‘Shepherd of the Ocean’ to be presented Oct. 8

By on October 7, 2012

Hmmm…what’s up with Ralegh and the Queen?

The answer to that may reveal itself on Monday, Oct. 8, when the pair take a final trip down memory lane.

Shepherd of the Ocean is a whimsical comedy about the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Ralegh.

It is set in Westminster’s Old Palace Yard on the day of Ralegh’s execution in 1618. In the split second before the axe strikes, Ralegh thinks about Queen Elizabeth, who has been dead since 1603. By her will, time stops and Ralegh is transported to the Queen’s abode in the astral plane.

While there they re-experience highlights of their volatile relationship and finally grasp the depth of their feelings for each other. The trip down memory lane is not without laughter, anger and tears.

The play stars English actor Miss Barbara Hird and actor Chris Chappell.of Raleigh. Don Bridge is featured as the High Sheriff of London and Buddy McCowan as the Royal Guardsman.

Produced by professional theater company, Elizabeth R & Company, the curtain will go up on this matinee performance at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, at the indoor theater at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

For information about other free events offered during this week-long celebration of The Lost Colony’s 75th anniversary , go to www.thelostcolony.org

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