The Days of World War II Come to Life in 1940's Dinner Show
"Not Just Another Love Story" Opens to Sell-Out Crowds
FORT MILL, S.C. - May 2, 2017 - For the first time in over three years, NarroWay has reopened the classic, nostalgic dinner show "Not Just Another Love Story." Set in the 1940's, the show brings history to life, reliving the days of World War II. A sell-out crowd filled the NarroWay Theatre for the opening performance on April 29. The show continues to play weekends through the summer. Tickets and information for remaining dates are available online or by calling 803.802.2300.
The show follows the life of a young soldier who, as did many, rushes to marry before leaving for the war. The storyline is based on the biblical account of Hosea. But the timeline follows actual World War II events as they happened.
To assure accuracy, writer Rebecca Martin followed the journey of a real World War II soldier - her dad, J.P. Martin. “I sat down one evening around the table with my daddy, a proud army man, and I asked him to walk me through the timeline of a real soldier," says Martin. "But I got so much more out of it than a timeline. Though this story is not about him, 'Not Just Another Love Story' is filled with his emotions, his struggles, his sayings, his memories of how it all played out. Though he was a tough man, he always cried when he talked about those three years when he forsook family and the comforts of home to serve his country.”
In addition, the show incorporates extensive video footage on three large screens, spanning more than 75 feet in width. The historical footage complements the script with real-life images from World War II. From the invasion of Poland in 1939 to the final surrender of Japan in 1945, six years of world history are compactly and accurately chronicled around an emotional storyline.
Musically, the show stays true to the era. A 1940's medley, arranged by composer Yvonne Clark, includes a variety of tunes ranging from "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" to "The White Cliffs of Dover." A moving "Patriotic Medley" features "Stars and Stripes Forever," "God Bless America" and several other patriotic classics.
Prior to the show, guests are treated to a delicious 1940's dinner plate featuring chicken-fried chicken with sawmill gravy and topped off by All-American cherry pie. Dinner is served by the performing cast - just minutes before they don 1940's costumes and take the stage.
"Not Just Another Love Story" continues to play at the NarroWay Theatre through September 30, 2017. Show times include 6:30pm on Fridays and 12pm and 5pm on Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 803.802.2300.