Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A Very Scientological Christmas

Oh my:
Cardboard scenery, paper snowflakes and angel wings from the Halloween store are the stuff that kids' Christmas pageants are made of.

"A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant" - based on the teachings of the church founded by L. Ron Hubbard - includes many of the same ingredients.

But there are a few props that you don't find in a typical pageant.

Like a dancing brain.

A child "robot" narrator.

And a Suri Cruise sock puppet.


Suri "is a pink puppet with a pacifier and feathery hair," says Alex Timbers, who conceived the show and directs. "She's really cute."

Kyle Jarrow wrote the book, music and lyrics for the 55-minute show that celebrates the life and teachings of Hubbard, using the idiom of a children's Christmas pageant.


The cast is comprised of kids ages 8 to 12 costumed in jazzy choir robes. The grade-school performers reenact Hubbard's birth (in a manger, of course) and explain the creation myth according to Scientology.

As for little Suri, don't worry, she's not unchaperoned. Mom Katie is also a sock puppet.

Says Timbers, "She's beige-y gray with brown pipe-cleaner hair. She's got big eyes. They bobble."

Wow. Evil Dead: The Musical has some competition.


Sanjay said...

I am speechless! And ease off the espresso flavored beans now will ya?

op99 said...

And people think I'm deluded for being an atheist.

Eli said...

There is a brilliant episode of Andy Richter Controls The Universe where one of Andy's coworkers reveals that he belongs to a religion that worships a giant sheep in the sky. Their holy book appears to involve a lot of monster-on-monster sex, too.