The Lost Colony to hold local auditions Saturday, Feb. 17

By on February 7, 2018

Dancers, actors and singers are invited to audition for the 2018 season of The Lost Colony. (Submitted photo)

Local residents have long been a part of the production of The Lost Colony, America’s oldest outdoor symphonic drama, and the staff of the production hope the tradition will carry on this summer.

To that end, The Lost Colony will hold local auditions for its upcoming season Saturday, Feb. 17. Registration begins at 8:40 a.m. and auditions will get underway at 9 a.m. at Manteo High School, 829 Wingina Ave. in Manteo.

Lance Culpepper, associate producer for The Lost Colony, has organized the auditions. He will be joined by Ira David Wood, the production’s director; McCrae Hardy, music director; Pam Atha, choreographer, and Robert Midgette, fight director.
The casting team will be supported by volunteers from the organization who will help to provide a professional environment for the audition process.

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Everyone attending the auditions is requested to bring a recent photograph and resume. Additional information will be collected at the time of registration. Children must be a least 6 years old and will be requested to perform a brief monologue or recite a poem. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children, but will not be allowed in the audition room.

Dancers should register by 10:30 a.m. for dance movement auditions. Appropriate dance wear and soft shoes are necessary for comfort and safety. Aspiring dancers should be prepared to demonstrate a variety of dance styles with the show’s choreographer.

Actors and singers will audition at 1 p.m. in the auditorium. Everyone should prepare a one-minute classical monologue, and singers should prepare 16 bars of music in the classical style. An accompanist will be provided, but everyone who auditions must bring clearly marked sheet music in the right key.

Actors and singers may register any time before 2 p.m. The local auditions are part of the complete audition circuit, which also includes participation in the Institute of Outdoor Theatre auditions in Greensboro and the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Mobile, Ala. The show will be cast once all auditions are complete for the 2018 season.

First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green and a 2013 recipient of the Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, The Lost Colony’s 2018 Season plays May 25 through August 22 at Manteo’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

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Curtain time is 7:45 p.m. For tickets and information, visit The Lost Colony or call (252) 473-2127.

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