history pageant, theater, Latter-day Saint
I believe strongly in the communal nature of the theater. Live performance allows for an exchange between performer and audience member that is immediate and electric on both sides of the conduit. Audience members, swept away by a powerful scene, shift in their seats and hold their breaths; on stage, the actors feel that pleasant anxiety and feed off of it, using it as fuel to go further and deeper with their characters. Theater can be an intense conversation between actor and audience, with the playscript providing a plan for that conversation.
Larson, Melissa Leilani
"Contemporary Mormon Pageantry: Seeking after the Dead By Megan Sanborn Jones,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 58:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol58/iss1/11