Greg Hahn Starts Lost Colony Season with Laughter

Greg Hahn performing at the Sound Stage at The Lost Colony.
Greg Hahn performing at the Sound Stage at The Lost Colony.

Greg Hahn is a funny, funny man.

Taking the stage at the 4th Annual Comedy Tonight fundraiser for The Lost Colony, Hahn started off telling the sold out audience that when he asked his agent how to jump start his career, he was told, “You’re going to Manteo on the Outer Banks.”

Greg Hahn-The Act

The words of his act are funny…very funny. But what really sets Hahn apart is his energy. He never stops moving.

His hands wave in the air, he marches across the stage, changing his gait to match a joke, his shoulders slump, his facial expression changes. And all the time, it’s one joke after another after another.

His self-described style? “I go with pure panic.”

His jokes are rapid fire, one right after the other. It’s a lot like the classic line about the weather, “If you don’t like the weather now, wait five minutes.” Except in this case it’s wait five seconds because that’s how fast the jokes are coming.

But in that pure panic of his act, among the jokes fired out like rounds from a machine gun, themes emerge.

He takes on the obsession on fitness many people have.

“What kind of a man takes yoga?” he wonders. “Hey. Back off or I’ll stretch.”

A minute later he’s talking about his personal workout regimen.

“I do four hours on the treadmill. Just don’t turn it on. It’s easier on the knees.”

He also tells stories. His website, mentions that he was a captain in the Marines and that becomes a tale of its own.

It seems the same week he got out of boot camp his sister was getting married and he was asked to seat the guests. “Fired up” after basic training “I accepted this challenge.”

The result was  200 people being told that “I am not your friend” and all 200 sitting in the same row.“

Great stuff, lots of laughs and a good way to begin the season. Opening night for The Lost Colony isMay 21 with performances through August 19.

Greg Hahn Comes to Lost Colony

Greg Hahn brings his comedic mayhem to the Lost Colony stage April 7.
Greg Hahn brings his comedic mayhem to the Lost Colony stage April 7.
Comedian Greg Hahn Brings His Special Madness to Roanoke Island

A little bit of mayhem, a little bit of madness and a lot of laughter comes to the Outer Banks this Friday when Greg Hahn takes the stage at the Soundstage Theater at The Lost Colony on April 7.

Think of an energizer bunny making jokes about his love life, or lack of one. His time in the Marines that was served exclusively during peace time—and how people still expect war stories.Working out at a gym and dreaming of shoulders so broad his head would look like a pea.

It is a show that is pure mayhem. Hahn is loud and his jokes come rapid fire. A classic example of if you didn’t laugh at that joke wait ten seconds because another one is coming.

As part of their fundraising efforts The Lost Colony brings national acts to the Outer Banks. During the summer the shows perform outdoors at the Waterside Theatre, which is where The Lost Colony.

At this time of the year it’s best to be inside. The Soundstage Theater was at one time the storage and dressing rooms for the play.

Last year’s summer performances included the Michael Jackson tribute band Who’s Bad, World Turning-a Fleetwood Mac tribute band and the indie rock band Dawes.

This year’s schedule has not been announced yet.

This is the 80th anniversary of The Lost Colony. First performed in 1937 as a way to bring tourists to the Outer Banks, the enduring legacy of the play includes a number of well-known stars of stage and screen who walked the Waterside Stage early in their careers.

Opening night is May 21 with performances Monday through Saturday through August 19.

Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates is a proud sponsor of The Lost Colony.

Lost Colony to Celebrate 80 Years

Scene from The Lost Colony opening night 2016.
Scene from The Lost Colony opening night 2016.
A Play Worth the Memories

It’s never too early to celebrate success and with the 80 anniversary of The Lost Colony coming this summer, it seems like a good time to call attention to America’s longest running outdoor drama.

Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Green, the play tells the story of the first attempt by the English to colonize the New World. The story itself is exciting and Green did an outstanding job of telling the tale, but the play has remained successful because it’s production values and special effects.

The list of outstanding actors who have been a part of the cast is too long to list here, but just a short sampling gives some idea of what to expect for an evening of entertainment.

Andy Griffith was part of the cast for three years; Carl Kassel of NPR fame was Chief Wanchese in 1952; Tony Award winning designer William Ivey Long has been associated with the play for years.

Seeing a play outdoors is a different experience. Located on the north end of Roanoke Island there is usually a breeze coming off Roanoke Sound in the evening, although it does get warm sometimes.

However, the setting itself is magnificent. Bordering on Fort Raleigh National Historic Site—the theatre is actually on park grounds—the walk to Waterside Theatre is beautiful. Lined with trees, with the scent of a forest part of the experience, it feels almost as though a walk to the past is occuring.

Upcoming Show to Benefit The Lost Colony

There is a benefit show for the Lost Colony coming up Friday, April 7.

Greg Hahn will be bringing his insanely energetic humor to the Soundstage Theater. The Soundstage Theater used to be the dressing rooms and storage for The Lost Colony production, but improved facilities closer to the stage allowed the building to be converted to an indoor theater.

Hahn is a master a poking fun at the every day foibles of our lives. He seems to be a comedian who knows how to get some laughs with jokes that are safe for almost everyone in the family.

Children’s Theatre at The Lost Colony


Here at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates. we work with a number of Outer Banks organizations, but one of the organizations we are most proud of sponsoring is The Lost Colony.

With a national, actually international reputation, as one of the premier outdoor theatre companies anywhere and the oldest continual outdoor show in North America, The Lost Colony is well-known for telling the story of the 115 English colonists who came to the New World in 1587 and disappeared into the wilderness.

Not as well-known are the children’s productions The Lost Colony actors present.

This summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, The Lost Colony presents matinee performances of Stella Luna and Other Tales.

Based on the children’s books of Janell Cannon, the stories follow young animals as they experience how important it is to be different and true to themselves.

The production values and acting of the Lost Colony children’s theatre is outstanding—the acting especially is a great introduction to how exciting live theatre can be.

The plays are musicals, so there’s lots for kids to keep a child’s attention during the shows. Shows last about an hour.

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A Special Fundraiser for The Lost Colony

Anias Dare, Sir Walter Raleigh and Chief Manteo making an appearance at Pamlico Jack's.
Anias Dare, Sir Walter Raleigh and Chief Manteo making an appearance at Pamlico Jack’s.

What a great evening at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head. Billed as a Night of  Friends, Food & Fine Wine Benefitting The Lost Colony, it was all of that a little bit more.

The food was absolutely outstanding. Hard to pick out a favorite, but the bbq bacon wrapped pineapple squares was universally given excellent reviews as an appetizer. Main course—impossible to choose . . . a three way tie among the roasted mahi in shrimp in puff pastry, pork loin medallions or braised red cabbage and the grilled Angus shoulder tenderloin.

The wines came for Francis Coppola Winery and what made it really special is the new winery and label Coppola is introducing—Virginia Dare Wines. With a label hearkening back to the original labels from the North Carolina Winery of the early 20th Century, it almost seemed like a blast from the past, although the NC Virginia Dare wines were sweet muscadine wines.

The Virginia Dare Winery, located in Geyersville, is turning out some very nice classic California wines. The chardonnay in particular really stood out.

What really set this evening apart, though was the appearance of Eleanor Dare, her husband Anias Dare, Sir Walter Raleigh and Chief Manteo as guests of honor. Their appearance though was overshadowed by the arrival of Queen Elizabeth—in the person of Barbara Hird.

After some rather pithy yet humorous remarks from the Queen, the feast began—and a wonderful evening it was.

Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates. is a proud sponsor of The Lost Colony.

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William Ivey Long and the Lost Colony

Noted for his attention to historic detail, this image from William Ivey Long Studios, shows how Long created a modern costume from a 16th century portrait.
Noted for his attention to historic detail, this image from William Ivey Long Studios, shows how Long created a modern costume from a 16th century portrait.

Now that we’re in May it’s just a few weeks before the The Lost Colony opens for the season at Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island. Opening night this year is Friday, May 27.

This will be the 79th year for the play. First staged in 1937 with the hope that it would last one season, it proved so successful that it was brought back in 1938  . . . and 1939, and in 2016 it’s still very much a part of the Outer Banks experience.

Over the years a number of well-known actors have been a part of the production—Andy Griffith starred as Sir Walther Raleigh in the late 1940s; Christopher Guest was part of the production n the 1980s; Lynn Redgrave played Queen Elizabeth. But if there is one well-known figure in the world of stage and film who has been associated with The Lost Colony’s Production Designer William Ivey Long.

Long is one of the most sought after costume and production designers on Broadway and in film. Over the years has won six Tonys and seven Drama Desk Awards, been elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame, and he is currently the Chairman of The American Theatre Wing.

Even before he was born, Long’s parents were part of The Lost Colony—his father’s history went back to the very beginning; he was a graduate assistant attending UNC  and he helped get the play off the ground in 1937.

His mother, Mary, played Queen Elizabeth for a number of years and his father eventually became the director.

He credits his lifelong fascination with design and costume to lessons he learned working with the production’s first costume director, Irene Smart Rains.

Although the play has been updated—especially some of the special effects and lighting—it is still very true to the original production that Paul Green wrote. It is the longest running outdoor play in North America, and the history it tells and the history of the play itself makes for a great evening of theatre.

Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates is a proud sponsor of The Lost Colony.