probably a stupid problem, but here goes:

I have a movie. it parses xml from a server and creates a movie clip for each xml node. I want to display the data with spreadsheetesque alternating colored lines, i.e., each movie clip is a line of text & every odd line has an orange bg, every even line has yellow. I made two movie clips, each with their respective background colors as well as a mask applied to the color for texture. the masks look fine in the dummy clips on the stage but you can't see them in any of the dynamic clips in any context (test, player or browser).

the movie is:
(looks like crap now, please excuse)

the source is:

the xml comes from:
(probably has nothing to do w/ the problem but you never know)