In 1960, as Zion Passion Play could not be presented in Zion, it seemed an opportune time for many cast to visit Oberammergau and four other Passion Plays in Europe. Though these Plays were good, the cast felt that Zion Passion Play had an even greater ministry and they were inspired to revitalize the Play production. For the next eight years Zion Passion Play was performed in the newly constructed Waukegan High School West Campus Auditorium. After visiting other outdoor Passion Plays, Rev. Taylor, with the Church Board, decided to build an outdoor theater next to the new church facilities. A 1,100 seat amphitheater with a 100 foot stage with two large turntables for rapid scene changing was built and the Play was performed two nights a week during July and August for the next eight years. However, cost of maintaining equipment open to the weather and cancellations due to inclement weather led to serious consideration of either terminating the production of Zion Passion Play or of building a new auditorium for it – and other church related outreach ministries.
The congregation of Christ Community Church (the Christian Catholic Church at the time) was asked to make that decision and they voted to continue the Play and to erect a new building. The present Christian Arts Auditorium with a 522 seating capacity, a large stage with two twenty-foot turntables, an orchestra area, a new Allen organ and a light and sound control room above the foyer was the result. Rev. Taylor, though retired since 1976, again prepared the new scenery and rewrote the script using the more understandable New American Standard Version of the Bible.