In my customers’ words Best Children’s Nativity scripts are….
ADAPTABLE TO SUIT ALL AGES AND ABILITY AND ANY SIZED GROUP! Sarah Howlett, Beavers Colony
They are written entirely in rhyme, including the narration, with
lots of small speaking parts to make everyone feel special. The songs use
simple, familiar tunes with purpose written words.
Sheet music and FREE Mp3 MUSIC FILES are included with some scripts.
Used by pre-schools, Beaver colonies, performance groups and schools, churches, etc throughout the world, my scripts enable ANY GROUP to put on a nativity play as they are…
Simple (The rhyming makes the script easy to remember)
Inexpensive (from £9.95, and NO LICENCE FEE)
Adaptable (Suggestions are offered for adaptations which will work with YOUR group, no matter what ability or age, or rehearsal time you have)
Flexible (don’t worry if someone is ill; last minute changes are simple)
INSTANTLY DOWNLOADABLE (and available as a word document which you can personalise and alter as you choose.)
Varied and unique in style
….and remember, I am only ever an email away if you need any help or advice.
Used in a music school…...
I went with your script as I was using it for a show I was doing with a music school that is quite multi-cultural. This was perfect for me as it delivered the message I wanted in a more light hearted way.
Marie, Carter Music School
In a beavers colony……
ADAPTABLE TO SUIT ALL AGES AND ABILITY AND ANY SIZED GROUP! I found it very easy to adapt and everyone found it very easy to use.
Sarah Howlett, Beavers Colony
and even in a pre-school where English is the second language….
My pre-school class of 5 and 6 year olds learned the words easily because of the rhyming pattern.
The children are Finnish so the simple language in the script was perfect for them.
Sally Kesälahti, Pre-school in Tampere, Finland
Angela says: I can GUARANTEE that there is a script to suit your group here.
My scripts have been used all over the world in playgroups, pre-schools (including where English is a second language), beavers colonies, churches, special schools, primary schools, etc, and that’s just those that were delighted enough to tell me of their successes! Please see my customer testimonials for a true indication of how well they work.
Nativity Scripts Available
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The Alphabet Nativity Play : This is a very visual script which, whilst the nativity story is narrated, it does not rely entirely upon the narration. The script is written as an alphabet poem with 26 alphabetical key words, each represented by an illustrated letter which is displayed when the keyword is mentioned in the narration, and actions are included for the children to do to represent the word.
The actions and the fact that they are prompted by the displaying of the letter make this an ideal play for the DEAF, or for young children. (The songs that are included are well suited for young children too.)
The lack of necessary stage movement would make it ideal for a disabled group.
Doing the actions as a group would be well suited to any individuals who don’t like the personal pressure or attention of a ‘performance’.
Visual learners will find this script easier to connect with, as well as those with memory problems, as the illustrated letters act as a visual prompt and the Action Superstar can demonstrate for the group to copy.
The Story of Christmas : some of the parts are written to be spoken from seats in the audience, without any walk on acting required. All of the parts have script prompt cards provided and any actors lines can be omitted (and substituted by the narrator) making it
ideal for those who are shy, nervous or prone to stage fright
Great for involving those who can’t commit to any rehearsals or even, being present on the day,
Offers parts from seats in the audience making it ideal for the disabled.
Some of the parts are conducted from a seat at the end of a row (Innkeepers who simply answer their door to speak when Joseph and Mary approach) This makes them ideal roles for the hearing impaired as the prompt literally approaches them as they sit in the audience seat.
A scripted on-stage director tells everyone where to go and what to do as part of the play, so this script will work for those who find it hard to remember or to concentrate.
As the director uniquely instructs from ON-STAGE, young children can literally be guided by the hand as the director instructs them if necessary.
The Simplest Nativity Play Ever : This play can be performed with any size cast and with little or no rehearsal as it the concept is so simple. An instructor literally tells the actors what to do and when and where (all in rhyme and rhythm as part of the script), and each character is introduced by the narrator with an obvious prompt such as “The Innkeeper listened while Joseph said…..”.
This script is therefore ideal for young children or those with memory problems, as nothing needs to be remembered, although they do need to pay attention to the play to listen for their instructions.
Some parts are included that can be performed from seats on the end of rows (such as Innkeepers and Bethlehem residents who simply answer their doors to speak when Joseph and Mary approach and knock on them) making it ideal for inclusion of the disabled. These same parts would work for the partially sighted or deaf, as the prompt literally comes to their seat.
The script works for the shy, nervous, or prone to stage fright as the narrator can continue with their lines as an uninterrupted part of the story if necessary. In the same way, this helps when including someone who cannot commit to rehearsals or to being present on the day.
All of my scripts, by using rhyme and rhythm and short speaking parts, make it more feasible for non-confident readers to take partknowing that the lines take very little memorising.
The following are scripted for a cast of 22 to 25 small speaking parts, and characters can be added in or removed without affecting the length of the script or the performance time. (Suggestions are provided for you.)
The Day That Baby Jesus Came to Town With lots of humour, told from the perspective of the Innkeeper’s gossiping wife. Opportunity for actors to shine with scripted attitude and sarcasm!
The Donkey’s Christmas Play Cute and amusing with the donkey as the main character, and sharing a lovely message of humility, and of God always been there with us.
The The Alphabet Nativity Play is also an option but does not include many speaking parts. The concept of this play is for the narrator to read the story (which is in the form of an Alphabet Poem and highlights 26 keywords in alphabetical order). When the keywords are mentioned, pictures are displayed and actions done for each word. Meanwhile, there is some interaction with the audience in the form of an ‘Instructor’, a kind of pantomime style character who speaks to the audience and holds up signs for them to say in response. 9 simple songs are included. Hence, the play can involve large groups of children doing actions, songs and potentially walk on parts without lines, and is particularly good for special needs groups etc.
Scripts without music, intended for you to use your own or for you to include congregational hymns/carols, some of which are suggested but not provided for you.
The Simplest Nativity Play Ever The fastest selling script, with the most overwhelming feedback to date (19 speaking parts plus angels, narrators, instructor and non-speaking extras as required)
The Story of Christmas NEW FOR 2016 and using the same concept as The Simplest Nativity Play Ever as a result of the fantastic response to that script and requests for something similar. (Up to 21 speaking parts plus narrator, on-stage director, bible reader and ‘host’ of angels)
The Donkey’s Christmas Play : Although written with enough lines for 23 parts, only 9 parts are crucial to keeping the script at the same lengths, as the lines can be shared out or said by the narrator.
The Day That Baby Jesus Came to Town: Although written with potentially 24 speaking parts, we performed the play at our church with a cast of just 9 by doubling up roles very effectively (suggestions are made in the script). Be aware, however, that the key roles will need to be confident readers, potentially older children (see the script page for specific details)
The Story of Christmas This script is written to be narrated entirely as a story with the option of actors saying their own lines, or of a voice-over saying the lines that there are no actors for. Includes the option of members of the congregation standing and saying lines from their seats, which is a great, fun way to ensure that ANY church can do this nativity.
Or even with the option of little or no acting, but with a really great visual effect……
The Alphabet Nativity play : An entirely narrated script, written as a visual alphabet poem, which can be used effectively with or without actors, and can literally be ‘performed’ by displaying the included pictures of the 26 alphabetical keywords mentioned in the narration and/ or doing actions to each one. There is a great option to include some fun audience participation by including the optional ‘instructor’ who talks to the audience in a ‘pantomime’ style and holds up signs telling them what to respond with.
The Alphabet Nativity Play is perfect for young children. Narrated as an alphabet poem, with 26 printable illustrated letters provided (to be displayed as the play progresses),it can be enacted in mime to the narration if you choose, but more specifically has actions suggested for the 26 keywords of the script which would be perfect for a group of young children to do. The play’s flexibility means that it can be as simple or as detailed as you choose to suit your cast’s age and ability. It also includes 9 short optional simple songs (with sheet music and mp3 backing tracks in case you have no pianist) which are perfect for young children, using familiar children’s tunes with my own simple, repetitive (ie, easily remembered) words.
The Simplest Nativity Play Ever(19 optional speaking parts plus angels, narrators, instructor and non-speaking extras as required) All children can mime to narration, or can say their own line if preferred. The script itself includes an instructor as a narrator, who literally instructs the actors as part of the script. No songs are included so that you can use your own favourites, or even include carols for everyone to join in.
The Story of Christmas Scripted for 20 optional speaking parts, plus Mary, Joseph and Innkeeper, narrator(s) and a director, in addition to any extra walk on parts or dancing angels etc, any role can be omitted without reducing or altering the script: It is written such that the narrator or a voice-over can step in and say any of the actors’ lines if preferred (even as a last minute decision in the case of stage fright!) An adult would need to play the role of director, using the script on a clipboard and literally reading the script from there, appearing to be making notes. In this way, the director actually tells each actor when to come out and where to stand as part of the script. Songs are not included, allowing you to re-use your past favourites but, if you particularly want music, the songs from any of my other scripts will work very effectively, so feel free to ‘Mix and Match.’
The following scripts are carried by narration, with lots of small, speaking parts which are ideal for young children as the rhyming makes them easy to remember.
Children’s Nativity Story (MOST POPULAR TO DATE) Tells the traditional nativity story, with short speaking parts included, simple songs and lots of gentle humour.
Grandpa’s Nativity StoryGrandpa tells the traditional nativity story to the excited children on Christmas Eve and thereby acting as a narrator while the nativity is enacted with short, rhyming speaking parts. Santa/St Nicholas can be included as an option, and simple songs are again included. Grandpa can be played by a young child (confident reader) for a cute effect, or by an adult for a different effect.
The Day that Baby Jesus Came To TownThe play is dominated by the main characters of innkeeper’s wife, innkeeper and narrator so they need to be older, confident children, but the rest of the songs and script is ideal for young children, so I would consider this better suited to a mixed age cast.
The Day that Baby Jesus Came To TownSongs and parts are included for younger children, but teenagers love the gossiping Innkeeper’s wife’s perspective of the script! Your own choice of traditional hymns/carols can be used for older children if preferred.
The Alphabet Nativity Play is narrated entirely as an alphabet poem, whilst 26 illustrated letters are displayed to represent the key alphabetical words that are stressed in the story. This can be done without any acting at all as a simple visual representation as the story is being told, so my teenage group at church did this rather than acting. There is, however, an optional ‘Action Superstar’ who can demonstrate the appropriate actions to each of the keywords, and the fun option of getting the whole audience to participate in doing the actions at speed when a recap poem is read out. A particular favourite optional element for our teenagers (they asked me to write it in especially!) was the Instructor, who interacts with the audience in a pantomime style, getting them to respond as appropriate to elements of the story. Whilst the songs that are included are very much geared to involving the younger children, the play can be shortened to include no songs, or carols can be used for the cast and/or audience to sing.
The DIY Nativity Play Our older children/teenagers loved this script as they led the service, all in rhyme, giving instructions to the congregation and coaxing volunteer adults to join in.….the relevant mockery is all scripted too! No music is included as you use your choice of congregational hymns at the appropriate points.
I plan to write more scripts that approach the story in a unique way specific to this age group, and am hoping to add them in 2017. In the meantime, all of my scripts lend themselves to being used by a mixed age cast.
Problem solved! You have lots of choice: I write all of my scripts with this in mind and include lots of flexibility.
The Day that Baby Jesus Came To TownStory is told by the older children as Innkeeper’s Wife and Narrators etc, whilst the younger children do the smaller parts. Simple songs, written with younger children in mind and using familiar children’s tunes are included.
The DIY Nativity Play Our 7 older children/ teenagers loved this script as they narrated and led the service, all in rhyme, giving instructions to the congregation and coaxing volunteer adults to join in.….The relevant mockery is all scripted too! The few younger children we had loved their role within the cast of ‘setting the example of how to play the part.’ No music is included with this script as you use congregational hymns at the appropriate points.
Children’s Nativity Story This nativity play has even been used for an all adult cast. Simple songs, written with younger children in mind and using familiar children’s tunes are included
Grandpa’s Nativity Story Narration and Grandpa’s role have often been performed by adults or older children. Simple songs, written with younger children in mind and using familiar children’s tunes are included
The Donkey’s Christmas Play : The songs are geared to infant aged children, but the script will adapt easily to include carols, hymns, or your own songs. The acting could be any age; cute and endearing with a young donkey, and acted with a comic effect by an older one.
Simplest Nativity Play Ever 19 optional speaking parts, plus angels, narrators, instructor and non-speaking extras as required. Any age mix would work with this cast, rehearsed or unrehearsed (the instructions are given to the cast as part of the script)
The Alphabet Nativity Play: This could be excellent for special needs, mixed abilities or a pre-school cast….literally any mix of ages and abilities. The songs are very much geared towards younger children, while the interaction of the Action Superstar and the Instructor with the audience adds a real comic effect performed by an older child/teenager, but would have the ‘cute factor’ when performed by a younger child.
The Story of Christmas: This script requires a confident on-stage director (the direction being scripted all in rhyme). The director refers to his/her script as any director would do (disguising the fact that he/she is actual scan reading their lines as they tell the actors on stage what to do, so any age or ability can join in unrehearsed if you like.). the nature of the script means that adult from the congregation can join in without the need for a full rehearsal.
all of my scripts are written with this in mind. Scenes can be practised independently of each other, and the songs are placed so that they give an opportunity to position the relevant cast for the next scene.
some of my scripts include songs using familiar children’s tunes, to which I have added my own nativity based lyrics, making them easily remembered and requiring minimising rehearsal. Better still, none of the scripts are reliant on the songs that I have included so this element of rehearsal can be cut out completely if you use hymns/carols for the audience/congregation to sing at the appropriate points in the script, or minimised by using your own familiar favourites.With this in mind, these are the best options in my opinion:
The Simplest Nativity Play Ever is exactly what it says. It could be performed with a cast that has literally just been gathered together an hour before and given their script prompt cards, without rehearsal! (Printable prompt cards are included) Alternatively, a smooth, polished, rehearsed performance will be effective and the script prompt cards would not be required during the performance…your choice!
The Story of Christmas NEW FOR 2016 Written as a result of the incredible feedback from the Simplest Nativity Play Ever, this uses the same concept of not requiring a rehearsal, but uses a (scripted) on-stage director to give instructions to the cast, some of whom never even need to leave their seats to be involved. (Director needs to be confident and able to scan read, as they refer to the script throughout just as a director does, but disguise the fact that they are reading their lines from it!)
The DIY Nativity Play(for a nativity service in familiar surroundings in a fun, family atmosphere) Due to the audience participation, this simply requires a familiarity with the script and clear narration, so very little rehearsal is required, but the script is very specific to circumstances where the audience is known and will be comfortable joining in (and being mocked as part of the script!)
The Alphabet Nativity Play can be as simple as you choose to make it, and can be used with or without acting, yet has a creative alphabetical visual element. The songs are very simple and intended for the younger children to perform, or you could simply include Christmas carols for the congregation. There is an optional character included (the ‘Instructor’) who gets the congregation to participate ‘pantomime style’ by holding up signs of responses they expect to the things they say. Also, 26 alphabetical keywords are specified during the story and actions are suggested to do for the words, with an optional “Action Superstar” demonstrating these and an option for the congregation to join in. In theory, this script should be simple, but in practice the ‘Action Superstar’ and the people holding up the illustrated keywords need a good familiarity of the script to get their timing right and in synch with the narrator. Don’t underestimate this element of it when you plan rehearsals! In general, the rehearsal time is more specific to the practicalities of the script (ie, timing, plus where and how to display the letters.)
The following scripts are purpose written (all in rhyme and rhythm) for this exact situation and can be used with little or even no rehearsal. Script prompts are pre-prepared for you and ready for you to print off and distribute to any of the cast who choose to say their own lines, although if anyone prefers not to say their own lines, they can act as a walk on part and their lines be allocated to the narrator or a voice-over so the script continues seamlessly.
The Simplest Nativity Play Ever : The narrator tells the story with obvious prompts for individuals to say lines such as “The innkeeper listened while Joseph said….” (Do you have a room and a lovely warm bed)
The Story of Christmas: The play is directed by an on-stage director who literally gives the instructions as part of the play (all in rhyme and rhythm), whilst constantly referring to his script as if making/reading notes, when he is actually scan reading his own lines discreetly). This therefore requires a confident director who is actually leading the play itself, but everyone else just responds to the obvious prompts such as “This is the angel who told of the birth of Jesus, the Saviour of all of the earth” and then reads their lines from the script prompt cards. If they choose not to say their own lines a voice-over can say them (this is written into the script). This script also offers the opportunity to involve some of the congregation with lines to say from their seats.
The Alphabet Nativity Play: Using this script you can tell the traditional nativity story without actors, avoiding the need for costumes and staging, the visual aspect instead being provided by 26 illustrated alphabet letters instead (These are provided as a downloadable printable file). The illustrated letters represent the keywords of the story of Christmas as told, through the script, as an alphabet poem. (Angel tells Mary of the birth in Bethlehem, Caesar decrees a Census so they travel on a Donkey etc, but in far greater detail and rhyme and rhythm!) By a beautiful coincidence the alphabet splits in to two halves exactly as the bible does….the arrival of Jesus, King, Lord, Messiah ends the first half and New beginning starts the second half. This gives the nativity play a real uniqueness and visual effect, without needing all of the traditional staging and actors etc. However, do recognise the preparation time required in printing and planning and timing the performance of the play etc, and be aware that the play can be as simple or complex as you choose, so can involve much more if you are tempted to include actors etc!
Please bear in mind that I am a writer, not a musician, and the music is provided as a free bonus to support you in your nativity play. Whilst feedback suggests that the music provided is helpful and of an appropriate standard, I don’t profess to be a writer of musicals so please don’t expect an orchestral studio recording!
The following scripts all include optional songs, with sheet music provided for piano and guitar chords, and mp3 music backing tracks. The songs are all deliberately simple, using tunes of familiar children songs, with my own nativity based lyrics. There is no license fee so you are free to re-use songs as often as you like, including with other scripts. Details of the songs included are listed below for each script…
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (ie, Angels’ song called “Glory to our God on High”) Lovely for your little angels to sing together)
Jingle Bells (ie, Kings’ song called “Three Kings Came”)
The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy (ie, Shepherds’ song called “Shepherd’s Calypso”.) This can include a solo verse by a shepherd for an extra special touch, plus a chorus sung by angels, and a verse for all of the shepherds to sing together.
Also included are a couple of songs already known to most children….
Oranges and Lemons (ie, Travelling song called “Bethlehem, Bethlehem, So Far Away”): This could be sung by Mary and Joseph as a duet/solo if you choose
O Christmas Tree (ie, Visitors to the stable song called “In Bethlehem a Babe was Born”)
The traditional hymn, Children of Jerusalem (ie, Angels’ song called “Angel’s Hallelujah”): This song would be really effective if you chose to have each angel sing a solo of individual line as suggested in the script
We wish you a Merry Christmas (ie, Concluding song called “Happy Birthday to Jesus”)
Finally, my own (optional) catchy “Ho Ho Ho” (Santa’s Song) is also included together with alternative variations referring to St Nicholas, and/or Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. You may choose to use the play with no reference to Santa/St Nicholas/ the reindeer etc & it will be just as effective. (If you include Santa and this song, it could be sung as a solo if you choose)
The Wheels on The Bus (ie, Donkey’s Travelling song called “All Day Long”) There is an opportunity for Mary and Joseph to have a solo verse each in this song
Go Tell it on the Mountain (ie, Angel’s song “Go Find the Baby Jesus”) This would be lovely sung by the angels as a group, and even better if they choose to sing a verse each, for example.
Here we go round the Mulberry Bush (ie, Shepherds’ song “This is the Way to Bethlehem”.) If you choose to, the shepherds can sing a solo of a verse each.
1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive (ie Kings’ song “1,2,3 Wise Men”)
She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain (ie, Celebration song “Oh! It’s Nearly Christmas Day”)
Finally, my own “Sleep Gentle Jesus” song
The Alphabet Nativity Play : As this script is purpose written to be suitable for younger children and special needs, it includes 9 short songs with easily remembered, repetitive lyrics sung to familiar children’s tunes as follows:
An Angel Told Mary (To the tune of ‘The Arky, Arky song, otherwise known as ‘Rise and Shine’)
Knock, Knock, Knocking (To the tune of ‘Ten Green Bottles’) : This song can be used to enact the scene, and the innkeeper can have a solo part in it as his response to Joseph
Rockabye Jesus (to the tune of Rock-a-bye Baby)
Hurry, Hurry, Off You Go (Angel’s song sung to the tune of ‘Horsey, Horsey’) Can be sung by just the angels as a group if you choose
We are Looking For a Baby (To the tune of ‘What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor’) Shepherds and innkeepers can sing solos in response to each other
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (the original) Kings can sing this as a group if you choose
Three Wise Men (To the tune of Three Blind Mice)
Christmas Day’s On Its Way (To the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’)
All of my scripts are deliberately balanced to include lots of small speaking parts, but some are more flexible than others in terms of choosing to omit certain lines if you have anyone shy in your cast who doesn’t want lines.
The script previews show the casting list and number of lines allocated to each part, so you will get a feel for how big each part is before you buy.
These are the considerations for each of the scripts available to you:
THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTS ARE WRITTEN WITH THE INTENTION OF BEING ACTED OUT AND THE CAST ALL HAVING SMALL SPEAKING PARTS, although options of non-speaking parts as extras is suggested for each of them.
Children’s Nativity Story : A lovely, simple retelling of the traditional, bible based nativity story with lots of gentle humour, all told in rhyme and rhythm. Songs are included if you choose to use them.
Grandpa’s Nativity Story : Set in an excited child’s bedroom on Christmas Eve as they await the presents on Christmas Day, and Grandpa Joe takes the opportunity to tell them the story that they are actually celebrating. As Grandpa Joe reads the story, the children act out the individual nativity scenes, all in rhyme and rhythm. Optional songs are included.
The Donkey’s Christmas : The story of the birth of Jesus told from the humble perspective of a donkey who feels unloved and unnoticed until he realises that God actually chose him to carry His unborn son to his place of birth! A lovely, cute play with a strong message of humility and importance blended together. Optional songs are included.
THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTS have large amounts of narration and the main characters carry the bulk of the script, with a few smaller speaking parts
The Day That Baby Jesus Came to Town The innkeeper’s gossiping wife tells the story of the birth of a special baby in her stable, with the help of her diary which gets passed round as the characters interact and comment on her inaccurate memories! Hence, the diary is actually the script so there is no memorising to do, just an ability to scan read and act without it being noticeable.
The DIY Nativity play This script is mostly narrated by the young people, while they give instructions to the congregation to join in unrehearsed, with just a few children included in the acting cast as ‘examples’ for the adults to follow! It has lots of scripted mockery and sarcasm etc aimed at the volunteers who join in having been purpose-written for the nativity service of a church with a fun, family atmosphere. See the script preview however, or email me, if you want to check anything specific for your circumstances.
The next 2 scripts can be used with as many or as few actors as you choose (can literally just be narrated if you choose) WITH OR WITHOUT SPEAKING PARTS, WITHOUT THE SCRIPT BEING REDUCED…….
The Simplest Nativity Play Ever This needs Mary and Joseph as actors as a minimum, but includes up to 19 speaking parts plus extras and non-speaking parts, BUT if someone doesn’t want to say their own line the narrator or a voice-over can say it for them as part of the story being narrated so the script is not reduced.
The Story of Jesus This needs a confident onstage director (part of the script) who actually does the directing using the script , all in rhyme and rhythm (no need to memorise as he does it with constant reference to the script on a clipboard in the same way that a director would do, but is disguising the fact that he is reading his own lines). Other than this, the concept works like the Simplest Nativity Play Ever and rhyming couplets are allocated to each individual, but in such a way that they can choose not to say them themselves and a voice-over or narrator can say their lines as part of the story while they simply have a walk on part.
THIS FINAL SCRIPT HAS LITTLE OR NO SPEAKING PARTS OTHER THAN A NARRATOR but does have a really fun optional audience participation element if you choose to include the Instructor’s speaking part…..
The Alphabet Nativity Play The script is written as an alphabet poem which is narrated and includes 26 keywords mentioned in alphabetical order as part of the story. When mentioned, an illustrated letter is displayed and there are some actions for the children to do. Walk on parts can act the play in mime if you choose, without any lines. I highly recommend the use of the optional parts of ‘Instructor’ who encourages ‘audience participation’ pantomime style, and holds signs up with the response of the audience/congregation. It adds a fun, family atmosphere to an already unique and highly visual play. Meanwhile, another optional character is the ‘Action Superstar’ who demonstrates the actions, and the opportunity to get the congregation to join in the actions at speed at the end together.
The Alphabet Nativity Play : includes the option to use a ‘pantomime style’ Instructor who talks to the audience and holds signs up for them to make a response (Hold up sign saying”AH” for audience, followed by the Instructor’s response “You’re really not much good at this! Let’s try another “Ah”…He really is the cutest baby that you’ve seen by far” Hold up sign again “AH”) etc. Also, the ‘Action Superstar’ does actions to the 26 alphabetical specific keywords throughout the play and at the end there is an option for the whole audience to stand and do the actions, at speed, to the recap poem of the story: a real fun moment for everyone.
The DIY Nativity : is purpose written for a church nativity service whereby the children/teenager narrators get the adults up from the audience to play specific parts, scripted throughout with mockery and sarcasm. This is a great lighthearted interactive retelling of the nativity story for an environment with a good sense of humour and a fun, family atmosphere. Appropriate hymns/carols are suggested for everyone to sing instead of having songs performed but no music is actually provided.
The Simplest Nativity Play Ever : This script can literally be performed without a rehearsal by people who are given a card with their prompt and their lines on it, usually consisting of two rhyming lines. It makes a lovely community event if you are brave enough to attempt it! A scripted instructor tells the actors what to do all in rhyme and rhythm, while the narrator introduces each character with an obvious prompt such as “the innkeeper listened while Joseph said…..” making it simply a case of listening to the narrator and instructor and following their direction.
The Story of Christmas :A scripted on-stage director carries the script with him/her and constantly refers to it to make notes throughout the performance (in reality they are reading their lines!) The director therefore instructs all the cast in rhyme and rhythm so they do not all need to be rehearsed, although any rehearsals that you choose to do will make it more smooth running, of course. Meanwhile, some of the characters are written such that people in the audience can say the lines of, for example, the shepherds, simply by standing where they are and reading their lines from the printable script prompt card that is placed on their seat, without any prior sight of the script. Several of these characters are included (see script preview) but you can choose whether to substitute them for an actual actor on stage (appropriate alternatives are offered for both scenarios.)
The Children’s Nativity Story : This script sticks to a fun, relaxed biblical retelling of the birth of Jesus without any specific message other than a simple celebration of the story. The “Full Christmas Story” poem is offered as an additional optional ending to the play and goes on to link the nativity story with the ongoing life and death of Jesus, acknowledging that Christmas is all about God expressing His love for us through Jesus and His choice to come to earth as a man, and to recognise that Jesus is God’s gift to us.
Grandpa’s Nativity Story : Don’t get carried away with the excitement of Christmas and forget the real reason for the celebration, Jesus being the very first and most precious gift of all.
The Donkey’s Christmas Play : Throughout the play the donkey grumbles about being unnoticed and feeling unloved playing such a humble background role, and then realises at the end of the day that he had carried God’s unborn son and been present at His birth, but simply didn’t recognise the privilege at the time…….“He thought about the baby’s birth, and then he understood: The Saviour of the world thinks that humility is good!”
The Alphabet Nativity Play : The Alphabet Nativity Play tells the nativity story in rhyme and rhythm as an alphabet poem. The perfect central positioning of the following keywords in the alphabet stresses the message that ‘Jesus, King, Lord, and Messiah’ are literally at the very centre of the Nativity Story, and that the point of Jesus’s birth gave us a ‘New beginning’.
The DIY Nativity play : This play specifically highlights the fact that God tells us to share the good news, and not to just leave it to the children to tell it via a nativity once a year. It quotes Matthew 28 verses 19 and 20 at the end.
The Day That Baby Jesus Came to Town : Remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas: the birth of Jesus is not just a story, but the real reason for our celebrations at Christmas-time. The free bonus poem “Jesus is not just for Christmas” highlights the message that, whilst Christmas is a lovely time of celebration, we must remember that Jesus is the reason for it, but also that Jesus’s birth was a gift to us from God, not just for Christmas-time but forever.
The Story of Christmas : This is simply a retelling of the traditional bible based nativity story, keeping firmly to the details and words as related in the bible, with the exception of following the tradition of the kings visiting the stable instead of a house as per Matthew’s gospel.
Option A …….Biblical message: The real reason that Jesus came at Christmas-time is stated in John Chapter 3 verse 16: “For God so loved the world that He sent His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”
Option B …….General message: At Christmas-time we need to think beyond the gifts and consider what part we can play in making the world a better place and bringing peace and joy to the earth.
The Simplest Nativity Play Ever is also unique in the fact that it keeps so firmly to the biblical accuracy of the nativity story that it even acknowledges the fact that the kings visited Jesus in a house, not a stable (as per Matthew’s gospel reading) but then, as part of the script, agrees to compromise and stick with tradition and use the stable scene anyway, thereby recognising the actual truth of the gospel retelling of the kings’ visit.
UNSURE WHICH NATIVITY SCRIPT TO CHOOSE?
If you are still undecided on which script is for you, here is a brief write up of the perspective of each script for your comparison. Further details are available on their own page, as well as previews of each script. (Alternatively, click here to use the script previews to make your choice)
Scripted with 19 small speaking parts (many optional) it tells the traditional,bible based nativity story all in rhyme, with narration, and with lots of fun and humour. In the words of my customers, the script is:
“Really enjoyable. Liked the comedy touches. Rhyming was brilliant!” Mrs C Atkins St John’s Pre-school Nursery
“A nice mixture of traditional with a contemporary twist!” Rev Victoria Linford, Scotland
Whilst the script will work with your own choice of songs or music, it includes sheet music, mp3 backing tracks and purpose written simple words to the tunes of:
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (ie Angels’ song called “Glory to our God on High”)
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (ie Shepherds’ song called “Shepherd’s Calypso”. This can include a solo verse by a shepherd for an extra special touch, plus a chorus sung by angels)
Set in an excited children’s bedroom on Christmas Eve it blends a modern day Christmas Eve with Grandpa’s reminder of the traditional, bible based nativity story, read as a bedtime story.
Scripted with 20 small speaking parts (many optional), the narration and acting is all in rhyme, whilst Grandpa introduces each scene by reading from his ‘book.’ There is an option to include Santa/St Nicholas , with a reminder of the real meaning of Christmas.
In the words of a customer the script is:
“A great rhyming script; meaningful and easy for the children to follow.” Emma Hanna Shine Drama Group, Ballyeaston
The script includes sheet music, mp3 backing tracks andpurpose written simple words to the tunes of:
Oranges and Lemons (ie Bethlehem, Bethlehem, So Far away)
O Christmas Tree (ie In Bethlehem a Babe was Born)
Children of Jerusalem hymn tune (ie Angel’s Hallelujah)
We Wish you a Merry Christmas (ie, Happy Birthday to Jesus)
Written from the perspective of the gossiping Innkeeper’s Wife who was so intrigued by the activity and visitors at the stable that night that she wrote it all in her diary.
Together with her downtrodden husband and the narrators, the story is told in rhyme (reading from the diary) whilst being acted out by another 20 scripted small speaking parts (many optional.) Mary’s uniquely amusing dialogue brings an extra touch of humour.
“Absolutely EVERYBODY loved the play….lots of positive feedback about the clever way it was written and the catchy little songs. Lots of people said it was the best nativity play they had ever seen.” Rochelle Samwell, Glandore Family Church Kid’s Club, Adelaide
Our older children chose the script for its humour, and enjoyed the opportunity to really ‘act’ their parts with attitude and sarcasm!” Angela (after using in my own church)
Whilst the script can be used with your own choice of songs, carols, or congregational hymns if you prefer, the script includes sheet music, mp3 backing tracks and purpose written simple words to the tunes of:
The Wheels on the Bus (ie, All Day Long)
Go Tell it on the Mountain (Go Find the Baby Jesus)
Here We go Round the Mulberry Bush (This is the Way to Bethlehem)
Once I Caught a Fish Alive (1,2,3 Wise Men)
She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain (Oh, it’s Nearly Christmas Day)
And finally, my own composition…Sleep Gentle Jesus
Scripted with 23 small speaking parts, many of which are optional, with a recommended minimum of 9, the Donkey’s Christmas play script tells the traditional bible based nativity story with an entirely rhyming narration, from the perspective of the donkey.
In the absence of any testimonials, this is my vision for this script
“Casting the donkey as the main character, the part could be played by a young child for an endearing cute factor, or played with comic flair by an older actor. This gentle humoured script highlights the message that we are all special to God” Angela
Whilst the script can be used with your own choice of songs, carols or congregational hymns if you prefer, it includes alternative appropriate lyrics, sheet music and mp3 backing tracks to the following simple children’s songs, all using the familiar tunes:
The Wise Man built his House upon the Rock (ie, Travelling song called “The Donkey Carried Mary”)
Go to sleep my baby (ie, Lullably song “Go to Sleep my Jesus”)
My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean (ie, Angels’ song called “Do Not be Afraid, We are Angels”)
Pop Goes the Weasel (ie, Shepherd’s song called “We’re on the Way to Bethlehem”)
Sing a Song of Sixpence (ie, Kings song called “We’re Looking for a Baby”)
Plus, the play begins and ends with my own composition called “The Celebration Song”, a lively, catchy tune with very simple but effective words that the children can easily remember.
Adaptable, Brilliantly Creative, Deliberately Easy and Flexible, the entire script is narrated as an alphabet poem, with 26 printable illustrated letters provided (to be displayed as the play progresses, and actions suggested for the 26 keywords of the script. Used with or without actors miming to the story, the play’s flexibility means that it can be as simple or as detailed as you choose.)
In the absence of any testimonials, this is my vision for the script “This unique play is so simple that it could even be used by a preacher as an unrehearsed nativity, yet it’s so flexible that it could be used for a fully rehearsed, personalised Sunday school nativity play. Regardless of whether you are blessed with children in your church, the message of the Christmas story can still be told with flair!” Angela
The script and all of the 26 printable, illustrated letters are provided, including alternative appropriate lyrics for the following 9 short optional simple songs (with sheet music and mp3 backing tracks in case you have no pianist), but the script will also work with your own choice of songs or congregational hymns/carols if you prefer :
An Angel Told Mary (To the tune of ‘The Arky, Arky song, otherwise known as ‘Rise and Shine’)
Knock, Knock, Knocking (To the tune of ‘Ten Green Bottles’) This song can be used to enact the scene, and the innkeeper can have a solo part in it as his response to Joseph
Rockabye Jesus (to the tune of Rock-a-bye Baby)
Hurry, Hurry, Off You Go (To the tune of ‘Horsey, Horsey’) Can be sung by just the angels as a group if you choose
We are Looking For a Baby (To the tune of ‘What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor’) Shepherds and innkeepers can sing solos in response to each other if you choose
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (the original) Kings can sing this as a group if you choose
Three Wise Men (To the tune of Three Blind Mice)
Christmas Day’s On Its Way (To the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’)
This script is more specifically a nativity service, incorporating a simple nativity play within a carol service, and providing all of the appropriate bible readings, which are taken from the Good News translation of the bible, together with a couple of optionalsongs for the children to sing as solos or as a choir.
The script is flexible and adapts to ANY SIZE CAST and, if used exactly as written, includes:
• one or more storytellers (split it as you choose), • a leader (to introduce songs etc), and • up to 16 speaking parts to enact the story as it is read, averaging 1 or 2 rhyming couplets (any of which can be omitted or spoken by a voiceover if preferred so that the script is not reduced), plus • optional singers and dancing angels. • 2 optional short, simple songs with sheet music and backing tracks: a lullaby for Mary, and a song of praise for the angels.
The message of this nativity service is a challenge to everyone to consider the birth of Jesus to be more than just a story that the children tell every year in a cute way, but instead to recognise it’s relevance today to each of us as individuals and as Christians. It asks the audience to consider WHAT THEY PERSONALLY BELIEVE.
The play element simply reiterates and emphasises each bible reading and the actors gradually build up a ‘live tableau’ of the stable scene by the end of the service.
This script was provided to Action for Children for their fundraisers to use in 2016:
“Last year, you very kindly supported Action for Children by writing a beautiful drama and poem for our worship resource booklet. We had some very positive feedback and the content you supplied was perfect for our younger members of the congregations.”
Gill Dean: Fundraising Manager – England North & Wales – Community Partnerships
This service preaches a very Christian message in a unique way, rounded up in the free poem that is included as an option to use at the end of the service. All of the planning is done for you, including the bible reading selection, so you literally only need to add your own moments for prayer and the taking of the offering/collection at some point in the service. Better still, the organisation of the play is beautifully simple, with individual script prompts for each actor ready prepared for you to print and distribute.
Scripted with 6 narrators, 1 small speaking part and 4 children’s walk on parts (plus angels as required) it tells the traditional, bible based nativity story all in rhyme, and incorporates volunteers from the congregation as the remaining cast. All the appropriate mockery of the volunteers is scripted in rhyme and makes for a hilarious, family atmosphere!
“The church really entered into the fun of it and the children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity for some good humoured mockery of the adult volunteers!” Angela (after using in my own church)
No songs are included, as this is written as a nativity service using hymns and carols for the congregation to join in. Suggestions are made for appropriate carols, but feel free to choose your own alternatives.
Purpose written to remove the pressure of rehearsals and worries about potential last minute changes this script really is the “Simplest Nativity Play Ever.” Scripted for 19 optional speaking parts, plus angels, narrators and an instructor giving rhyming instructions to the cast, ANY actor’s role can be omitted without reducing or altering the script, except for Mary and Joseph.
Script prompt cards are included for those who choose to say their own lines, but the script is written so that the narrator can say any of the actors’ lines instead if preferred (even in the case of stage fright!)
The whole script (without songs) lasts 15 to 20 minutes and references parts of the bible where the story is taken from.
Angela’s assurance: “PROBLEM SOLVED! IT REALLY IS THIS SIMPLE! With a confident narrator, this script is possible in ANY SITUATION with ANY SIZE CAST and ANY AGE, and even WITHOUT REHEARSAL.”
The Simplest Nativity Play Ever is deliberately simple so it doesn’t include songs, allowing you to re-use your past favourites but, if you particularly want music, the songs from any of my other scripts will work very effectively, so feel free to ‘Mix and Match.’
(This script is provided as a word document as standard, without extra cost)
Purpose written to relieve the pressure of rehearsals and last minute changes this script uses the same concept as The Simplest Nativity Play Ever, but incorporates an ability to do more acting by having a scripted on-stage director who leads the unrehearsed acting. Scripted for 20 (optional) speaking parts, plus Mary, Joseph and Innkeeper, narrator(s) and a director, in addition to any extra walk on parts or dancing angels etc, any role can be omitted without reducing or altering the script.
Printable script prompt cards are included for those who choose to say their own lines, but the script is written so that the narrator or a voice-over can step in and say any of the actors’ lines instead if preferred.
The Story of Christmas is deliberately simple so it doesn’t include songs, allowing you to re-use your past favourites but, if you particularly want music, the songs from any of my other scripts will work very effectively, so feel free to ‘Mix and Match.’
(This script is provided as a word document as standard, without extra cost)
At this price, where’s the harm in buying a couple and being prepared for next year too? You have my blessing to mix and match the songs (and even parts of the scripts if you like.) Adapt them as you choose, and the upgrade to the word document will make it even easier!
Ps. if you are still not sure, remember that you do not have to take my word for it. Read the fantastic testimonials that I have received, from teachers and nativity organisers who have used the scripts.
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