The Show

The Thorn is a visually dynamic and heart-stirring theatrical portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not your average Passion play, The Thorn combines martial arts, aerial acrobatics and emotionally powerful performances that have been engaging audiences across the US for almost 20 years. To help bring this timeless story to life, The Thorn recruits large-scale casts of professional and volunteer performers who share in the heart of The Thorn. By joining local casts and a national touring team, we invite the world to engage with the ultimate story of love, sacrifice and redemption.

 

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Our Story

In 1997, while working as youth pastors in Colorado Springs, John and Sarah Bolin created The Thorn as a way to communicate to students the importance of their everyday choices and their value to God. Designed to be an interactive, relevant retelling of the meta-narrative of the Bible, The Thorn was originally performed to a small audience of high school students.

Over the next 15 years, The Thorn continued to grow, with casts of hundreds playing to crowds of 20,000 plus. Each year more than 60 professional and volunteer cast and crew join The Thorn to take the show on the road. In each city, the touring cast and crew is joined by hundreds of local actors and artists to bring the story of The Thorn to life.

 

The Mission

At the very heart of the Thorn is our desire to awaken people to the reality of God’s love.

Sharing the Story of Redemption in ways that are fresh, visceral and exciting, we long to create an atmosphere of freedom which motivates our audience to explore questions of faith and turn their lives towards The Savior.  By inspiring, championing and equipping young creative leaders, we continue to innovate the standard of creative excellence that is visible and effective through our live performances.

BEYOND THE STAGE

As a production company, we are deeply inspired by the love that Jesus has for those who are lost, forgotten, and hurting.  It is impossible for us to tell his story without seeing him protecting and providing for those in need at nearly every turn.  Compassion International provides us a way to reach out and personally offer this kind of love to children in need today.  Our partnership with Compassion International turns the message of The Thorn into a living, breathing and active ministry. Be a part of the story by clicking here.

THE IMPACT

  • “It still takes my breath away… and I’ve seen it 4 times already.” –Sherri Davis, CO
  • “AMAZING! WOW! By far the Best Live Theatre we have ever seen.” – Dawn Christiansen, WA
  • “My life was changed at The Thorn. I couldn’t stop crying — not a weeping but a gut wrenching sobbing.” – S. Watkins, CO
  • “I was lost and confused when [The Thorn] allowed me the privilege to be a part of this EPIC story. I was given a new HOPE that our King BELIEVED in me as a man, a father and also a productive member of society.” – Mark Bethel, TN