Mormon temple’s Easter pageant is a must-see

Whether you’re into the religious back story of Easter or not, there’s one production that’s a must-see this time of year: Mesa’s “Jesus the Christ” Easter pageant.

It’s billed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its producer, as the largest annual outdoor Easter pageant in the world. It’s easy to imagine they’re right.

Each night at showtime, a cast of 450 actors — combined with impressive special effects, a four-story stage, and live sheep and a donkey — bring home the wow factor, especially for first-timers.

In fact, more than 1,000 volunteers work on the production each year, including a team of year-round costume designers and a large-animal veterinarian on standby 24 hours per day.
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