A Massive ProductionThe production, already seen by nearly two million people on stage, was filmed in front of a live audience, with a cast that included live horses, camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, and trained rats. I liked that you don’t hear the crowd applauding (though you can see they were — the show ends with a standing ovation), so that viewers stay thoroughly engaged with the story. The film is two hours long, and the action takes place not only on three sides of the audience on a 300-foot panoramic stage, but also in the aisles! The opening scene has one of the aisles serve as the river, and the props and lighting make the scene simply stunning. It gets better—my husband and I still can’t figure out how Moses’ staff turns into a snake and back into a staff. It looks like some kind of CGI special effect, but it happened live on stage! You’ll also be wowed by the way the Red Sea parts at the movie’s end, once Moses finally sets his people free. The sixty sets for the production took two years to build, and some reach three stories high. As for costumes, there are nearly 900 in use in throughout the production (that’s not a typo). Courtesy of Sight & Sound Theatres and Fathom Entertainment. All rights reserved. Used with permission.[/caption]
A Timeless StoryThe story is one we know—you’ll see Pharoah, the burning bush, the Ten Commandments, and more. But it’s done in a way that highlights the relationships between people and between Moses and God. We see Moses struggle to understand who God created him to be. And it’s when Moses begins to understand who God is, that we see him come to accept God’s mercy and love. These can lead into post-viewing conversations about identity, vocation, forgiveness, and the need for Jesus (who makes a cameo, if you will, at the film’s conclusion). If you’re looking for a way to connect what may seem a musty old Bible story you’ve heard too many times to real life today, Moses is quite literally your ticket.
Go See It!I can’t recommend this highly enough. The music is phenomenal (I’m about to buy the soundtrack). The acting, singing, and movement on the stage are just captivating. I’d heard about this theater years ago, when my dad did some technical work with them, and now I’m convinced that our family needs to make a visit sooner rather than later. For the next week or so, though, you don’t need to make the trip to Pennsylvania or Missouri! Get your tickets now and give your family the gift of knowing that stage and theater entertainment can be good, life-giving, soul-filling, and truly beautiful. Courtesy of Sight & Sound Theatres and Fathom Entertainment. All rights reserved. Used with permission.[/caption]
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Lindsay Schlegel is a daughter of God, wife, mom, editor, and speaker. She’s the author of Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God and host of the podcast Quote Me with Lindsay Schlegel. Lindsay seeks to encourage, inspire, and lift others up to be all they were created to be. Connect with Lindsay at her website, LindsaySchlegel.com.