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Help us keep telling "the greatest story ever told" - the love of Jesus! The Great Passion Play will do 83 performances May-Oct 2014. Read more

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Help us keep telling "the greatest story ever told" - the love of Jesus! The Great Passion Play will do 83 performances May-Oct 2014.

About this project

The Great Passion Play, a 501(c)(3) organization, is one of America's Christian icons.  The grounds also feature The Christ of the Ozarks (the largest statue of Jesus in North America) as well as one of the world's largest collections of rare Bibles.  


A Legacy Almost Lost

In October 2013, it was forced to close its doors and it came close to foreclosure... after 45 years!  The Gospel Station Network has partnered with The Great Passion Play and is working hard to preserve it for future generations. 

With your help in this fundraising campaign, we can assure that the Play will keep going on night after night.  If we don't reach the goal, no pledges come in at all. But if we do meet the goal by the deadline, what a difference it will make!  The play starts May 2nd, and with your help we can go into the season with sure footing.

We have made tremendous strides towards reviving this great place!

On December 21, 2012, we were told that the Lender to The Great Passion Play would foreclose on January 1st, 2013, unless we raised $75,000 by that deadline.  With God's help, we did!  It was a great blessing to see so many people from all over the United States donate to our "Save the Passion Play" campaign.  Many donors expressed heartfelt testimonials of how the Passion Play Changed their lives.

The Gospel Station Network has donated over $100,000 in promotional value to the Passion Play.   We have identified and implemented several basic management and operational changes which are turning around the financial situation.   Because we believe so strongly in the effort to "Save the Passion Play", the Chief Administrator of the organization (Keith Butler) and Randall Christy have served without compensation in 2013.   The 2013 season was a great success, with the LARGEST ONE-YEAR INCREASE IN ATTENDANCE since 1983.  This increase, combined with cutting expenses, has caused a major financial swing which has allowed us to announce with confidence a 2014 SEASON!  We anticipate it to the best in many  years.

We are operating very conservatively, paying regularly on our bank note and we are committed to find ways to secure the FINANCIAL FUTURE of The Great Passion Play and to PREVENT this financial crisis from happening again.  Corporate underwriting, advertising, sponsorship and major contributions are significant ways to accomplish this.  Hundreds of volunteers have painted, repaired, improved and renovated the outdoor stage, facilities and much more; contributing over $250,000 in volunteer labor.


Join us and help us come back...

We believe that our culture should not lose Christian influences such as The Great Passion Play, and we are looking for backers to secure its future.  As you'll see in the video, there are many features on the grounds that create excitement and fun and learning more about the Bible, its people and of course, Jesus. The whole place is designed so people will leave inspired in their faith.  These features include: The onsite "Holy Land Tour", The Bible Museum, The Sacred Arts Center, The Great Hall Experience, Parables of the Potter and David the Shepherd demonstrations.  ----- But THIS project is focused on the main attraction: The Play. 

We had an attendance of over 50,000 people in 2013 with a goal of increasing it to 75,000 for the 2014 season.  Last season saw a 30% increase in attendance PER PERFORMANCE with the largest single year increase since 1983. 

Each performance includes the expenses of hundreds of actors, animals, stage technicians, equipment and everything it takes to produce each show.  With your help, we can fund the 83 performances of the play, from the first weekend in May to the last Saturday in October. 

Every donation that you give will help secure this Christian beacon of proclaiming Jesus' love and sacrifice for the world.  If you believe in keeping this going and making its future secure, then give during this project so that we may meet the goal by the deadline.  Help us be ready for that first performance in May, knowing that the funds are all in place. 

Thank you.

Randall Christy,
Chairman and CEO of The Great Passion Play
Founder and President of The Gospel Station
www.thegospelstation.com

Reward - Key Chain
Reward - Key Chain
Reward - Lapel Pin
Reward - Lapel Pin
Reward - Many DVDs to choose from
Reward - Many DVDs to choose from
Reward - Book with images from The Great Passion Play
Reward - Book with images from The Great Passion Play
Reward - Tickets to the play
Reward - Tickets to the play
Reward - Memorial Plaque (SAVE-A-SEAT) with engraving. In honor of/ in memory of/ presented by a person, group or business
Reward - Memorial Plaque (SAVE-A-SEAT) with engraving. In honor of/ in memory of/ presented by a person, group or business
Reward - Lined Jacket with logo
Reward - Lined Jacket with logo
Reward - LIMITED SUPPLY. The 1968 Newspaper announcing the opening of The Great Passion Play. Framed.
Reward - LIMITED SUPPLY. The 1968 Newspaper announcing the opening of The Great Passion Play. Framed.
Reward - Special Dining Experience at our Great Hall
Reward - Special Dining Experience at our Great Hall
Reward - TOTAL EXPERIENCE Passes including: The Play, plus the New Holy Land Tour, and Backstage Tour
Reward - TOTAL EXPERIENCE Passes including: The Play, plus the New Holy Land Tour, and Backstage Tour
Reward - BONUS Lodging at the cabins of the Ridge Top Resort
Reward - BONUS Lodging at the cabins of the Ridge Top Resort
Reward - BONUS lodging at the Crescent Hotel and Spa
Reward - BONUS lodging at the Crescent Hotel and Spa
Reward - Be IN the play!
Reward - Be IN the play!

Risks and challenges

Since the play is performed in an amphitheater, weather is not always conducive to safety of the performers and animals. Every effort is made to have the show go on, but there are some cases of extreme weather.. In those cases, the play is canceled for that night and the attendees are given a rain check.

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    Lapel Pin.... Brown Background with golden letters that say "Great Passion Play"

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    No reward needed -- I just want to help.

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    Great Passion Play KEY CHAIN is a wooden depiction of the outdoor stage and The Christ of the Ozarks

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    The Great Passion Play on DVD (1985)
    Nearly 2 HOURS in length!

    (If item is unavailable, backer will be given the choice of another DVD of equal or lesser value)

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    The Parables of the Potter DVD
    Watch the parables unfold as you watch the potter create a vase in this live performance.
    "He is the Potter. We are the Clay."
    Approximately 30 minutes long.

    (If item is unavailable, backer will be given the choice of another DVD of equal or lesser value)

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    DVD: THE TABERNACLE
    Fascinating teaching during the New Holy Land Tour at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This is a replica of Moses' Tabernacle in the Wilderness. The priest shows the altar, the shofar, and what is inside the tent... the Holy of Holies.
    Approximately 30 minutes.

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    DVD: Teaching about "Jesus and the Tabernacle"

    From Moses' Tabernacle in the Wilderness in The New Holy Land tour on the grounds of The Great Passion Play... Eureka Springs, Arkansas

    Portrayed by Jim Thornber.

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    "A Walk with the Apostle Peter" on DVD

    20-minute presentation on the replica of the Sea of Galilee on the New Holy Land Tour on the grounds of The Great Passion Play, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

    (If item is unavailable, backer will be given the choice of another DVD of equal or lesser value)

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    CD of the Original Musical Score of The Great Passion Play ... 80 minutes long on 1 DVD ... Composed by Phil Perkins ... Performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of London. (If unavailable, backer has the choice of another DVD of equal or lesser value).

    (If item is unavailable, backer will be given the choice of another DVD of equal or lesser value)

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    TWO (2) General Admission tickets to see The Great Passion Play during the 2014 season. Pick up tickets at the box office upon arrival.

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    A DVD of The New Holy Land tour, on the grounds of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas .... 1 hour 15 minutes in length.

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    Brand New Copy of the BOOK --- Images of America: The Great Passion Play
    128 pages
    The story of The Great Passion Play
    since its first performance on July 15, 1968.

    Author: Dr. Timothy Kovalcik

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    Choice of any DVD listed in the $50 rewards ....Lapel pin.... Key Chain .... FOUR (4) General Admission tickets to The Great Passion Play during 2014 (May-October) .... Gifts will be picked up during your visit.

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    GREAT PASSION PLAY Logo on a warmly-lined JACKET to keep you warm through any cool weather.

    Specify color: Navy or Gray .... Specify size: S M L or XL

    Plus

    Great Passion Play Key Chain

    Plus 2 TOTAL EXPERIENCE Passes
    (includes seating at The Great Passion Play during 2014 May-October, The New Holy Land Tour.

    Gifts will be picked up during your visit.

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    MEMORIAL PLAQUE on 1 seat in the Great Passion Play in the seating sections other than the front/center rows. Name can be of an Individual, group, church In honor of, in memory of, or provided by.

    Plus 2 season tickets to The Great Passion Play.

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    TWO JACKETS with GREAT PASSION PLAY Logo. A warmly-lined jacket to keep you warm through any cool weather. ....
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    Specify for each jacket the SIZE & COLOR
    Specify colors: Navy or Gray ....
    Specify sizes: S M L or XL ....
    Plus....
    Great Passion Play Key Chain ....
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    FOUR (4) TOTAL EXPERIENCE Passes
    (includes seating at The Great Passion Play during 2014 May-October, The New Holy Land Tour, Backstage Tour,

    PLUS LODGING for 1 night, 1 room (cabin) at at Ridge Top Resort ... www.ridgetopresort.com ... See the views! http://newspin360.com/host/ridgetopresort/ .... (This reward's lodging is only available SUNDAY thru THURS and there are many weekday performances.)

    Gifts will be picked up during your visit.

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    TWO (2) Season-Passes for THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE: ....

    (includes seating at EVERY PERFORMANCE of The Great Passion Play during 2014 May - October, The New Holy Land Tour, Backstage Tour)
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    BONUS

    LODGING

    1 cabin for 2 night's lodging at Ridge Top Resort ... www.ridgetopresort.com ... See the views! http://newspin360.com/host/ridgetopresort/

    Gifts will be picked up during your visit.

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    2 Seats with a MEMORIAL PLAQUE in the Great Passion Play seating of sections B & C front rows.
    Name can be of an Individual, group, church
    In honor of, in memory of, or provided by
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    Plus, TWO (2) Season-Passes to The Great Passion Play!

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    Receive a framed original 1968 issue of the newspaper article announcing the opening season of the Great Passion Play. (10 limit)
    2 Season Passes

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    A Special Dining Experience in our Passion Play Great Hall for you and your party (limit 10).

    Lodging for party of 10, for 1 night

    TEN (10) Total Experience Passes (includes Play, Holy Land Tour and Backstage Tour)

    You/your group will be announced as "the underwriter of tonight's performance" on a date of your choice.

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    A Special Dining Experience in our Passion Play Great Hall for you and your party (limit 10).

    TEN (10) Total Experience Passes to The Great Passion Play (includes Play, Holy Land Tour and Backstage Tour)

    TEN (10) Passion Play T-shirts

    PLUS, you and your immediate family can be IN the play as many times as you'd like during the 2014 season.

    You/your group will be announced as "the underwriter of tonight's performance" on a date of your choice.

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    FOUR (4) lined JACKETS with the Great Passion Play logo

    TWO (2) save-a-seat name plates on chairs in the Great Passion Play theater.

    FOUR (4) Season-Passes to The Great Passion Play

    PLUS, you and your immediate family can be IN the play as many times as you'd like during the 2014 season.

    BONUS: LODGING at the Crescent Hotel and Spa

    2 rooms for 2 nights! http://www.crescent-hotel.com

    Gifts will be picked up during your visit.

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