Passion Play ends, concert venue is born
For 70 years, the outdoor amphitheater at Spearfish was home to the Black Hills Passion Play. The play used an enormous outdoor stage to tell the story of the final seven days in Jesus’ life. In 2008, the Passion Play shut down.
Though the end of the Passion Play was sad for the thousands who had enjoyed it over the years, there is new hope for the facility where the play was performed. The amphitheater has been converted to a performing arts theater, and the first event in the ampitheater, now called the "Black Hills Amp," will be a concert by country singer Randy Travis on June 19.
The "Amp" adds a unique, new facet to South Dakota’s summer concert scene, and the facility is bound to aid the growth of Spearfish. The beautiful city, situated in the northern Black Hills, already benefits from Spearfish Canyon, the High Plains Western Heritage Center, the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, the Spearfish Arts Center and numerous other nearby attractions. If you’re planning a vacation to the Black Hills and don’t mind staying about 65 miles away from Mount Rushmore, Spearfish can serve as a fantastic base of operations.