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 British pageant explores events surrounding the beginning of the Church in the British Isles and the impact of the British member's abiding faith and deep love for one another and the Savior.
The pageants are filled with authentic hymns and folksongs, lively dances, and tender moments that share the joy these early Church members found in living Christ's gospel. Through words taken from journals, sermons, and historic records of the period, the pageants invite all to feel the powerful stestimonies of these faithful Christians.
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 sometimes performs an hour-long presentation of "Our Story Goes On" in selected venues outside Nauvoo.
The LDS Church is seeking professional-quality actors to fill 20 core cast roles in the summer of 2015 Nauvoo and British Pageants. There are roles for men and women age 20 through 70, as well as one teenage boy. Please come prepared with 16 bars of a song of your choice. We will also do readings from the pageant scripts. Groups of 10-12 will audition each hour, so please anticipate scheduling a time at the top of each hour.
You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the day and time you would like to audition.
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. Rehearsals for core cast members will take place in Salt Lake City in June and will then move to Nauvoo. For further information or to schedule an audition please call (801) 240-2551.
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.
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.
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 accept applications for the pageant beginning September 1 - October 31.
The Nauvoo Pageant will continue to accept applications for Volunteer Support, Bagpipe Band and Work Crew after the October 31 deadline.
See the latest edition of the Meridian Magazine for an article on the Before the Nauvoo Pageant Lights Go On .