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.