The theatrical performance recreates the story of Passion Week including the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus cleansing the temple, the Last Supper, the trial, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. With state-of-the-art special effects the production includes live animals, flying angels and a soundtrack recorded by London Symphony and Seattle Symphony Orchestras. Eight trumpeters and four drummers play live from the balconies every show.
The Easter pageant is famous for its lifelike recreations of earthquakes, thunderstorms and lightning inside the glass cathedral.
'The Glory of Easter' is comprised of more than 200 volunteer and professional actors who portray biblical figures such as Jesus, Pilate, Mary Magdalene, Herod, Mary and others. Each volunteer dedicates more than 160 hours to the production.
Animals play an integral part in the massive production and parading down the aisles are live donkeys, horses, water buffalo, camels, lamas, piglets, miniature burrows, peacocks, sheep and goats. The sides of the amazing cathedral open up and allow passage for the livestock to trample through.
The production also boasts one of the largest sets in the world consisting of five miles of steel undergirding, spanning 124 feet across and 80 feet high. Each year the preparation for the play takes an entire month and includes installing lights, installing the angel track as well as set construction.
'The Glory of Easter' premiered in the Crystal Cathedral in 1984 and has been gracing audiences annually since then. The production has been seen by millions nationwide either by attending the event live or through special televised events.
The show is perfect to take your parents, family and friends to if you are looking for a unique way to celebrate Easter together. The all-glass cathedral is a beautiful sight and provides the perfect backdrop for the story of Christ‚s last days on earth. The production brings to life the biblical story of Easter while providing entertainment.
Located in Garden Grove, the Crystal Cathedral is the home base for the international Crystal Cathedral Ministries which includes a congregation of over 10,000 members.
If you are looking for something different to do for Easter this year visit the Crystal Cathedral and see 'The Glory of Easter.' So, what are you waiting for? GET UP AND GET OUT!
The Crystal Cathedral is located at 12141 Lewis Street, in Garden Grove. . Tickets are $30-$40. Special discount nights and group pricing is available. Attendance by children under seven years old is not recommended due to the length of the production. The show runs approximately 90 minutes. For show times and more information, call (714) 544-5679 or visit www.crystalcathedral.org.