Annual Pageants Begin with Mesa

Each year the Church sponsors five pageants across the United States. Information about each pageant is included here.

Mesa Pageant

The Mesa Pageant, Jesus the Christ, retells the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, ministry, selfless death, and miraculous Resurrection. The show runs March 24 to April 3. See www.easterpageant.org for more information.

Manti Pageant

Manti’s The Mormon Miracle Pageant intertwines the stories of the Restoration of the gospel, the witness of the Book of Mormon, and the journey of the faithful pioneers to the Sanpete Valley. The show runs June 17 to 26. See www.mormonmiracle.org for more information.

Nauvoo Pageant

The Nauvoo Pageant, A Tribute to Joseph Smith, celebrates the restored gospel, the prophetic mission of Joseph Smith, and the legacy of early Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo. The show runs July 6 to July 31. See www.nauvoopageant.org for more information.

Hill Cumorah Pageant

The Hill Cumorah Pageant, America’s Witness for Christ, retells the Book of Mormon story, including the trials of Lehi’s family and his descendants, the climactic visit of Jesus Christ to the Americas, and Joseph Smith’s discovery of the plates. The show runs July 9 to 17. See www.hillcumorah.org for more information.

Castle Valley Pageant

The Castle Valley Pageant is an elaborate outdoor historical drama that portrays the settling of a pioneer village in Castle Dale, Utah. The show runs July 29 to August 7. For more information call 1-435-687-2403. The Castle Valley Pageant alternates every other year with the Clarkston Pageant, Martin Harris: The Man Who Knew, in Clarkston, Utah.

Music and Cultural Arts Submissions Wanted

This year’s deadline for members to submit original music and theatrical works to be considered for publication or performance by the Church is only a few weeks away. Submissions are due by March 31, 2010.

Selected music is presented in the Church Music Festival, and selected scripts and poetry are shared in the Cultural Arts Submission Presentation. Occasionally works are selected for future publication on the Church Web site or in the Church magazines. Music submissions include songs, children’s songs, hymns, anthems, hymn arrangements, and instrumental and other works.

Cultural arts submissions have been theatrical scripts including dramas, comedies, and musicals. Poetry and oratorios with performance value have also been accepted.

The works submitted should be suitable for use in Church units, teach gospel principles in uplifting ways, be doctrinally correct, and accurate if historically based. Submissions are welcome in all languages.

For more information and cultural arts submission guidelines, call 801-240-6492.

Music Submissions

Guidelines for music submissions can be found at www.lds.org/churchmusic. Click on Music, then Other Music, then Church Music Submissions, or call 1-801-240-6439.

Cultural Arts Submissions

Cultural arts submissions should include:

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    Two copies of the script and any applicable music on 8 1/2 x 11 inch (22 x 28 cm) paper.

  2. 2.

    A statement signed by all contributors that says, “The work submitted, entitled ‘________,’ is my original work, is owned by me, and conforms to the submission rules.”

  3. 3.

    A cover letter with the piece’s title; author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; central theme; synopsis; and cast requirements.

The names of all contributors should appear on the cover letter, script, and signed statement. Authors of productions accepted by the committee may be asked to grant the Church a nonexclusive, perpetual license for unlimited use.

Send cultural arts submissions to:

Church Theatrical Script Cultural Arts Submission
50 E. North Temple St. Rm. 2082
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-0020, USA.