To the editor:
Last Saturday morning, I attended the funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church for Cesario Pelaez.
The packed house was not unusual for Cesario. He had been packing houses for more than 35 years with Le Grand David and His Own Spectacular Magic Company.
I remember the day in 1976 when (ironically coming from Mass at St. Mary's), the crew walked in front of my office on their way to the Cabot Theatre. This was the first day, and it was one that would change Beverly forever.
I have said in the past that Cesario Pelaez and the magic show were the best things to happen to Beverly since the Atlantic Ocean. And I mean it still. Cesario, you put Beverly on the map.
We will be forever grateful for the magical times you gave us.
The time right after the lights go down, but before they come up again, is a time during which we are transported to a fantasy land — the magic land of theater.
As Martha (daughter of Katie and Webster Bull) said at the Mass for Ceasario: "You taught us to dream, and to dream big."