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Relevents: Josh Enck

ReleventsJoshEnck_ins1Josh Enck is CEO and creative arts director of Sight & Sound Theatres, the premier destination in America for faith–based theatergoers since 1976. He talks with SAConnects about his company’s unique contribution to the Salvation Army’s recent International Congress in London and his vision behind Sight & Sound’s productions including “Moses” and “Samson.”

Christ is at the center of what we do. It’s really about who we are and about bringing His word in this dramatic way. We focus on excellence, craftsmanship, quality, integrity, and authenticity, thanks to many hardworking individuals who invest their time. It takes us three–and–a–half years to produce a Sight & Sound musical, and we have over 600 employees who help make this happen.

*Sight & Sound’s “Moses” is playing through December 31, 2016, and through October 20, 2017 in Branson, Missouri. “Samson” is playing through December 31, 2016 in Lancaster County, Pa. On August 3rd, The Salvation Army’s TAM will perform a 30–minute version of its own “Moses” at the Old Orchard Beach (OOB) Camp Meetings at the Seaside Pavilion.

*Sight & Sound’s “Moses” is playing through December 31, 2016, and through October 20, 2017 in Branson, Missouri. “Samson” is playing through December 31, 2016 in Lancaster County, Pa. On August 3rd, The Salvation Army’s TAM will perform a 30–minute version of its own “Moses” at the Old Orchard Beach (OOB) Camp Meetings at the Seaside Pavilion.

We started working on “Moses” about four years ago. In studying the biblical story, it became clear to me early on that it could not be about this perfect guy with white, wind–swept hair standing on a mountaintop. No one could really relate to that. So we took our Moses off the mountain and put him where we could see his flaws, but also observe how, nonetheless, God still used him. “Moses” opened in 2014 and as many as 900,000 people from around the country saw it that year.

The theme of “Moses” is, “There is a God Who was, and there is a God Who is.” God revealed Himself in Moses’ life and in the lives of the Israelites. After that amazing “burning bush” moment, and as God was beginning to deliver His people, He became “the God Who is,” which is also the title of the show’s theme song. It’s a moving, full–cast number that will give anybody goose bumps, and for me—tears.

We got a phone call from Carol Jaudes [the Salvation Army’s Eastern Territorial Arts Ministries (TAM) director] who was captivated when she saw the show. She said that the Army was preparing its International Congress in London, England, and that she wanted TAM to perform the song with the New York Staff Band and the Amsterdam Staff Songsters. I was involved in granting the rights for it to be performed at the Congress. It was 5 a.m. when I went to my office to watch a live feed of the Congress performance—and I just cried.

With art, it doesn’t exist, and then suddenly, it does. And so, to be a part of creating art that has now gone “across the pond” and is performed by an amazing ministry such as The Salvation Army was truly great. What an honor!

interview by Warren L. Maye

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