This project's funding goal was not reached on May 3, 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.
Chairman and CEO of The Great Passion Play
Founder and President of The Gospel Station
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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