Saturday, May 03, 2014

"Blackbeard" Costumes

Julia Howard's musical, A Tale of Blackbeard, was performed on the island 9 summers between 1974 and 1994. This well-loved play with lively action and catchy tunes (who, of those who have seen the musical, doesn't remember "Avast, Avast" & "Hey Diddle Honey"?) will be back this season. Performances are scheduled for May 15, 16, 17, & 18...and every Monday evening from June 9 to August 11.

1987 Performance, courtesy, Amy Howard

This Monday afternoon (May 5), from 3:30 until 5:00 the company, in cooperation with the Ocracoke Preservation Society, will have former "Blackbeard" costumes on exhibit at the museum. Pirate fare, including biscuits, beef jerky, and grog (non-alcoholic...sorry), will be served. The exhibit will remain up through the month of May.

As a special treat, the current cast of village girls and pirates will provide a sneak preview of several of their songs!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of traveling to the island on Frazier Peele's ferry in 1951. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:46 AM

    I wonder whether any of those former pirates still reside on Ocracoke. Be fun to see one of those recreate-the-pose updated photos.

    1. None of the pirates in the photo above are still living on the island full time...although there are quite a few former actors (including village girls, Blackbeard, and others) who live on Ocracoke. I think a few of them will even be in the latest production.