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Outage Grounds ‘Glory’ Angels

TIMES STAFF WRITER

The flying angels of “The Glory of Christmas” were temporarily grounded Saturday when a transformer failed in the Crystal Cathedral, forcing the cancellation of an afternoon performance of the Christmas pageant and delaying two evening shows.

Cathedral officials said the 1 p.m. outage resulted in chaos for the cast--including an assorted menagerie--and crew in the extravagant production, a $2-million retelling of the birth of Christ.

“It was total panic,” said Crystal Cathedral Manager Terry Larson. “We were trying to talk to people with tickets. . . . The crews were running around trying to fix it.”

Some 3,000 people who had bought tickets to the 4:30 p.m. performance had to be turned away. The show was cancelled after a transformer that controls all of the theatrical lighting failed. Two later shows were delayed an hour.

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“We have four emergency generators, but they can’t handle all of the theatrical lighting that goes on with the show,” Larson said.

The elaborate show includes a live menagerie of lambs, goats, sheep, horses, donkeys, an ox and a cow, plus eight angels suspended by wires to fly through the cathedral’s expanse.


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