Some Salvationists made a 30-mile trek from Hershey during the Congress to Strasburg, Pa., in the heart of Amish country, to see the sensational theatric production "In the Beginning" at the Sight and Sound Theaters.
Known as the "Christian Broadway," the production features a 300-foot stage that wraps around the audience for a breathtaking view of the pre-Fall Garden of Eden, with 150 live and animatronic animals, 300 varieties of foliage, fountains, and other features.
Angels walk up and down the aisles during the performance and even "fly" over the audience.
"In the Beginning" features two acts—the first with 12 scenes, beginning with "Creation," and the second with 11 scenes, with the last being "Eden Restored."
Sight & Sound founder Glenn Eshelman addressed the audience before the show, something he said he never does, but he felt the need because of his respect for The Salvation Army and how closely it fits in with what he does.
"You evangelize. We evangelize. We just do it in a little different way," he said.
Speaking of Salvation Army Founder William Booth, Eshelman said, "It's amazing what has come out of one man's vision."
"In the Beginning" will run until Oct. 27 of this year and be followed by the annual presentation, "Miracle of Christmas."
An updated version of "Daniel and the Lion's Den," a popular show from past years, will return to Sight and Sound in 2008.