Easter will be here soon, and churches across the country and around the world will be hosting Easter Cantatas or Passion Plays. Many people look forward all year to passion plays, which tell the story of Jesus of Nazareth’s last few days on earth, his crucifixion and resurrection on Easter Sunday. The faithful of all denominations appreciate these short plays that are using performed by members of a church congregation.
One of the most important aspects of these plays is the costuming of the characters. There are several roles that feature prominently in these productions and the costumes can be basic and inexpensive or costly, custom-made costumes. At Halloween Empire, we’re proud to offer affordable options for any church.
Jesus of Nazareth
Although Jesus is the central figure in these plays, he is usually the easiest to costume. A simple robe and a cloth head covering are sufficient, as Jesus dressed humbly and simply. Try a simple tunic or a wrap-around robe with a tie belt for his clothes. Of course, our Jesus wig and beard combination will complete the outfit.
The soldiers guarding Jesus’ tomb are key to the story of Easter. At Halloween Empire we offer Roman Soldier or Centurion costumes at different price points and in both adult and children’s sizes to meet every church’s budget and cast. To complete the look of your Roman soldiers, we also carry Roman swords, sandals and helmets.
The Roman ruler who condemned Jesus of Nazareth to death is another important character in any passion play. This powerful king dressed elegantly in Roman robes trimmed in gold to display his status. Our Roman senator costume is properly trimmed in gold to show his wealth and power.
There are twelve disciples or apostles. If you’re on a budget, you can use simple robes or tunics with tie belts, or you can use our Arabian costume for some of your cast members. The plain white robe and head covering can be dressed up or down depending on the character. We also offer several toga options that can be used for some characters.
Passion plays always include an angel or two who give the disciples the news that Jesus is no longer in his tomb. You can opt for a complete angel costume or opt for our angel wings and halo set, which are easy to attach to any outfit. Just slip on the wings and wear the headband and you’re instantly an angel.