Villagers in Oberammergau prepare to put on the Passion.
Title reads: "Passion Players Prepare".
Panning shot village in valley surrounded by mountains. M/S villagers leaving church. Some of the men wear beards as they will take part in Passion play. C/U two little girls coming out of church. Panning C/U two bearded locals. C/U two children.
Panning men of the village, all with beards, chatting amongst themselves. C/U old house, on the walls can be seen murals. Various shots men sitting round table chatting and drinking.
Various C/Us of individuals involved in the play: producer George Lang, he is a sculptor. Anton Preisinger, he is an innkeeper and takes the part of Christ. Irmgard Dengg sitting at her typewriter, she takes part of Virgin Mary. C/U carpenter Werner Bierling, he takes the part of John. C/U Anneliese Mayr, she takes the part of Mary Magdalane. C/U Hans Schwaighover, he is a sculptor and takes the part of Judas. C/U Hans Mayersen who is a wood carver and takes the part of Peter.
The performance of the play has been a tradition in the village for hundreds of years, it takes place every 10 years. Make-up is forbidden which is why all the actors have to grow beards.