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Photo of the Week, 109: American Passion Play, March 1956

American Passion Play, March 1956

The 92nd consecutive season of the American Passion Play is underway at the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts. The remaining 2015 schedule includes three Saturday performances (March 28, April 4, and 11) and one Sunday (March 29). Opening curtain is 2:00 p.m. for all shows.

Conceived by Bloomington resident Delmar Darrah, this local production is the oldest continuously performed Passion Play in the United States. It follows the ministry and life of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount to Ascension. Seen here are Roman guards off stage during a rehearsal in March 1956. These actors were non-professionals—as are all cast members today.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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