Combining their talents, several hundred members of the Independence Missouri Stake emphasized through a cultural arts program that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is being taught worldwide and can bring peace and happiness to all mankind.
The program, "It's a Small World," was a multi-media presentation, using slides, live vignettes and musical stage productions with special lighting and sound effects. A cast of 475 members participated, and 1,500 people saw performances, April 8-9.A double choir, directed by Carolyn Belnap of the Blue Springs (Mo.) Ward, consisted of 120 children, ages 8 through 12, and 250 adults who were also part ofthe cast.
Under the direction of Cheryl Kobel, who wrote the script, each of the seven wards in the stake selected a country and presented a short cultural performance using vocal or instrumental music and dances. The countries chosen were France, Holland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Mexico and the Soviet Union.
A slide presentation provided background for a narrative about each country.