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Zion and Good Shepherd churches prepare for upcoming Passion Drama

A member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church put the final touches on a portion of a wall that will provide entrance to this year's Passion Drama.

Zion and Good Shepherd churches are in the final planning stages for the upcoming Outdoor Living Passion Drama.

Volunteers will soon begin preparing the grounds for the 12th annual drama, which will take place on the 300 block of 3rd Avenue and Lake Street in Alexandria.

The 15-minute drama is put on as a ministry to the community and surrounding area.

Viewers are guided through 12 different scenes, from the birth of Jesus to the ascension.

Changes are made to the drama each year, through new props or new presentation methods.

New at this year's event will be a 32-foot-long, 10-foot-high gated entrance constructed to provide entry into the drama. Once through the gate, viewers will learn about customs of the time, including the clothing worn and the importance of incense.

Also new to this year's drama are several pillars with Olympic-style torch basins, that will be lit in certain scenes.

The Passion Drama is set for Sunday, April 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, April 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. In the event either of the dates are postponed due to weather, the drama will be held Wednesday, April 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Parking is available at 3rd Avenue and Lake Street. Roman soldiers on horseback will direct traffic. Guided wheelchairs with blankets will be provided for the physically challenged.

For more information, call Zion Lutheran at (320) 763-4842 or Good Shepherd Lutheran at (320) 762-5152.

Passion Drama facts

• Nearly 2,500 people attend the drama annually.

• Congregations from North Dakota, Wisconsin and/or Iowa schedule a bus to come view the drama.

• More than 120 members from both churches volunteer to put on the drama.

• More than 2,000 volunteer hours are needed each year to present the drama.

• Contributions from several businesses and community leaders are given annually.

• More than 100 requests have been received from other churches throughout the U.S. for information on presenting similar dramas in their communities.

• The average temperature during the drama during the past 10 years is approximately 35 degrees.