The History of Sight & Sound Theatres
Sight & Sound Theatres is the largest faith-based live theatre in the country and has been described as "Christian Broadway." Last year, nearly a million people from around the world came to experience a production at one of Sight & Sound's theatres in Lancaster, PA., and Branson, MO. The Lancaster County location is one of the top three theatre destinations in the country.
Founder Glenn Eshelman, a native of Lancaster County, began to develop his gifting as an artist as a young child on his family's farm. His landscape painting led to photographing inspirational scenes that were then presented to churches, schools and civic organizations across the U.S. with a single slide projector and screen, along with a turntable and microphone to provide sound.
In July 1976, the Sight & Sound Auditorium (later renamed the Living Waters Theatre) opened its doors for the debut performance of A Land of Our Own. Live actors were eventually added to the productions, and Behold the Lamb debuted as the first full-length live stage production at the original Sight & Sound Auditorium in 1987.
As the productions grew in scale and the public's desire to attend outpaced seating capacity, it became clear that a larger theatre was needed. In March of 1991, the Sight & Sound Entertainment Centre opened within a mile of the Living Waters Theatre to present live, large- scale productions.
In 1997, a devastating fire destroyed the Entertainment Centre, along with the majority of equipment, the sets and half of the shop and storage buildings, but thankfully there were no injuries. With the encouragement of many, an all-new theatre opened September 1, 1998, with an even greater capacity to bring the Bible to life. Featuring more than 2000 seats, a 300-foot stage that wraps around three sides of the audience, and the latest in sound, lighting and technical capabilities, the new facility opened the door to expanded and improved productions.
In May 2008, Sight & Sound's brand new, state-of-the-art, 2000-seat theatre opened its doors to the public in Branson, MO., with Noah the Musical.
Many inspiring productions have come to the Sight & Sound stages over the years, such as Colors of Praise, The Splendor of Easter, Joys of Christmas, The Eternal Flame, Miracle of Christmas, Noah - the Musical, Abraham & Sarah - A Journey of Love, Daniel and the Lions' Den, Behold the Lamb, Ruth, Psalms of David, Voices of Christmas, In the Beginning, Joseph, Jonah, Moses, and Samson.
In 2011 the Board of Directors finalized a succession process, formally initiated in 2007, which has provided the transition to the next generation of leaders.
Sight & Sound Theatres continues to be committed to bringing the Bible to life with quality and excellence, seeking always to honor God and encourage the faith of our guests.
For more information about Sight & Sound Theatres, give us a call at 800-377-1277.
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