James MacArthur
In August 1952, Helen Hayes appeared at the historic Central City Opera House in Central City, Colorado, in Mary Chase's critically acclaimed Mrs. McThing. Her 14-year-old son accompanied his mother to Colorado, and worked as an usher during the play's run. In keeping with the traditions of this early mining town, ushers dressed in late 19th century Western formalwear, and heralded the start of each performance by marching from the bottom of the hilly street leading to the theatre to its entrance. They strode two-by-two, each ringing a large handbell, and loudly singing The Usher Song.
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