Hill Cumorah Pageant to Witness of Christ
- 8-16 July 2011
- Eastern United States and Canada
- Palmyra, New York, USA: Hill Cumorah Pageant: America’s Witness for Christ
- Performances July 8–9, 12–16, 9:15 p.m.
“[The pageant] reaches out to members and nonmembers of the Church in a great association and brotherhood, allowing members and missionaries to fellowship and share the message of the Restoration.” —A. Bryan Weston, director of historical sites at Palmyra, New York, USA
The lights come on to illuminate an enormous 10-level stage complete with a state-of-the-art sound system, special effects, and a costumed cast of more than 650. It’s not the latest Broadway play, though; it’s The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ annual Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, New York, USA, which tells the story of the Book of Mormon.
Each night of July 8–9 and 12–16 this year some 8,000 people will gather on the hillside next to the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center to watch the 75-minute production.
Located near Church historic sites such as Joseph Smith’s birthplace, the Sacred Grove, and the site of the Aaronic Priesthood Restoration, this spectacular outdoor show recreates the experiences of Lehi’s family and his descendants, Christ’s visit to the Americas, and Joseph Smith receiving the plates.
The text for Hill Cumorah Pageant: America’s Witness for Christ was written by award-winning author Orson Scott Card and is taken from the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
The production is designed to keep the message of Christ’s love simple and pure for all ages, cultures, and religions.
“It reaches out to members and nonmembers of the Church in a great association and brotherhood, allowing members and missionaries to fellowship and share the message of the Restoration,” said A. Bryan Weston, director of the historical sites at Palmyra, where the first Church pageant was performed in 1937.
Each performance begins at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free. Seating is provided for 8,000, and Spanish and ASL translations are available.
For more information on the Hill Cumorah Pageant, see hillcumorah.org/Pageant.
For information about more historical sites in this area, see the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center.