LANCASTER, Penn. – Sept 5, 2017 – Next spring, as the lights go up to reveal the towering set of Jesus—Sight & Sound Theatres®’ newest epic biblical drama—the world of Israel during the time of Christ will spring to vivid life as well, in unprecedented scale.
“Unprecedented” because Sight & Sound’s signature huge sets, for the first time, will include a gigantic, moveable, high-resolution LED screen—among the largest in theatrical use.
“LED technology is hardly new to theatre, but we know of no other productions using a single-unit LED screen of this size and level of resolution as a backdrop,” Jesus Director Josh Enck, Sight & Sound president and chief creative officer, said. “We believe the scale and impact break new ground.”
The screen, from Upstage Video, measures 113 feet wide by 30 feet tall and weighs 12 tons. Flying the screen in and out of scenes is a hoist, constructed and installed by TAIT, weighing another 12 tons. That’s 24 tons in all.
“Certainly, larger LED screens are in use,” Sight & Sound CEO Matt Neff said. “But we’re aware of nothing at this size able to fly in and out.”
Sight & Sound productions are known for massive, multilevel sets gliding across their two stages—one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and one in Branson, Missouri. With the LED screen, visual effects take another literal leap forward, adding a large-scale diorama of scenes in biblical times and requiring not even another inch of stage.
How big is big? The screen arrived at Sight & Sound’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania, theatre in 152 road cases, requiring 12 people and two days to assemble and cable. Among its other impressive stats:
It’s made up of 1,242 individual panels.
Each panel is 500mm x 500mm.
It’s 113 feet wide (the wingspan of Boeing 737) and almost 30 feet tall (three stories).
It sports almost 21 million individual pixels.
The screen image is supplied by 96 cat6 cables (think two firehoses).
Jesus premieres in Lancaster March 10, 2018, and runs through Jan. 5, 2019, with 11 shows weekly. Tickets are on sale now, $59-$79 for adults, $26-$36 for children ages 3 to 12.