Hill Cumorah thrills more than audience
Mormon pageant deepens ties, faith of hundreds who take part
…The Hill Cumorah Pageant, which starts Friday, is a draw not only for the tens of thousands who watch this outdoor performance telling how the Mormon religion began but also for the more than 600 Mormons who volunteer for the cast.
The pageant is now in its 71st year and attracts people from almost every state. By the time of the last curtain call on July 22, 50,000 to 80,000 people are expected to have attended. Last year, 128 tour buses came from states such as Florida, Utah and California.
Many want to be at the site where more than 175 years ago Joseph Smith Jr. is said to have found and translated the Book of Mormon. Others – of different faiths – want to experience the free outdoor pageant, with its dazzling special effects and soundtrack…