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Have you ever wondered how NarroWay got its start? We're going back to the very beginning to walk through the incredible journey with NarroWay founders Rebecca Martin and Yvonne Clark!

Chapter 29: A Piano Lesson

rebecca at rehearsal

BIRDIE –
As the opening of “Two Thieves & A Savior” grew closer, rehearsals moved to the amphitheater. If it was raining, we got wet. If it was scorching hot, we got sun-burned.

disciples in garden
people in coats
rehearsing thieves
hot bleachers

REBECCA –
And if you forgot and sat on the aluminum benches on one of those real hot days, you were headed to the ER to explain how you got 3rd degree, grill-like burns on your bottom-side!

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Chapter 28: The Animals Arrive

animals arrive for stage

REBECCA –
Have you ever stood side by side with a 7-foot, 1200-pound camel looking you in the eyes and realize you are the one holding the rope? ...Yep, that there is a life experience!

BIRDIE –
We had to have animals on stage – camel, sheep, donkey, a horse. So, we made arrangements to lease animals from the Lazy Five Ranch in Mooresville, NC. It was Rebecca’s job to go pick them out because I was preoccupied with sound installation.

REBECCA –
As the guide drove around, looking at their animals, I picked a few generic sheep – I mean, it’s hard to tell one sheep from another, a generic camel...

BIRDIE –
The man says to Rebecca, “That cow right there has been in a movie!” So...

REBECCA –
People! Who doesn’t want a famous cow on stage!?

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Chapter 27: Two Thieves...and a Savior

 

two thieves sweatshirt

BIRDIE –
Spring 1997. The electrical work was almost finished. Audio and dmx cables were running through what seemed to be miles of conduit, under tons of concrete, all over the amphitheater.

REBECCA –
The first equipment to be installed was the lighting. We decided to purchase ten intelligent lights rather than hundreds of conventional lights.

BIRDIE –
We had around fifty conventional lights from the ones we had salvaged.

REBECCA –
Unlike conventional theater lighting, an intelligent light can move all directions, change to any color, cover anything from a small box on the stage to a large building, and has gobos to create special effects.

BIRDIE –
But intelligent lights couldn’t be installed outdoors in 1997. That would be like leaving your laptop outside on your deck year-round.

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