TheBlaze’s Erica Ritz, Jon Seidl, Mike Opelka and Chris Field contributed to this report.
After months of anticipation, Glenn Beck unveiled his highly-anticipated “Man in the Moon” event to a sold-out audience on Saturday night at the USANA Amphitheater in West Valley City, Utah.
The initiative, which offered up an epic rendition of America’s story — both past and present — provided thousands in attendance the ability to view the world through a unique lens. Rather than hearing from a human narrator, the historical and contemporary accounts were told by the “Man in the Moon.”
This fictional character has observed all of mankind’s antics from his coveted place in the sky. From the good to the bad, the Man in the Moon has seen it all. During the show, he lectured, shared his take on the character of humankind and offered compassionate advice.
“You are at the same time arrogant and self-loathing. You are a puzzle. But the ancient truth remains: as the light grows dimmer, things begin to become harder to see,” the Man in the Moon said during the conclusion of the show.
“I came to love you in time, but I feared the dark side as well. I still do,” he added. “You have tremendous potential, potential for joy or hate, light or dark, life or death. But in the end, you choose. What a gift, what a joy to witness.”
The first of its kind, Beck’s event mixed together various forms of art and media to put on an exciting and educational show that included dancers, acrobatics, fireworks, spoken word, music — and innovative technologies.
The finale capped off three days of informative speakers, conferences, political and faith-themed events, grassroots training sessions, charity efforts, a museum filled with historical elements and plenty more.
Most of the events were organized by Mercury One charity, a 501(c)3 organization that is “committed to inspire, organize, and mobilize to improve the human condition physically, mentally and spiritually with malice towards none and charity for all.”
More than 20,000 Americans came from across the nation to participate. TheBlaze extensively highlighted many of the events and the excitement that unfolded during the week. But it was the finale that created the most intrigue.
The crowd erupted in applause throughout the show. From start to finish, attendees cheered as America’s story was told in great fanfare. And, at moments, the most telling reaction was silence (see more pictures from “Man in the Moon”).