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Back Stage Tour

Take a backstage tour for a behind-the-scenes look at how The Lost Colony comes to life. Highly praised by our patrons, this tour is one of very few… if not the only… that allows audience member backstage during final show preparations. You will hear historical and fun facts, see weaponry and stunt demonstrations and actors doing last minute touch ups.

Backstage Tours are especially recommended for parties with children, last approximately one hour, and are limited to just 50 people per group. Tours depart from the box office at 6:30. This exclusive backstage access is included when you purchase The VIP Package or the Character Dinner Package.

Backstage Tours, 2013

Listen to what patrons had to say about our 2013 tours:

  • “An awesome experience”
  • “The highlight of our vacation”
  • “The kids loved it!”
  • “My mother loved it!”
  • “We all loved it!”
  • “We’ve seen the show for many years, but decided to take the backstage tour for the first time this summer.  I would recommend it to anyone attending The Lost Colony.”

PLEASE NOTE: VIP TICKETS ARE NOT CHARACTER DINNER TICKETS.  For information on character dinners click here.

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What REALLY happens on Roanoke Island?

When night falls on the unforgiving shores of the Outer Banks, the mysteries of Roanoke Island come to life. Over 400 years ago 117 men, women and children vanished from here without a trace. Strange events are continuing today. What will happen during your tour of the woods? Are you prepared for what America’s most mysterious island has in store? Are you brave enough to take on PsychoPath?



This Event Sponsored In Part By:

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Pre Show Character Dinner

Tuesday & Wednesday on the Outer Banks means…Character Dinners at The Lost Colony!

Upgrade to the Character Dinner Package on Tuesdays & Wednesdays!

We are proud and excited to continue our Character Dinners on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Our newly renovated rehearsal hall is the venue, with stunning views of the sound, for this extremely unique Outer Banks experience.

Join us for a meal, meet the cast before the show and have photos taken with our actors. It’s a night of memories that will last a lifetime! No fighting traffic or rushing at the restaurant to be on time to the theatre.  We keep the menu simple and filling with a pasta buffet.  The offerings feature numerous pasta options including a vegetarian marinara, salads, breads, desserts and Pepsi products.  We promise you’ll have more than enough to choose from!

This special ticket includes:

  • Ticket to The Lost Colony
  • All processing & handling fees
  • Souvenir program for adults
  • Special gift for the kids
  • Buffet meal
  • Backstage tour

While regular reserved seating is available on these nights, The Character Dinner package has limited availability. Make this unique theatrical experience a cornerstone of your families’ trip to the Outer Banks!  PLEASE NOTE: VIP TICKETS ARE NOT CHARACTER DINNER TICKETS.


6:00 p.m.
The gates of the Waterside Theatre open.  Come early for restrooms or an early trip to the gift shop.  Your evening begins with an exclusive backstage meal in our air conditioned rehearsal hall, featuring visits from our cast!

6:45 p.m.
Take a private backstage tour.  This specially designed tour will feature several stops not  available on the public tour.

7:30 p.m.
It’s show time!!

10:00 p.m.
Meet and Greet the cast in the rainshelter, immediately following the performance.

The Character Dinner package is strictly limited to 200 people.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone.  Plan on making this unique theatrical experience a cornerstone of your families trip to the Outer Banks!

Choose your date and select your desired seats as normal.  When you get to STEP 3, simply choose CHARACTER DINNER for adults and CHARACTER DIN. KID for children 12 and under.  If those ticket types do not show up in the drop down boxes, we are sorry, but the dinner packages are sold out.

*All tickets are subject to NC Admissions Tax.  Prices include a $2.50 processing fee.

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Preview Night

2014 PosterThis is our final dress rehearsal of The Lost Colony.  Tickets are sold at a discounted rate.  Please be aware that action may stop during this performance to fix issues or fine tune the show for opening night.  Please note there are no backstage tours offered tonight, or discounts, special ticket packages, or pricing of any kind.  All seats are $20.

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How I Became A Pirate


Book, Music and Lyrics by

Based upon the book “How I Became a Pirate” Written by Melinda Long and Illustrations by David Shannon
Performed by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and The Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE received its world premiere at First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee, WI.

Imagination & fantasy run wild in this hour of family fun! For over 40 years the cast of The Lost Colony has produced a show just for kids. Join us in the air conditioned comfort of The Sound Stage Theatre (backstage at the Waterside Theatre) as you share this Outer Banks tradition with your kids!  And this summer we’ll be flying the Jolly Roger!  Terrific songs like “A Good One To Boot,” “Green Teeth,” “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy,” “You’ve Got to Talk Like a Pirate,”  “Pirates Dot Aaargh!,” and many others will have you rolling in the aisles and leaving the theatre secretly wishing for Braid Beard and the gang to one day pay you a visit.

This event is generously sponsored by:

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*All tickets are subject to NC Admissions Tax which will be added on at the end of the sale. All prices include a $2.50 per ticket processing fee.

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Dare Night

Our Annual Gift To the Residents of Dare County

Volunteers collecting food donations at the 2009 Dare Night

Volunteers collecting food donations at the 2009 Dare Night

Dare county residents are encouraged to be our guest for a performance of The Lost Colony – while helping the Outer Banks food pantries replenish their supplies – during the show’s annual “Dare Night” performance. Admission to these performances is free for Dare County residents who attend and bring at least two can goods or two dry goods as a donation for the Outer Banks food pantries.

“We are pleased to welcome free-of-charge, Dare County residents who bring food items to the theatre,” said  Steve King, chairman of the Roanoke Island Historical Association. “It’s a wonderful chance to see a first-rate performance, while helping our local food pantries provide emergency assistance to families in need.”

The drive will benefit food pantries associated with Beach Food Pantry in Kill Devil Hills, Lifeboat Community Church in Salvo, Roanoke Island Food Pantry and Mount Olivet United Methodist Church of Manteo. In addition to a food or dry good donation, residents are required to show proof of Dare County residency, such as a driver’s license, voter registration card or utility bill. Pre-performance donation collection begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets are distributed on a first-come-basis so be ready and bearing canned food or dry good gifts in order to get your ticket during Dare Nights for the exciting production.

Recommended items for the food drive include canned vegetables, fruits, meats, soups and beans; tomato and pasta products; peanut butter and jelly; paper products, such as toilet paper and paper towels; and pancake mix and syrup.

June 5   Hatteras Island Food Pantry & Lifeboat Community Church Food Pantry of Salvo

June 12 Beach Food Pantry

June 19 Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Food Pantry of Manteo

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Virginia Dare Faire

Pressly Coker as Capt. Ananias Dare, Zechariah Pierce as John Borden, and Madeline Hamer as Eleanor Dare  Mr. Coker’s costume by Tricorne, LLC.; Mr. Pierce’s and Ms. Hamer’s costumes by Carelli Costumes, Inc; millinery by Ignatius Hats  Photographed at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina by William Ivey Long

On Monday, August 18th, The Lost Colony and their neighbors at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site invite everyone from field and town to celebrate Virginia Dare’s birthday.

The Lost Colony and National Park Service are hosting Virginia Dare Faire.  An exciting morning full of merriment and interactive exhibits has been planned and includes Indians, field games, red soldier patrol, face painting and much, much, more.

In addition to all of the games and activities, revelers will be treated to snow cones. The Faire will be held on the lawn near the National Park Service Visitor’s Center. Festivities begin at 10:00 am and end with cake and ice cream at the Waterside Theatre at 1:00 pm.

The celebration continues that evening with a special performance of The Lost Colony featuring local infants in the role of Virginia Dare!



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