Why TBN Highlighted Sight & Sound’s Theater Production JONAH
By Cooper Dowd, Staff Writer
TBN teamed up with Sight & Sound Theaters to televise the production of JONAH so audiences could enjoy the theatrical play from the comfort of their living rooms.
The show made its debut on Friday, August 21, and was available on television for one night only, reports the Christian Post. It was also available on the TBN app from August 21-23.
JONAH follows the “Old Testament prophet Jonah as he runs away from a special assignment God has given him,” according to the production’s synopsis. “After a series of wild adventures involving a seaport called Joppa, a huge boat, and a terrible storm, Jonah finds himself in the belly of a giant fish. But that’s not the end. It’s here that God teaches Jonah how to receive grace and extend mercy—even to his archenemy, Nineveh.”
Filmed in Sight & Sound’s Pennsylvania studio, which seats over 2,000 people, the biblical show received positive feedback. Around 2 million people have seen the biblical play JONAH in Missouri theaters. However, with social distancing and new theater production regulations, Sight & Sound trusts God with the many changes they had to make during release.
“This year has been incredibly challenging, but we continue to see the faithfulness of God each step of the way,” the corporate communications manager of Sight & Sound, Katie Miller told The Christian Post.
The studio also plans to present its first-ever live worldwide broadcast of “Queen Esther” after its stage production canceled due to lockdown orders.
“After canceling over 200 shows and knowing that hundreds of thousands of people would not be able to experience the powerful message of ‘Queen Esther,’ we knew we had to do something,” Miller added.
MOVIEGUIDE® previously reported on when Sight & Sound first adapted to quarantine over Easter, releasing the production of JESUS on TBN.