The cast of last year’s ‘A Tale of Blackbeard,’ an original musical by Julie Howard. Photo by Brenda Kremser.

After a successful run last summer of “A Tale of Blackbeard,” an original musical by Julie Howard, Ocracoke Alive will again  produce this historic piece of community theater, and has announced auditions for this year’s production.

Adults and youth are needed to play the roles of Blackbeard, his crew, the village girls and more for this wholly volunteer endeavor.

Audition dates and times in Deepwater Theater are as follows:
Wednesday, March 25:  5 to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 26: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 27: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 28: 1 to 3 p.m.

Those interested in performing but can’t make an audition session, or those interested in helping with set design, sound and lights, coordinating the backstage, or as ushers are asked to contact David Tweedie at, or 252-921-0260.

This summer’s show is in partnership with the Ocracoke PTA and will run weekly on Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Ocracoke School Gym from June 30 through Aug. 10.

“We’re excited about partnering with the PTA,” Tweedie said. “That’s how it used to be when the play first started back in the 1970s.”

Moreover, the school gym will accommodate more audience, there’s more room for set and costume storage, and the all-purpose anteroom will be a place for the PTA to provide concessions to benefit the school and classroom, Tweedie said.

The production will be directed by Courtney Gardini, who has taught physical education at Ocracoke School and is a professional dancer and actress in New York City, with Julie Howard as musical director, and Desiree Ricker as choreographer.

A portion of the play proceeds will go towards the Ocracoke PTA with remaining funds designated towards Ocracoke Alive programming in the community.

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