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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. 


    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:

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

    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

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

  • Kaleidoscope steps back in time to 1980's in 9 to 5

    9 to 5 comes to life through Kaleidoscope theatre

    Kaleidoscope Theatre is about to take its audience on acolourful, campy trip back to the early 1980’s workplace where chauvinism reigns in 9 to 5.
    The livetheatre group’s summer production opens this week at Kaleidoscope Theatre. 9 to 5 is based on the 1980’s film starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, facing off against their chauvinistic boss played by Dabney Coleman. In 2009, with new music written by Parton, a musical version opened on Broadway.
    9 to 5 tells the story of three women united in their contempt for a sexist domineering boss, who get in over their heads and hilarity ensues.
    Becky Neuman is directing the musical and explains it takes place at a time when feminism had made great strides forward as women became a larger part of the workforce, however often it was in a workplace dominated by sexism, glassceilings, and outright hostility. She said it is a balancing act to highlight the injustice in a campy comical musical. The show leaves the audience laughing but also with a message.

    The production features a number of talented Kaleidoscope stalwarts as well as some new players to the stage, including DVSS alumni. The production also features live music.
    The musical opens Thursday with evening performances from July 13-1 5 and 18-21 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 403-823-PLAY (7529).