Passion Play curtain on track to rise again

Fundraising success also to keep statue lit

Posted: January 4, 2013 at 1:15 a.m.

Rick Mann (left), who has portrayed Jesus at the Great Passion Play near Eureka Springs since 1997, looks on as Randall Christy (center), president of The Gospel Station Network, and Keith Butler (right), chairman of the Elna M. Smith Foundation, announce Thursday that they had raised enough money to continue operating the religious attraction.

The Great Passion Play will be held on Magnetic Mountain this year just as it has every year since 1968, said Randall Christy, who spearheaded a frantic fundraising drive to save it.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 7 on 01/04/2013