Joseph in Branson at Sight and Sound Theater: The Color of Faith
The Bible, to most of us, is black and white-- in a literal sense, at least. It consists of black and white print on a page, with the occasional red lettering of Jesus’ words. Now, however, you can witness the Biblical tale of “Joseph” and his colorful coat at the Branson Sight & Sound Theatre in a thriving, pulsing production that will bring the Bible to life and color. “Joseph” ran two extremely successful seasons at Sight & Sound in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The show features a vast set that was meticulously painted to bring out the fire of the Egyptian desert, and which spans over 300 feet long, wrapping around the audience for an entirely immersive experience. In an Egyptian celebration scene, the Nile appears in cool blues and teals, accented with brilliant fish made of an elegant, fluttering material, and a red-speckled crocodile supported on the backs of several actors in glittering tunics. For Joseph’s dreams, the set team created sheaves of wheat over seven feet tall. Above the audience’s heads, they crafted an extraordinary blue, black and starred dreamscape, through which Joseph will soar. The 45 professional adult and child actors and dozens of live animals help complete the feeling of Biblical accuracy, perhaps even Biblical intimacy, in that you have the ability to connect with the Bible in a new and touching way. “Joseph” allows for a splash of color and emotion in a favored, ancient story. “We have a vision to implement a brilliant color scheme into every fabric of this production,” states Sight & Sound, “including the music, costumes, the lights, the special effects, sets and more.”
Sight & Sound Theatre
The Sight & Sound Theatre’s mission is to teach The Bible in the way that Jesus did; through parables. The experience has been described as “Christian Broadway,” by many of the 800,000 people that attend one of the Sight & Sound locations each year. In 2011, the Theatre celebrated its 35th year of public productions.