Friday, February 03, 2012

Family Vacation Series: 2012 Pageants

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When planning your summer vacation, you might want to look into checking out a pageant! They are free and open to anybody, regardless of religion. If you do not see your favorite pageant listed below, it's because it is not in production this year. Visit the pageant website for information on when it will be playing. (My favorite is the Castle Valley Pageant, and it is playing this year!)

Info and pictures taken from the Pageants website.

Mesa Easter Pageant
Mesa Easter Pageant
  • March 28-29, April 3-7 (presented in English), March 30-31 (presented in Spanish)
  • The pageant begins at 8:00 p.m. and lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • 525 East Main Street    Mesa, Arizona 85204
  • Admission is free. No ticket is required, and no reservation is necessary.
  • 480-964-7164
Experience the story of Jesus Christ's birth, ministry, selfless death, and miraculous Resurrection through music, dance, and drama. Free tours of the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center are offered before and after the pageant. Performances are presented in both English and Spanish.

Manti Pageant
  • June 21-23, 26-30
  • Gates open at 6:00 p.m. The pageant begins at 9:30 p.m.
  • South Temple Hill  Manti, Utah 84642
  • Admission is free.
  • SEATING: 14,000 chairs are provided for seating. Crowds are smaller on weeknights.
  • 866-961-9040 or 435-835-3000 or
Share an evening under the stars with us and enjoy the beauty of the hills and the magnificence of the Manti Utah Temple while you watch this historical drama. Witness the intertwined stories of the Restoration of the gospel, the Book of Mormon, and the journey of faithful pioneers to the Sanpete Valley.

Nauvoo Pageant
  • July 10-31, August 1-4 (excluding Sundays and Mondays)
  • Mulholland and Main   Nauvoo, Illinois 62354 
  • Admission is free. No ticket is required, and no reservation is necessary.
  • 217-453-2429
Celebrate the restored gospel, the prophetic mission of Joseph Smith, and the legacy of early Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo. Enjoy historical vignettes in Old Nauvoo throughout the day and an 1840s country fair pre-show at the pageant site before the pageant begins each night.

Hill Cumorah Pageant
Hill Cumorah Pageant
  • July 13-14, 17-21
  • The pageant starts at about 9:15 p.m. and runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • 603 State Route 21   Palmyra, New York 14522
  • Admission is free. No ticket is required, and no reservation is necessary.
  • 585-314-1681
Experience the excitement, drama, and pageantry of America's largest and most spectacular outdoor theatrical event, which focuses on the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Witness the trials of Lehi’s family and his descendants, the climactic visit of Jesus Christ to the Americas, and Joseph Smith receiving the plates.

Castle Valley Pageant
Castle Valley Pageant
  • August 2-4, 7-11
  • 4785 North Desbee Dove Rd.  Castle Dale, Utah 84513
  • Admission is free. No ticket is required, and no reservation is necessary.
  • 435-687-2403
Discover Castle Valley, Utah, through an elaborate outdoor historical drama that portrays the settling of the frontier. Visit the Pioneer Village to learn about the skills necessary for a pioneer settlement to survive, such as blacksmithing, farming with horse-drawn implements, weaving, and spinning.

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