Great Passion Play ends 51st year with special events

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Great Passion Play concludes its 51st year with a Heroes Appreciation Night on Friday, Oct. 25, honoring military (active and vets), police, firefighters, EMT and first responders. Free play tickets will be available for the service person and their immediate family.

The Great Passion Play is also having Carroll County Appreciation through the last performance on Oct. 26. Residents or anyone who works in Carroll County can get tickets for only $6. Simply show proof of residence in Carroll County and enjoy the play, the Bible Museum, the Sacred Arts Museum, free music concerts and pre-play performances and the marketplace.

"Last year, we celebrated our 50th year anniversary of the Passion Play," said executive director Randall Christy. "We are excited to close out the 51st year with a Heroes Weekend. If we have any inclement weather to deal with on that night, we will simply do the special night on our final night of the Passion Play season."

The play runs May through October, Christy said, but there are Holy Land Tours year-round and visitors can drive through a forest of 300-plus Christmas trees on their way to see the Christ of the Ozarks this Christmas season.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, Christy said, the play will unveil a scene from the world's longest religious painting: The Life of Christ painted by renowned artist Jackson Bailey. The painting is 11 feet tall and 1,000 feet long, Christy said, and features 55 scenes depicting the life of Jesus. This event will take place during a dinner and concert featuring Gordon Mote at 6 p.m. Nov. 2, at the Great Hall at the play. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $20 to the public.

The Great Passion Play performs May through October on select nights starting at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the 2019 season. Ticket reservations, performance schedules and special event information are available online at or by calling 800-882-7529.

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