Doors open at 6:15pm and a special pre-show performance begins at 6:30pm. Pre-show features authentic Native American dances performed by Ronnie Beck, a member of the Catawba Indian tribe. Beck, whose heritage is Catawba and Cherokee, will perform both the Grass Dance and the Hoop Dance in full traditional regalia. Drumming and singing accompany the dances, creating an incredible authentic experience.
The Hoop Dance is a type of "storytelling"
The Cultural Heritage Center notes that the Grass Dance is one of the oldest recorded dances in Native American history. There are various origins surrounding the Grass Dance, however, sources agree that the Grass Dance was used to flatten the grass in an area prior to a pow wow or series of dances. Dancers would weave various grasses into their attire and perform a dance that involved highly symmetrical foot movements.
Both the Hoop Dance and the Grass Dance will be performed on stage at the NarroWay Theatre beginning at 6:30pm. Following this special performance, the cast of NarroWay Productions takes the stage for a live theatre performance of "Wounded Warrior." "Wounded Warrior" tells the story of a little boy and his family, while bringing to life the incredible tale of Geronimo, the famous Apache warrior. Characters literally step out of the pages of a giant book to re-create scenes from Geronimo's past.
The obvious Native American theme of the show led NarroWay's marketing director, Alisha Anders, to contact the Catawba Indian Nation and extend a special invitation. Beck followed up on that invitation and agreed to dance prior to the Friday performance.
While the Friday show will honor Native Americans, the performance is open to the general public. A special discount rate is being extended through the NarroWay website at http://www.narroway.net. The show continues its run at the NarroWay Theatre through July 28. Tickets are on sale for all performance dates, including two performances on Saturday, May 19th. The NarroWay Theatre is located just 1/2 mile south off I-77 exit 90, Carowinds Boulevard. Tickets can be purchased through the box office at 803.802.2300 or online at http://www.narroway.net.