When first broached with the idea of traveling to the Sight and Sound theater in Pennsylvania, I was dubious at best. Traveling with 5 children under 12, the youngest of whom was only 13 months old, and despises traveling in the car is not always at the top of my list of fun things to do. When I lived in Boston I was almost a theater junkie, having seen scores of productions. However I was assured this would be a production my family would never forget. We would be traveling with our church group which definitely added appeal as the children could play with their friends, and it did sound like an adventure.
Sight and Sound is a Christian theater, which perform Godly plays .The location we went to was set in Lancaster, PA. in scenic Amish country. It is absolutely breathtaking, from the moment you set eyes on it you realize you are going to experience something very different, and exciting.An incredible statue of a Lion and Lamb set outside the theater, amid beautiful fountains, and stunning architecture. It truly is gorgeous. The staff inside of the theater and outside were so friendly, and so helpful. I can not tell you what a difference it makes ( especially when you are tired from traveling) to have someone be genuinely happy to see you, and guide you around. The inside of the theater is also stunningly attractive. It is handicapped accessible, and very family friendly in design, offering wide well lit aisles, and doors, with plenty of friendly helpful staff available. The seats were wide, and very comfortable. Before the production staff came around offering families with younger children a booster type seat so that even the smallest guests could enjoy the show. They also had what they called a “crying room” where boisterous, or tired tots and their parents could go and relax and enjoy the play. We utilized their crying room so our son could toddle and babble to his hearts desire.
The show we saw was Joseph, and i was completely unprepared for the incredible magnitude of the show. The opening scene was performed so well that we were completely captivated, even our wiggly 4 year old daughter was enthralled. The set amazingly made, it looked as though we were all truly in a desert! The sight and sound theater did not have simply a center stage, but stages on the left side of the auditorium, and the right, which really added to the show. We were continuously enjoying activity on the stages, and very much given the feel that we were there in Joseph’s life. The absolute show stopper though, was the trained animals! Before our eyes we treated to camels, macaws, sheep, a sphinx cat,donkeys goats pigs and more. at some points during the play shepherds herded animals down the aisles right next to us! it was absolutely incredible. The light show was also spectacular. The many, many aspects of the show, singing, acting, art, stages, lights, all came together to present us with a show so dazzling it was more impressive than a week in a theme park ( better than the big D!).
The acting was impeccable. The actors and actresses were energetic, and enthusiastic, and the script was the right blend of gravely serious, ponderous, and humorous. The actors were terrific about making eye contact, and really speaking to the audience rather than just giving their lines. At the end of the play the staff invited people who did not know God an opportunity to speak with someone about salvation, which really spoke to my heart. it was great to see how genuinely they cared about the people who had made pilgrimages to the theater. We loved our experience at Sight and Sound theater, and I recommend that every effort be made to travel there. It was 100 percent worth the efforts we made financially and physically to go, and I can not wait to go again, even though the trip is long, it is so very worth it!