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Dolly Parton's 'Pirates Voyage' Show Launches in Myrtle Beach, SC

4:20 PM, Jun 3, 2011   |    comments
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Myrtle Beach, SC (WLTX, AP) -- Singer Dolly Parton is hoisting the Jolly Roger in Myrtle Beach as she opens her new dinner theater this weekend.

Parton spoke to News19's Nat Roers about her new venture, called "Pirates Voyage." As the title implies, it has a pirate theme.

Parton said Friday her western-themed Dixie Stampede show was very successful over 19 years but says it was time for a change and pirates are a theme that everyone can enjoy.

"We thought it would be wonderful to try something new and different and since we are located on the water, and since the pirates are such a big theme these days, we thought it would be fun to have it," Parton told Roers.

Parton says she started thinking of the new show about four years ago. She says the opening was delayed a bit because of the troubled economy.

The show features pirate battles and mermaids and represents an $11 million investment.Pirates Voyage features two pirate galleons and a sunken wreck in a 15-foot deep indoor lagoon.

"We've got wonderful food, we've got wonderful actors and acrobats and people that fly around on the ships so it's going to be a lot of fun for families, especially for kids," Parton said.

It opens Friday evening with a VIP performance and opens to the public Saturday night. Parton said she would appear as a mermaid in the Friday show.

If you're wondering about Parton's singing career, she told Roers she's about to start a new tour to promote her CD, "Better Day."

To find out more the new Myrtle Beach show, visit the Pirates Voyage website.

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