Best Children’s Nativity scripts 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
Born out my own experience in schools and church, my nativity play scripts are
Best Children’s Nativity
Inexpensive (from £9.95, and NO LICENCE FEE)Simple (The rhyming makes the script easily remembered)
Adaptable (can be used for a class, or a whole school. Includes optional parts and suggestions of adaptations according to size and ability of cast)
Flexible (perfect if someone is ill or you need to make last minute changes)
INSTANTLY DOWNLOADABLE (and available as a word document which you can personalise and alter as you choose.)
As a poet who loves rhyme and rhythm, I write my scripts entirely in rhyme, including the narration and speaking parts, and schools all over the world have agreed that this is what makes them so easy and so much fun for the children to learn.
Total value for money. These scripts really do work and it takes a lot of stress off the teacher and children – no matter what their difficulties may be.
Sue, The Brookfield School, Hereford
(“Last years Nativity was such a success that I have bought the Grandpa’s Nativity Story script, please start writing next years!”)
School Nativity Play
“My preschool class of 5 and 6 year olds learned the words easily because of the rhyming pattern.“The music really made it and I would have been lost without the music files as I do not play a musical instrument. For our actual performance another teacher did play the keyboard and so having the sheet music was essential also.” Mrs J O’Reilly, Scoil Maelruain Tallaght, Dublin Ireland
The children are Finnish so the simple language was perfect for them” Sally Kesälahti, Pre-school in Tampere, Finland
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Inclusion is very important to me. All of my scripts are highly adaptable and flexible enough to be changed to suit your own needs, so please see the script previews if you want to get a better feel of any individual script as I have no doubt that you will find inventive ways to use any of my scripts. The ones that I have listed below are those that I personally consider to be the most obvious choices for the reasons given.
I genuinely am here as your enabler, so if you have any specific special needs that you would like help accommodating just email me and I will do my best to supply a solution, in rhyme and rhythm, in keeping with the script. My favourite request to date was for a means of including identical twins in the role of Mary, which I did by writing a humorous handover moment between the two. I can’t promise to achieve, but, time allowing, I will always do my best!
The Alphabet Nativity Play : This is a very visual script and, whilst the nativity story is narrated, the script doesn’t rely entirely upon the narration. It is written as an alphabet poem which includes 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 story can be ‘walked through’ by actors but without any speaking parts, although the songs offer opportunities for character solos if you choose to use them in that way. There is also an option (which I highly recommend) of including an ‘Instructor’ who interacts with the audience and an ‘Action Superstar’ who demonstrates each of the actions to the 26 keywords mentioned during the story.
The actions and the fact that they are prompted by the displaying of the letter and (ideally) an ‘Action Superstar’ if you choose to include them, 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 Instructor’s (optional) interaction with the audience adds a unique and fun element to the play, making it a great way to include everyone. The Instructor, a sort of pantomime style character, holds signs up for the audience (or you might choose to use the rest of the children/choir etc) to say (‘NO’, ‘AH!’ ‘SH’ etc). In true pantomime style, the response isn’t good enough and the Instructor, also using rhyme and rhythm, tells them so (eg, “That really isn’t good enough…let’s have another ‘ah!’ Remember, he’s the cutest baby that you’ve seen by far!”) Likewise, the Action Superstar demonstrates the actions throughout the play with the option of getting everyone to do the actions together at speed to a recap poem at the end of the play.
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 to being present on the day.
Ideal for including the hearing or vision impaired and the disabled, as 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 means that their prompter literally approaches them as they sit in a seat with the audience.
Good for young children or those who find it hard to concentrate or remember as a scripted on-stage director tells everyone where to go and what to do as part of the play, so other characters are literally spoken to from on stage and told where to stand and what to do!(When I played the part of the director in our performance, a young child who had not attended a rehearsal played the part of Joseph and approached the stage too early, but I simply led him to a different place by the hand as I continued to speak while referring to my clipboard (ie, reading my script) just as a director might do! In fact, it added to the authenticity of the play!)
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 instructor in the play to listen for their instructions. This is, however, made easier by the fact that the instructions are given by the ‘Instructor’ not the narrator.
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. All of my songs are deliberately simple and repetitive, using familiar children’s tunes with my own Christmas lyrics added, making them easy for the children to pick up and remember without relying on reading any words.
The following are generally scripted for an 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.) There are, of course, always opportunities to add in extra non-speaking parts (innkeepers wives, animals, extra shepherds, kings, angels etc) and the songs provide an opportunity to include children as a choir. I always aim to make my songs simple and effective to minimise rehearsals and make them easy to remember for young children.
Grandpa’s Nativity Story (Grandpa tells the traditional nativity story to the excited children on Christmas Eve using a bedtime story book) This script comes recommended for a whole school performance of 90 children (as seen in the video above), and includes Santa/St Nicholas delivering Christmas presents on a modern Christmas eve too (can be excluded if you prefer)
The Day That Baby Jesus Came to Town (With lots of humour, told from the perspective of the Innkeeper’s gossiping wife using her diary) The Innkeeper, his wife and the narrator carry the play and must be good, confident readers so this is ideal for older junior children. Whilst the have the bulk of the lines between them, they do not need to remember them as they pass the innkeeper’s wife’s diary around and read from it, so this is provided as a script prompt for them to scan read. The script is full of opportunities for sarcasm, attitude and lots of humour, together with lots smaller speaking parts for younger children, opportunities for your own extra non-speaking parts and 6 simple and effective songs for a larger choir to sing.
The Donkey’s Christmas Play (Cute and amusing , focusing on the donkey as the main character, and sharing a lovely message of humility, and of God always been there with us) With 23 small speaking parts already included and the option of adding your own extras there are lots of opportunities to make everyone feel special. A young child playing the donkey will give it cute appeal, or an older child could shine with their comic acting skills. The 6 songs included are a chance to include the whole school as a choir.
The Alphabet Nativity Play is also an option but with actions as it’s focus instead of speaking parts. The narrator reads 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. The play can be enacted in mime as the story is narrated if you choose to do so. Meanwhile, there is the option (not essential) of some interaction with the audience in the form of an ‘Instructor’, a sort of pantomime style character who speaks to the audience and holds up signs for them to say in response. 9 simple songs are included which also offer the opportunity of solo parts if you choose to use them to enact the scene. Hence, the play can involve large groups of children doing actions, songs and potentially walk on parts to enact the narration without saying lines, so is particularly good for special needs groups, etc.
Scripts without music, intended for you to use your own or for you to include hymns/carols (maybe even for your audience to join in with) 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 narrators, instructor, angels and non-speaking extras as required) The narrator tells the story in such a way that every speaking part is introduced with an obvious prompt such as “The innkeeper listened while Joseph said…….” and script prompt cards are provided to make the distribution of lines easier. To make this a whole school performance you would need to provide your own songs to include a choir.
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) This script has an on-stage director (must be an older confident reader as they constantly refer to their script as if making notes, when they are really scan reading to save memorising it). This person can literally direct on stage as part of the play, even taking actors by the hand to guide them, so it makes it very feasible to mix older and younger children as any ‘oops’ moments can seem natural!
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 either mime to narration, or can say their own line if preferred. The script itself includes an instructor as an extra narrator, who literally tells the actors what to do and when to do it 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 (or confident junior school child) 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 Donkey’s Christmas The story is told from the perspective of the donkey, who is feeling un-noticed and unimportant as he humbly goes on his journey, until he eventually realises that he has been given the most important job of all; carrying God’s unborn child to the place of his birth. A young child would make a very endearing donkey, grumbling that “Hmmmmph. No-one seems to notice me. No-one seems to care. I’m tired and I’ve had to walk right from over there!” The songs are particularly geared towards younger children, but the script can be used with your own choice of songs if preferred.
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.
I tend to write my simple song lyrics with younger children and quick learning in mind. You may, therefore, want to decide on the suitability of songs by looking at the details of individual scripts and checking the script previews, bearing in mind that none of my scripts are reliant upon the songs and you are able to use your own choice of favourite songs, or even Christmas Carols if you prefer. Meanwhile, this is my opinion regarding the suitability of the scripts themselves:
The Day that Baby Jesus Came To Town The nativity story is told from the perspective of the gossiping Innkeeper’s wife using her diary as a point of reference (and therefore meaning that the script does not need learning). There is lots of humour, sarcasm and attitude included (with Mary and Joseph’s relationship especially), offering a great opportunity for the main characters to shine as comic actors. This is a really fun script for the actors and the audience and is very much enjoyed by this age group.
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 using the letters as a simple visual representation of the story being told, making this a totally unique nativity, with the option of actors walking through the story as it is told. There is also an optional ‘Action Superstar’ who can demonstrate the appropriate actions to each of the keywords, and the fun option of getting the whole audience (or another group of children) to participate in doing the actions at speed at the end of the play when a recap poem is read out. A particular favourite optional element for this age group is 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 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 Children’s Nativity Story is a simple retelling of the bible based nativity and includes some gentle humour and opportunities for solos in the Shepherd’s Calypso, although some of the songs may be considered more suitable for younger children.
The Donkey’s Christmas is told from the perspective of the donkey on his way to Bethlehem as he grumbles about his humble role in life “No-one seems to notice me, no-one seems to care. I’m tired and I’ve had to walk right from over there”. This can have a really endearing effect when acted by a young child, but an older child can add attitude and humour throughout the play until the realisation at the end that he had the most important role of all in carrying God’s unborn son. The songs, whilst using simple familiar children’s tunes, do offer an opportunity for groups to sing as part of the play, such as the kings, the angels, and the shepherds.
I plan to write more scripts that approach the story in a unique way specific to this age group, and continue to add them in the near future. In the meantime, all of my scripts lend themselves to being used by a mixed age cast.
With the exception of the DIY Nativity play, all of my scripts are written to include a narrator and around 22 to 25 small speaking parts, but they are deliberately adaptable so that you can omit roles, double up, reduce, or increase the cast, dependant upon your needs. With an average class of 18 to 30 children you can literally choose any of the following scripts knowing that you can adapt them easily to suit your needs, and that many options for doing so are also included as suggestions. Also, having had feedback from many customers, I have included, for your guidance, specifics of tried and tested cast adaptations that I am aware of……
Small cast of ideally 9 or 10 or above, although some customers have easily adapted further to as few as 5 children
Children’s Nativity Story (MOST POPULAR TO DATE) A simple retelling of the traditional nativity story with lots of humour built in
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 some 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.
1…..all of my scripts are written with this in mind, but some even more so than others. 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.
2…..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 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 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 Everis 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! The narrator tells the bible based nativity story, and includes obvious prompts for the actors to speak, such as “the innkeeper listened as Joseph said…….” (“Do you have a room with a lovely warm bed?”) etc. This means that the actors know when to speak but, if they choose not to have a speaking part, or forget to speak, or simply have stage fright, the narrator can carry on interrupted with the story and say their lines as part of it. Printable script prompt cards are included to be distributed to the cast, and these can be used for the performance if necessary. Better still, the script includes the role of an Instructor who literally tells each character what to do and where to go at the appropriate point (all in rhyme and rhythm in keeping with the script), making rehearsal of even the direction part of the script unnecessary.
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!) An example diagram of the layout of the church when I used it personally is included, to help you to visualise it and to avoid overlooking elements such as props being in place.
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 audience to join in. There is an optional character included (the ‘Instructor’) who gets the interacts with the audience ‘pantomime style’ by holding up signs of responses they are expected to 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 everyone to join in at speed to the quick recap poem at the end of the play; a really fun moment. 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 sync 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.) but if you choose to use the Instructor and get the children to respond, and/or the Action Superstar and get the children to copy the actions, this would be the main aspect of group rehearsals.
The following scripts are purpose written (all in rhyme and rhythm) for this exact situation and can be used with little group rehearsal, using script prompts which are included with the script ready for you to print off and distribute to any of the cast who choose to say their own lines. 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 bible based nativity 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). An instructor tells the actors what to do (all in rhyme and rhythm) so that the direction needs little rehearsal. The actors can literally read their lines from script prompt cards that are provided ready for you to simply print off on card, and distribute.
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 that are provided. 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 audience with lines to say from their seats, which would make a simple way to involve children with speaking parts without them even needing to leave their class group.
The Alphabet Nativity : This play is less about acting and more about telling the story with visuals. Hence, 26 key words are included in the story, which is told as an alphabet poem, and as each of them is said (in alphabetical order in the story:A=Angel, B=Beginning of the story, C=Census, D=Donkey etc), an illustrated letter is displayed and the appropriate action is done for that specific keyword. The illustrations act as a prompt for the appropriate actions. These letters are all prepared and ready to be printed onto card, and this is all the preparation time that you would need as there are no lines to distribute to the children, with the exception of the narration and the songs. Of course, if you choose to have the story mimed to the narration, you will, of course, need to organise costumes.
1…..all of my scripts are written with this in mind, but some even more so than others. 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.
2…..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 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 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:
Scripts without songs which simply suggest carols or hymns for the congregation to sing instead…..
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!
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 because of the congregational participation, simply requires a familiarity with the script and clear narration, so very little rehearsal is required. The small cast of young people need minimal rehearsal (more of a familiarity with the script and what happens when) but the script then involves unsuspecting congregation members joining in!
This script includes optional songs…..
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 sync 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 final script is for a full nativity service which includes a simple nativity play, and just a couple of optional songs for the children to perform, but then leaves you to include your own choice of carols for the congregation to join in with:
That Wonderful God-given First Christmas Day tells the story of the birth of Jesus using bible readings, storyteller (s), actors and singers if you choose. The entire service is planned out with bible readings (taken from the New International Version) included. The storyteller literally reads a rhyming introduction for each character who then simply says their rhyming couplet with very interaction required making rehearsals a luxury rather than a necessity. The acting requirement is very basic, and could even involve walk on parts, or pictures or puppets of the characters with a voiceover saying their lines. If you choose to use actors, script prompts are pre-prepared ready to just print off and distribute and these could even be used at the performance. See the script preview to help you envisage how you might do it.
All of my scripts are deliberately balanced to include lots of small speaking parts (generally 19 to 25) but are deliberately adaptable so that you can reduce or increase the cast, but some are more flexible than others in terms of omitting certain lines to accommodate 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 play : 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. I would consider the main characters of this script to be better suited to older children.
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 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.
SCRIPTS INCLUDING MUSIC
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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.
The script includes lyrics, sheet music and mp3 backing tracks to 6 simple children’s songs, mostly using familiar tunes as detailed below:
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.)
The basic script and all of the 26 printable, illustrated letters are provided with 9 short optional simple songs (with sheet music and mp3 backing tracks in case you have no pianist) 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 (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’)
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)