Two of the greatest stories ever told

July 1st marks the 151st anniversary of our great nation. Canada is and always has been a beacon of freedom and peace throughout the world. The story of our nation for most of us is one of the greatest stories ever told. It’s the story of a nation that has a respected reputation that allows its citizens abroad to proudly display the flag of our nation.

Canada Day is when Canadians gather to continue to make the story of the red and white one of the most benevolent and caring societies in the world. Canada’s reputation includes our ability to feed and supply clean ethical energy to nations throughout the world. Not content to sit back on our reputation as a supplier of goods, Canadians respond to disasters around the world without hesitation, whenever situations require this essential call of duty.

The Drumheller Stettler constituency is the setting of another one of the world’s greatest stories. On July 6th the Canadian Badlands Passion Play will be celebrating its 25th opening night with yet another epic performance of the “Greatest Story Ever Told.” The presentation is set in an authentic natural amphitheatre that serves as the backdrop for the Passion Play, a theatrical event that tells the story of Jesus Christ. The Drumheller badlands offers one of the most unique sets you will find anywhere in the in the world. With amazing natural acoustics, patrons have the ability to enjoy the performance from every seat in the house.

The Passion Play has one of the largest theatrical casts in Canada, with hundreds of local residents answering the call every year for extras, in some cases with entire families participating as extras and support staff. Every year hundreds of people of all acting skill levels volunteer for the 9-weekend commitment that makes this epic performance such an incredible success and a wonderful place for young actors and actresses to gain valuable experience.

Opening night on their 25th Anniversary will undoubtedly be a special night for Executive Director Vance Neudorf and his wonderful staff, who work tirelessly to bring the production to fruition.

For tickets to the Canadian Badlands Passion Play call the 1-888-823-2001 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm).  Performances are scheduled for July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 (6:00pm), July 8, 15, 22, 27 (4:00pm).

These are two of the greatest stories happening as summer kicks into high gear and we embark on creating our own great stories. With those celebrations I’d like to remind everyone to do so safely and with consideration for the safety of others. Please drive carefully and do not drink and drive.

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