The purpose of this fund is to provide support to projects and programs of the New Marion Easter Pageant.
Honoring the past; Engaging the present; Planning for the future.
The Marion Easter Pageant is a full scale theatrical production that is unique in that no spoken commentary is ever used. The moving story of the last week of the life of Christ on earth is told entirely with pantomime, pageantry and the music of great anthems and familiar hymns. It’s the rare experience where no one is all-important and yet each individual is very important. Each person is anonymous – no names are mentioned.
The floor of Marion’s Memorial Coliseum (YMCA) seems to be magically transformed into the streets of Jerusalem, for the biennial presentations held in the even years. The Pageant begins with the Palm Sunday entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. The story, presented in six separate scenes, transports the audience through the joys, sufferings, trials and sorrows leading to Resurrection morning. The Pageant concludes the one-hour performance with the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah which expresses the universal exultation of all Christendom.
What began as a local communities depiction of the events of Easter week, the Marion Easter Pageant grew into a world-renowned religious festival. Begun in 1937 as a project for inter-church youth groups, the Pageant became a production involving the talents and service of thousands. Men, women, and children from all walks of life came to share their talents in presenting this Passion play.
Each detail of the Pageant was carefully researched and authenticated in historical accuracy and in keeping with the traditions of great religious art. Many scenes have been patterned after the religious works of great artists such as Sallman and Leonardo da Vinci.
The Pageant is organized with a Music Director who is responsible for rehearsing and conducting an inspirational one-hour music score. The moving story of the last week of the life of Christ on earth is told entirely with pantomime, pateantry, and the music of great anthems and familiar hymns. The presentation begins with Palm Sunday entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem.
The story, presented in six scenes, transports the audience through the joys, sufferings, trials, and sorrows leading to the Resurrection morning. The Pageant concludes the one-hour performance in a mighty burst of praise with the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Hendle’s Messiah, which expresses the universal exultation of Christdom.
Find more details and contact the Easter Pageant Committee here.