Pageant remains popular draw

CLARKSTON, Utah — Each year, more than 30,000 people reserve tickets for the Martin Harris Pageant, "The Man Who Knew." This year, the pageant played to capacity audiences Aug. 13-14; 17-21 and 24-27.

The historical musical drama is about Martin Harris's account of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the restoration of the gospel, and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. The production reaffirms that God lives, Jesus is the Christ, and that there are living prophets and apostles on the earth in modern times.

This year, 6,000 tickets were distributed to ward missionaries and members bringing guests. Members of eight Salt lake City Spanish branches brought a friend of another faith for every member. "It is a wonderful missionary effort," pageant president Don Jeppesen said.

Gary Wilden, pageant director, said, "I am thrilled with the testimonies that are built among the cast of over 100, and of the 400 members who provide costumes, set construction, make-up, hair preparation, parking, security, lights, sound, ushering and countless other services."

On Aug. 21, at the Clarkston Chapel, descendants of Martin Harris and Edward Stevenson, a former president of the Seventy, met with historian and pageant playwright Rhett James to recount President Stevenson's escorting the elderly Martin Harris to Salt Lake City, where he was welcomed with open arms by President Brigham Young, John Taylor, Lorenzo Snow and others. Representing the Edward Stevenson family were great-grandsons Joseph, Dwight, Kay and Dee Stevenson.