A Magnificent Show in Branson – Jonah

Disclosure: I was invited on a trip to Branson with the US Family Guide Blogger Network. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours day differ.


When you think of Branson your first thought may be shows. Branson is known for its entertainment, most commonly – its shows. On the “strip” which is highway 76 and runs through the center of town, there is theater after theater with different shows. There are comedies, acrobatics, musicians, amazing animals, basically anything you can imagine (that is clean and family friendly. This “strip” is very different from the Las Vegas “strip” though it does have tons of lights, just the same).


Off of the “strip” and a few miles out on its own is the Sight & Sound Theatre. This beautiful theatre is impressive in itself, not to mention its productions. When we walked through the doors of the theatre the beauty just took my breath away. I was amazed from the beginning. What a beautiful venue to house such wonderful shows. The Sight & Sound Theatre is known for bringing the Bible to life through musicals. We were treated to Jonah – the story of a Prophet of God who was called on a mission to Nineva, a city full of sin. Instead of going to Nineva Jonah ran the opposite direction. Through a series of events he ends up in the ocean being swallowed by a whale where he spends 3 days contemplating his choice and changing his attitude. He eventually goes to Nineva and cries repentance to the people as the Lord had commanded him. The lessons Jonah learned are applicable to all of us and can be translated into many different aspects of our lives.

The show was wonderful. The theatre did says that they used some creative license to fill in the story, and so there were parts not identical to the Bible story, and their interpretation of some things differ from my beliefs, but regardless the show was beautiful. The songs were catchy, clever and moving. The scenery was beautiful and amazing. The sets were huge and technically advanced with moving parts. When Jonah was in the ocean the fish, sharks, jellyfish, bubbles and whale were amazing. It was so moving, I got teary. It was beautifully done. This is hands down the best show in Branson. My kids loved it. My 1-year-old did need to move to the top of the theatre so he could get his wiggles out, but even still he enjoyed watching the show and was mesmerized by the under water scene.


This is a show I would recommend to everyone. It is, obviously, very family friendly. It lasts about 2 hours and 20 minutes so be prepared and eat a big meal before you go. I’m so excited to have learned about the caliber of productions they put on at Sight & Sound Theatre and we will be making an effort to attend each show going forward. It is so worth the trip and cost of admission. No expense was spared, they went above and beyond with the whole show.

Have you seen Jonah? Or another show at Sight & Sound Theatre? I’d love to hear about your experience.

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  1. Rachel brown hester says

    I would love to see this! My kids loved the VeggieTales Jonah, and this would be do much more exciting!

  2. Mary Cloud says

    We had some friends who saw it and said it was great – we were hoping to catch it while we were in Branson but didn’t get around to it

  3. Darlene Sullins says

    I went to Branson when I was about… hm… 8-11 years old I think… on a family trip and we saw a live action play that was really really long about Jesus and I think it was at the Sight & Sound Theatre! That sounds about right. I thought it was AMAZING and had a really good time, although I will admit, I felt like I was starving about a quarter through, lol!

  4. Denise L says

    It’s so nice to hear about a family-friendly show! I find that many things advertised as family friendly are not quite right for my little one. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Erin Madigan says

    Sounds like a fabulous trip, and the show looks amazing! If I am ever in that area of the country, I will HAVE to check it out! :)

  6. Rachel Williams says

    I was just in branson with a girlfriend, at the beginning of May, for the Diva Half Marathon! I saw the marquee for the sights and sounds theater, but don’t rememeber if Jonah was up at the time. I DO remember seeing the signs for Yakov, lol, and thinking there were entirely too many attractions for just one day!!

  7. Cori Mc says

    I am a huge fan of Bible stories as films and plays, however I prefer when it’s Biblically true as there is nothing better than truth. I can appreciate the sights and sounds of this, though.

  8. Tina says

    I would love to see this show. I like when people put their own spins on shows. It makes them interesting.

  9. Kelly D says

    I have heard about this theatre but never knew what it was. The special effects sound really fun and I think even my kids would enjoy it!

  10. shaunie says

    Never seen it but looks like an amazing show. Would love to see what you saw. We would love to as a family to visit and see one of the show

  11. Michelle Weaver says

    My parents have been to a few sight and sound shows and love them! I will have to tell them about this one.

  12. Dawn Monroe says

    I would love to take my grandkids because it’s so much easier for them to understand bible stories when its acted out instead of just reading it.

  13. Lesley M says

    Looks like a great show! We are always looking for fun places to take our kids, and I had never thought of Branson as being one of them. I will definitely be looking into it now!!! Glad you had fun!

  14. Jill Myrick says

    I would love to take my children to see this. I love reading and watching Bible literature with them and helping them to better understand the Bible.


  15. Bailey Dexter says

    What great pic’s! Our family has not been there yet but after reading your post, this is going to be on our list to see.

  16. Megan C. says

    I know a lot of people that would really enjoy watching this. Seems like they could bring the children as well.

  17. Laurie Emerson says

    I have never been there but Branson is on our list to go and see this fall when the weather is cooler. This looks so perfect for the whole family to enjoy!

  18. Ruby K says

    What a fun day with lots of things to do with the family. If we are ever in MO we will be sure to check it out

  19. Rosanne says

    I loved that Bible story and have never been to Branson. Your blog post made me put it on my to do list at some point

  20. Danielle C says

    I love the story of Jonah. My kids learned about it in church. I didn’t know however there was a movie about it.

  21. Heide says

    I’ve heard about Jonah, and even though I’m not religious, it sounds like something that one should check out.


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