Nauvoo Pageant | Family Cast

Nauvoo Pageant Family Cast

Applications are accepted from September 1 to October 31 for the following summer season.

Each Nauvoo Pageant cast includes approximately 130 participants. Cast members spend their first week rehearsing during the day and hosting Country Fair activities in the evenings. The second week of their service they will perform the Nauvoo and British Pageants each evening. More schedule details can be found on the application site. (The Red cast–the first cast–does not serve in the Country Fair but continues their rehearsals into the evening hours. The Gold cast–the last cast–is a one-week commitment that includes more family time for visiting historic sites and hosting in the Country Fair. The Gold only performs on the stage in the finale of both pageants.)

The Nauvoo Pageant is a family-oriented experience, therefore, it is preferred that parents (both mother and father) and children participate together. Individuals and families in which only one parent can participate will also be considered. Please indicate special circumstances on the talent/biographical portion of your application. All applicants will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Children of all ages are welcome. Single adults (age 21 & older) who are not participating with their family should apply individually. Related families, such as grandparents or extended family members, should apply on separate applications. The Nauvoo Pageant committee will review all applications on an individual basis and cannot guarantee acceptance of related families.

Physical Requirements

Participation in the Nauvoo Pageant is physically demanding. Cast members rehearse and perform long hours outdoors in Nauvoo's July and August heat, which ranges from 80s-100s with 70-90% humidity. The pageant stage is not shaded, and cast members must negotiate stairs, ramps, and the slope of the stage. Applicants with special needs or medical conditions that could affect their ability to participate fully in the pageant should make their needs or medical conditions known in the application process.

Rehearsal Schedule

Nauvoo Pageant Family Cast

While participating in the Nauvoo Pageant, families will be immersed in rehearsals with virtually no free time during the first week. Rehearsals begin at 8 a.m. and continue all day until the evening cast meeting, after which cast members welcome guests to the Country Fair and host activities for them. Pageant families then watch the pageant, participate in the finale, and follow up with connections made with Country Fair guests ending the day around 11 p.m. The second week, cast members rehearse Monday and Tuesday and perform the pageants each evening. Families are encouraged to use their free time during the day to visit historical sites, participate in cast temple (endowment and baptism) sessions, a cast picnic and testimony meeting.

Children's Participation in Family Cast

The pageant has been designed for families to fully participate together in the pageant experience. We understand that your children are your first priority. The pageant is a family friendly experience. Because of the long hours and physical demands, parents will be given opportunities to care for their children as needed. Family Support volunteers have organized activities for primary aged children during the daytime rehearsals. Outside of those planned activities, it is ultimately the parent's responsibility to monitor their children and make sure their needs are met. Cast members are not expected to be perfect. You and your children are enough, and we thank you for considering family cast pageant service.

Transportation, Housing, Meals Information


All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Nauvoo and during their pageant participation. The pageant does not operate a shuttle service. The Nauvoo & British Pageants Headquarters Building (PHQ) is located apx. 3 miles East of Nauvoo at 885 East Hwy 96, Nauvoo IL. Many of the pageant activities take place there.


Pageant participants are responsible for their own housing. The majority of participants are able to find convenient housing options in Nauvoo when arrangements are made soon after they receive notice of acceptance. For housing options in Nauvoo, please refer to the following websites:

  • The Nauvoo Tourism site:; click on "Stay".
  • Pageant participants may request space at the Nauvoo Facilities Management (FM) RV Park 868 Brattle. Full electrical, water and sewer hook-ups are available. A shower house and laundry facilities are also available for park residents. Because of safety concerns including weather, soft sided tents are not permitted. RV sites are available on a first come, first served basis and must be reserved through the pageant office. Cost per day is approximately $20.00. No animals allowed.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE - We recommend that you verify the legitimacy of the housing reservation you choose as you would in other travel circumstances.


Cafeteria style meals paid in advance are available at the pageant headquarters during your pageant participation. You can choose any combination of lunch, dinner, or both on any day(s). Changes to the above can be made the Friday before the week that services are rendered. Also, one time through the salad bar, drink and dessert can be purchased without prior reservations. To participate in the pageant meal program, a deposit totaling 50% of the cost will be due by March 15th of the current year. The remaining balance will be due by May 1 of the current year.

Self-prepared meals may be eaten in the dining room as approved with Food Services. Any other use of the dining room must be approved with Food Services.


Your service is deeply appreciated and very valuable to the Nauvoo Pageants however, we are unable to accommodate your pets. We sincerely hope you will be able to find accommodations for your pet during your service time in Nauvoo. Thank you for your cooperation.

Nauvoo Pageant Participant Information

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