We recently had the opportunity to go to a Christian theater production called Sight and Sound. Up until Fall of 2012 I had never heard of it as it is located in Lancaster, PA, (far from my home) but let me tell you, it is amazing! Back in the Fall we were taken to the show "Jonah" and were astounded by it. This time we were treated to "Noah" and I went with a reviewers eye.
When you drive up you see a very large building that looks like a mega church and are greeted by parking lot assistants that direct you where to go. Outside is a large pretty fountain that lots of groups like to take pictures with (and apparently little girls want to play in!)
The lobby has been themed with a "Bible times" appearance and smells of candied walnuts which I got to try this time. They allow food and drink in the theater and have a snack bar. Vendors also come out at intermission to sell food and drinks as well.
Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take picture in the theater, but really, that is not a bad thing as it would spoil the surprise! We sat in the balcony both times we went and I really liked the view from there. It seemed like a great place to take everything in from, although I imagine the floor seats are great as well because the actors and animals use the aisles throughout the production. The stage itself is really enormous! Not only does it have a large main stage, but there are areas on the right and left that open up as well and then you are surrounded but the story on all sides. There are even things going on in the ceiling. The sets themselves are amazing! They are extremely detailed and very visually appealing. Think "Disney" quality.
"Noah" was pretty awesome, but of the two I've seen, I think I actually preferred "Jonah". Both productions follow the Bible closely where they can while taking a little creative license to fill in the story such as extra characters or situations. Both stories were very moving. I was close to tears at points in both and laughed a lot as well. They also make you think about the stories in a different light. For instance, in "Jonah" the people of Ninevah were a lot easier to identify with. They came across as real people in need of God's love and grace. In "Noah" the day to day lives of Noah and his family were brought to life in a way that made you realize how very real things were for them in the years of building the ark and waiting on God to fulfill His promise to them.
There are a few things to consider before going. From what I understand, tickets are not cheap but you can get deals. Also, these productions are long (2 hours plus) and very young children may not want to sit still that long. There is an intermission, but if your children are distracting (loud or getting out of their seats) they will ask you to take them out to the "children's area". My daughter was 13 months the first time we went and actually did really well, but the second time we went, we were able to leave her behind. Also, be forewarned, the actors dance! Think "David danced before the Lord" type dancing, nothing meant to be "alluring", just period representative. It was nothing that offended us but it might not be everyones cup of tea.
All in all, Sight and Sound is an amazing experience that you should take advantage of it you get the chance. From what I have been told it rivals Broadway but all of the shows are Christ honoring. They share the Gospel at the end and invite you to speak with someone after the show to learn more. If we ever get the chance, I will certainly go again!
You can find tickets and show schedules here.