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Auditions (Alberta): Canadian Badlands Passion Play – Canadian Badlands Passion Play

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Auditions (Alberta): Canadian Badlands Passion Play – Canadian Badlands Passion Play

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Audition Notice

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is looking for you. We are looking for a Jesus Understudy and a Dark Pharisee (paid positions) as well as many other roles (honorarium and volunteer). Please see below for more information.

Production name: Canadian Badlands Passion Play

Date production rehearsals/job starts: 05/17/2013

Audition dates:

Red Deer Feb 23, 10:00am-1:00pm location TBA

Drumheller Feb 23, 4:00-8:00pm, Passion Play Site

Calgary Feb 24, 12-5pm, Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall

(in the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts (220 9th Ave SE Calgary)

Edmonton March 3, 2:00-5:00pm location TBA

Deadline to submit: 02/20/2013

Email applications to:

Contact name: Ailsa Birnie

Contact email:

Contact phone: 403-875-4112

Engager website:

THE CANADIAN BADLANDS PASSION PLAY is one of Canada’s largest outdoor theatrical events. Now in its 20th season, the company annually depicts the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in dramatic form. An epic story told on an epic scale, this year’s production features a creative retelling of the Gospel of John. The script will be originated by a mixed professional/volunteer cast of approximately 200 actors in a 2700-seat outdoor amphitheater.


Seeking physically-able actors comfortable working with live animals and performing outdoors in a large-scale production.

Jesus understudy (male, 33 years old): The rightful heir to the created world arrives on earth to find his creation does not recognize him. As he seeks to restore an ancient kingdom, he must confront the cultural power sources of his time and the age-old human condition. Stage combat experience essential.

Dark Pharisee – principal. 25-65 yrs. Leader of the religious/political Pharisees, the dark Pharisee relentlessly tracks down Jesus of Nazareth, declaring him a dangerous false prophet and bringing down the full measure of the law against him, to have him publicly executed.

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play relies on it’s amazing group of paid and volunteer actors to make the Passion Play happen. You can be part of the show as a paid or volunteer actor with a speaking or non-speaking role. Nearly every character featured in the Gospel of John is present in our script.

The volunteer speaking roles include a number of prominent Pharisees (Nicodemus, Joseph of A, Abner), several disciples (John, Peter, Philip, Nathanael), the Lazarus family (Mary, Martha, Lazarus), Jesus’ family (Mother, brother James and family), Pilate, Herod, John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, the Adulterous Woman, the Samaritan Woman, several key healings (man at pool of Bethesda, man born blind), and a number of key crowd speaking roles. There are big scenes in and around the temple in which the Jewish feasts are celebrated. Many of these have opportunities for featured roles, dances and singing. There is a large wedding scene (Miracle at Cana) that involves similar crowd roles, as well as the feeding of the 5,000, triumphal entry, via, and crucifixion.

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