Thanks to all the cast, crew, and helpers who brought A Tale of Blackbeard to life this summer! Also many thanks to the fabulous audiences that joined us on Monday nights through the season. A Tale of Blackbeard will take a break for 2016. Keep an eye out for its return in future summers, especially in 2018 for Blackbeard's 300th anniversary!
Community members interested volunteering as performers, staff and stage hands are encouraged to contact David Tweedie at email@example.com or 252-921-0260
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Acting and music are island traditions, so when my family and I moved to Ocracoke in 1972, it was no surprise to find that skits, plays, and variety shows were a staple of Ocracoke’s winter activities. We joined in the fun, and at a cast party in 1973, our friend Danny Garrish voiced the idea of having a play about Blackbeard which we could perform in the summertime for the entertainment of our seasonal visitors. Blackbeard is likely the island’s most notorious historical figure; the infamous pirate roamed the Atlantic in the early 1700’s and met his demise in Ocracoke Inlet on November 22, 1718. The notion of a pirate play intrigued me, and the following winter I put together a script and fourteen musical numbers for “A Tale of Blackbeard.” The initial cast of 25 played to enthusiastic audiences twice weekly during the summer of 1974 in the old Ocracoke School recreation hall, a former Navy Base building. We followed with a second summer run in 1975, but then our “theater” was moved to make way for the school’s new gym. With no indoor venue, we tried outdoor drama for a year, performing the play in the parking lot of the Community Store. In this era we also formed the non-profit, Ocracoke Players, Inc., and in 1980 we returned to Ocracoke School, performing in the spacious new gym.
The 1980’s saw four summer runs of “Blackbeard;” during the 1990’s we produced two seasons of the show. And then the Players took a long break, giving the play and its actors time to pursue other interests. About four years ago, a groundswell of enthusiasm for reviving local theatrical and musical productions resulted in the formation of Ocracoke Alive, which assumed the old non-profit’s structure, changing the name, but keeping its mission statement to provide artistic, musical, and cultural activities for the benefit and enjoyment of Ocracoke’s residents and visitors.
I am delighted that the revitalized organization has brought back “A Tale of Blackbeard” for the summer of 2014—our fortieth anniversary! Please realize that this production is not historically accurate. There are snatches of truth and facts woven into the play, but it is by and large purely a tale, loosely based on Blackbeard’s 1718 battle with Lt. Robert Maynard and on a real-life Ocracoke boardinghouse, run by islander Euphemia Curtis in the mid-1800’s. All else must be attributed to artistic license.
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Blackbeard ~ Rob Touhey
Mark Brown/Tom Pahl ~ William Howard
Waylon Underwood ~ Richard Evans
Bill Cole ~ Ezekiel
Peyton Piquard~ Helmsman
Nathan Modlin ~ Sailor
Derek Gilliam ~ Sailor
John Brodisch II ~ Sailor
Parker Gaskill ~ Cabin Boy
David Tweedie ~ Oliver
Trisha Davis ~ Victoria
Caroline Temple ~ Elizabeth
Emilia Jordan/Katie Kinnion ~ Katherine
Megan Spencer ~ Euphemia
DeAnna Locke ~ Marjorie
Village Girls ~ Callie Davisson, Amy Howard, Chrisi Gaskill,
Mary Chandler Storrs, Lori Masaitis.
Directors ~ Courtney Conner, Desiree Ricker
Books, Music and Lyrics ~ Julia C. Howard
Musical Director and Accompanist ~ Julia C. Howard
Choreography ~ Desiree Ricker
Stage Managers ~ Debbie Leonard, Karen Lovejoy
Lighting ~ George Roberson
Sound ~ Molly Lovejoy
Costume Design ~ Linda Ward, Heather Johnson, Amy Campbell
Set Construction ~ Charles Temple
Backdrop Design ~ Mark Brown
Artwork & Graphics ~ Casey Robertson
Publicity & Production ~ David Tweedie & Ocracoke Alive
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Rick & Sally Schwoeppe, The Cobb Family, Ed & Susan Norvell, Bill & Leslie Monticone, Ocracoke Navigator, The Captains Landing, Ocracoke Island Realty
To the wonderful cast & volunteers! Village Thrift, Back Porch Restaurant, Zillie’s Island Pantry, Gail Hawkins, Megan Aldridge, Kitty & Gary Mitchell, Deepwater Theater, Ocracoke Preservation Society, Chuck Hotchkiss, Jeff Schleicher, Ocracoke School, Jennifer Kidwell, Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Rob Temple, Community Center, Betty Helen Chamberlin, Ashley & Red Harrell, Carol Pahl, and anyone else we left off here.
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To order T-shirts click here or visit the Ocracoke Alive "Store" link on the website.
Adult Ts come in black and red in sizes Small through 3XL
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2015 Artistic Staff/Production Team
Courtney Gardini ~ Director
Julie Howard ~ Music Director
Desirée Ricker ~ CoDirector/Choreographer
Costuming ~ Heather Johnson, Jen Kidwell, Linda Ward
Casey Robertson ~ Artwork
Debbie Leonard, Karen Lovejoy ~ Stage Manager
Charles Temple/Molly Lovejoy ~ Set Designer/Technical Director
David Tweedie ~ Producer, Ocracoke Alive President ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
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