Still time to see rewritten Martin Harris Pageant

Halfway through its 2011 run “Martin Harris, The Man Who Knew” continues to draw large crowds in Clarkston. Pageant President Don Jeppesen said the show is staged every other year, alternating with the Castle Dale Pageant. “The crowds have been good. Last Friday and Saturday nights we had about 2,500 each night, which is really max on our seating. This week Tuesday and Wednesday nights I would say it was just under 2,000.” The pageant begins each night at 8:30 including Friday and Saturday of this week and Tuesday-Saturday next week (August 9-13). Pre-pageant activities start at 7:30. Also, dinner is available each night of the pageant (5:30-7:30) for $6.50 at the Clarkston LDS Church and requires reservations at 435-563-9090. “The play was written by Rhett James who is one of the church’s more knowledgeable scholars on Martin Harris,” said Jeppesen. “The script was re-written two years ago by Lynn Larsen and Roger Sorenson who is the former director of the Hill Cumorah Pageant.” The show has been shortened to an hour and 15 minutes resulting in a reduced cast of 85 members. Martin Harris was one of the three witnesses to the plates of the Book of Mormon. He came to Utah in 1870, living in Smithfield for four years before moving with his son to Clarkston. He was 92 when he died in 1875. The pageant was produced every year from 1983 to 2006. Auditions started in March, actual rehearsals began in May. While tickets are free Jeppesen said they are required for crowd control and are available at 245-3501 or 1-866-537-8457. More information is available at pageants.lds.org or martinharrispageant.org.

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