Below is 'George Watt', a great wiry man who made the dash through the crowds each night to be the first to the' River Ribble'. People applauded the race!
Did I mention the night this ginger-haired lad got his actual mission call? They announced, pre-performance that he would be leaving for South Korea in October! There was a huge cheer that went up from all 1,500 of us!
'Ann Cannon', who died aboard ship mid voyage. As her son (George Q Cannon), stepped stage front and said, 'Our mother fell asleep without a sigh and was buried sea', she rose from her bed and shed her blanket. Her specially-constructed 'pioneer' attire gave way and she walked in beautiful white to join the choir on the 'bridge' behind as they sang "Oh What Songs Of The Heart".
The festivities outside prior to the pageant each night were so wonderful. I found this charming couple amid the quilting demonstrations, gunny-sack races, arm wrestling and folk dancing. They just returned from their third mission; I think it was one proselyting, one genealogy and one humanitarian.
Some people just looked too good in costume to pass up. I was just taken with those below. The choir member with the wife in plaid is a pilot in his 'day job'.
The man holding his daughter did a masterful job as Heber C. Kimball. This picture also reminds me of how many early apostles did leave several children as they departed for lengthy missions.
More than one person thought this choir member could pass for Joseph Smith or one of his brothers.
Well, I could go on...but my favorite of the performance was still the handsome bass in red suspenders at the back of the bridge. (Who let that American in here??)
Well, the aura of the pageant still lingers all around our area. But the decision of whether they ever erect the massive marquee again will lie in the resulting changes. Does missionary work see a decided increase? Do less active members remember what kindled the fire of their testimonies? Do active members feel more unified and closer to their Savior? Do we all serve in our callings with renewed energy and love? Of course everyone felt it was an outstandingly professional production - astounding all who came. But the important thing will be how many 'felt' the truthfulness of what they were viewing.
At the end of the day, it is all about what goes on in our hearts and this building.
All is well; all is well.