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Nauvoo Pageant

The Nauvoo Pageant continues...

Many have wondered about the future of the Nauvoo Pageant.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made the following statement regarding pageants:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing across the earth. As this occurs, local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the Church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals and families. The goal of every activity in the Church should be to increase faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to share His gospel message throughout the world. Local celebrations of culture and history may be appropriate. Larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged.
 
As it relates to existing pageants, conversations with local Church and community leaders took place in October 2018 to appropriately end, modify or continue these productions. Below are the decisions the Church has made from those discussions:
 
  • The Nauvoo Pageant will continue with support from Church headquarters.
  • The Mesa Pageant will continue under area leadership in 2021 following the renovation of the Mesa Temple.
  • The British Pageant will continue every four years under area leadership. The next pageant will be in 2021.
  • The Hill Cumorah Pageant will end in 2020.
  • The Manti Pageant will end in 2019.
  • The Castle Valley Pageant is discontinued.
Resource: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/statement-local-celebrations-pageants-october-2018

Nauvoo Pageant

A stirring presentation of the story of Nauvoo, how it came to be, and what it meant to those who lived there in the 1840s. In doing so, the Nauvoo Pageant pays tribute to the Prophet Joseph Smith, commemorates the building of the original Nauvoo Temple, and celebrates universal themes of faith, family, and community.

 

July 9, 2019 - Aug 3, 2019. Tue, Thu, Sat

(alternates with British Pageant)

Pageant Stage, 8:30 p.m.  

Tickets are NOT required 

British Pageant

Also called “The Truth Will Prevail,” the British Pageant was first performed in Preston, England, and began its run in the United States in 2015.  It chronicles an early Mormon mission to the British Isles that inspired thousands of converts to emigrate to Nauvoo.  

 

July 10, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019. Wed & Fri

(alternates with Nauvoo Pageant) 

Pageant Stage, 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are NOT required 

Procedure For Reserving Pageant Seats

 

Beginning at 2:00 pm daily, those wishing to reserve seats for THAT NIGHT may go to one of  5 kiosks around the Pageant area to get tape, paper and string. Write your name and number of seats to be reserved on the paper (e.g., Jones 4). Cut the length of string you need to drape across that number of chairs. Search for seats that have not already been reserved and tie or loop the string on chair arms, connecting them together.  Tape the paper with your name and number of seats to the string, NOT TO THE CHAIRS.  If several seats are being reserved, put more than one paper along the string for greater clarity. Please do not move another person's string. 

 

On any day, you may only reserve seats for that night's performance.

 

Country Fair

 The Nauvoo Country Fair is a favorite activity for young and young at heart. Guests enjoy 20 different 1840's style games and activities hosted by family cast members dressed in period costumes.

The Country Fair of the Nauvoo Pageant opens at 7:00 pm each evening before the Pageant, which starts at 8:30 pm.  All activities are free of charge - No Tickets Required - No Donations Accepted

Bagpipers

Enjoy the thrilling sounds of the highlands as Nauvoo's pipers parade up and down Mulholland Street for the enjoyment of visitors.  They also play in the Country Fair prior to the Nauvoo Pageant and the British Pageant.

Meet pageant core cast members and young performing missionaries in an intimate setting and learn more about events related to Historic Nauvoo as you watch the summer vignettes