Macksene Rux, Salt Lake City television and drama personality who just completed her 20th year as director of the Mormon Miracle Pageant, will not return to that position next year.
During those 20 years, the pageant has attained the largest attendance of any outdoor summer theater offering in the country. Last summer's eight performances brought 134,000 visitors to Temple Hill in Manti. The first three performances this year saw a slight increase as well, with 11,000 in attendance Thursday, 24,000 Friday, and 15,000 Saturday. The pageant continues Tuesday through Saturday of this week.Audience members came from every state in the nation and 34 foreign countries, and brought an estimated total attendance at the pageant to around 2 million.
Rux gave the production a professional cast through her insistence on quality in staging and performance.
"These 20 years have been wonderful years . . . excruciating . . . but wonderful years," said Rux. She said she is giving up the directorship for family and other personal reasons.
Her successor next year will be Ronald D. Hall. Hall was principal of the Manti LDS Seminary for several years and has had extensive experience in acting and directing.
Hall has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University as well as a master's degree in cinematic arts. He has had lead roles in plays and musicals at Cedar City High School and BYU. He taught drama and music at Payson junior and senior high schools and joined the LDS seminary system in 1966 as an instructor.
He was involved in the organization of the Payson Community Theater, the Richfield Community Theater and the Sanpete Community Theater. He has directed several productions for these groups and has had led roles in "Fiddler on the Roof," "Papa Married a Mormon," "Finnegan's Rainbow" and other plays.