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Thursday, June 17, 1971
The Tar Heel 15
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by Rick Gray
Special to the Tar Heel
MANTEO-During the day it's hot.
At night it gets cold.
But despite the temperatures and the
unpredictability of the weather, there are
few places in North Carolina more
worthy of a weekend than the beaches of
If you're looking for a weekend in the
sun away from the rest of the world,
there's no place that's much more remote
than the Cape Hatteras National
If you want a weekend of fancy
hotelmotels and restaurants, there are
few places that have better.
If history is what you're looking for,
there's a lot of that here too.
The only drawback to a weekend on
the North Carolina Outer Banks is that
they are about four hours away from
Chapel Hill, but the drive is well worth it.
The best way to get there from Chapel
Hill is to go to Raleigh and take U.S. 64
straight to Manteo, the county seat of
Dare County and the headquarters of the
Dare County Tourist Bureau and the
home of The Lost Colony, the oldest
outdoor drama in the nation.
Offices for both the tourist bureau and
The Lost Colony are easy to find. They're
right at the stoplight.
That's the only stoplight in Dare
Motel accommodations are hard to
come by unless you make reservations,
and even then thev cost plenty -like a
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nation's oldest outdoor drama, is performed nightly except Sundays at S:30 in the
Waterside Theatre near Manteo. (Aycock Brown photo) ,
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minimum of $14 for a single room per
night. The best idea is to take a tent.
The National Park Service runs several
campgrounds on the banks, and although
most of them are quite a distance from
the main sections of Nag's Head and
several historic points, the price of $.50
per night is well worth the driving time.
As for what to do for a weekend on
the Outer Banks, take your pick of just
For history buffs there's the Wright
Brothers Memorial, complete with a
lecture by a Park Service Ranger, a
museum and the monument high atop
one of the Kitty Hawk sand dunes.
About an hour down the banks from
the Wright Brothers' monument is Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse, the only lighthouse
in the nation that's open to the public.
You're welcome to climb to the top if
that's what you want. From the top of
the lighthouse, some 214 steps above the
ground, you can actually see the tides
meeting in a "vee" off shore from the
There's also a museum at the
lighthouse, and a nature trail at the Bodie
Island Lighthouse, about 10 miles north
But the biggest historical spot on the
Banks is back in Manteo. The northern
end of Roanoke Island is the site of the
first attempts of Englishmen, under the
sponsorship of Sir Walter Raleigh, to
establish a permanent settlement in North
The attempt at colonization failed,
and the colony was "lost," disappearing
from the island and leaving only scant
clues as to where it want.
Nightly, The Lost Colony, Paul
Green's dramatization of the colonists'
struggle for survival on Roanoke Island, is
performed in the Waterside Theatre at
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.
Showtime is 8:30 p.m. except Sundays.
..'-The theatre is located in a man-made
arena on the shore of the sound
separating Roanoke Island from the
beaches. Directly across the sound from
the theatre stands the Wright Monument,
and the lighted granite pillar can be seen
from the theatre at night.
While Green's "The Lost Colony"
wouldn't last past opening night on
Broadway, or even Off-Broadway, it is
the best of the nation's outdoor dramas.
The Lost Colony prides itself on
professionalism. The show is directed by
Joe Layton, winner of Broadway's Tony
Award for "No Strings" and the director
of Danny Kaye's return to Broadway in
'Two by Two."
Working with Layton as set and
costume designer is Fred Voepel, one of
Broadway's best-known designers who
worked with Layton on several shows in
New York. Lighting design is done by
Nananne Porchere of the American Ballet
Theatre who has also done lighting work
for the Metropolitan Opera.
The cast is also highly professional, or
at least has high professional potential.
Top actors from numerous college
campuses are in the company, including
Ron Osborne of Chapel Hill who played
Emory in the Playmakers' production of
"Boys in the Band."
When the show originally began, it was
staid. It was simply a pageant, but Layton
has changed all that. The narrator who
once sat in a booth to the side of the
main stage now weaves in and out of the
drama, appearing on the parrapet of the
fort for one scene, emerging from the
bushes on one of the side stages for
The pageant characteristics are still
there. The show probably wouldn't draw
if they weren't. Compared to most plays,
the message and the plot are a bit weak,
but for the type of production The Lost
Colony is, there isn't an outdoor drama
that can come Close.
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