Pageant Application FAQs

Are you ready to join the final cast of the Hill Cumorah Pageant? Participation in the Hill Cumorah Pageant cast is an amazing missionary experience for families and individuals. We call the pageant “America’s Witness for Christ” and our goal is to make sure our cast members and audience feel the Savior’s love. Participants will have many opportunities to share a gospel message with audience members and other visitors to the Hill Cumorah before the eight evening performances. Families and individuals will also have opportunities to strengthen their testimonies of the gospel during two weeks packed with rehearsals, devotionals and family fun time.

The Hill Cumorah Pageant is a family-oriented experience; therefore, it is preferred that parents (both mother and father) and children participate together. However, individuals and families in which only one parent can participate will also be considered. Please indicate special circumstances on the talent/biographical portion of your application; all applicants will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Children of all ages are welcome. Single adults (age 18 & older) who are not participating with their family should apply individually. Related families, such as grandparents or extended family members, should apply on separate applications. The Hill Cumorah Pageant is cast through inspiration by the prayers of the pageant presidency and artistic director.  All applications are considered equally.

Physical Requirements

Participation in the Hill Cumorah Pageant is physically demanding. The cast must commit to being at the Hill from July 3-19, 2020. Cast members rehearse and perform long hours outdoors in New York’s July heat, which ranges from 70s-90s with 70-90% humidity. Rehearsals and performances are conducted rain or shine and only lightening stalls either.  The pageant stage is not shaded, and cast members must negotiate stairs, ramps, and the slope of the hill behind the stage. Also, participants spend almost all day outdoor from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. most nights.  Applicants with special needs or medical conditions that could affect their ability to participate fully in the pageant should make their needs or medical conditions known in the application process.

Rehearsal Schedule

While participating in the Hill Cumorah Pageant, families will be immersed in rehearsals with very little, if any, free time during the first week. Each day starts with an 8:30 a.m. devotional followed by rehearsals which continue all day and into the evening, breaking only for lunch and dinner. When not in rehearsals, cast members are sorted into different “cast teams” based on age.  Those cast teams are led by various members of the cast tasked with providing spiritual and other enrichment opportunities through the two weeks. Performances begin after just six days at the Hill. Once performances start, there is a little more free time in the mornings for family excursions as well as more recreational and service opportunities for cast members during the day.

Children’s Participation

Because of the long hours and physical demands, parents should consider carefully the ability of their children to participate. Children age 3 and under are the responsibility of their parents.  Parents with babes in arms are put in a special cast team where those children can play safely together. The Hill Cumorah Pageant does have a primary for children ages 4-8, and the staff and volunteers will assist parents in creating a safe, fun and spiritual environment for children. Children between 9-17 are with cast team leaders during most of the day. Despite these efforts, it is up to parents to make sure their children are where they need to be during the day. Children of any age will do well in the cast if they are able to listen to and follow directions, maintain a cheerful attitude during long rehearsals, and interact positively with their peers and other cast members.

Transportation, Housing, Meals Information

Transportation:

Personal transportation is not necessary at the Hill Cumorah Pageant, though many families may find it more convenient. Shuttle service is provided to and from the Hill from the nearby Rochester International Airport. Other nearby airports include Buffalo, Toronto and Syracuse. However, transportation to and from those airports is not provided.

For families who do not bring or rent a vehicle and who stay in dorms, buses are contracted to provide transport between the Hill and the FLCC dorms daily.  During the two personal days during the week, there are trips organized to various church historic sites with transportation provided. Parking is provided for cast and staff members with their own vehicles.

Housing:

While pageant participants are responsible for their own housing, there are many options available to make the process convenient.

1.       The Pageant contracts with nearby Finger Lakes Community College to provide dormitory housing for families and individuals. The cost of this varies depending on family size.

2.       Many participants find convenient housing options in Wayne and Ontario counties after they receive notice of their acceptance. We do recommend not waiting, because housing in the area is being booked quickly. There are a variety of hotels, RV parks and vacation rentals which may suit your budget. For housing information, please see here.

3.       Pageant participants may request space in Zion’s Camp RV Park at the Hill Cumorah. Full electrical, water and sewer hook-ups are available. A shower house and laundry facilities are also available for park residents. Tent camping sites are also available on site. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for a space in Zion’s Camp on your application.

Meals:

Pageant participants have the option of participating in the pageant meal program. Lunch and dinner (breakfast for those in the dorms) are served cafeteria-style by a contracted caterer. Participants may select any combinations of meals (lunch only, dinner only, lunch and dinner or all three meals) per week for the duration of their stay. Meal selections can be changed. Cost varies for this service as well. Many families also opt to maintain a day camp site at the hill and prepare simple meals there for their families. You will be able to find an option that works for your family.