Local actress starring in ‘Moses’
HUNTINGTON - For the past seven seasons, 2005 Cabell Midland High School graduate Brittany Adkins Beitzel has been a regular in the cast at the Sight & Sound Theatre’s professional productions.
But to see Beitzel you have to drive to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the popular Pennsylvania Dutch country to see her perform at the 2,000-seat Sight & Sound Theatre.
That changes this weekend as for the second time, Sight & Sound, which also has a theater in Branson, Missouri, takes its stage performance to the big screen with a one-night theatrical event showing in more than 600 movie theaters around the country. The live production of “Moses” will screen on Saturday at the Cinemark theater at the Huntington Mall as well as the Cinemark Cinema 10 at Ashland Town Center.
Distributed by Fathom Events, “Moses” will also screen on Thursday, Sept. 20 at area theaters.
Beitzel, who is 31, plays the Death Angel, the Egyptian princess, and Moses’ sister in law. Filmed in front of a live audience, “Moses: On Stage!” brings to life the story of Moses with massive sets, special effects and live animals.
Beitzel graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, with a degree in music theater in 2011. She is the daughter of Rodney and Paula Adkins. Her husband, Aaron Beitzel, works in the art department at the Sight & Sound Theatre and creates the sets and animation for the shows.
In an interview last year with The H-D, Beitzel said she is grateful to her parents for always supporting her love of theater, and for her Huntington theater family - including mentors such as Clint McElroy, Helen Freeman, Tommy and Mary Smirl and Debbie Wolfe - as she did many shows with everyone from First Stage and Huntington Outdoor Theatre to ARTS and Cabell Midland High School.
“Growing up in Huntington was why I wanted to do professional theater because as a kid I was able to really stretch my legs and have so many wonderful mentors and made so many wonderful friends who were integral in me pursuing theater,” Beitzel said. “People believed in me and told me to go for it, so I feel really blessed to have had so much opportunity growing up. I also have to say that none of this would have been possible if it hadn’t have been for my parents who supported me in a very unstable field. Without their support I would not have been able to do what I love to do. It is just so joyful to be able to have the opportunity to do what I love.”
Go online at https://www.fathomevents.com/events/moses to find out more about the film.