- While they hold auditions for the pageant each year it’s put on by a repertory company that sometimes does other shows and didn’t actually begin with the pageant.
- It’s a musical. Not only is it a musical, it’s a great musical. One that I can still sing snatches of songs from even though it’s been at least 10 years since I attended.
- Said great music is available as a soundtrack through the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield. Find it in their online store.
- Rather than have people memorize so much, the cast switches roles as the play progresses.
- They have the BEST seats of any pageant. Honestly the older I get the more I appreciate back support.
- Unlike De Smet, Walnut Grove, and Vinton they show Laura’s entire life instead of concentrating on a certain portion of it.
- They have a longer and more spread out run with some dates in mid-summer and another block this fall with far more performances than any of the others.
In short it’s definitely earned its 25 year run and I really think you should go.
Earlier I did posts on pageant travel advice with details on how to attend Laura’s Memories and a link to a Ozark Public Television program on it, complete with notes to help you find different parts.
I hope you’ll make an effort to try to go see the pageant next year. I’m going to give up on Wilder Days this next year and see if I can make it for one of the earlier performances.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.