Musical Theatre Students Finish Semester with Two Grand Finale' Performances of Show Set in 1969
Homeschoolers learn more than performance in New Musical Theatre Class at NarroWay
FORT MILL, S.C. - May 17, 2017 - Forty high school students from York County, Charlotte and surrounding areas are wrapping up the 2017 school year with a grand finale' Spring Musical at the NarroWay Theatre in Fort Mill, SC. On Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30pm and Thursday, May 18 at 12pm. A semester of learning culminates in two high-energy perfomances of the full-length musical, "Billy Loves Bobby Sue." Performances are open to the public and tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 803.802.2300.
Students bring to the stage an energetic show set in 1969, “Billy Loves Bobby Sue.” Written by NarroWay directors Yvonne Clark and Rebecca Martin, the show includes a sock hop style medley of 1960’s hits, video clips from major news events and a compelling storyline.
The students are the first class to participate in NarroWay's Musical Theatre course for homeschoolers. The course started in January 2017 and students have met weekly, engaging in a variety of learning activities leading up to this grand finale'. Some have a one-hour drive to participate in this unique learning experience. All are high school students, ages 14-18.
"We felt it was important to provide the opportunity for students to learn musical theatre techniques in a Christian environment," says director Rebecca Martin. "Entertainment is changing the world. We're changing entertainment. How better to influence the future than to raise up teens who approach entertainment with a moral consciousness?"
The course content aligns seamlessly with the mission of NarroWay Productions: "...to inspire greatness and instill virtue in people of all ages by creating world-class, Christian entertainment." And while reliving the 1960's, the original musical communicates a positive, upbeat message for today, as a wise grandmother teaches that "you can't judge a book by its cover!"
The two performances are the culmination of a semester of learning. As expected from the title of the course, students learned a number of concepts related to musical theatre. They received classroom instruction from theatre professionals, as well as the hands-on learning involved in bringing to life a full-length musical. Yvonne Clark and Rebecca Martin - founders, writers and directors of NarroWay Productions - led the course instruction.
Beyond that, however, the content of the show provided greater insight into historical events and social issues. And students were challenged to reflect on the positive message within the storyline.
The class will be in final rehearsals at the theatre all day Wednesday before opening the show to a full house that evening. The final performance is slated for 12pm on Thursday. Tickets for remaining seats are available online or by calling the box office at 803.802.2300. The NarroWay Theatre is located just outside Charlotte at I-77 exit 90 in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
"The Broadway of Christian Entertainment," NarroWay Productions is the only continuous running Christian dinner theatre company in South Carolina. This is the first time for the company to offer a Musical Theatre course for homeschool students. For more information on future courses, contact the NarroWay office at 803.802.2300.