MANTEO, N.C. — The “The Lost Colony” has canceled the 83rd season scheduled to start at the end of May because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The board of directors of the Roanoke Island Historical Association announced on the play's Facebook page on Tuesday that the cancellation of Paul Green's play is the first since World War II.
The board said the association didn't want to risk the safety of ticket buyers, cast crew, staff and volunteers and determined that canceling the season was the best decision for all involved.
“Several times throughout our storied history, the community has rallied around The Lost Colony. Whether it was to help repair storm damage as a result of hurricanes or devastation caused by fire – every time the local community has stepped up and helped the Colony recover. We feel this is the appropriate time for The Lost Colony to take a step back and to return the favor and rally around the community that has done so much for us”, said RIHA Board Chair Kevin Bradley.
All tickets purchased for this season’s performances will be eligible for a full refund or can be applied to next year's performances.