Author: Kyle Jarrow
A curious musical theatre ‘biography’ of L Ron Hubbard, performed by “grade school” children (5 boys and 5 girls) in the style of a traditional nativity play. Along the way, it mercilessly satirises Scientology and its leading figures by putting their words (as well as poker-faced accounts of Scientology myths and practices) into the mouths of the children (and an occasional puppet) .
This book contains the script and other material necessary to put on your own production. Soundtrack recordings and videos are also available and some idea of the character of the piece can be seen by searching for productions on You Tube.
This is a entertaining and well-realised idea. Only one reservation might be expressed – is it proper to use children to present a satire that they will not understand? (and are therefore not meaningfully participating in).
From the book itself :
Characters: 5 male, 5 female (Doubling possible)
A jubilant cast of children celebrate the controversial religion in uplifting pageantry and song. The actual teachings of The Church of Scientology are explained and dissected against the candy-colored backdrop of a traditional nativity play. Pageant is a musical biography of the life of L. Ron Hubbard, with child-friendly explanations of Hubbard’s notion of the divided mind (embodied by the lovely identical twins Emma and Sophie Whitfield in matching brain outfits) and a device called the e-meter (or electropsychometer), used to monitor the human psyche, which is demonstrated by stick puppets. Grade school children, portraying Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, John Travolta, and other less starry Scientologists, brings the controversial Church of Scientology to jubilant life in story and song.”