The Canadian Badlands Passion Play has a few dollars to help them over the winter months as they prepare for their 25th season.
A choir concert on Sunday, January 14 drew 320 people to the Badlands Community Facility for the annual Memories of Christmas Concert.
"Rosebud (Theatre and School of the Arts) has always put on this event for us; Bill Hamm has always organized it, " noted executive director Vance Neudorf. "Usually, it's been choirs from the area that come in and do an assortment of Christmas music, but this year, they wanted to do this whole piece, or at least good selections of it."
The piece in question was Handel's Messiah and the Rosebud Masterworks Choir and Three Hills Community Choir performed the Christmas portions of it. There was no entrance fee, although people were asked for a free will donation to help the Passion Play.
"It's always been that way: people can come in, enjoy it and then make a donation to the Passion Play to help out in kind of a dry time of year," remarked Neudorf. "A lot of people aren't looking outside (right now) and going 'boy, I want to go to an outside event."
Sunday's concert made about $2750 for the Passion Play and Neudorf says the money is already spoken for.
"To the seat renovation project, so that's underway: 57,000 board feet of lumber and (with) metal and screws, it's about $150,000 to put the whole thing together."
This year's Passion Play is scheduled for July 6-22 in the amphitheatre on Drumheller's west end.