A Look Inside the History of the Sight and Sound Theatres

Since its grand opening in May of 2008 the Sight & Sound Theatre in Branson has been dazzling visitors from all over the world with it’s intricate structural design, world class inspirational productions and the latest in sound, light and technical technologies.

With two theater locations, one in Lancaster, PA and the other here in Branson, MO, Sight & Sound Theatres maintains the title of the largest faith-based live theater in the country. According to the Sight & Sound Theatres website, almost one million people came from around the world to experience a live onstage production at the Lancaster and Branson locations.

The theater’s founder, Glenn Eshelman, was an artist from Lancaster County and he traveled with his own paintings of inspirational landscape scenes before he and his wife opened the Sight & Sound Auditorium in 1976 for the production “A Land of Our Own.” Theater productions at the auditorium quickly grew in size and as the live actors and actresses overtook the stage, the audience overtook the auditorium.

Fifteen years later, the Sight & Sound Entertainment Centre opened to present large productions onstage but unfortunately, it was destroyed by fire in 1997. Even so, that didn’t stop the theater from becoming all that it is today, and more.

A new, even larger theater was built in 1998, boasting 2,000 seats and a wrap-around 300-foot stage. Ten years later, Sight & Sound Theatres opened in Branson, Missouri, featuring “Noah the Musical”.

Since then, guests have enjoyed several world-class productions like “Daniel and the Lions’ Den,” “Behold the Lamb,” “Colors of Praise” and more. Currently, “Jonah” is showing at the Branson theater location, enchanting visitors with original musical compositions, incredible staging and special effects and an uplifting Bible story full of grace and love for the whole family to enjoy.

Visit Sight & Sound Theatres today to see what you’ve been missing out on. I guarantee you’ll want to go back time and time again.

For tickets and more information about Jonah at Sight & Sound Theatres, click here.

 

Quiz: Which Branson Show Should YOU Go See?

bs-logo-682 x 564Having trouble choosing what Branson show you want to go see? With such a wide selection of options, it’s no surprise you’re having trouble deciding! Here’s a simple five question quiz that will help you determine which popular Branson show is just right for you. All you have to do is keep track of how many A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and E’s you choose and then tally them up at the end of the quiz to determine your most preferred show!

Which Branson Show Should You Go See?

1. When it comes to music I prefer …

    A. Instrumental hits or classical

    B. Good ol’ country western

    C. I don’t have a preference

    D. Original compositions

    E. A mix of both the oldies and today’s hits

2. I am visiting Branson because …

    A. I’m celebrating my anniversary

    B. I’m on vacation

    C. I’m looking for something new and fun to do

    D. I like the family friendly atmosphere

    E. Girl’s night out!

3. When I’m not seeing a show in Branson, you’ll most likely find me …

    A. Spending all my money at Tanger Outlets

    B. Stuffing my face at one of the local restaurants

    C. Racing my go kart at The Track

    D. Catching some live music at The Landing

    E. Quacking at unsuspecting golfers from my Ride the Ducks tour

4. When attending a Branson show, I like to …

    A. Sit back in my chair and relax

    B. Interact with the cast and other audience members

    C. Have my mind blown!

    D. Experience a meaningful message and positive undertones

    E. Laugh until my stomach hurts

5. When choosing what Branson show to go see, I usually take this into consideration …

    A. The shows I haven’t seen yet

    B. My grumbling stomach

    C. Cost

    D. My young kids

    E. My teenage kids


ANSWERS

Marco Polo
Mostly A’s: THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO

                                                        

Dixie Stampede Branson
Mostly B’s: DIXIE STAMPEDE

                                                                  

The Revollusionists
Mostly C’s: THE REVOLLUSIONISTS

                                                                                            

Jonah
Mostly D’s: JONAH

                                                                                                             

Paul Harris & The Cleverlys
Mostly E’s: PAUL HARRIS & THE CLEVERLYS

                                                                                             

5 Ways to Avoid the Heat this Week in Branson

White WaterAugust isn’t leaving without a toasty 100-degree goodbye and that makes for an uncomfortable outdoor experience. Luckily, Branson offers a variety of options for those seeking to escape the scorching sun while on vacation. Try out some of these attractions and shows for an enjoyable (and cool!) Branson experience.

White Water

Branson’s White Water will be closing for the season after September 7 so take advantage of it while it’s still open! The family friendly water park is a perfect way to cool off on a hot August day and the 13 acres filled with more than 2 million gallons of exciting water rides won’t disappoint. Twist and twirl in the Aloha River, race the fast-moving waters of the Raging River Rapids or dare to try what’s been dubbed the biggest thrill in White Water history, the new KaPau Plummet. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyWhiteWaterTickets.cfm.

Jonah

Besides the fact that the storyline revolves around a huge fish that lives in the cool waters of the sea, Jonah is a great way to keep your mind off the heat. One of Branson’s most popular family shows, Jonah boasts state of the art sets, performers, musical arrangements and special effects, making for an all around exciting family experience. Experience the well-known biblical story retold onstage in a way that you’ve never experienced before. For tickets, visit Jonahhttp://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyJonahatSightandSoundTheatreBransonTickets.cfm.

Shopping at the Landing

Hit all the hot end-of-summer sales while browsing your favorite styles in the nice air conditioned shops of the Branson Landing. With more than 100 shopping choices and 16 different dining options, you could easily spend a day cooling off at this beautiful, lakeside retail center. Plus, beating the heat may be the only instance in which your young kids and/or husband will gladly follow you into your favorite retail shop, so soak it up!

Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline

While you’re at The Landing, stop by Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline for a refreshing zip across Lake Taneycomo. The exhilarating ride will not only provide you with a fantastic birds-eye view of the entire Historic Downtown area but a nice breeze to cool you down. Additionally, this zipline is a seated ride so it’s great for all ages and comfortable for the whole family. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyParakeetPetesWaterfrontZiplineatBransonLandingTickets.cfm.

Branson TitanicTitanic

What better way to cool down than by touring the Branson Titanic. Learn all about the historical story of the Titanic from the unique perspective of one of it’s passengers. Browse the interactive exhibits that fill the half-scale Titanic model and learn how much it would cost you for a third class ticket in today’s times or see how long you can keep your hands in the frigid water that matches the temperature of the ocean the night the legendary Titanic sank. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyTitanicTickets.cfm.

Hopefully just thinking about these Branson activities, shows and attractions has you cooled down already! There’s no reason the late-August heat should keep you from enjoying your trip to Branson. Enjoy each and every minute spent in the live entertainment capital of the world.

 

5 Videos That Give You an Inside Look at Sight & Sound Theatres’ Jonah

If you haven’t seen Jonah yet, you’re missing out! I saw it a few weeks ago and was blown away by the fantastic music, incredible sets and talented performers. If you’ve already seen and were as impressed with it as I was, you may be interested in exploring some behind the scenes aspects of the show.

Here are a few videos that every Jonah fan will want to see. If you’re interested in getting your tickets so you can experience it for yourself, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyJonahatSightandSoundTheatreBransonTickets.cfm. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

1. The music is amazing.

 

2. The acting is phenomenal.

 

3. The set design is incredible.

 

4. The show has live animals!

 

5. Just in case you don’t know the story …

 

 

Plan Your Last Minute Summer Vacation to Branson With Ease

TitanicThe summer months are just flying by and it’s hard to believe that school will be starting in just a few short weeks. If you and your family haven’t had the chance to make your way to Branson yet, you’ve still got time! And Branson Shows can help you plan your last minute summer vacation with ease.

If you’re looking for something your kids will remember for years to come, take them to experience an infamous boat ride at the interactive Titanic Museum, where they will become a real passenger and discover their fate at the end of the tour. You might also enjoy a tour of the city with Ride the Ducks as your captain narrates several scenic and historic areas of Branson and then takes the experience to the next level with an exciting splash down into the lake and the chance to drive the duck. Of course, no visit to Branson is complete without also setting aside a day for the 1800’s themed amusement park, Silver Dollar City and family-oriented waterpark, White Water.

JonahWhile you’re visiting Branson, make sure to check out some of the many shows that are available to you. There isn’t a show in Branson that’s not family appropriate, but some family favorites include Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Dinner Show, the Acrobats of China and Jonah at Sight and Sound Theatres. Each of these shows is uniquely different, but share thing in common: they are unforgettable examples of why Branson is one of the most family-centered vacation destinations. You and your kids will leave these shows raving and the quality of entertainment is unrivaled.

Squeeze in as much last minute summer fun as you can and enjoy these great shows and attractions in Branson!

Get a Behind the Scenes Look at Some of Branson’s Best Entertainment

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the curtains or how the performers prepare to bring you some of the best entertainment of your life? Experiencing one of Branson’s great shows from your seat is one thing, but getting the opportunity to go backstage is a whole other experience in itself.

If you’re looking to get up out of your seat and take your visit to Branson to the next level, check out these behind the scenes tours available to you through Branson Shows.

Behind the Scenes Sight & Sound Tour

Sight & SoundWatching the amazing productions put on by the Sight & Sound cast and crew, you only get a glimpse into the complexity of each show. With the behind the scenes tour, you’ll learn about the million watts of lights, sixty-thousand watts of sound and more than 20,000 square feet of stage that make the whole thing possible. Find out how the crew keeps the lights, sounds, stage and animals on cue, take a peek inside the scene shop to see how those gigantic and impressive sets are created and step foot onstage into the life of an actor, and discover what it’s really like to bring a Bible story to life. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/JonahatSightandSoundTheatreBranson.cfm.

National Tiger Sanctuary Behind the Scenes Tour

national tigerTeam up with the staff after the Tiger Sanctuary closes for the day and experience the end-of-day feeding. See how these big cats’ food is prepared every day, help feed them and then watch them devour their dinner as they easily crunch through bones. You’ll also get an insider’s perspective on the extensive amount of care these cats require just to make sure they are provided with a high-quality, stress free environment to live in. For tickets or more information, visit

Check out these special tours for an out-of-seat, interactive experience that will give you a whole new perspective on these two Branson attractions.

 

Host Your Next Family Reunion in Branson

Did you know July is Family Reunion Month? Maybe you’ve already had your family reunion recently or maybe you’re in the process of getting one together; either way, Branson is less than a day’s drive away from half the country’s population, making it an ideal spot for a family get together. With dozens of hotels, attractions and shows, everyone in your family is bound to have a blast in Branson.

Branson Shows will provide you with customized group packages and a specialized group agent to talk you through your options and make sure your trip is planned with ease and accuracy.

As mentioned below, there are a variety of lodging options, places to eat, shows to see and attractions to visit during your stay in Branson, but to browse a complete list, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/.

LodgingCastle Rock

If your family has a large number of children, consider staying at Castle Rock Resort and Indoor Waterpark for clean and spacious rooms complete with amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, and a lazy river. It’s also just two miles from Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.

The Suites at Fall Creek features a hotel spa and golf course for the adults while also catering to the kids with a mini golf course and onsite basketball courts. Highly recommended by previous travelers, outdoor community barbecue grills, onsite basketball courts, a clubhouse and fitness center make this hotel one of the best lodging choices for you and your family.

ShowsJonah

Jonah is one of Branson’s most exciting shows, especially for families. Experience the biblical story of God’s prophet as he travels to Nineveh to deliver the people that took his own father’s life. You can even take a behind-the-scenes tour!

The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show was the first show in Branson, making it a must-see for any newcomers to the area. Experience the show that started it all with a variety of comedy, music and family fun.

AttractionsSilver Dollar City

Spend a day with the entire family at Silver Dollar City. Try the newest coaster, Outlaw Run, taste the delicious succotash, experience one of the 40 live shows performed daily or visit Marvel Cave, first discovered by the Osage Indians in the early 1500’s.  With several summer festivals going on as well, there’s definitely no lack of fun things to do here.

For an anything-but-ordinary tour of the town, Ride the Ducks through the streets of Branson and then splash into Lake Taneycomo for an informative and entertaining journey through both the land and water of Branson.

ShoppingDick's 5 & 10

Dick’s Five and Dime is one of those places you just have to visit every time you’re back in Branson. Browse aisle after aisle of everyday items, children’s gifts, collectibles and so much more at this old-fashioned five and dime shop in Historic Downtown Branson. Guaranteed, this place will become a family favorite.

The Branson Landing is home to a variety of unique shops, restaurants and entertainment, especially during the summer months. Head down to Branson Landing Blvd. for a day’s worth of fun.

RestaurantsMel's Hard Luck Diner

Mel’s Hard Luck Diner is a fun, family restaurant that is unique to Branson. Enjoy fantastic diner food as your enthusiastic servers entertain you with their incredible vocal talents.

Dine on a delicious four-course meal while partaking in a friendly competition between riders as they challenge each other in carriage races, barrel racing and more. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede has been called Branson’s most fun place to eat and it is sure to create some memories that will last a lifetime.