Returning cast and crew registration for The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is normally held on the 2nd weekend of March (Sunday, February 21 in 2021) annually on the grounds of The Great Passion Play. Those interested in returning as a member of the cast may apply between 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM on Sunday, February 21, 2021. New cast and crew registration is held on the same date as well: Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 2:00-3:00pm.
The 2021 season is April 2 through October 30 and runs around 70 performances (View season schedule here). Men, women, and children five years of age and older are needed for this year’s cast. There is a particular need for men between the ages of 18 and 55 to play the parts of apostles, priests, and soldiers as well as families with children.
If you have ever wanted to be a cast member of a world-class theatrical production, let this be your year to apply.
Those who have an interest in joining this wonderful cast and who are unable to come to the February 21 cast registration are invited to call the Play before that date at 479-253-8559 between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM to be considered.
In conjunction with cast registration, applications will be received and interviews conducted for the following positions: food service, Holy Land Tour actors, gift shop workers, maintenance positions, bus drivers, docents (museum guides), reservations clerks, and grounds positions on the grounds of The Great Passion Play on Sunday, February 21 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
3rd Spotlight Tower added in 2020
We are very thankful to the volunteer help and material contributions of Dover Christian Church of Oklahoma and Corinth Baptist Church of Louisiana. These two churches have been instrumental in the addition of our petting zoo area, the spotlight towers on the set, and numerous other projects throughout the grounds. Here's a before and after look as well as a progress shot of the 3rd spotlight tower that they've put in for the Passion Play.
Additionally, the First Christian Church of Stilwell, Oklahoma did an awesome job of staining the tower to help it look great for a long time as well as completing a walkway to connect the pathway to the cross to the walkway to the statue.
Statue Walkway completed by First Christian Church of Stilwell, Oklahoma
Bethlehem Area in Holy Land Improvements
New Porch for the Church in the Grove--Arkansas Campers on Mission
The Great Passion Play will be performed in memory of Richard Griffith on Saturday, October 17. Richard has been a cast member of the Passion Play since 1969 until he went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 25, 2020.
Richard performed as a Roman soldier before over 7.5 million people in that period of time.
He will be greatly missed by all his co-workers who count him as family.
Richard's memorial service will be held at New Day Fellowship in Eureka Springs, Arkansas on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00pm. Please wear a mask out of respect for the State's regulations.
Stream online below, or see the television times below!
For the best resolution, click the "gear"--which is the settings and click 1080p if your internet speed will allow!
We hope that you enjoy this condensed version of The Great Passion Play, and we hope you make plans to come to Eureka Springs when live performances resume!
Although live performances have been postponed, you can see special performances of The Great Passion Play as filmed before a live audience on the following television stations:
KXNW 34 (MyNet) Sunday, April 12 @ 8:00pm
KNWA (NBC) Sunday, April 12 @ 11:00pm
We hope that you can join us in your home for these special showings of The Great Passion Play!
We are currently in the middle of a $300,000 matching challenge for gifts given to our non-profit. We have now raised over $50,000 in this effort. Will you help us with this cause?
Here’s a very brief overview of what we’ve been to accomplish since 2013. Click here to see just a few of the before-and-after and in progress pictures.
2013: Reopening of the complete Holy Land Tour and putting new rooftops on the Passion Play and rooftop areas
2014: First summer with every week mission trips with Team Effort
2015: Passion Play Set facelift
2016: Marketplace development & Christ of the Ozarks Restoration
2017: a) Hosted summer mission trips started, b) History Museum opened, and c) opening of Noah’s Ark Park Petting Zoo
2018: a) Development of 5 miles of Biblically themed mountain bike and hiking trails to host the Arkansas high school and middle school mountain bike race, b) rear of house spotlight added to the Passion Play, and c) complete restoration of Tabernacle canvas
2019: a) Best attended opening weekend for 15 years on first ever Good Friday and Saturday showings of the Passion Play, b) 18 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails opened on the 667-acre property, c) Cross and Prayer Area completed, and d) 2nd spotlight tower and spotlight added
The 2020 outlook for improvements is looking very good as well.
One of our major supporting families has issued a challenge: if we raise $300,000, they will match that amount in gifts to our non-profit (501-c3) foundation. This is AMAZING and a wonderful opportunity.
So far, we have raised $17,000 toward the challenge. (December 20 update: $42,000 raised; December 31 almost $55,000 raised)
WILL YOU HELP US MEET THIS CHALLENGE?
Have you ever wondered what it's like to take a mission trip at the Passion Play? This video provides a pretty good picture of what it's like to help tell the story of Christ in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. These mission trippers can attest to the fact that it takes an immense amount of work, and did they ever do a great job!
Special thanks to Chaz and Meghan for sharing this video and bringing your church group to serving with us at the Passion Play!
The Great Passion Play is devoted to making the Scriptures come alive!