The magnificent Nauvoo Pageant is a wonderful outdoor musical play - hosted every summer right here in beautiful Nauvoo. This year we are excited to have the British Pageant share the stage on Wednesday and Friday nights.
Narrated by Parley P. Pratt, the Nauvoo Pageant celebrates the history of Nauvoo and the early Mormon settlers who established the town through sacrifice, faith and courage. The British pageant tells the story of Mormon pioneers in the United Kingdom who worked to strengthen their families and communities through faith. Both Pageants offer an evening of lively performances of folksongs, dancing, and acting. From sing-along music and laughter to tender moments that share the joy of the early Saints you'll love this nightly Broadway quality show right on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Performances Tuesday - Saturday beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Frontier Country Fair Activities
Each night down near the pageant site prior to the show Nauvoo hosts the Frontier County Fair from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Pageant Cast members in costume teach and invite others to take part in various 1840′s games, dances, handicrafts, and activities including log sawing, a children’s puppet show, stick ball, round dancing to a live folk band, sack races, rag-rug braiding, relay races and other fun and family-oriented events for all ages.
The Nauvoo and British Pageants begin each night at 8:30 p.m. on alternating nights with the stirring strains of bagpipes leading a parade of cast and audience members, young and old, from the nearby fairgrounds to the front seating area of the pageant stage. Together over 170 cast members share the story of the Latter Day Saints from Nauvoo and the British Isles, how Nauvoo came to be and what it meant to those who lived there in the 1840′s.
Nauvoo Remembered Historical Vignettes
Meet pageant core cast members in an intimate setting and learn more about events related to Historic Nauvoo and the pageant. Each of these six vignettes is performed twice weekly at various locations in Old Nauvoo.
Trail of Hope
Stroll Parley Street to the riverbank and meet those who walked this road in the 1840s as they left their homes and headed west. Small groups will leave the Seventies Hall on Parley Street every few minutes Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
King Follett Discourse
The actor portraying Joseph Smith presents portions of one of the Prophet’s last major discourses, sharing profound insights on the nature of God and the immortality of man. Performances in the West Grove [north of the pageant site] Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00 p.m.
Women of Nauvoo
Emma Smith, Eliza R. Snow, and several other women of Old Nauvoo share their experiences with and love for the Relief Society. What began here in Nauvoo under the direction of a prophet in 1842 has grown from just 20 women to become the largest women’s organization in the world, with more than five million members in 176 nations. Performances in the Relief Society Garden [by the Historic Nauvoo Visitors' Center] Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Letters of Joseph and Emma
Readings from the actual letters of Joseph Smith and his beloved wife Emma offer poignant insights into their lives. Join Joseph, Emma, and Lucy Mack Smith for this tender love story. Performances by the Mansion House [corner of Water and Main Streets] Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.
Go Ye Into All The World
Evoking laughter as well as tears, Elder Parley Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, Heber Kimball and Brigham Young share their missionary experiences and their testimonies. Performances in the Seventies Hall [on Parley Street] Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
Youth of Zion
All ages will enjoy meeting the young people of Old Nauvoo. Mary and Caroline Rollins, George Q. Cannon, and Robert Dennison share their stories of bravery, testimony, and good old-fashioned fun. Performances across from the Print Shop [on Main Street] Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.