Image courtesy of Sight & Sound Theatres. Pictured (L) is Bryson Buffington.
Bryson Buffington, a former student of Lancaster Bible College, has landed an early career win: a role in Sight & Sound Theatre’s production of Jonah. In the show, you can spot in him as a number of characters, depending on what day of the week you take in the show. In Jonah, he plays a solider, a fisherman and a sailor – though you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to spot the usually blond and clean-shaven Buffington beneath his elaborate costumes, dark, long-haired wigs and full beard on stage.
Of course, the costumes are just a small portion of what it takes to bring stories from the Bible to life on Sight & Sound Theatre’s 300 foot long, panoramic stage that immerses the audience in the story – and literally surrounds them on three sides. There’s also practice – lots and lots of practice. “The most challenging part of performing in Jonah is that it’s a bit of a mental game,” he explained. Before the show debuted, Buffington spent six weeks in rehearsal – eight hours a day, six days a week.
Of course, Buffington is no stranger to the stage. If you’ve been to LBC’s Lancaster campus over the past few years, you may have seen his performances in any number of productions, including The Music Man, Smoke on the Mountain, Godspell and our fall performance of Hello, Dolly! Buffington, who was studying vocal performance at LBC, said that the role is both exciting and humbling all at once. He explained, “. . . there are days when you’re tired and the last thing you want to do is to run out on a stage facing a 2,000 seat audience and fill it with your dancing and singing – for guests who could be sitting literally hundreds of feet away,” he continued. “But on those days, I like to think about the fact that there are so many that I know that could just as easily be in this exact same position as I am – and by the grace of God, I’m the one here. It would be disrespectful to others who are just as deserving of the role, my friends, my cast mates and God to do anything other than my best on stage.”
If you’d like to see Buffington’s performance in Jonah, you can purchase tickets to the show by visiting sight-sound.com