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Oberammergau Passion Play = Sense of Community

Oberammergau Passion Play = Sense of Community

I was honored to be one of the very few invited to a very special dinner event in celebration of Oberammergau, Germany and its famous Passion Play which has been produced every 10 years since 1634. How remarkable is that! Just take a minute to ponder that feat….

In order to audition to be one of the 2300 actors you must be a resident of this community of just 5000 for at least 20 years.

In 2010 over 500,000 people from all over the World descended upon tiny Oberammergau to see their version of the Passion Play.

The community of Oberammergau has started to prepare for 2020. On October 20th of this year they will assemble to watch a gentleman write on two boards, the town members who have been selected to play the main roles in the 2020 Production – as you can imagine a big celebration follows.

Tonight in Toronto, the young gentleman who played Jesus in 2010 and the Passion Play Producer (since 1990) spoke to us from their heart – both of them are so passionate about their small community and their monumental production.

Oberammergau has the same problem that most communities do with dwindling church congregations so the Passion Play Producer spends a few weeks at the start of rehearsals teaching especially the younger actors about Jesus.

Today not just the local Catholics but all denominations are represented in this World Class production. In fact the current assistant producer first appeared in the shows choir (2010) and that was the start of his theatre passion. He is now the shows assistant producer and he is Muslim.

The shows producer also spent decades on the Passion Play stage with his Father and Grandfather. It’s impossible for all of the towns population to star in this show as some need to look after operating the hotels, restaurants….

One year before the start of the Passion Play the towns hairdresser is basically out of business because those in the cast start growing their hair – the producer told us, the town folk start looking like hippies.

Tonight I realized the Oberammergau Passion Play just isn’t about the story of Jesus, its about community spirit, being proud of where you are from, neighbour helping neighbour, the importance of family and a community who open their hearts to the World every 10 years.

I am already so excited about traveling to Oberammergau to see the Passion Play. As always the journey I’ll offer will be a unique one that will highlight this wonderful 400 year old tradition.

Mark October 2020 on your calendar – lets plan on going together.

Here is a picture of the Show Prodcer along with the young gentleman who played the most important role of Jesus in 2010.



One response

  1. tink

    What a wonderful story you have written, Brad! I would give my ‘eye teeth’ to go with you! Nobody does it better! xxoo…mmtink

    February 6, 2018 at 9:58 pm

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