Sight and Sound plans expansion

Sight & Sound Theatres® is planning to establish an additional theatre location, to be built in Branson, Missouri. The project would include constructing a duplicate of the company’s Millennium Theatre® in Branson, where Sight & Sound is in the process of acquiring 50 acres of land. The company’s current corporate offices in Strasburg would remain the corporate headquarters, and all Sight & Sound operations in Lancaster County would continue as usual. Contingent on final approval of the project, the targeted opening date for the Branson theatre is June 2008.

Sight & Sound Theatres has been described in many ways: “the largest faith-based live theatre in America,” “the Christian Broadway,” “one of the top three theatre destinations on the East Coast” . . . and the list goes on. Each year, about 800,000 people come from across the country and around the world to experience a production at one of Sight & Sound’s two theatres in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The company’s purpose is to visualize and dramatize the Bible through live stage productions, illustrating truth in the same way that Jesus did, by storytelling. Sight & Sound’s original musical theatre productions are characterized by the spectacular. Most shows feature a professional cast of more than 50, elaborate sets towering up to 40 feet high, hundreds of costumes, and trained animals ranging from camels and horses to dogs and flight-trained birds. Spectacular special effects permeate the shows and include set pieces that rise up through the stage floor, 3D video imaging, pyrotechnics, and artistic lighting effects including lasers. The company’s two theatres are the 2,000-seat Millennium Theatre and the 650-seat Living Waters Theatre, the company’s original location.

Prominent shows at the Theatres have included Noah-The Musical, Abraham & Sarah-A Journey of Love, and Daniel-A Dream, A Den, A Deliverer. Two new shows premiering in 2005 are Ruth, which opens May 21, 2005 at Millennium Theatre, and Psalms of David, opening June 18, 2005 at Living Waters Theatre. Leading off the 2005 season is the Easter spectacular, Behold the Lamb (March 5 – April 9, 2005), a perennial favorite to which new songs and additional special effects were recently added. The 2005 season concludes with Miracle of Christmas (November 12, 2005 – January 7, 2006), which recreates the world into which Jesus was born and concludes in a stunning Nativity scene featuring flying angels, three camels, majestically-costumed wise men and elaborate special effects.

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