Wichita Mountains passion play performances start ahead of Holy Week

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The story is more than 2,000 years old. The tradition is more than 90 years old. 

“Just to be able to share the story of Jesus with everybody…it’s just a wonderful feeling,” said Deena Dolch, Holy City of the Wichitas Caretaker.

“The Prince of Peace” Easter Pageant recalls the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, set against the backdrop of the Wichita Mountains. Dolch said being involved with the passion play is special, as it has ties to family.

“My father has been involved with the Holy City for over 17 years,” Dolch explained.
“After I graduated high school. I moved off. I wasn’t here. I wasn’t involved with the Holy City. I had never really been back here. And he brought me out here one day and I just fell in love with the place,” stated Dolch.

Dolch said at that time, they were looking for a temporary groundskeeper and she decided to take the job.

“When I came out here, I knew this is where I was supposed to be.”

But Dolch is not the only one looking after this historic site.

“It’s a really neat place. It just feels holy,” said Shane Melton, Holy City of the Wichitas Grounds Manager.

Melton and Dolch are the only full-time employees of the facility, which is run off donations only.
And as one might imagine, that can be challenging.

“We’ve been without water for five and a half months,” Melton explained.
They’ve also had recent issues with electricity; but  as long as visitors, prayers and donations keep coming, the greatest story can continue to be told: forever and ever.

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