The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs will open for
the 2013 season the first weekend in May.
In November it was announced that the Passion Play was
closing forever. Randall Christy, President of The
Gospel Station Network came to Eureka Springs on Dec 21
and met with members of the Passion Play Board and the
bank that holds the note on the facilities and the 670+
acres owned by the Passion Play. The bank made it very
clear that in order to stop foreclosure proceedings,
$75,000 would have to be deposited with them by Dec 31st.
Christy decided to take this challenge on, and in 10
days, with contributions from local businesses and
hundreds of individuals from all over the U.S., the
money was raised, and the foreclosure was stopped.
"We have crossed the first hurdle, but now we have a
mountain to climb to raise the funds to get this worthy
project off the ground, renovated, and improved,"
Christy said. At a press conference held at the Passion
Play Amphitheater on Thursday Jan 3rd,
Christy announced several major changes and future
plans. "Today we are launching a 6 million dollar
capital improvement campaign to bring these facilities
up to date, to put coverings in place to shade the
amphitheater, to improve the display of the fabulous
artwork and biblical antiquities, to repair and give the
set a facelift, to put in an RV park, and many more
things that need to be done including securing the
financial future of the Passion Play." Christy said.
One of the things that will be changing will be the
ticketing packages, which will be more affordable for
families, and for people who want to experience all the
features of the Passion Play, like: The Bible Museum,
where a person can see an authentic First Edition First
Print of the King James Bible in mint condition and many
other antique bibles of historical value; and the Sacred
Art Museum, the Tabernacle replica of the Old Testament
Tabernacle, The Holy Land Bible Tour, The Parable of the
Potter, David the Shepherd. There will be ONE PRICE for
the entire Passion Play Experience...which will be good
for two days.
Many other positive changes will be noticed by visitors
this year and even more next year.
People are still giving, and funds are still coming in
from people who believe that the Passion Play is worth
saving. As a part of this campaign, we have launched
today a "Save a Seat" campaign where people can donate
$250 or more and have a permanent engraved name plate
mounted to a seat in this historic outdoor theater. Also
today we have launched ticket sales for Opening Weekend
May 2013 for less than half price. This opening price
will be available to purchase only through the month of
January, for Opening Weekend of the Passion Play.
"The Passion Play has brought millions of people to
Eureka Springs over the years, and we want to see this
happen again, and are excited about the future," said
Mike Bishop, Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce
To buy tickets, participate in the Save a Seat Campaign,
or buy Passion Play merchandise go to
To DONATE to the Save the Passion Play campaigns go to