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Sight & Sound Theatres in Branson

Be inspired at the famous Sight & Sound Theatres in Branson! This performing arts theatre presents dazzling live productions inspired by stories from the Bible.

Branson's Sight & Sound Theatres is located atop a hill overlooking the famous 76 strip, featuring a state-of-the-art, 2,000-seat auditorium with productions that bring Bible stories to life.

HISTORY OF BRANSON'S SIGHT & SOUND

The theater opened its doors in 2008 with Noah the Musical, but its history dates much earlier. It was in 1976 that the original Sight and Sound show debuted in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Founder Glenn Eshelman produced a 10-week multimedia show, The Wonder of It All, in an auditorium at nearby Lancaster Bible College.

The name "Sight & Sound" was inspired by Jesus' teachings found in Matthew 13:10-23. When the disciples asked him why he spoke to people in parables and stories, Jesus replied that although people see, they did not really see. And even though they hear, they did not truly hear or understand what they heard. And so, it was Eshelman's goal to dramatize Biblical truth through live stage productions that illustrate messages in the same way Jesus did: through storytelling.

The slide-show featuring music, poetry and scripture employed 15 projectors, an 80-foot screen and fountains. It enjoyed such a successful run that Eshelman soon opened up Sight & Sound's original auditorium, the Living Waters Theatre, and live actors were added to his productions. By 1991, it had outgrown its original auditorium, and the Sight & Sound Entertainment Centre opened in its place.

A NEW START IN BRANSON

What does this history have to do with Branson? Well, following successful productions such as NOAH and MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS, the innovative entertainment complex burned to the ground in 1997, when the facility and most of the costumes and sets were destroyed in the blaze. But true to its Christian nature, the theater was resurrected in the form of an all-new entertainment complex even greater in capacity, featuring more than 2,000 seats and a 300-foot stage that wrapped around three sides of the audience, as well as the latest in sound, lighting and technical capabilities. The Branson location, which opened in 2008, was nearly a replica of this Millennium Theater.

Built at costs exceeding $60 million, Branson's Sight & Sound opened as the city's largest building at 339,000 square feet. The wrap-around stage alone comprised more than 26,000 square feet. The theater was so impressive that Williams Construction was awarded the American Buildings Company 2007 Excellence in Design Building of the Year for the project. Ironically, the theatre debuted with a production of NOAH: THE MUSICAL during a season when the Ozarks experienced record flooding.

VISITING SIGHT & SOUND THEATRES

Visitors to Branson's Sight & Sound are mesmerized by shows lit by 2 million watts and played through more than 70 surround-sound speakers. A stage fly loft enables performers to soar 110 feet in the air or enter the auditorium on an elaborate catwalk system or across an extensive truss network over the main stage that features more than 200 trusses. The theater's impressive lobby covers 20,000 square feet and includes a picturesque dome ceiling, a second-level viewing atrium and beautiful mock sets. Live animals used in productions are housed and trained in two basement levels of the facility, and networks of custom passageways surrounding the theater allow cast and show animals to fluidly access various parts of the theater during productions.

CURRENT PRODUCTIONS

After several successful seasons showing NOAH, Branson's Sight & Sound also hosted productions of JOSEPH, MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS, JONAH, and MOSES before debuting SAMSON in 2018. The spectacular shows features plenty of music, action, drama, colorful costuming, dozens of animals and mesmerizing special effects. Audiences are always inspired by the powerful and epic biblical stories. The new Sight & Sound Theatres show Samson debuts on March 3 and plays through December 29, 2018.

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