Passion Play in Eureka Springs returns after woes

EUREKA SPRINGS (AP) - The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs is getting ready to resume performances.

Organizers said Thursday the play will open on May 3, though that didn't seem likely last year when the group ran into deep financial difficulty.

The play sold off its livestock and didn't even have the money to keep floodlights on at its iconic Christ of the Ozarks statue.

The group got help from Randall Christy of The Gospel Station Network, based in Ada, Okla., in raising $75,000 in a 10-day span. That was enough to prevent a bank from taking the property.

Organizers have been working to raise $6 million to keep the play operating.

The play will run May through October.

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