Cecily And Jill

Authors Seek Information For Mesa Easter Pageant Book

The story of the Mesa Easter Pageant spans 80 years and is one of service and sacrifice as the time and talents of thousands of people have come together to present the life and miracles of Jesus Christ in drama, music and dance. Over the course of those years, it has touched hundreds of thousands of lives, inspired testimonies and has been a powerful force for good for the entire community.

A book detailing the history of the Mesa Easter Pageant will include inspirational stories and pictures, such as the depiction of the Resurrection that shows David Zimmerman, who played the role of Jesus Christ in 2010 through 2014. Photo by Scott Adair

A book detailing the history of the Mesa Easter Pageant will include inspirational stories and pictures, such as the depiction of the Resurrection that shows David Zimmerman, who played the role of Jesus Christ in 2010 through 2014.
Photo by Scott Adair

Now, during the two-year hiatus of the pageant, while the Mesa Temple is being remodeled, two local journalists and past Mesa Easter Pageant publicity directors, Jill Adair and Cecily Markland Condie, are putting together a book that will chronicle the “story behind the Easter pageant.”

“We felt the time was right to document its 80-year history and to share some of the inspiring experiences behind this magnificent production,” says Adair.  “It seems ideal to write this book and have it out when the Temple reopens.”

Condie adds: “We have found a great deal of information through our research and interviews of people who have been involved in the direction and production of the pageant over the years, but we are wanting people to contact us with any historical information, including photos (particularly from pre-1970s), remarkable stories and faith-promoting experiences they have had with the pageant. We know there is a lot, but we will try to include as much as we can.”

To learn more about the project, visit their Facebook page at Mesa Easter Pageant: The Story and contact them there or email MesaEasterPageantBook@gmail.com.

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