Saturday, June 18, 2016

INSIDE STORIES PODCAST 39: THE HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT, STORIES FROM THE BOOK OF MORMON



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In July 2015, I finally visited Palmyra, New York to see the Hill Cumorah Pageant, an enormous stage show dramatizing stories from the Book of Mormon. I'd been curious about the pageant for years. Why wouldn't I be? After all, Mormonism is a home-grown American denomination with a gripping history that spanned from New York to Utah and beyond, and was closely bound to the development of the United States in the 1800s. Today, it's one of the fastest-growing denominations in the Americas and elsewhere, thanks in large part to missionaries sent to points worldwide, as well as to events such as the Hill Cumorah Pageant.

The Pageant is an elaborate outdoor stage show with a cast of over 650 people on a 10-level stage, and special effects of water, fire, music, and more. It takes place on the site where Mormons believe that Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, discovered the tablets upon which were written the Book of Mormon, the denomination's holy book.

Below are some photos from the show. The first two are of me and cast and crew, and the last three are scenes from the show courtesy of the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Thanks to the Hill Cumorah Visitors' Center for assistance, and to the cast, crew and publicists of the pageant for speaking with me!


Me with the actor portraying the wicked king
Me with the prop-master


The wicked king laughs


Jesus Christ speaks with children

Wide view of the stage