Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Lost Colony; America's Beginning

Applauding The Years

On July 4, 1937, a new form of entertainment came to the American stage. A packed house at the newly built Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island witnessed a historic event the first performance of The Lost Colony.

The drama commemorated the 350th anniversary of the birth of
Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World. Scheduled to run just one year, it proved so successful that it has played for over sixty consecutive summers. Since its opening, The Lost Colony has been viewed by more than 3 million people and has inspired the creation of other outdoor dramas.
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"We do not know the fate of Virginia Dare or the First Colony. We do know, however, that the story of America is largely a record of that spirit of adventure."
-- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
in an address to the audience of
The Lost Colony, Aug 18, 1937.
The oldest and longest-running of America's outdoor dramas,
The Lost Colony has hosted over three million visitors.
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