Corpus Christi Easter Sunrise Passion Play at Cole Park

After six weeks of preparation, the Sunday program on the life of Jesus arrived just in time.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — On a foggy morning in Cole Park, the Easter sunrise passion play began as the sun peeked over the coast. After six weeks of preparation, the Sunday program on the life of Jesus arrived just in time.

“It really happens on Saturday, the day before Easter. And it’s no joke, it really happens,” said director Debra Scott-Brown. “God opens the doors and everyone comes and the crowd gets bigger.”

It’s been 80 years since the first play, an annual tradition every Easter morning. Rich Lockhart is part of the local music scene and was recruited by Scott-Brown four years ago.

Lockhart now plays the lead role of Jesus. “I’m planning on doing it for the next few years and when you think about how long he’s been around it’s like I’m just scratching the surface and, you know, I just want it to continue as best as I can. we can. ”

Scott-Brown is in her 9th year coordinating the play, but her experience with it goes back even further. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to, I’ve been doing it since I was in high school. I started as Mary, I’ve done a lot of different roles. I left Corpus, I came back piece.”

She uses her own recovery story as inspiration for others as they perform the show each year.

“It’s just a powerful experience to be able to share my testimony and have it affect other people who will also come to be part of the play. Because God is so forgiving and loving, and it’s a beautiful thing that life goes on. after our afflictions and self-imposed things,” Scott-Brown said.

As for Lockhart, he said the rehearsals helped prepare him for his performance as Jesus, but it was more about getting in the right frame of mind.

“You spend everyday things walking in the shoes of Jesus, it’s like, ok, let me approach this from a different angle and just, you know, try to be a better person, I guess” , Lockhart said.

The play is funded by donations from the public. Fortunately, the park was packed Sunday morning for this year’s show, securing funding for next year.

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