The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs is now open for the 2015 Season. In addition to the play, you can take a behind the scenes tour, visit the Sacred Art Museum, eat at the Great Hall Buffet, stand at the feet of Christ of the Ozarks, and much more.
The play starts with the resurrection of Lazarus. You’ll see the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on the day known as Palm Sunday, then witness significant events leading to and including Christ’s crucifixion, resurrections, and ascension into Heaven.
The drama is performed on a 550-foot-wide, multilevel stage in an outdoor amphitheater. You’ll experience the hustle and bustle of crowds in the colorful marketplace, and the live animals on the streets of Jerusalem as well as the angel rolling away the stone at the tomb and the dramatic ascension of Jesus into the sky.
The outdoor theater has 4,100 individual, comfortable seats with backrests. Since its opening in July of 1968, more than seven million people have enjoyed this portrayal of The Greatest Story Ever Told. Hundreds of actors and state-of-the-art sound and lighting create an unforgettable experience for you under the stars.
The Passion Play also offers many special events throughout the season. Artist Jack Dawson will be in the Sacred Art Museum this Saturday, May 23 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can meet him and see many of his original paintings. Also this weekend on Friday through Sunday will be a Memorial Day ceremony honoring those who have fought for this nation’s freedom. It will take place before the play in front of the box office.
During the day before the play, you can also take the Holy Land Tour, see the Museum of Religious Art, and peruse the Gift Shop. The all-you-can-eat buffet is open from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day before the play.
And did you know that you can request to light the Christ of the Ozarks statue in memory or in honor of someone for a donation of $10. You have to reserve the night of your choosing.