Come enjoy these two inspirational, life changing performances. We invite you to come experience the joy, the faith and the spirit found in the stories of those who gave their all to build the kingdom of God.
With two pageants performed on alternating evenings on the same stage, there has really never been a better time to visit Historic Nauvoo, Illinois. We hope to see you next summer!
The British Pageant was originally performed in Chorley, England in 2013 and will continue to be performed there every 4 years. The next performance is scheduled for 2027 in England.
Since it was not an annual pageant in England, it was determined that a modified version of the British Pageant would be brought to Nauvoo in 2014 and be performed on alternating evenings during the pageant season.
Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. each evening (Tues - Sat) with a British Pageant dress rehearsal open to the public on Monday evenings at 8:30 p.m.
Also, guests are invited to enjoy the pageant's Country Fair begining at 7 p.m. The Country Fair is a pageant guest favorite as they participate in games, dancing and other 1840's era activities before the pageant performance at 8:30 p.m.
The pageants are filled with authentic hymns and folksongs, lively dances, and tender moments that share the joy these early Church members found in living Christ's gospel. Through words taken from journals, sermons, and historic records of the period, the pageants invite all to feel the powerful testimonies of these faithful Christians.
The Nauvoo Pageant is Narrated by Parley P. Pratt and emphasizes the prophetic mission of Joseph Smith and honors the sacrifice, faith and courage of the Saints who gave their all to build a city and a temple to their God. See a video Glimpse of the Nauvoo Pageant.
The British Pageant is Narrated by a character named Arthur Ashton and it explores events surrounding the beginning of the Church in the British Isles and the impact of the British members' abiding faith and deep love for one another and the Savior. See a video Glimpse of the British Pageant.
The Nauvoo Pageant Core Cast consists of over twenty actors, representing historical figures such as Parley P. Pratt and Joseph and Emma Smith who perform live each night for the duration of the pageant. The core cast also presents short historical vignettes during the day and performs an hour-long presentation of "Our Story Goes On" on selected Sunday Evenings in Nauvoo.
Each year, the LDS Church seeks for professional-quality actors to fill 20+ core cast roles in the annual Nauvoo and British Pageants in Nauvoo, Illinois. There are roles for men and women age 20 through 70, as well as one teenage boy.
Core Cast auditions are usually in January in Bountiful, Utah. When the dates and locations are confirmed, you will see the dates posted here.
Participation in the Nauvoo Pageant Family cast is an experience for families and individuals to share the gospel message with audience members and other visitors in Nauvoo while hosting the Country Fair celebration and performing in the pageants. Families and individuals will also have opportunities to strengthen their testimonies of the gospel through rehearsals and performances.
The Nauvoo Pageant Work Crew consists of able-bodied single young men, ages 16 or older, who serve as site workers and technical support for the pageant. Work crew members will assist with some technical elements of the pageant, including the stage, props, lighting, site, and Country Fair.
The Nauvoo Pageant Volunteer Support consists of volunteers (ages 21 and older) who assist with costuming, security/site maintenance, food services, and family support.
The volunteers that serve in Nauvoo pay their own expenses and are vital to the productions success. These dedicated individuals enjoy a busy pageant schedule with some time free to see the historic sites and shows offered in Nauvoo. They are also able to enjoy the pageants each night of performances. The period of service is generally at least 2 weeks with some serving the entire 5 week season.
The Nauvoo Pageant Bagpipe Band is a significant part of the spirit and gospel message of the Nauvoo and British Pageants. The Bagpipe Band will be involved in many important aspects of the overall pageant experience.
Band members will participate in scheduled outreach performances in nearby surrounding communities, pre-vignette performances, Mulholland Street performances, Country Fair activities, and leading the guests to the seating area of the Nauvoo and British Pageants.
There is so much to do in Nauvoo! Use the links below to discover events in addition to the pageants. Also see links to social media and other helpful Nauvoo resources.
Enjoy a ride in a wagon, carriage, or oxen cart. Experience the sights and sounds in the pioneer Blacksmith Shop. Visit over 30 restored historic homes from the 1840's Nauvoo. Make your own brick or a rope or help weave a rug at the family living center.
Nauvoo performing missionaries provide live shows for visitors throughout the day. See Sunset on the Mississippi, Remembering Joseph, William Pitts Brass Band or one of their many performances throughout the day in old Nauvoo.
The Bagpipe Band is one of Nauvoo's best ambassadors. The main characters of the Nauvoo Pageant are Scottish converts, and the bagpipes highlight that culture. The Bagpipe Band can be found performing in Nauvoo or the surrounding communities. Enjoy the Bagpipe Band during your next visit to Nauvoo!
There has never been a better time to come to Nauvoo, and it’s all free!