CLARKSTON, Utah — Over its two-week run, more than 30,000 spectators attended the Martin Harris historical musical play, "The Man Who Knew," which is the last all-Church pageant held each production season directed by the Missionary Department of the Church.
The production is a stirring re-enactment of the events surrounding the publication of the Book of Mormon between 1824 and 1830 and the life of Martin Harris, one of the Three Witnesses of the book.
Presented between Aug. 15 and Aug. 29, excluding Sundays and Mondays, the pageant enjoyed its 21st year, with seating each night at capacity.
"We are pleased at the response of Church members bringing members of other faiths to see our production," said Don Jeppesen, pageant president. "I think it is wonderful that we have missionaries here every night from the Utah North Mission. What an excellent work they do."
The Martin Harris Memorial Amphitheater was built more than 20 years ago under the leadership of Clarkston Mayor Denzel Clark, who raised money from public and private sources to build the facility for civic performances such as the Martin Harris production. Since Martin Harris died in Clarkston in 1875, youth and youth leaders have been visiting his grave, which is only 100 feet from the amphitheater.
Each night before the pageant a lecture is given on the life of Martin Harris and the importance of living witnesses of Jesus Christ residing on the earth. The latest scholarship and document discoveries about Martin Harris are shared with the audience during the lecture.
More than 120 actors participate, along with a support group of more than 500 people.