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  • Canadian Badlands Passion Play celebrates Canada 150

    Canadian Badlands Passion Play, an epic story of faith, hope and love,

    celebrates its 150th performance during Canada's 150th anniversary

    Drumheller, Alberta, -- This season, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play is celebrating both its 150th performance and its 24th year of operation with bold new moves. 

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    The scheduled performances listed above.

    With the stunning badlands vista and Canada’s largest outdoor theatre stage as its natural canvas, the theatre company is painting an epic new portrayal of the life of Christ. 

    “This year we are pulling out all the stops to bring a fresh perspective to the story based on the Gospel of Luke,” says Executive Director, Vance Neudorf. “Our costume department has created over 300 new costumes. The scenic arts team has built striking new set pieces and our five-member team of directors has utilized an innovative approach that will take our audience inside the world of the character’s mind on stage through the process of voice-overs.”

    Giovanni Mocibob plays Jesus. Photo Credit: Royal Sproule

    This season, Canadian film and stage actor, Giovanni Mocibob (Pictured above), is assuming the role of Jesus. 

    According to Artistic Director, Royal Sproule, “We’ve never had a Jesus quite like this before. Giovanni’s portrayal of Jesus brings an intriguing perspective to the traditional story.”Mocibob was recently featured in the critically-acclaimed film about human trafficking called She Has A Name.

    There are nine performances from July 7th to 23rd and the 150th performance takes place on Sunday, July 9. At that special commemorative performance, there will be a preshow party in the big shade tent featuring free birthday cake and live music by local Alberta singing duo, Lewis & Royal, with special guest fiddler, Keith Hamm.

    Gene Zacharias (Simon Peter) and Giovanni Mocibob (Jesus) have pivotal roles in 2017 Passion Play. Photo Credit: Royal Sproule

    Gene Zacharias (Simon Peter) and Giovanni Mocibob (Jesus) have pivotal roles in 2017 Passion Play. Photo Credit: Royal Sproule

    More than 300 new custom fit garments were made for this year’s nine performances. Photo Credit: ronnickelphotography.com

    More than 300 new custom fit garments were made for this year’s nine performancesPhoto Credit: ronnickelphotography.com

    To help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Badlands Amphitheatre is also hosting a huge concert series on August 25 and 26 boasting a proudly Canadian focus. Randy Bachman, Hey Romeo and Charlie Major will all perform during the weekend, along with U.S. favourite, John Michael Montgomery.  Tickets are available at BadlandsAmp.com.

    Tickets to any of the nine shows from July 7th to 23rd are available online at CanadianPassionPlay.com or by calling 403-823-2001.

  • Canadian Badlands Passion Play celebrates Canada 150 with nine shows

    Canadian Badlands Passion Play, an epic story of faith, hope and love,

    celebrates its 150th performance during Canada's 150th anniversary

    Drumheller, Alberta, -- This season, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play is celebrating both its 150th performance and its 24th year of operation with bold new moves. 

    With the stunning badlands vista and Canada’s largest outdoor theatre stage as its natural canvas, the theatre company is painting an epic new portrayal of the life of Christ. 

    “This year we are pulling out all the stops to bring a fresh perspective to the story based on the Gospel of Luke,” says Executive Director, Vance Neudorf. “Our costume department has created over 300 new costumes. The scenic arts team has built striking new set pieces and our five-member team of directors has utilized an innovative approach that will take our audience inside the world of the character’s mind on stage through the process of voice-overs.”

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    This season, Canadian film and stage actor, Giovanni Mocibob (Pictured above), is assuming the role of Jesus. 

    According to Artistic Director, Royal Sproule, “We’ve never had a Jesus quite like this before. Giovanni’s portrayal of Jesus brings an intriguing perspective to the traditional story.”Mocibob was recently featured in the critically-acclaimed film about human trafficking called She Has A Name.

    There are nine performances from July 7th to 23rd and the 150th performance takes place on Sunday, July 9. At that special commemorative performance, there will be a preshow party in the big shade tent featuring free birthday cake and live music by local Alberta singing duo, Lewis & Royal, with special guest fiddler, Keith Hamm.

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    The schedule for the 9 shows.

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    Gene Zacharias (Simon Peter) and Giovanni Mocibob (Jesus) have pivotal roles in 2017 Passion Play. Photo Credit: Royal Sproule

    To help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Badlands Amphitheatre is also hosting a huge concert series on August 25 and 26 boasting a proudly Canadian focus. Randy Bachman, Hey Romeo and Charlie Major will all perform during the weekend, along with U.S. favourite, John Michael Montgomery.  Tickets are available at BadlandsAmp.com.

    Tickets to any of the nine shows from July 7th to 23rd are available online at CanadianPassionPlay.com or by calling 403-823-2001.

     

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    More than 300 new custom fit garments were made for this year’s nine performancesPhoto Credit: ronnickelphotography.com

  • Passion play finishes season on high note

    Canadian Badlands Passion Play

    A strong final weekend for the Canadian Badlands Passion play helped to boost ticket sales, however over all, the heat in the previous weeks saw attendance wilt in the sun.

    The Passion Play wrapped up its third and final weekend on Sunday in front of an appreciative audience. While they had a slow start, they finished strong.

    “We were pretty deep in the weeds going into that final weekend,” said Executive Director Vance Neudorf. “We topped over 5,000 entrances in the final week, so that is really nice.”

    “Overall attendance was down 5 per cent (compared to last season).”

    Going into the final weekend of the Canadian Badlands Passion play, the show is receiving rave reviews but weather warnings are cutting into the attendance.

    The sun shined for the first two weeks for this year’s Passion Play, but maybe a bit too bright. Neudorf says one of the deciding factors was not the weather, but rather the weather warnings.

    Over the last couple of weeks, the valley has enjoyed beautiful, hot, sunny weather. However, these translated into heat warnings.

    “This policy to put out heat wave warnings, what it does is paints a big red square over our area on the Environment Canada website,” said Neudorf, adding this may have scared off potential audience members.

    Just as soon as the heat warning came down, the air quality warning sprang up due to the BC forest fires.

    “We went from the entire map in Southern Alberta turning red; our seniors look at that, and they are probably going to stay home, and then it was all grey saying stay indoors.

    He says the Passion Play is well equipped for the hot weather. It has shaded areas, misters, and even golf carts with frozen treats and refreshments.

    “We take care of people, but unfortunately we can’t put all of that on the Weather Channel.”

    The air quality warnings did dissipate before last weekend’s show, which may have helped the attendance.

    The drop in attendance means a drop in revenues for the show. He explains that approximately 50 per cent of the play’s revenue comes from admissions. Because of this, they will have to make it up in other areas.

    “We are looking at trying to find more monthly donors. We have a list of stuff to do and put back together before next season, the fall is the time to do it, so we need those people behind us through the fall,” he said.