The next Passion Play will come in a completely new appearance, he explains: “In a great community effort starting in Autumn, new costumes and set designs designed by Stefan Hageneier will be made. What is more, 120 new choir members and the 70-member-passion orchestra must be re-cast in the course of the next few weeks upon instruction by the music director Markus Zwink”.
Rehearsals will start in November 2019, lasting eight months and involving more than 2,000 people. The five-hour-show with its three-hour-break begins in the afternoon with the entry into Jerusalem and tells the passion story from the last supper to the crucifixion. It ends in the evening hours with the resurrection. 103 shows are scheduled in total; the last show will take place on 4th October 2020.
Did you know? Only those who were born and raised in Oberammergau or who have been living in the village for at least 20 years may take part in the Passion Play. One highlight leading up to the passion for every citizen of Oberammergau is the great church service on the large open-air stage of the Passion Theatre on 20th October of this year: The pledge of 1633 will be renewed and the actors of the 42nd Passion Play will be publicly announced and introduced. Aside from the main roles of Jesus, Mary, Petrus, Judas, Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas, there will be 120 major and minor speaking roles. The broadcasting channel Bayerischer Rundfunk will cover the great church service.
Check back next week for Part 4.