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Oakland pageant brings smiles

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Temple Pageant, "And It Came to Pass," finished its 37th year on July 27 in regal fashion.

The colorful, majestic finale of international costumes and the flags of 57 countries brought to the faces of audience members smiles through their tears.

The story of the Crucifixion, Apostasy, Restoration, and the exodus of the Latter-day Saints from Illinois to the Great Salt Lake Valley are told with power and excitement, said Steve Harris, pageant president. Directed by Julie Harris, with musical director Paul Woodland and technical director William Jones, the presentation was smooth and "seamless," Brother Harris said.

It is an entirely "live" pageant, with only the portrayals of the voice of Deity recorded. The 40-piece orchestra, 400-voice balcony chorus and 160-person ensemble make up the performance cadre. The cast, technical crew, balcony chorus, orchestra and stake representatives number approximately 700 people.

More than 12,000 audience members made the trip to Temple Hill in Oakland, filling the Oakland Interstake Center for many of the 12 performances.

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