The core cast consists of twenty actors who perform live each night for the duration of the pageant. The 2017 core cast will perform both the Nauvoo and British pageants. These actors represent major historical figures such as Joseph Smith, Emma Smith, Parley P. Pratt, etc. Men's and women's roles range in age from early 20s to late 50s. Boy's and girl's roles range in age from 8 to 18. In addition to performing in the pageant, core cast members will present short historical vignettes during the day in Old Nauvoo and will perform at community outreach events, including performances of an hour-long musical review.
If you are planning to audition for the core cast. but considering involvement in the family cast in the event you are not placed in a core cast position, you should fill out and submit a family cast application by October 31 of current year. of the current year. Your family cast application will not be processed until after core cast assignments have been made.
Prior to the pageant the core cast will rehearse in Salt Lake City for one week in June. The pageant will cover transportation to and from Nauvoo, as well as providing housing and meals for the core cast while in Nauvoo. As the core cast will be involved fulltime in rehearsals and performances from the last part of June through the final performance of the pageant, core cast members will receive a modest honorarium to help offset their expenses.
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.
To schedule a time to audition, call 801-240-2551 or 800-453-3680, ext. 2-2551. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the day and time you would like to audition.
From the south: take I-15 north to the Woodscross exit (Exit 315; if you reach the Bountiful 500 S exit, you have gone too far); at the end of the off ramp, take a hard right onto frontage road; the Bountiful Regional Center is the building with the dome roof on your right after the car dealership.
From the north: take I-15 south to the Woodscross exit (Exit 315); at the end of the off ramp, take a left under the freeway; turn right at the light, and turn right again at the end of that short road (by the Wendy's); this will take you back to the frontage road, where you should turn left; the Bountiful Regional Center is the building with the dome roof on your right after the car dealership.
For directions to BYU, please visit http://map.byu.edu/ and click on "Directions to Campus."
If you live out of state, you may submit a video of your audition.
Rehearsals for core cast members will take place in Salt Lake City in June and then will move to Nauvoo. The performances open July 11 and close August 5. The rigorous nature of these outdoor summer pageants requires that core cast members be experienced, faithful, LDS performers demonstrating a high degree of maturity, flexibility, and willingness to work long hours. Good health is essential. Once cast, candidates must also receive their bishop’s recommendation.