Marion Easter Pageant, Marion, Indiana
Marion Easter Pageant - Established 1937
The Marion Easter Pageant 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.
The Pageant is 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 Pageant is not sponsored or financed by any one organization; rather it is truly a community effort dependent upon the generosity and concern of churches, businesses, industries and individuals who have felt a closeness to the Pageant.
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.
Each presentation 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 in a mighty burst of praise with the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s Messiah which expresses the universal exultation of all Christendom.