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 Sr. Ana Maria Cabezuelo, SHM:  I was always impressed by Sr. Clare's docility and obedience. I could ask her anything and she never made any objection, sour face, complaint or reluctance.

On many occasions, I was—you could say—Sr. Clare's "artistic companion" in the Community. Our performances were often spontaneous during the after-dinner conversations, without any preparation; other times we prepared them beforehand for a feast or celebration.

Sr. Clare played her two characters, Carlitos and Nicasia, very well, and I would add my role as Teo or radio announcer. One of our "acts" consisted in making Carlitos and Nicasia participate in a radio contest promising them a bicycle as a prize. Nicasia's obsession was always the color orange and, of course, if she won a bicycle it had to be orange. The "announcer" was asking them a series of absurd questions, which though obvious, were very difficult for Carlitos and Nicasia. Questions of this type: What is the name of a saint who was from Assisi and whose name is similar to that of an egg white...? Nicasia and Carlitos were fuming, thinking and thinking until they came out with some kind of nonsense. That made us all laugh a lot. The brilliant moment of the show came when Nicasia finally won the bicycle but discovered that it was not orange. She reacted by bursting into tears and that was when the community would break out in laughter.

I remember some Christmas programs for children that we recorded one year on HM Radio. I prepared the scripts and distributed the roles. We had to give a voice to the announcer, the grandmother, Juan, Lucia, Teo, Baby Jesus, the innkeeper, the shepherd, the shepherdess, the town crier, the cow, the star, etc. We quickly went from one voice to another and no one would have thought that in the radio studio there were only two people. I was always impressed by Sr. Clare's docility and obedience. I could ask her anything and she never made any objection, sour face, complaint, or reluctance. I would tell her, "Here you have to say this like this... Here in this part you sing..." And Sr. Clare would improvise and do it. I was aware that she had done all this in film and television programs and therefore had more experience and more skills than me, but in all humility she would do what I told her without giving it the slightest importance. She never made it look like she was too good for it or showed off. On the contrary, she accepted her role with joy and put all her heart into it.

I must also say that in all this work for the souls we laughed a lot and had a great time.

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