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Passion Play Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

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A Panhandle tradition celebrates ten years this weekend. The Panama City Passion Play put on each year by St. Andrew Baptist Church.

A lot goes in to this production each year before we ever step on stage, from learning music to making costumes.

This is a community wide effort; something that has been abundantly clear since the production began a decade ago.

The Passion Play is known to fill the seats, bringing the life of Jesus Christ to the big stage.

The iconic story has been seen by over 50 thousand people since it's inception a decade ago. It's a fact that moves music director Doug White.

"It's very exciting...it's very humbling too, to know that they have come here and supported the play with their presence. We're very honored in that and hope that they'll do it again this year," said White.

Thursday, the curtain goes up once again, bringing entertainment and a message.

"I personally believe that there is a God shaped hole in our lives and we try to fill it with a lot of things that can only be filled by God and his gift of Jesus Christ," said White.

It's not only a tradition for the community, but for participants themselves.

Lynn Briley serves as the church's minister of missions and has played the piano for the production since the beginning.

"I sit here in this orchestra pit and watch the action on stage. I'm at a unique viewpoint here. To see the truth of scripture come alive onstage in the hearts of the people that are doing it is really something special," said Briley.

Now all that is left is an audience; the final piece to a tradition that continues to reach so many.

The show starts at 7 pm on Thursday at the Marina Civic Center in downtown Panama City and runs Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 4 pm.

It is free to all in attendance.