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|Terrence Mann ~ The Lost Colony|
The Lost Colony tells the dramatic
story of America's earliest beginnings
over 400 years ago. In 1587, about
120 men, women and children
bravely established the first English
settlement in the New World on
Roanoke Island. Shortly after arriving
in this New World, colonist Eleanor
Dare, gave birth
to Virginia Dare, the first English child
born in America.
But life on the island was difficult. Low on supplies and facing hostile Native Americans, the colonists sent Governor John White back to England in the summer of 1587 for supplies. Because of the impending war with Spain, however, Governor White was unable to return to Roanoke Island until 1590. When he arrived, the colony had vanished, leaving one tantalizing clue as to their whereabouts: the word "CROATOAN" carved on a post. The fate of those first colonists remains one of America's most intriguing mysteries.
Today, visitors to Roanoke Island can see their amazing story on summer nights at Waterside Theatre, home of The Lost Colony. Performed near the very site of the colonists' ill-fated settlement, the production is the fictional story of the colonists' spirit, courage and dream of freedom-a story that rings true today.
Written by North Carolina's Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, and produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association, The Lost Colony is a first in its own right. Combining drama, dance, spectacle, and song, the production is the forerunner of the modern American musical. During its extraordinary run, the production has served as a training ground for hundreds of remarkably accomplished alumni over the decades. (Taken from The Lost Colony Website)
In the early part of his career, TM was the understudy in the role of "Old Tom". The tipsy reprobate "old Tom" is the classic down-and-outer with a heart of gold who rediscovers his own long-buried decency. Agona, the bane and light of Tom's life, appears as the requisite comic sidekick. In time, TM returned back to the production of The Lost Colony to direct the show.
These pictures are from the 2005 Governer's Inaugural Gala in North Carolina and TM appears as "Old Tom".
The Queen is NOT amused!