The annal Easter Pageant held in Curtis will be presented on Palm Sunday April 13th, at 3pm.
Starting in 1958, residents of Curtis, along with family and friends from surrounding communities have joined together to present the Living Picture Pageant. The format has evolved over the years from a “Passion Play” type of production to the current collection of 17 scenes of familiar events, famous painting and statuary. These include: The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens’ Descent from the Cross, and The Pieta by Michelangelo.
Local artists have constructed and painted the scenes. The accompanying choral music includes the song Kyrie written by David Cole while he was a student at Medicine Valley High School. The crown of thorns used in the production from a Crown of Thorns plant in Mexico. Parts of the Roman Soldier uniforms came from MGM Productions and were used in the movies Ben Hur, Julius Ceasar, and Quo Vadis.
Three and four generations have made the pageant part of the Easter season in Curtis. Children have appeared surrounding Jesus and then later taken another role on stage or in the choir.
In 1981, Curtis was designated Nebraska’s official “Easter City”. Signs of Easter can be seen all around town from the crosses south of Curtis to the insignias on the city vehicles. The Easter season lasts all year here.
The pageant is always presented on Palm Sunday, and will be hosted by the Medicine Valley High School. There is no charge to view the pageant but a free will offering is taken.