On Saturday, July 7, “The Lost Colony” will celebrate its 81st Anniversary season with a special ticket price for all patrons who attend that evening’s performance. All tickets for the July 7 show only will $19.37 per ticket.

The special pricing is to commemorate the show’s premier on July 4, 1937.

The award-winning symphonic play was penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, a native of North Carolina, and commemorates Sir Walter Raleigh’s doomed colony on Roanoke Island, the first English settlement in North America.

The production made its debut before a sold out crowd on the Fourth of July, and it was intended to be a one-summer run. However, after President Franklin D. Roosevelt attended a performance on Aug.18, 1937, its future was brighter than anyone could have imagined.

In 2013, “The Lost Colony” was awarded a special Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre by the American Theatre Wing. After eight decades, it’s still going strong.

Each summer, more than 100 actors, technicians, designers and volunteers spend countless hours and put their personal lives on hold to rehearse and prepare for another successful season of “The Lost Colony.”

A new book, “Backstage at The Lost Colony” by author Dwayne Walls Jr., covers the finely-tuned production from rehearsals to closing night. Walls, an alumnus of “The Lost Colony,” gives readers a behind-the-scenes peek into what goes into putting on such a massive production, as well as a look at the men, women and children who have trod the boards with the cast, including Andy Griffith.

The book is available at independent bookstores, specialty stores and other locations throughout the Outer Banks and at coquinapress.com.

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