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    Great Passion Play in northwest Ark. is closing

    1:10 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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    EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A large Passion play in northwest Arkansas is closing because of financial troubles.

    The Great Passion Play's executive director, Sam Ray, said Monday that he has started selling animals, hay and feed.

    Ray says there's not enough money left to operate the play and that a bank is taking ownership of the property.

    Ray said in September that the nonprofit group needed about $500,000 to keep the doors open in Eureka Springs. He said tourism had dipped during tough economic times.

    The Great Passion Play's website says the show portrays the last few days of Jesus Christ's life with a dramatic cast and live donkeys, camel and sheep.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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