Passion play held at Camp Kuriakos

Camp Kuriakos, a Lutheran Church Camp situated 17 kilometers northwest of Sylvan Lake, is giving campers an opportunity

Kathleen Sinclair

Kathleen Sinclair

Camp Kuriakos, a Lutheran Church Camp situated 17 kilometers northwest of Sylvan Lake, is giving campers an opportunity to enjoy live performances of The Passion Play.

Acting executive director Laureen Wray said the play, which runs approximately 75 minutes, has been shown on a regular basis every summer for the last 15 years.

Actors who take part in the performances, held every Wednesday since the first week of July, include summer staff who work hard to bring the Biblical story to life.

The play, which tells the story of Jesus as a young man, his ultimate betrayal by his disciples and finally, his crucifixion, was written by Wray.

“I tried to frame it in such a way as it would relate to the young people at the camp,” she said. “They (the actors) are dressed in the garb of the Biblical times, but they speak in a language that is easily understood.”

Throughout The Passion Play scenes are held at various locations throughout the camp, each setting adding credence to the message. Following the written script, a trio, including Wray on her guitar, adds to the story with appropriate music.

Wray said the play has proved popular.

“It often is the highlight of the program and they (the campers) seem to appreciate it,” she said.

The public is invited to attend the Aug. 15 performance of The Passion Play which be held at 7 p.m.

Wray asks that anyone who wishes to attend call the camp before 4 p.m. on Wednesday to notify them of their wish to attend.