In Alaska, the skies are blue
In Alaska, the world is new
In Alaska, so strong and bright
The skies ablaze in northern lights.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska So go the words of the opening song of "In the Shadow of the Mountains," a musical production performed the weekend of the rededication of the Anchorage Alaska Temple. A cast of 600 performed the Feb. 6-7 cultural presentation which depicted the merge of white frontiersmen and Native Alaskan cultures in Alaska. It also portrayed the story of the Mormon pioneers in Alaska.
The cast included members from four stakes, within more than a 75-mile radius, not easy over icy wintertime roads. Some of the children had parents who "made" them get involved, telling them they would feel sorry later if they didn't. That soon changed as youth were glad and anxious to participate. It became the "cool" thing to do, said Karin Stastny Carter of the Brayton Ward, Anchorage Alaska Stake, who was an assistant director of the production, along with Tammy Hogge, also of the Brayton Ward. The play was written and directed by Donna McCarrey of Rabbit Creek Ward, Anchorage Alaska Stake. Directing music for the production was Cam McCarrey Bohman of the Brayton Ward.
Sister McCarrey had been working on the storyline for some time, long before she was asked to do a cultural program. Meanwhile, Sister Bohman was collecting music. When the call came for the cultural event for the dedication, they were all ready. Within a few weeks, auditions were announced.