Sight and Sounds spectacular stage production of the scriptural epic Samson is in its final season of delighting Branson audiences. Josh Eneck, who has been with Sight and Sound for over 23 years, and is currently its President and Chief Inventive Officer, said that the ideas for the shows they produce “…absolutely comes from prayer with the Lord and seeking Him on what’s the best story to tell for the day and age we are in right now.”
It’s hard to picture a better story for “right now, an era enamored with “Superheros” than the biblical story of the world’s first superhero, Samson. An ordinary guy, like many of us today who’ve strayed from God’s path, and need to believe in Him and His grace, to get back on the path. Samson’s story of his heroic fight against the Philistines, is both exciting and inspiring. After succumbing to temptation, losing his strength and sight he fought on and, by having faith, in God redeemed himself in superhero fashion.
Samson, while based on one of the most famous biblical stories of all time, is also an incredible and unique entertainment experience. The show’s cast, music, dancing, scale, spectacle, story, and ability to entertain happens regardless of one’s biblical appreciation or knowledge.
The story unfolds on Sight and Sound’s 300-foot surround stage. An extremely talented cast, awesome sets, amazing special effects, colorful costuming, and a host of live animals bring the story alive in a production unlike what most have ever seen. The audience is immersed and surrounded in the action and drama taking place not only on the stage, but all around them. Don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but rest assured, the performance absolutely “brings the house down.
It is a story most are familiar with, narrated by Manoah, Samson’s father. He guides the audience through the story of Samson’s trials, temptations, and relationships. A story that tells how Delilah and her unfaithfulness caused him to falter in those beliefs and fall towards the depths of defeat. But, in the end, it’s a story of faith rekindled and redemption as he returns to his God and gives his all in one final “superhero” display of faith and belief in his God.
In addition to a great story, it’s beautifully acted, sung, and danced by an outstanding cast. Their talent, love and dedication to what they are doing is obvious. As is the custom of Sight and Sound productions, the story is the star, but two of my favorite musical numbers was the entire cast performance of the rousing “Philistia Brave and Strong” and Samson’s performance of “What Is This Grace?” during his realization and acceptance of God’s grace.
Prior to seeing Samson you might like to take the special Behind the Scenes Tour of the production. “A million watts of lights, sixty-thousand watts of sound, a massive stage over twenty-thousand square feet in size that wraps around the audience on three sides and four-story tall set pieces towering right in front of you.” This additional add on tour, includes exclusive backstage access to everything that happens behind the scenes and can really add to the total Samson experience.
For more information on Samson, the Behind the Scenes Tour, or other great Branson shows or lodging please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of over 5 million Branson show and attraction tickets by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com .