Participation in the Nauvoo Pageant cast is a missionary experience for families and individuals. Participants will have many opportunities to share the gospel message with audience members and other visitors in Nauvoo while hosting the Country Fair celebration and performing in the pageant. Families and individuals will also have opportunities to strengthen their testimonies of the gospel through rehearsal and performance.
Each Nauvoo Pageant cast includes approximately 120 participants. Cast members will host Country Fair activities one week while rehearsing to perform onstage in the pageant the following week, according to the following schedule:
The Nauvoo Pageant is a family-oriented experience; therefore, it is preferred that parents (both mother and father) and children participate together. However, individuals and families in which only one parent can participate will also be considered. Please indicate special circumstances on the talent/biographical portion of your application; all applicants will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Children of all ages are welcome. Single adults (age 21 & older) who are not participating with their family should apply individually. Related families, such as grandparents or extended family members, should apply on separate applications. The Nauvoo Pageant committee will review all applications on an individual basis and cannot guarantee acceptance of related families.
Participation in the Nauvoo Pageant is physically demanding. Cast members rehearse and perform long hours outdoors in Nauvoo's July and August heat, which ranges from 80s-100s with 70-90% humidity. The pageant stage is not shaded, and cast members must negotiate stairs, ramps, and the slope of the stage. Applicants with special needs or medical conditions that could affect their ability to participate fully in the pageant should make their needs or medical conditions known in the application process.
While participating in the Nauvoo Pageant, families will be immersed in rehearsals with very little, if any, free time during the first week. Rehearsals begin at 8 a.m. and continue all day until the evening cast meeting, after which cast members lead Country Fair activities for the audience and do missionary work. Pageant families then watch the pageant, participate in the finale, and follow up with missionary contacts after the show, ending the day around 11 p.m. The second week, cast members spend Monday and Tuesday perfecting their performance. Once the cast begins performing regularly during the second week, cast members will have free time during the day to visit historical sites, participate in temple sessions and scheduled baptismal trips, and enjoy other cast activities such as a talent show and a testimony meeting.
Because of the long hours and physical demands, parents should consider carefully the ability of their children to participate. Pageant staff will assist parents in nurturing a safe, spiritual environment in which children and youth can increase their testimonies of the gospel. However, ultimately the responsibility rests on parents to supervise their children in all pageant activities. Experience shows that the children in the cast who are most successful are those who are able to listen to and follow directions, maintain a cheerful attitude during long rehearsals, and interact positively with their peers and other cast members.
All participants are responsible for their own transportation. Headquarters for the pageant are located at the Nauvoo /Colusa Jr. High School which is located on Hwy 96 five miles east of the pageant stage. Many of the pageant activities take place there. Each individual or family will be required to have their own personal transportation in Nauvoo during their pageant participation. If flying to an airport near Nauvoo, you will need to make arrangements for your own transportation, as the pageant isn't able to operate any shuttle service.
Pageant participants are responsible for their own housing. The majority of participants are able to find convenient housing options in Nauvoo when arrangements are made just after they receive notice of acceptance. For housing options in Nauvoo, please refer to the following websites:
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, 2013. The remaining balance will be due by May 1, 2013.
Applications for the 2014 Nauvoo Pageant will be accepted September 1 - October 31. Applications, including the Ecclesiastical Endorsement form and the Standards of Dress and Conduct form, must be received by Wednesday, October 31 at the Nauvoo Pageant office. An acceptance/sorry letter will be sent by email after the first of the year. Further information will be sent to accepted cast members at that time. Those accepted will need to submit a materials fee ($15 for a single applicant, $25 for a couple, or $40 for a family) to cover the cost of the cast guidebook, security badges, etc.