Saturday, February 08, 2014

A Tale of Blackbeard

Twice yesterday (in the afternoon & in the evening) various islanders gathered at Deepwater Theater to view video screenings of the 1987 & 1991 productions of the musical, A Tale of Blackbeard. Written by Julia Howard in 1974, and performed on the island nine seasons between then and 1994, this engaging and entertaining story of adventure, machination, and love combines spirited dialog with lively musical numbers guaranteed to have you whistling the tunes for weeks.

1987 Photo Courtesy of Amy Howard

Ocracoke Alive, our island non-profit organization dedicated to sponsoring cultural, artistic, educational and environmental activities is working on bringing back Julie Howard's A Tale of Blackbeard Musical.  They would love your involvement. Auditions for the cast will be on Saturday, February 22 from 3-5 PM at the Ocracoke Community Center.  Stay tuned to Ocracoke Alive for script audition pieces and details.  Contact or call 252-921-0260 if you have questions.

The Ocracoke Current has published an informative article about the musical here:

Please leave a comment if you remember attending a performance those many years ago!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the 2013 Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:36 AM

    I remember a performance in the Ocracoke School gym with David Senseny in the role of, maybe Blackbeard?

    1. David did play Blackbeard. Hope you can see the show again this coming season!


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