, it is a lost colony because we don't know what happened to them. The production leaves you with the idea that the playwright does. The puppets didn't bother me too much. It was a lot like the Broadway production of Warhorse. Unfortunately, you had to guess what a couple of them were supposed to be. I think a bear and wolves but I am still not sure. The Native American costumes were extremely colorful. Those colors would not have existed then I am sure. They looked more like modern western tribe ceremonial costumes. A large portion is "fictional history" that takes place during the years while John White was back in England. Apparently, he found CRO written on a tree instead of Croatoan. No one actually knows what happened during those years. All in all, it was enjoyable if you can overlook poetic license. Just don't expect the former Lost Colony historical accuracy.


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