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Oberammergau Passion Play 2010

About half the inhabitants of Oberammergau take part in the once-a-decade Passion Play.

In 2010, this means that over 2,000 villagers will bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to life for audiences that flock in from around the world. Using the impressive open-air stage, the play lasts five hours. (There is also a three-hour intermission for dinner).

The play starts with Jesus entering Jerusalem, continues up to his death on the cross and finishes with his resurrection. As ever, this is an extraordinary community effort. 2010 sees a new production, directed by Christian Stückl - a local, who is also manager of Munich's outstanding Volkstheater. He is supported by the artistic team that staged the Passion Play in 2000: Deputy director and dramatic adviser Otto Huber, set and costume designer Stefan Hageneier and music directors Markus Zwink and Michael Bocklet. Again, all are from Oberammergau.

Rehearsals last ten months. Already working on the revised text are the villagers selected to play Jesus and Mary, Pontius Pilate and the apostles, the priests, soldiers and children. The orchestra and the choir are studying the memorable score, composed in the 19th century by Rochus Dedler, again a resident of Oberammergau.

When they come together, their devotion and talent retells the story of Jesus, with a message that gives hope and strength to millions.

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