|In the theatre lob|
When Moses began playing at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Branson, I knew I had to see the parting of the Red Sea and God giving him the ten commandments.
Most Americans hear the biblical story of Moses as children. And most of us probably couldn't imagine Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt to the Promised Land. This familiar story, brought to life, is as impressive to an adult audience as the story is to imaginative children.
It takes a village --- almost literally to produce such a show. The Sight & Sound Theatre employs 250 people, nearly 50 of them on stage during the production. The lavish sets and technology combine with the talented casts to bring the Bible to life.
|The stage with a backstage|
The entire production, from concept to performance, takes several years and hundreds of creative minds working together. Founders Glenn and Shirley Eshelman of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, bring Bible stories to life. With the 400 people employed in Pennsylvania, they move shows and performers between their Living Waters Theatre in Lancaster and Sight & Sound in Branson.
The man who plays Moses possesses a powerful voice that befits the leader, and the entire casts shines in their musical numbers. It's the combination of this talent, great stories, superb special effects and a theater especially designed for large panoramic productions, that make it all exceptional.
I especially enjoyed the portrayal of Moses. As a child, I thought of him as a superhero and never once suspected he was an ordinary man. This production shows Moses as an ordinary person, called by God to fulfill an extraordinary role in human history. He doesn't think of himself as a leader. He stutters and he is insecure. He wants to please God but doubts his ability. That show of humanity makes the story much more real.
|Some of the sets|
|Our backstage tour guides|
The show plays twice a day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and once on Thursday. Check https://sight-sound.com/shows/branson/moses/2017 for times. The show runs through October 20, 2017.
The Sight & Sound Theatre is located at 1001 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, MO. For tickets, call 800.377.1277 or book online.
Photos are prohibited during the production.