- PHOTO COURTESY MATT BARR, HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT
- The spectacle of the Pageant feels like "The Ten Commandments" meets Broadway.
In a statement, pageant president Neil Pitts said now "just isn't the time" to hold an event that attracts thousands of people to the Palmyra area.
“We are happy to know that it has been moved to another year," Pitts said. "It would have been heartbreaking to have ended with a cancellation.”
The pageant has been staged annually since 1937 and is a re-enactment of the Book of Mormon that celebrates the hill on which the church's founder, Joseph Smith, unearthed sacred tablets.
The event routinely features a volunteer cast of upward of 700 people and requires a technical crew of more than 100 people. The last event reportedly drew 25,000 attendees.
The final pageant will run July 8-10 and 13-17, 2021.