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and the Epic performance of Moses

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The sets, the musical numbers, the script, and the acting were all first rate, and certainly deserving of a much wider recognition than it currently receives

Celeste Toth joined Christian Life in London in April taking on the role of Manager of Business Development and Community Connections. In her first task for Christian Life in London, she and her husband Mike took part in a very special event organized by Canadian Christian Tours.

Canadian Christian Tours owner Doug Campbell hosted the 3 day event, a bus trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While the tour had a number of special side trips included the primary objective was to see and experience the Sight & Sound Theatre's production of Moses. This is the biggest epic production in Sight & Sound history which features technology that has never been available before.

Before Celeste tells you about Moses, she shares her thoughts on the overall experience with Canadian Christian Tours.

Here is Celeste's account of the spectacular 3 day Canadian Christian Tours excursion. The bus was very modern with all the amenities making the trip was very comfortable. Everything ran like clockwork with each stop perfectly organized.”

I had been to Lancaster several times in the past but it is interesting to note that Lancaster County is the second largest Amish community in the US. There are 28,000 old order Amish in the area, and the community is growing as the young people are not leaving the community at a very high rate.

The Amish farms have more buildings than a typical modern farm as the families are typically larger, and there is greater space needed for farm animals. The old order farms do not have electricity, but do use compressed air for many power needs. Recently there have been a few concessions to modernity, such as indoor plumbing due to health official concerns. The concessions have led to seemingly surrealistic scenes such as a horse and buggy going through the drive through at a bank.

There is also a large Mennonite population in the area, but they are quite a bit more diverse, ranging from strict old order to some with electricity and cars.

There are many shopping possibilities ranging from strictly tourist gift shops (jams and jellies, trinkets, quilts etc.) and furniture stores, to off the beaten path stores where the Amish themselves shop. These are easily spotted by the lack of electricity, generous skylights, and the word Amish” nowhere to be found (only the tourist traps have Amish” in their names).

It is always a surprise to first time visitors to see the full-scale reproduction of the Hebrew Tabernacle and the tour is a must and fascinating. Each element and each tapestry is faithfully reproduced, and the guide is both knowledgeable and passionate about the things of God. The Christian faith features prominently in all things, from bible verse plaques and tapestries for sale almost universally; to Christian worship music being played over the speakers at the restaurant in the Best Western hotel.

The food was Pennsylvania Dutch style, meaning lots of fried chicken and local vegetables, with a distinct German flavoring. Excellent!

The highlight of the trip was the morning spent at the Sight and Sound theatre taking in a production of Moses. The building itself is of daunting size and contains the world's largest theatre stage. The impressively lobby is quite ornate contributing to the awe of this is lavish facility.

I have been lucky enough to see off Broadway, Stratford, and regional productions, but this production held its own against the finest I've seen. The sets, the musical numbers, the script, and the acting were all first rate, and certainly deserving of a much wider recognition than it currently receives.

Something that sets Sight and Sound apart from other companies is the use of live animals in their productions. One of the first scenes has Egyptian soldiers riding horses riding down the aisle to the stage, and many pack and farm animals were in use throughout. I can only imagine what their production of Noah looked like!

The stage extends for 270 degrees around the audience, so a seat further back from the central stage is actually a wise tactical move. When the evening of the Passover occurs, there is a full Hebrew village, with a dozen or so dwellings extending all around the audience, with every dwelling performing the Passover meal.

Something else that really sets the company apart for me was the post-ending. After the final musical number and a (brief) acknowledgment of the crowds applause, a clear, concise, and very brief and direct salvation message and altar call were given (lasting no more than a couple of minutes). An invitation was given to come to the front where members of the company were waiting to pray with those in need.

This trip was outstanding and a total worry free proposition and I would recommend this package to anyone.

The following are the scheduled dates for upcoming tour packages to Lancaster Pennsylvania to see and experience the Sight & Sound Theatre's production of Moses.
  • Moses & Music Man & Train Excursion - July 15 - 18, 2014
  • Moses - Extended to 4 days - August 21 - 24, 2014
  • Moses & Half-Stitched & Gettysburg - with Ron and Ann Mainse - Sept 18 - 21, 2014
  • Moses & Chalk Talk & Gettysburg - October 14 - 17, 2014
  • Moses & Crazy For You & Hershey PA - October 23 - 26, 2014

Other Tour Packages to consider:
  • Ottawa - July 22 - 24, 2014
  • Dance The Night Away - July 26 - 27, 2014
  • Sugar Creek Ohio - Aug 14 - 17, 2014
  • Joyce Meyer - Aug 21 - 23, 2014 **Trip leaves from Ottawa area
  • New England's Rail & Sail - August 25 - 30, 2014
  • Agawa Canyon Sept 9 - 13, 2014
  • Billy Graham Library / Creation Museum - Sept 29 - Oct 4, 2014
  • New York, New York - November 26 - 29, 2014
In addition to these multi-day trips, Canadian Christian Tours also offers many day trips and some exciting overseas adventures. Canadian Christian Tours is also a full travel agency, with the ability to book flights, all-inclusive holidays, cruises, hotels, transportation, or whatever your traveling need requires.

Why not check out the details on the tours at and be sure to consider Canadian Christian Tours to help with any travel and accommodation planning. Call toll free 1.888.635.8687 or contact them by email at