My familt and I went to see the Mormon Miracle Pageant tonight in Manti, Utah. This has become a tradition with us, though we have not been able to attend every year. This pageant is cast with dozens upon dozens of volunteers from the town and surrounding communities. They perform several nights a week, excluding Sundays and Mondays. Their last performance for 2010 will be Sat. June 26.
This pageant depicts the Restoration of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the history of the American continent, and Christ's visit to the ancient inhabitants of this land. It also portrays the martyrdom of the prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum. The show starts at dusk and lasts for almost two hours. There are vendors within walking distance of the temple grounds in Manti (where the pageant takes place) where you can purchase food (everything from funnel cakes to BBQ turkey!), drinks, and souvenirs. We bought some old-fashioned rootbeer floats tonight, then some home-made cream soda in a decorative bottle. Delicious!
I am always grateful afterward for the time and effort put into this pageant. The costumes, acting, directing, scenery, lighting, and props are all up to professional standards. The message of the show transcends all of that, however, and stays with you as you leave. Several years, I have also helped take down chairs. The volunteers in the county can set up 23,000 chairs in just under two hours, and can take them back down even faster! It is truly a miracle to see! And you will see people from all over the world come to watch the show. If you go, however, be sure to take a blanket and a jacket. It gets cold very fast after the sun goes down. You might want some bug spray as well, and a cushion to sit on, since all the chairs are metal. I hope you get to see it some time. It is worth the effort.