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The Christmas Concert Idea Book
By Denise Gagne
Would you like some drama in your Christmas concert without producing a full length musical? The ‘Christmas Concert Idea Book’ is a collection of mini-plays, skits and songs, each of which is suitable for a K-6 class (or choir) to perform at a Christmas concert.
You can use this book as the basis for your entire concert, or take one or two of the dramatized stories to liven up a concert you’ve already started planning. Mini-plays are easy to prepare, and give several children the opportunity to do solos.
The collection includes:
a teacher’s handbook
reproducible student pages
movement, costume and staging ideas (including choreography for some songs)
audio accompaniment tracks
The songs that include choreography are also written to provide the audience with more entertainment than a traditional choral selection. All staging ideas are suggestions only. Embellish it with your own ideas, or your students’ ideas for a really effective performance. Feel free to add or change dialogue to personalize your concert.
The piano accompaniments are not difficult. To make it even easier for you to teach these songs, an audio track is included with vocals and accompaniments for each song. The teacher who purchases this book is given permission to photocopy the student pages for the use of their own class. Please do not photocopy piano accompaniments.
The first year at my Junior High, all I had for the Christmas Concert was 15 minutes of beginner band music. An appeal to all staff for input resulted in the drama classes producing skits which were performed between the band selections. The result was one of the most entertaining Junior High Concerts I’ve ever had.
The script that is included with this edition of the Christmas Concert Idea Book was sent to me by Anne Marie Woytowich of Lawrence Elementary School in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. They chose to use the songs in the idea book, with some additions, as the basis of an all school production.
Many thanks to Brenda Middagh for her wonderful illustrations and her assistance with the layout! Your ideas and input are always welcomed! Please feel free to let me know what you liked about the book, and offer suggestions for the next edition.