A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant is what so many shows claim to be: Fun for the entire family! I was a little leary of going into a show that advertised a “jubilant cast of children,” but The Catalysts, comprised of Michael Gruber (composer), Jason Hansen (musical director), Nikki Swoboda (director and choreographer), and Max Wojtanowicz (playwright and lyricist), find that sweet spot where both children and adults can actually enjoy the same thing, even if it is probably for different reasons.
AVMUCSP tells the story of how the Church of Scientology came to be and its leader, L. Ron Hubbard. Its told to the likes of a Christmas pageant with a satirical twist—angel narrator and all. I’ll admit not knowing much about The Church of Scientology beforehand (just the basics, mostly related to Tom Cruise). So I learned a little more about the weird specifics of this religion from the actors (all children), who are outstanding. Part of what makes this show work is because it stars all children, I don’t think the show would have the same effect with adult actors.
Wendy Gennaula also reviewed the show—read her take on it here!