Annual pageant in Corinne coming up soon

“Corinne, the Gentile Capital of Utah.” That’s the title of the pageant that depicts the city’s colorful history dating back to the 1860s. The musical comedy will be presented Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, with activities starting at 7 p.m. each evening in the Corinne Park. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend, according to Marjorie Mills, who is in charge of this year’s production.

Mills said this year’s pageant is different from previous versions as it will be a “traveling road show,” with four different scenes staged around the old historic areas of Corinne.

Mills’ husband, Butch Mills, has a leading role as Marshal Ryan, who came across the plains with the Mormons but then went “crosswise” with Brigham Young and became a polygamist—one who wanted Corinne to be the capital of Utah.

“So he went up there and kind of joined with the Liberal Party, which got started,” Mills explains. “He kind of helped get that started—the Liberal Party in Corinne, which was the party that proposed Corinne to be the capital.

“But then, because he was a past polygamist, he couldn’t get rid of his wives, so he hung on to the polygamy idea.”

Mills said the pageant is full of laughs and also full of history. Both nights, there will be food concessions before the show begins at 8 p.m. There will be transportation by train, hay wagon and bus to take the audience to the scenes. The Corinne Park, where everyone will meet, is along Highway 13 on the south side, across from the Golden Spike Café in Corinne. It is three miles west of Interstate 15, Exit 365. Cost is $5/person, and peach cobbler will be sold at intermission for $3/plate. Tickets for the show are on sale now at Feldman’s in Tremonton, Bear River Valley Co-op in Corinne and Consignology in Brigham City. More information is available from Beulah Wells at 435-720-7304 or 435-744-2442.

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