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Thousands flock to Amish country for Christian plays

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2002

STRASBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Thousands of people are flocking to Amish country, but not to shop the outlet malls or sample the quiet life.

Church groups and senior citizens are coming by the busload to see the mostly Christian-based plays staged in Strasburg, eight miles east of Lancaster.

The Sight & Sound Theatres reported selling more than 900,000 tickets a year -- outdrawing the Philadelphia 76ers' and Philadelphia Flyers' season totals.

''Noah -- The Musical,'' which ended its six-year run last year, featured more than 100 live animals and a 40-foot ark. ''Daniel -- a Dream, a Den, a Deliverer'' often is sold out.

Tourism officials said the theaters have become an important part of the region's economy. Tickets cost up to $47.

''It has had a big impact,'' said Cindy Hampton of the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau.



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