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The annual Chandler-area production of “The Passion of Christ,” now in its second decade, is set for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are free, and there is a concession stand for those who want to picnic before the show.  The pre-show begins at 7 p.m. at the Amphitheater on the Lake, behind Lake Palestine United Methodist Church. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come early, and enjoy refreshments from the concession booth.

Lillian Stegall, executive producer of the play and other members of the production, recently attended “The Promise” in Glen Rose, and the “Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Ark., to collect ideas. 

What they learned has been used to turn the local production into one that is on its way toward becoming one of regional interest.

“Now, we are humbled by what God has done here, and think that this Passion Play is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime for the cast, crew and audiences,” Stegall said.

The words spoken by the characters come straight from the scripture, Stegall said.

“The audience can interactively witness the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Stegall said.

The Rev. Valerie Hudson, Pastor of LPUMC, said the efforts of many go into the play.

“Without the efforts of so many people and area churches, we wouldn’t be ready to step up a level in this production. It is the hope of the cast, crew and board of directors that this play helps you to know and walk with the Christ who came and revealed the deep love of God.”

The production got its start in 2002, and has grown into a regional presentation. The amphitheater overlooks scenic Lake Palestine, and has a newly-constructed stage, as well as professional lighting and sound.

Parking is free, and a shuttle will help transport those who attend to the amphitheater. Although there is no admission charge, donations will be accepted to help continue spreading the gospel through the production. Canned food donations will also be accepted for area food banks.

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