Pas­sion Play posts $95k loss

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Cana­dian Bad­lands Pas­sion Play has three new di­rec­tors as it moves into the 2017 sea­son.

The Pas­sion Play held its An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing on Satur­day, March 4 with about 26 at­tend­ing. Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Vance Neu­dorf told the Mail, they have elected three new di­rec­tors, in­clud­ing Geral­dine Lee, Den­nis Harder and Lonna Ho­gan.

They also took time out to hon­our long-time di­rec­tor Lloyd Hu­ber, who has been on the board for 25 years. He has also vol­un­teered in many other as­pects in­clud­ing park­ing and even act­ing in the play one sea­son as a toga clad mem­ber of Herod’s en­tourage. Hu­ber has also served on the script com­mit­tee through many re­vi­sions, guid­ing the process to keep the story true to the Gospel ac­counts.

It was a tough year for the Cana­dian Bad­lands Pas­sion Play, with one of its largest losses in 24 years. With the slow­down in the econ­omy, the Pas­sion Play saw a de­crease in do­na­tions. The econ­omy, as well as poor weather also took a toll on ticket sales.

“We ac­tu­ally had 1,000 more peo­ple last year but we were $40,000 short in rev­enue be­cause we had to dis­count so deep with the re­ces­sion in full swing,” he said.

While the pas­sion play hosted a suc­cess­ful Blue Rodeo con­cert, their pre­sen­ta­tion of Paul Brandt suf­fered poor ticket sales due to an­other ma­jor coun­try event in Cal­gary that same week­end.

This adds up to an ap­prox­i­mately $95,000 loss for the

sea­son.

This year they have some ex­cit­ing events planned to fill the Bad­lands Amp, with a se­ries of four con­certs, in­clud­ing a classical mu­sic con­cert on Au­gust 3, back-to-back shows, slated for Au­gust 25 and 26, and a blues show on Septem­ber 16. The per­form­ers are yet to be an­nounced.

“We are look­ing for cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship, and we have put it out in town,” said Neu­dorf.

This year’s Pas­sion Play runs from July 7 to July 23.

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Lloyd Hu­ber... hon­oured for 25 years of ser­vice to the Pas­sion Play at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

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