Hill Cumorah Pageant celebrates 75 years

Hill Cumorah Pageant celebrates 75 years


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SALT LAKE CITY — The Hill Cumorah Pageant celebrates its 75th year as the production opens this weekend in New York.

The event, "America's Witness for Christ," is held annually in Palmyra, N.Y. The pageant tells the story of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ on a 10-level stage with 12-tower lighting, a state-of-the-art sound system, Hollywood-style special effects, and a costumed cast of more than 650 volunteers, according to the Church News.

The re-enactment draws members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from all over the country, but it is open to everyone.

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To celebrate the 75th anniversary, several special exhibits are on display. One features "Book of Mormon" costumes and photos from the pageant in years past. Other displays include a timeline of significant people and events in the history of the pageant, and videos showing costumes beginning in the 1970s.

There will also be reunions for the cast and crew of previous pageants and reunions for missionaries who served in the upstate New York region. People who have participated in the pageant over the years are invited to share their memories at hillcumorahpageant75th.blogspot.com.

The pageant runs July 13,14, and 17-21.

It drew about 33,000 spectators last year.

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