Call off the Christmas competition. The heck with mistletoe and holly. Kyle Jarrows impertinent, improbable A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant is coming to a theater stage near you.
The folks at Stray Cat Theatre (who else?) corralled a cast of children to portray figures from the controversial Church of Scientology in a program that wraps the actual teachings of the pseudo-religion around a traditional Nativity play. No, really. A cast made up entirely of grade schoolers will play Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley in a holiday show that retraces L. Ron Hubbards life as a sci-fi author-turned-New Age religious leader. The shows billed as a comedy, but were wondering if it isnt some kind of Christmastime prank. Another thing were wondering: Whered director Gary Minyard find kids whose parents would allow them to portray Body Thetans in a show about a famous weirdo?
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