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Passion Play set to kick off 22nd season in Drumheller

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Officials with the Canadian Badlands Passion Play are still expecting a good turnout for their 22nd season, despite a slower economy in Alberta this year.


The Canadian Badlands Passion Play, about the life of Jesus Christ, features nine performances July 10-26.
“In the past four summers alone, 50,000 people have seen the Canadian Badlands Passion Play,” says Executive Director Vance Neudorf. “However, there are still thousands of Albertans who have never experienced this magnificent three-hour play. We encourage those Albertans to plan a staycation in the Drumheller area and make the Passion Play a part of their summer experience in the Badlands. Albertans need to be reminded that the Passion Play is a ‘big deal’ and it’s right here in their backyard.”
The PassionPlay is an award-winning arts and cultural event. In 2013, the Passion Play was awarded the Alto ‘Pride of Alberta’ award from Alberta Tourism.  In 2014, the American Bus Association named the Canadian Badlands Passion Play one of the Top 100 events in North America. The only other two Alberta events also named were the Calgary Stampede and Calgary’s Heritage Village. In 2015, the Chambers of Commerce of Alberta presented the Passion Play with the Award of Distinction in Arts and Culture.
“Oberammergau stages a Passion Play in Bavaria, Germany every 10 years. In Drumheller, Alberta, we stage a Passion Play every summer.  Albertans who have yet to see the Canadian Badlands Passion Play need to ask themselves how they could live in Alberta and not have experienced this outstanding story — the dramatic retelling of the life of Jesus Christ,” explains Neudorf. “Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, the Badlands Passion Play is an outstanding theatrical performance that has no equal in North America.”
Managing more than 200 actors on a 30-acre stage is a massive undertaking and one that is conducted with military-like precision.
“What many people don’t realize is that every one of those actors has received a custom-tailored wardrobe. Some actors, including Jesus are fitted for multiple costumes,” says Neudorf.
“A key component of our play revolves around the colours of our costumes and how they connect with our natural surroundings. As an example, our villagers are clothed in the natural colours of the surrounding Badlands, while the teachers of the Law are connected to the blacks and browns of stone buildings and urban industry. Roman warriors, well-known for combat and bloodshed, wear their historic red. From Jesus’ first entry into the world, until His final ascent, He is clothed in blue to symbolize the ‘Light of the World’. When He touches lives, that blue filters through the costumes of the crowd, symbolizing His significant impact on the world around Him.”
It’s also the last performance for Aaron Krogman playing the demanding role of Jesus. Krogman vows his third and final season in this role will be his best ever.
There will be nine performances on Canada’s largest outdoor theatre stage. Performances on July 10-11, 17, 24-25 start at 6 p.m., while performances July 12, 18-19 and 25-26. start at 3 p.m.
More information is available online at: www.canadianpassionplay.com.

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