There are 20 missionaries chosen from our mission to be in the crowd every night - "How are you? Glad you enjoyed the show! Can I give you a program? Do you need any directions?" And yes, Jim, you may recognize the young Elder on the left from your P.E. class. His Dad directs the Education arm of the Shakespeare Festival! (Great Elder, and Preston got him as a Zone Leader!) And 'Bytheway', guess who is Uncle to the Elder on the right?
Below, we have my favorite bass along with HIS favorite fellow bass. I hunt along that skyline each night until I can spot my companion back there. I know that cap!
pageant music. How brilliant was that to allow that music to be circulating in everyone's minds continually!
I caught the main character of the pageant in the parking lot. In a nutshell, the story revolves around the conversion of this crusty but good-hearted man (Arthur Ashton), still grieving the death of his wife from cholera two years prior. His young adult daughter encounters two men new to Preston, preaching in town square...Heber C. Kimball and Joseph Fielding....and the stage is set for conflict and conversion! There are several side stories, all from actual church history. You follow George Cannon and his sister Mary Alice. You meet George Watt and see the race to the River Ribble.
During the finale, Arthur Ashton's wife descends from the 'heavenly' choir on the bridge to join him on stage. I took this shot as soon as it was 'legal' after the lights went up. At least it will give you an idea of stage and audience size. It still amazes me they could construct something this size so quickly.
If you try really, really hard, you can see my favorite bass on the extreme left of the choir bridge by the lamppost.
So that's it for this post. And what's my part in all this? The highly skilled distribution of will-call missionary tickets!