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I’d like to thank Sight & Sound Theatre in Branson, Missouri, for sponsoring our visit to see the wonderful production of Moses. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.
If you are in Branson, Missouri, and you are looking for a great show, then look no further than the Sight & Sound Theatre. On a recent trip to Branson, my family had the opportunity to see Moses, a creative dramatization of the Biblical story about a baby who was spared death and grew up to lead the people of Israel out of slavery and into the Promised Land. This Broadway-style show is one of Branson’s best, and it is not to be missed!
The exterior and grounds of the theatre are really beautiful. As you enter the parking area of the theatre, you will see this statue.
Here is the exterior of the theatre as you drive up. The theatre is much larger than it seems from the road!
There were plenty of parking attendants to help you park your car in an orderly way. When we got out of the car, we stopped for a moment and took in the beauty of the grounds.
Though it was warm, it was a lovely summer evening in the Ozarks.
As you approach the entrance, there is a statue at the front of a lion and a lamb. Since this is a faith-based show, you will find a lot of Christian imagery.
This is a popular photo opportunity before the show. I recommend getting to the 7:30 p.m. show no later than 6:45 p.m. As you walk into the lobby, you will see a statue that correlates to the show you are about to see. Since we were seeing Moses, this is the statue we saw.
The ticket counter, will call, and voucher-redeeming area is right behind the statue. After we picked up our tickets, we had some time to explore. They have several gift shop areas to accommodate all the guests. We always purchase a magnet, and of course, Kristin always has to check things out.
You can purchase DVDs of some of the shows that they’ve done in the past. Kristin purchased a parrot. I know this seems odd, and I wondered what a parrot has to do with Moses, but when you see the show, it makes sense! After the purchase, we went to be seated. I was not prepared for how big the stage and house are. This stage is huge!
We were seated on the lower level–house left. I don’t think there is a bad seat in the place. The mezzanine is stadium-style, so you could see very well up there. You would also have a great view of some of the effects in the show, so don’t worry about sitting in the upper level. On the floor, we had a great view of everything, and the show happens all around you.
Here is the view from our seats.
Kristin was pretty excited to see this show!
During the show, live animals walk, or sometimes run, down the aisles. Animals are also used onstage, and there are times in the story when characters are on horseback. Kristin loved watching the animals. She sat with rapt attention waiting for what would happen next!
The beginning of the show sets up the background information that shows Moses’s journey to becoming a leader of the Israelites. We see him as a baby, child, and young adult. We get to experience with Moses the events that make him who he is and shape who he will become.
During the show, you are not allowed to take pictures or video, so of course, I don’t have any pictures of the actual show. Just know–the show is amazing! I absolutely loved it! I am a theatre teacher, and I was impressed with the total package. The acting was spot-on, the costumes are colorful, and the singing was beautiful. The sets and effects were impressive. All of the performances were great, but I especially enjoyed the performances of the actors for Moses and Pharaoh. Even the kids in the cast did an excellent job. There was not a weak link among them!
At intermission, we decided to walk around a little and explore to stretch our legs. We went upstairs. You can look down through an opening to the ground floor to see the Moses statue.
Above you is the painted inside of the dome.
Before the show or during intermission, you can purchase concessions.
You can purchase a warm beverage at the coffee counter, too. They also have commemorative Moses cups!
When my kids were little, I used to worry about them making a lot of noise, so we didn’t see many shows. I now know that many shows in Branson have cry rooms, so if your little one gets cranky, you can go to a cry room and still see the show. It may not be the best way to see it, but it’s good to know that this exists if you need it. We may have seen more shows in the past if I had realized this.
The story really gets rolling after intermission. If you are familiar with the story of Moses, you know that there are plagues brought down upon the people of Egypt. I thought the depictions of these plagues were pretty creative. And if you know the story, you know eventually that the Red Sea must part. I don’t want to reveal too much, but this is storytelling at its best!
You may be wondering if you would enjoy this show if you are not religious. I would say if you enjoy a great story with themes anyone can relate to, you will enjoy this performance. Some of those themes are redemption, love, perseverance, confidence, forgiveness, and faith. Though we are not having the exact experiences of the characters, we all deal with the larger themes at some point in our lives. It’s a relatable and powerful story whether you are religious or not.
At the end of the evening, we left the theatre talking about our favorite parts and characters. We also decided to snap one last shot with the lion statue at night.
We had such a wonderful time. If you are planning a trip to Branson, I would make sure to see a show at Sight & Sound Theatre. The show changes after a period of time, and Moses will be ending October 20. Their holiday show, The Miracle of Christmas, begins November 4 and lasts until December 30. Next spring we’ll get a new show–Samson. You will not be disappointed with any show at Sight & Sound. They all use live animals, music, and special effects while telling the great stories of the Bible. Jeff and I are already talking about seeing another show, and we know Kristin will love it. A show at Sight & Sound Theatre is a Branson must-do!