This script dramatizes the story of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. The lines of dialogue spoken by the characters are drawn from Bible text.
The play is 13 pages long with a one-page Prologue and a one-page Epilogue.
The action is divided into nine scenes:
Scene 1: Nazareth: The Annunciation: The angel Gabriel appears to Mary.
Scene 2: Judah: The Visitation: Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth.
Scene 3: Nazareth: Joseph learns that Mary’s child is the Son of God.
Scene 4: Nazareth: Mary and Joseph leave Nazareth for Bethlehem.
Scene 5: Bethlehem: Mary and Joseph find no room at the Inn.
Scene 6: Bethlehem: The Nativity: Jesus is born.
Scene 7: Bethlehem: Angels announce Jesus’s birth to the shepherds.
Scene 8: Jerusalem: Herod gives instructions to the Three Kings
Scene 9: Bethlehem: The shepherds and the Kings arrive at the stable.
The script can accommodate a large cast, but small groups can also perform it with actors doubling in roles. Characters include: Joseph, Mary, Gabriel, Elizabeth, Town Crier, Innkeeper, Angels, Shepherds, Three Kings, Herod, and others. Some roles will require older students (4th grade and up) to handle the language, but there are also many opportunities for young children to be involved.
Within the text are prominent cues for MUSIC. Song title possibilities are provided, but each production can choose its own musical selections. These can be songs sung by performers, played by musicians, or recordings.
This document also includes a blank Casting Chart, two pages of Staging Notes—tips and advice for directors, and a blank sheet to reproduce for Rehearsal Notes.