|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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