Want to serve as a performing missionary in Nauvoo? Here's how to apply for 2022

After the 2020 and 2021 pageants were cancelled, the Nauvoo Pageant is inviting single Latter-day Saints between the ages 18 to 25 to serve as performing missionaries in the 2022 pageant. Performing missionaries fall into three groups of volunteers: band members, singers and dancers, and production technicians.

An informational fireside for prospective performing missionaries was recorded earlier this year and gives more details about how to apply and what to expect.

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Performing Missionary 2021 Informational Fireside

Opportunities for families are also available and more information can be found here: http://nauvoopageant.org/home/nauvoo-family-cast.php.

To apply, visit https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/ypm.

The 2022 season will include opportunities for young single adults to serve in Nauvoo as a part of one of three casts:

  • Spring cast: March 15–June 28
  • Summer cast: May 3–August 9 (The Nauvoo Brass Band is only a part of the summer cast)
  • Fall cast: June 28–October 11

Applications will be accepted between August 1–October 30. The online application includes uploading an audition video where you explain why you want to serve as a performing missionary, and where you demonstrate your abilities related to the role you are applying for. Below are the prompts for each of the three performing missionary roles as outlined on the Church’s performing missionaries FAQ page.
Band Member

  • Why do you want to serve as a performing missionary? (1 minute or less)
  • Demonstrate a slow and legato technique. For percussionists, specifically kit drummers, demonstrate several tempo-steady groove styles in medium and slow tempos. (1 minute or less)
  • Play a fast-tempo passage demonstrating facility. For percussionists, specifically kit drummers, demonstrate several tempo-steady groove styles in fast and medium tempos. (1 minute or less)
  • Perform a full range of chromatic scale, tonguing up and slurring down.
  • Play a short selection that shows your skill and favorite style of playing (jazz, classical, pop, and so forth) and demonstrates your connection to an audience when you play. For percussionists, include swing, shuffle, Latin, rock, and country style variations.
  • OPTIONAL: Provide a sample of your skill on another musical instrument. If you choose not to do this, simply say, “Not Applicable.” (2 minutes or less)

Singer, Dancer, and Actor

  • Why do you want to serve as a young performing missionary? (1 minute or less)
  • Sing an up-tempo ‘Broadway style’ or high-energy song. (2 minutes or less)
  • Sing a hymn or ballad. (2 minutes or less)
  • Present a dramatic or comic reading of your choice. (1 minute or less)
  • Provide an example of a dance routine. (2 minutes or less)
  • OPTIONAL: If you play a musical instrument, please demonstrate your skill. If you do not play an instrument, please say, “Not applicable.” (2 minutes or less)

Production Technician

  • Why do you want to serve as a young performing missionary? (1 minute or less)
  • Tell us about some of your experiences with sound, lighting, wardrobe, props, or stage management. (2 minutes or less)
  • OPTIONAL: If you play a musical instrument, please demonstrate your skill. If you do not play an instrument, please say, “Not applicable.” (2 minutes or less)

Applicants are selected after an audition process and then called and set apart as senior service missionaries from February 2022 to January 2023 including 15 weeks on site in Illinois. As such, performing missionaries are expected to be temple worthy (but not required to be endowed), committed to live by missionary standards, and follow a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule. Acceptance notifications for applicants are typically sent out in December. 
Click here to apply or email additional questions to youngperformingmissionaries@churchofjesuschrist.org.

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