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New actor assumes role of Jesus for 23rd season of live performances of Canadian Badlands Passion Play

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The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is excited to announce that Caleb Gordon has been cast in the role of Jesus for the 2016 performance.


Casting the role of Jesus can be somewhat of a challenge on many fronts, however, after the auditions were completed the decision was made to cast Caleb. Caleb has a long history with the Passion Play, having started out as a high school student in the Canadian Badlands Performing Arts summer school program being first cast as one of the thieves beside Jesus on the crosses during the crucifixion scene.
From there he continued with the production, playing many and varied roles, eventually playing the part of Enosh, the man born blind. Caleb says “As I played the role of Enosh I looked into the eyes of the Jesus actor during the healing scene and it gave me a new perspective on what it means to be an actor. Even when no one else could see his eyes, they were still filled with kindness. It sparked something in me, a desire to play my role with such passion and authenticity.”
 “Finding someone to play the role of Jesus can be a bit difficult” explains Vance Neudorf, Executive Director of the Passion Play. “You not only need an actor who can effectively play this iconic role but they also must be able to move quickly up and down the hills and around the stage while delivering their lines.”
2016 will be a groundbreaking season for the Canadian Badlands Passion Play. The new script, an adaptation of the Gospel of Luke titled “Face to Face”, written by Alberta Playwright Barrett Hileman will encompass the entire life of Christ, beginning at his birth.
Albertan composer Luke Ertman has created the score for the new play. Brian Jensen, who played the role of the apostle John for the past five seasons, has become the lead director. Together, with their respective teams, will ensure that the volunteer actors will be ready for opening night.
 “With over 200 actors on stage supported by 40 backstage support staff the Passion Play is a mammoth undertaking resulting in an incredible outdoor spectacle,” adds Neudorf.
Since its first performance in 1994, The Canadian Badlands Passion Play has gained provincial, national and international reputation as one of North America’s top ‘must see’ cultural and tourism events. Located in Drumheller, Alberta approximately 90 miles northeast of Calgary, the annual ‘Theatre in the Badlands’ attraction provides its audiences with a dramatic retelling of the life of Jesus Christ.
The production, supported by an additional 200 volunteers, is presented in a 30-acre natural badlands canyon bowl, the largest of its kind in Canada, whose stark and dramatic geographical surroundings mirror those of ancient Israel.
2016 Performances run July 8 - 24
• Evening Performances (6 p.m.): July 8, 10, 15, 22, and 23
• Afternoon Performances (4 p.m.): July 9, 16, 17, and 24
For more information, visit www.canadianpassionplay.com or call 1-403-823-2001.
 

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