Review: “David” at Sight & Sound Theater

[May 23, 2022]  Just as luck would have it, my wife treated me to a trip to Lancaster, PA, to see the Biblical play “David” at the Sight & Sound Theater.  The play was the best I have ever experienced.

In the past, I saw many plays on Broadway in Manhattan, NY – the most professional performances found anywhere in the world.  Expect to pay several hundred dollars per person to see one of these.  And, yes, those plays are great.  I will go out on a limb here and say the play “David” in Pennsylvania put all of them to shame and at one quarter the cost.

From the point you pull into the large parking lot to the time you leave, you are in a world where time stands still, people are courteous (including the public), the lobby area, concession stands, bathrooms, and theater seating are clean and well maintained.  No pressure to purchase trinkets or donate money.  The auditorium is vast (seating 2,000 but not crowded) with a panoramic view of the three-sided stage.  The show has live animals (goats, sheep, horses, a donkey, a llama, camels, and birds).

The acting was outstanding.  The set is incredible.  You laugh, you cry, and you sit on the edge of your seat.  And, it’s suitable for kids.  We were never bored.  There was a 20-minute intermission in the 3-hour production; just enough time to get a drink and hit the bathroom.

There are many unique aspects to the show that we loved.  But there was one unexpected missing part.  There was no final curtain call when all the actors were out on stage for applause, nor was there any mention of them in the playbill.  Those running Sight & Sound Theater have a singular mission; to present the Gospel and offer glory to God, not themselves.

I will attend again.  And, thanks to my wife, Nancy, for treating me to the best birthday ever.

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34 thoughts on “Review: “David” at Sight & Sound Theater

  1. Julia

    If you have not visited Sight & Sound to see any of their plays, then go. Located in Branson MO and Lancaster PA, go there and see what they have to offer. You will not be disappointed.

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  2. Elizabth Candiotti

    I went to the show “David” yesterday and I have to say, I was disappointed. I can understand that Christians would like it but frankly the Character of David was completely off. The production forgot that the people that they were portraying were not Christian, they were Jews. But nothing in the production said Jewish. The actions, the conversations, characterizations were not in line with the old testament

    It’s sad because I know a lot of Jewish people would love to see a production that was true to their faith and I think in the end it would be nice for the Christians to be see a more accurate portrayal of the story.

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  3. Patti

    A beautiful production. I’ve been to many live performances of Broadway productions. They have nothing on David at sight and sound. Was so pleased to be able to attend. The costumes, backdrops, animals, and tremendous voices and actors Will be something I’ll always remember. A must see.

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    1. Douglas R. Satterfield Post author

      Patti, you’re right. I only wish their theatre was closer to where I live in South Jersey. My next trip will be in March 2023. I look forward to the trip.

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  4. Frontier Man

    Gen. Satterfield, thanks for alerting us to this wonderful theater. Unfortunately, I’m living too far away. But I went online and ordered their DVD set for DAVID. If I like it this way, I’ll order the full set. Thanks again, and I’m glad you and your wife enjoyed the play.

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  5. Armywife

    I also saw David. It was wonderful! I plan on going back to Sight and Sound In March of 2023 to see Moses. Thank you General Satterfield for bringing this wonderful production to your followers. I hope all will be able to experience Sight and Sound and spread the word of its glory.

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    1. Gil Johnson

      Right Armywife, if you’ve not seen it, then do so soon.

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  6. Unwoke Dude

    INCREDIBLE. Yes, incredible play. We all recommend seeing the play, any of the plays that Sights & Sounds produces. But you have no idea how wonderful the plays are for all people. And, like Gen. Satterfield noted, even the crowds are polite. It draws Christians by the hundreds and they are, of course, very polite and helpful.

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    1. Pooch T.

      Excellent points. Don’t be bashful, go to the Biblical plays at Sights and Sounds. You will never be disappointed and, hey, you may come back with a new view on life.

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  7. Dead Pool Guy

    Wow, great to have Gen. Satterfield back and he hits us right away with one of the best entertainment venues in America. I’m sure he had a wonderful time with his wife. Go online and read the reviews and see the short clips of the Biblical play ‘David’ and you will get a view of what the play has to offer. Schedule a date to go. And, the prices are very reasonable.

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      1. Harry Man

        … and the overall beauty of the play. I attend late last year. Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a wonderful town and you get to see a few Amish in their horse-drawn buggies. 😊

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      2. Eduardo Sanchez

        I plan to go with my family. I hope everyone can.

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  8. ZB22

    Welcome back, Gen. Satterfield and happy birthday (a little late, but I remembered). I appreciate the review of DAVID. Never heard of the production by Sight and Sound. Must be truly amazing. I hope to go soon.

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  9. catorenasci

    Today is a great day, with Gen. Satterfield back and my family and I planning a trip to see the new Biblical play David. With this article, my wife Susan began looking into the play and discovered a number of folks from New York had been there and highly recommended we go. We will be there next month. Thanks to Gen. S. we are on a trip of a lifetime. Thanks to those who put on this play.

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    1. Wendy Holmes

      Enjoy yourself catorensaci. You will not be disappointed at all.

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  10. Doug Smith

    The Bible comes to life at Sight & Sound Theatres just outside of Strasburg in Lancaster County, PA. These epic Biblical productions are musicals are like none you will find anywhere else.

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  11. Lynn Pitts

    Gen. Satterfield is back and with a review of one of the greatest plays ever conducted in America. If you truly want to be inspired and awed, watch this play. If you cannot see it in person (for whatever reason) send for the DVD. You will not be disappointed.

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    1. Max Foster

      Master Poet. Fearless Warrior. Anointed King. From still waters to shadowed valleys, David’s ascent to the throne is filled with towering giants, wild animals, and Philistine soldiers. After unprecedented victories lead to devastating failures, this passionate warrior will face the biggest battle of all: the one within himself. Come alongside this young shepherd on his journey to become a man after God’s own heart. With original music inspired by the Psalms, DAVID is a state-of-the-art theatrical experience for the whole family. Witness one of the most legendary Bible stories as it comes to life with spectacular special effects, massive sets, and live animals in this brand-new stage production.

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  12. Bryan Z. Lee

    Thanks Gen. Satterfield for a thorough review of this Biblical play. The story of David is one that we should all know by heart. It shows how a young man can go from the most lowly position in life to hero to king to corruption. We all live in that glass house, we just don’t know it. ✔

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    1. Silly Man

      The production of ‘DAVID’ will present the familiar Bible story in a fresh way when it premieres on Sight & Sound’s 300-foot panoramic stage in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with massive sets, special effects and original music inspired by the Psalms.

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      1. Nick Lighthouse

        My wife and I saw the show in Branson, Missouri two months ago. We still talk about it.

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  13. Mikka Solarno

    This Biblical play along with many more are inspiring. Too bad that young folks avoid it. They would be better for attending and then contemplating on what they are missing out with their hysteria about ‘climate change’ and ‘racism’ in all they do.

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  14. Tom Bushmaster

    The world is a wonderful place and plays like David at Sight and Sound are truly inspiring. I went with my wife and kids (aged 9 and 11) before the stupid govt shutdown on the pandemic occured. We all loved it. And, plan on going back soon. Thank you, Gen. Satterfield for a great review of the Biblical play David.

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    1. Lady Hawk

      Me too. Went to the play Jesus, made me cry and laugh.

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      1. Brenda J Beers

        I saw the play Jesus and loved it tremendously. I’m sure David will be a similar experience that is wonderful.

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    1. Audrey

      Back in the saddle. Back to giving us something to ‘think’ about. And, providing a new & fresh perspective on the world.

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    2. Boy Sue

      Great news, and now I’m back to reading about leadership and how to be a better, more mature person. Learning by reading this blog is a great way to start my day and I’m never sorry I came here to read. I also post these articles at my workplace. Mostly get postiive comments.

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      1. McStompie

        Good news folks, Boy Sue, I bet those who don’t like these articles are the very people who are the whiners and complainers and those who want a handout at every turn.

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