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Mormon pageant season begins next week

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The 2008 pageant season begins next week when the Mormon

Miracle Pageant kicks off in Manti, Utah, on June 12.Free as always, these church-sponsored

summer productions will attract visitors from around the world and will tell some

of the most beloved stories unique to the Mormon experience.

Following is a breakdown of this years pageants, along with

a listing of activities of interest taking place in connection with the


Mormon Miracle


The Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah, is the biggest of

the Utah productions, with seating for 14,000 people nightly, in addition to place to spread a blanket on the lawn. Doug Barton, the pageant president, said 86,000 people attended last years performances. The production depicts Jesus Christs

visit to the Americas as chronicled in the Book of Mormon, along with the events

surrounding Joseph Smiths translation of the book.

Prior to the 90-minute production, a community-sponsored turkey

dinner featuring barbecued turkey — one of the areas largest agricultural

commodities — will be offered. A booth at

City Hall on Main Street will feature history of the area, along with a video

depicting the history of the pageant.


What: Mormon Miracle Pageant

When: June 12-14 and 17-21, gates open at 6 p.m., pageant

begins around 9:30 p.m.

Where: Manti Temple grounds

How Much: Free

More Information: Visit www.mormonmiracle.org, or call (888)



What: Community-sponsored barbecue turkey dinner

When: June 12-14 and 17-21, 5-8 p.m.

Where: LDS meetinghouses at 295 S. Main and 90 S. Main in

Manti, Utah

How Much: $7 adults, $4 children 11 years or younger

Mormon Handcart


The only pageant not sponsored by the church, the

Mormon Handcart Pageant is in its seventh year. Written and directed

by Brent Boswell, who initially wrote it as a supplement to a stake picnic, the

pageant has grown to include a cast of more than 200 people.

The pageant depicts the harrowing trek of the Willie and

Martin handcart companies, Boswell said. "It really is an accurate portrayal of

what happened.... In the end it really focuses on the triumph."

New this year will be a registry where descendants of

pioneers can record their contact information under a specific ancestors name. "Its amazing how many people are

related to people from these two companies," Boswell said. Once compiled, the lists will be distributed to people who signed the registry to help with genealogical efforts.


What: Mormon Handcart Pageant

When: July 23-26,

9:15 p.m.

Where: County

Fairgrounds Outdoor Arena ,350 W. Center St., Nephi, Utah

How Much: Free

More Information:

Visit www.handcartpageant.com, call (435) 623.0196


What: Pioneer Supper

When: 6-9:30 p.m.

Where: County

Fairgrounds multipurpose center

How Much: $9 adults,

$6 children 12 and under

Castle Valley Pageant

The Castle Valley

Pageant depicts the settling of the valley by pioneers sent to the region by

Brigham Young. The 90-minute production is expected to draw about

10,000 people this year and features songs, live animals and drama.

Before the

performance, a pioneer village will open at 6:30 p.m. at the site of the

production to give visitors a glimpse of what pioneer living was like.

The village will include homemade ice cream, lessons in rope making, cow

milking, Dutch oven cooking and more.

Beginning this year,

the Castle Valley pageant will run only on even-numbered years (2008, 2010, 2012, etc.)


What: Castle Valley


When: July 31; Aug

1-2, 5-9, begins at 8:30 p.m.

Where: 4785

N. Desbee Dove Road, Castle Dale, Utah

How Much: Free

More Information:

lds.org/placestovisit, 435-687-2403

Martin Harris Pageant

The Martin Harris Pageant will not be produced this summer. It

is performed only on odd-numbered years (2007, 2009, 2011, etc.)

Nauvoo Pageant

The Nauvoo Pageant chronicles the restoration of the church

and key points in church history, including the settling of the swampy land that

would become Nauvoo.


What: Nauvoo Pageant

When: July 11- Aug. 8, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:45 p.m.

Where: Nauvoo, Ill.

How Much: Free

More Information: www.nauvoopageant.org/2008

Hill Cumorah Pageant

Written by Mormon Times columnist Orson Scott Card, the Hill

Cumorah Pageant chronicles the journeys of Book of Mormon people in the ancient



When: July 11 and 12, July 15-19 Tuesday through Saturday

Where: Near the Cumorah visitors center, 603 State, Rt. 21,

Palmyra, NY 14522

How Much: Free

More Information: www.hillcumorah.org/Pageant