Families that act together...

A week of 13-hour rehearsal days is drawing to a close for the Hill Cumorah Pageant cast of 739.

Friday marks opening night for the annual production, which features scenes from the Book of Mormon and the Bible and draws tens of thousands of people to the northern edge of Ontario County every summer. This year’s pageant boasts its largest cast in 10 years.

Between 1,600 and 2,000 people from across the country — and the world — apply to be in the cast every year, said spokeswoman Toi Clawson. Less than half typically make the cut. Family units make up the majority of the cast; 42 percent of this year’s cast is younger than 18, Clawson said.

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