Mt. Shasta is a sacred spot for I AM followers. Guy Ballard claimed to have met the ascended master Saint Germain there while hiking on the mountian's flanks in 1930.

Hundreds of I AM students are expected to visit Mount Shasta this weekend to take part in the St. Germain Foundation’s 62nd annual I AM Come! pageant, held at the GW Ballard Ampitheater on McCloud Avenue.

The pageant tells the story of Jesus Christ and the understanding of I AM as he presented it to the world, said Victor Kikowicz, who has played Apostle John in the pageant for more than three decades in an interview last year.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 9 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. to noon. More than 200 actors participate in the performance.

The Pageant of the Angels and Concert of Sacred Music, featureing a 125-voice choir and orchestra, will take place Saturday, Aug. 10 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

All performances are free.

Many longtime Mount Shasta residents have never been to the ampitheater on McCloud Avenue across from the I AM Temple. It seats more than 1,000 people in shaded comfort and is equipped with complex technology that was upgraded three years ago to include wireless microphones and headsets for the actors.

The mountain is a sacred spot for I AM followers. Guy Ballard claimed to have met the ascended master Saint Germain there while hiking on Mt. Shasta’s flanks in 1930.

While the Saint Germain Foundation’s headquarters are located in Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, Ill., I AM temples and sanctuaries can be found in cities across the world. An I AM retreat is located at Shasta Springs in Dunsmuir and an I AM Reading Room and school are located in Mount Shasta.

Though much of the workings of the Saint Germain Foundation are not open to the public, the pageant is a time where the community is invited to get a glimpse of an I AM activity.