The Mummer's Play is often one part of Roadside Theater's Christmas in Appalachia performance. The characters are played by local children, but sometimes adults like to get into the act as well.
Brought to the central Appalachian Mountains from Ireland by early Scots-Irish settlers, Mummer's plays were performed in the region until the mid-1950's.
Roadside member, Donna Porterfield, recalls, "In West Virginia, we called it 'Bettying'. People would make outlandish costumes and go from house to house on Old Christmas (January 6), perform the play, and ask for refreshments in return. When I was a very small child, I opened the door, saw the 'Bettiers,' and ran screaming for my mother. I had no idea what these strange creatures were!"