The world-famous Hill Cumorah Pageant is coming to a close.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced they’re discontinuing the pageant after the 2020 production, along with several similar pageants held throughout the country and one in Great Britain.
In the statement, LDS leadership says they’re discouraging such large productions in favor of more-locally oriented church efforts.
The Hill Cumorah Pageant drew about 25,000 to Palmyra during its 81st edition back in July, and took a cast and crew of 900 people, all volunteers, to produce.
The 2019 version will be held July 12th, 13, and 16th through 20th.
Official statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing across the earth. As this occurs, local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the Church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals and families. The goal of every activity in the Church should be to increase faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to share His gospel message throughout the world. Local celebrations of culture and history may be appropriate. Larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged. As it relates to existing pageants, conversations with local Church and community leaders are underway to appropriately end, modify or continue these productions.