After more than two decades of supporting crowds watching the Passion Play in Drumheller, the ampitheatre seats are in poor shape.

Passion Seat 1Photo courtesy of Vance Neudorf (pictured, with a new chair).

Executive Director Vance Neudorf and the Passion Play Society have been working hard to fundraise enough money to replace the seats in the ampitheatre, because, right now, patrons can end up quite lopsided, depending on where they're seated.

"It's going to make a huge difference because everything has slumped so much. We've done some measurements out there to see where things are at and the seats vary from 13 inches off the ground to 20 inches off the ground. So, depending on where you're sitting, you can be really uncomfortable in both directions."

On Nov. 25, the group held a fundraiser for their new seats. The annual holiday fundraiser was held at Munson hall and guests were treated to dinner and a concert by The Wheatland Band.

"I think we raised about $3,000 and that's a really good step for us," explained Neudorf. "We've got to raise $50,000 and we're at about $35,000."

Despite not yet reaching their goal, work is already going ahead on the new seating, in order to be ready for the 2018 season.

"We're starting to crank out those seats, the first of 1,300 of them is coming off," said Neudorf. "We've just ordered our strapping that holds all our seats down so we don't get slumping again and that is $6,500 -- just for strapping."

The Passion Play's ongoing fundraiser is their "Take-a-Seat" campaign, which will run through the winter.

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