Audition dates & times at Deepwater Theater on School Road, Ocracoke Island.
March 25 (Wed) 5-6:30 PM
March 26 (Thur) 7-8:30 PM
March 27 (Fri) 5-6:30 PM
March 28 (Sat) 1-3 PM
March 25th through March 28th, Ocracoke Alive will be hosting auditions at Deepwater Theater for this summer's run of A Tale of Blackbeard musical. Community members interested volunteering as performers are encouraged to come out during one of the auditions sessions. Please contact David Tweedie at email@example.com or 252-921-0260 if you would like to perform, but can't make an audition session, or if you are interested in helping with set design, coordinating the backstage, with sound and lights, or as an usher.
This summer's show is in partnership with the Ocracoke PTA and will run on Mondays at 8 PM at the Ocracoke School Gym, beginning June 29 and running weekly through August 10th. The production will be directed by Courtney Gardini, with Julie Howard as musical director, and Desiree Ricker as choreographer. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Ocracoke PTA with remaining funds designated towards Ocracoke Alive programming in the community. Food concessions will provide an opportunity for classroom fundraising for Ocracoke teachers.
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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.
~Julie Howard, 2014
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Matthew Tolson ~ Blackbeard
Wade Holloman/Emmet Temple ~ William Howard
Waylon Underwood ~ Richard Evans
Daniel Isbrecht ~ Helmsman
Nathan Modlin ~ Sailor
Kade Nagakane~ Sailor
Derek Gilliam ~ Sailor
Bill Jones ~ Oliver
Sundae Horn ~ Victoria
Samantha Styron ~ Elizabeth
Maren Donlon ~ Katherine
Mariah Temple ~ Katherine
Trisha Davis ~ Euphemia
Katy Mitchell ~ Marjorie
Aurora O’Neal ~ Scullery Maid
Village Girls ~ Callie Davisson, Chrisi Gaskill
Heather Johnson, Lori Masaitis
Joan O'Neal, Caroline Temple
Directors ~ Charles Temple, Desiree Ricker
Books, Music and Lyrics ~ Julia C. Howard
Musical Director and Accompanist ~ Julia C. Howard
Choreography ~ Desiree Ricker
Lighting and Sound ~ Desiree Ricker
Board Operation ~ Wyatt Norris & Molly Lovejoy
Costume Design ~ Linda Ward & Heather Johnson
Sewing team ~ Lori Masaitas, Sundae Horn, Mary Bassell, Jim Fineman, Tasha Collins
Set Construction ~ Charles Temple
Artwork & Graphics ~ Casey Robertson
Publicity & Production ~ David Tweedie & Ocracoke Alive
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***Below is ticket information from 2014. Stay tuned for updates about the 2015 season***
Shows will be held at the Ocracoke Community Center, May 15-18 (7:30 start time for these shows, except for Sunday May 18 which is a 2 PM matinee) and Mondays throughout the summer beginning June 9 and ending August 11. Summer shows start at 8 PM with the door opening at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $12 Adults/$6 Kids. We accept all forms of payment at the door. There is an additional service fee for online presales.
We will offer up half of the tickets for each show online ahead of time and the other half will be available, first come first serve, at the door. IF THE ONLINE TICKET SELLER WON'T LET YOU BUY A LARGER QUANTITY OF TICKETS OR INDICATES THAT THERE ARE NO LONGER TICKETS AVAILABLE, THAT MEANS THAT THE ONLINE PRESALES HAVE REACHED THEIR MAXIMUM OF 50. THERE SHOULD STILL BE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR UNTIL THE REMAINING SEATING IS SOLD OUT. WE RECOMMEND ARRIVING AT THE DOOR 45 minutes AHEAD OF SHOW START IN ORDER TO GET THESE TICKETS.
If you know that you will be on Ocracoke a particular week and don't want to be left outside a sold-out show (sniff sniff), we highly recommend that you purchase your ticket's ahead of time by clicking the link above. Tickets purchased ahead of time will be held at the door at Will Call. If you would like to take your chances, we recommend showing up between 7 and 7:15 to purchase tickets at the door.
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A Tale of Blackbeard Comes to Life in the summer of 2014!
Ocracoke Alive is pleased to announce that A Tale of Blackbeard is being revived for the 2014 season! This musical play, by Julie Howard, was presented for nine summer seasons between 1974 and 1994. Now, after a twenty-year hiatus, it is returning to the Ocracoke stage, performed by island residents and directed by Charles Temple and Desiree Ricker. Community support has been overwhelming . . . we are so excited!
How You Can Help
New wardrobe items, set pieces, and materials are our biggest expenses. We have, therefore, begun a sponsorship program and hope that you can help us! We welcome both full and partial costume sponsorships as well as general donations for the production. All donors will be acknowledged in our programs, and contributions are tax-deductible as Ocracoke Alive is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Deadline for the season program inclusion is May 20, although we will have a printed insert for each performance and can include your name there if you contact us after the press date.
Contributions may be made online by clicking the the "Donate through Paypal" button on the upper left of this page, by contacting David Tweedie at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending a check to “Ocracoke Alive” PO Box 604, Ocracoke, NC 27960. If you are sending a contribution in the mail, please email or call to let us know it is on the way so we make sure that we include you in the program. Levels of Sponsorship
$500 Blackbeard (The Misunderstood Misanthrope)
$300 Oliver or Victoria Farthingham (Mayor & Wife)
$250 Richard or Elizabeth (Unlikely lovers)
$150 Marjorie or Ezekiel (Quirky cooks)
$ 75 Pirate or Village Girl (Those rascals!)
Sponsor a Performance
$250 Single Show Sponsorship (Pick a date! Limited! 14 available) OUR SUPPORTERS
May 15-18 ~ Judy & Chris Ricker
June 9 ~ Ed and Susan Norvell
June 16 ~ Donald & Merle Davis
June 23 ~ Susan Dodd & David Davenport
June 30 ~ Philip Howard
July 7 ~ Rick & Sally Schwoeppe
July 14 ~ "The Rockin' Radio w/Tommy, Monday Nights 6-8 PM, WOVV 90.1 FM, Ocracoke's Village Voice. Paid by Tommy Hutcherson
July 21 ~ Thomas Storrs
July 28 ~ Ocracoke Island Realty
August 4 ~ Bill & Leslie Monticone
August 11 ~ Joe Winslow
Blackbeard Costumes ~ Tideland EMC, Delphic Institute, Dave Frum
Farthingham Costumes ~ Bill & Lida Jones, Al & Linda Scarborough
Quirky Cooks ~ Kay Riddick, Ron & Carolyn Tweedie, Mermaid’s Folly
Village Girls & Pirates ~ Karen Lovejoy, Phyllis Wall, BJ Oelschlegel, Philip Howard, Karen & Barry Burgan, Deborah Leonard, Norma Sigal, Suzanne Hall family, Celia Isbrecht
Walt & Judith Padgett ~ Sponsoring costumes for all the Ocracoke School student performers
Keyboard Sponsorship ~ Ocracoke Harbor Inn, Captain’s Landing, Connie Leinbach, Julie Howard & Gary Coye
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 ~ Director/Choreographer
Costuming ~ Heather Johnson, Jen Kidwell, Linda Ward
Casey Robertson ~ Artwork
TBA ~ Stage Manager
TBA ~ Set Designer/Technical Director
David Tweedie ~ Producer, Ocracoke Alive President ~ email@example.com
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