Performances begin at 8:30 p.m.
Narrated by Parley P. Pratt, the pageant emphasizes the prophetic mission of Joseph Smith and honors the sacrifice, faith and courage of the Saints who gave their all to build a city and a temple to their God.
The pageant is filled with authentic hymns and folksongs, lively dances and tender moments that share the joy these early Saints found in living Christ's gospel. Through words taken from journals, sermons and historic records of the period, the pageant invites all to feel the powerful testimonies of these faithful Saints.
The Nauvoo Pageant Core Cast consists of twenty actors, representing historical figures such as Parley P. Pratt and Joseph and Emma Smith who perform live each night for the duration of the pageant. The core cast also presents short historical vignettes during the day and performs an hour long presentation of "Our Story Goes On" every Sunday during the pageant in selected venues outside Nauvoo.
Pageant participants have the option of participating in the pageant meal program. Lunches and dinners are served cafeteria-style by a contracted caterer. Participants may select any combinations of meals (lunch only, dinner only or both lunch and dinner) per week for the duration of their stay. Meal selections cannot be changed during pageant participation. To participate in the pageant meal program, a deposit totaling 50% of the cost will be due by March 1, 2014. The remaining balance will be due by May 1, 2014.
The Nauvoo Pageant Work Crew consists of 20 able-bodied single young men, ages 16-25, who serve as site workers and technical support for the pageant. Work crew members will assist with some technical elements of the pageant, including the stage, props, lighting, site, and Country Fair.
The Nauvoo Pageant Volunteer Support consists of volunteers (ages 21 and older) who assist with costuming, security/site maintenance, food services, and family support.
The Nauvoo Pageant Bagpipe Band is a significant part of the spirit, missionary efforts, and gospel message of the Nauvoo Pageant. The Bagpipe Band will be involved in many important aspects of the overall pageant experience. Band members will participate in scheduled outreach performances in nearby surrounding communities, pre-vignette performances, Mulholland Street performances, Country Fair activities, and the Nauvoo Pageant Parade leading the guests to the seating area of the pageant.
Auditions and callbacks will be held in mid-January in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. Pageant roles do not require singing; however, core cast members' musical talents are featured in community outreach events. Auditioners with vocal skill should come prepared to sing 16 bars of two contrasting pieces, such as an up-tempo song and a ballad.
Please call the Music and Cultural Arts Division at 801-240-2551 to make an appointment for you audition.
The Nauvoo Pageant begins each night at 8:30 p.m. (Tuesday through Saturday) but there are more events associated with the pageant that are also free for all to see.
The Nauvoo Pageant will begin accepting applications for the 2014 pageant beginning September 1 through October 31, 2013.
We will continue to accept applications for Volunteers, Bagpipe Band and Work Crew after the October 31 deadline.
Go to core cast for more information.
Check out dates for the Our Story Goes On shows.
See the latest edition of the Meridian Magazine for an article on the Before the Nauvoo Pageant Lights Go On.