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Auditions set for The Lost Colony’s Virginia Dare baby role

The Lost Colony will again this year continue its long-celebrated tradition of using real babies during its August 18th performance, which commemorates the 434th birthday of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World to colonist Eleanor Dare on August 18, 1587.

Being a “Virginia Dare Baby” is a coveted role in the community that many local citizens have had the opportunity of being a part of. For Virginia Dare Night only, the typical prop baby swaddled in blankets is replaced with these special guests.

To be considered for the on-stage appearance, all babies must attend an audition meeting on Saturday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in The Lost Colony Administration Building located near the Elizabethan Gardens within Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The casting is open to all cheerful boys and girls weighing 15 pounds or less. All Virginia Dare babies must be available for several hours on the evening of August 18 for pre-show preparation and for The Lost Colony performance. All selected Virginia Dare babies will be introduced from the stage prior to the performance at 8:30 p.m.

More information is available at thelostcolony.org or by calling 252-473-2127. The 84th anniversary season of The Lost Colony runs nightly through August 21, Mondays through Saturdays.

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