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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 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 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 30: May 22, 1997

 

birdie and rebecca REBECCA –
On May 26, 1996 we had never even seen the amphitheater. Now, on May 22, 1997 ...well, it was overwhelming trying to grasp what God had done.

BIRDIE –
That place was in shambles. No cast. No staff. No equipment. No money. No plan. No contract. And, NarroWay was nothing more than a “thought” God had spoken to us almost fifteen years before.

REBECCA –
Now, in less than a year, literally hundreds of volunteers, hundreds of thousands of dollars, state-of-the-art equipment, two strong casts and one staff member later – we were preparing to say, for the first time, “Good evening, Ladies & Gentlemen....”

BIRDIE –
One staff member ... So, we hired a receptionist, who also served as the box office / stage manager / cast coordinator. Her job title might as well have been: Telephones, Etc.
Her name was Lynn Couch.

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