William and Jane Fawcett were among the first to receive the gospel message in York, England. William was baptised on 1st January 1840 and on the 4th January Jane too was baptised. About 18 months later, William became the presiding Elder over the York and Thirsk Branches. in 1843 the Fawcetts emigrated for Nauvoo with their two children. They were later involved in the exodus from Nauvoo and spent several years in Iowa and Missouri trying to get supplies to go further west. After their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley, they settled in Salt Lake City. In 1856 William, along with other rescuers called by President Brigham Young, went to the aid of the Willie Handcart Company.
One of the main purposes of the British Pageant is to invite as many older youth and young single adults as possible to be play a part. There are wonderful opportunities to be part of the Core Cast.These narrators and other roles play a key part in telling the faith promoting stories which have a profoundly positive impact on the lives of both cast and audience. We are so excited to see the Core Cast Auditions are almost upon us. We will be travelling to 8 cities across the UK and Ireland to meet you. Whilst you can just turn up, we do prefer you to register beforehand to save on long wait times. If you don't feel the Core Cast is for you there are still many ways to participate in the myriad of activities surrounding the event and its preparation. We are looking for 130 family cast members for each of the two weeks. We need choir members, group dancers, hair and make up artists, pre-show cast, costumers, pageant guides to help our many visitors as well as technical support, work crew and parking stewards. There is still time to register. Please don't hesitate to click on the Get involved tab and apply to be part of this special undertaking and encourage your friends to join you.
For those members not selected for the Core Cast call backs or missed the chance to audition so far, there are still plenty of opportunities to serve in and support the work of the Pageant. Family Cast applications are still invited and the deadline is 1st March. Group Dancer applications are still invited and the deadline is 1st March.
The faith and devotion of British Latter-day Saints has shone through once again. Almost 400 members auditioned for Core Cast roles and Choir membership in the Pageant, with people travelling from across the UK and Ireland to participate. Elder Holland said that as we serve and meet with one another that we will meet Angels. He said “we are reminded that not all angels are from the other side of the veil. Some of them we walk with and talk with—here, now, every day. Some of them reside in our own neighbourhoods. Indeed heaven never seems closer than when we see the love of God manifested in the kindness and devotion of people so good and so pure that angelic is the only word that comes to mind.” That was is exactly the experience felt by the Presidency and artistic and music teams as they met the saints at the auditions. Martha Solomon, the Stage Manager said “It has been my great privilege to meet so many incredible individuals and families and to hear, see and feel of their faith in their Saviour Jesus Christ. It has lifted my soul and elevated me to a higher plane. The places I came to meet these saints will continue to be holy places for me and have marked a special place in my heart as a result. What joy I find knowing that these auditions are not the end, that the work will continue moving forward at great speed and that I'm sure we will continue to enjoy these associations again