Bethlehem Bake-Off

Bethlehem Bake-Off

Ages 5-9

Duration 30 mins
Speaking Roles 30
Cast Size 20-45+
Ideal Cast Size 30

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It’s the night before Christmas, and Bethlehem is holding its annual baking competition. This year, though, there are a few surprise contestants: some shepherds from the local fields, a choir of angels from the heavens, and three wise-looking chaps who arrived on camels. 

As the competition progresses, we learn what brought them all to Bethlehem: a very special baby is to be born in a nearby stable, and they are here for a slice of the action. 

With six unbeatable songs and a cracking script, Bethlehem Bake-Off has all the ingredients for a truly egg-cellent nativity.

For a little extra, the editable Word.doc of the full script can also be purchased when the musical and a performance licence are bought, making it easy to adapt and adjust as you need to.

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  • Overview
  • Songs
  • Buying Options
  • Synopsis
  • Sample Scripts & Character Info
  • Reviews

Buying Options

Packs

Book & CD: Book includes full script, character list, curriculum-linked material, sheet music and lyrics. CD includes all songs recorded with children’s voices and full backing tracks.

Book & Digital Downloads: Book as above, with digital downloads that include MP3s of all of the songs and backing tracks, plus a PDF version of the full book. Where available, a complimentary pdf version of the abridged script is also included.

Licences

Performance Licence: You need a performance licence to perform our show to anyone other than children and staff. Our licences are simple - one price allows you to perform the show as many times as you like for a whole year.

Filming/Streaming Licence: If you plan to film your performance and manufacture DVDs for distribution, stream content on an internet site or on social media, you will also need to purchase this licence.

Extras

The EDITABLE VERSION of the script in WORD format is not available as a stand-alone purchase. However, it can be purchased alongside one of the Pack options when a performance or filming/streaming licence is also purchased. It is an additional item (script only, no music or production information) and is not a substitute for the main resource.

Overview

Our knowledge of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus comes predominantly from the gospels within the Bible. The details vary from gospel to gospel, meaning that our understanding of what constitutes the ‘true’ story is sketchy at best. As such, the ‘traditional’ nativity is actually a composite of characters, events and locations, neatly structured and compressed into a tidy story that can be told simply. Nevertheless, even bearing in mind the artistic licence already on display in the ‘traditional’ nativity, it does seem unlikely that a baking competition took place in a nearby inn, and that the winning cake was delivered as a present to baby Jesus. These elements are clearly fictitious, but we hope help to make ‘Bethlehem Bake-Off’ a really engaging, accessible and informative piece of theatre. And as the saying goes, sometimes in baking you need to take a whisk. 

Synopsis

At an inn in Bethlehem, a special live edition of the popular television programme, Bethlehem Bake-Off, is about to be filmed (BETHLEHEM BAKE-OFF).  The show’s presenters welcome viewers to the show, introduce the show’s judges – Lou and Saul - and set off the contestants on their first task – to make some delicious unleavened bread.

As the contestants get cracking, Lou and Saul ask some of them - a group of shepherds - what has led them to take part. The shepherds tell the story of their visit by a choir of angels, bringing them news of a very special baby who was to be born in a nearby stable (TALE OF THE SHEPHERDS). The shepherds had run all the way to Bethlehem and arrived early – so early that they could take part in the competition.

The presenters make their way over to three other contestants – the Three Wise Men. Their story is equally peculiar, following a star from the East that has led them all the way to Bethlehem (BETHLEHEM IS A LONG WAY OFF). We see a flashback of their journey along with their entourage.

Back in the inn, it is time for judging. One of the Wise Men, Balthazar, is delighted when he receives a handshake from Saul. Other people’s offerings fall rather flat – literally.

Our presenters introduce a VT reminding us what this special edition of the show is all about – we see Joseph and Mary - on a donkey – as they make their way into Bethlehem (ONWARDS TO BETHLEHEM TOWN).

It is time for the second challenge – a special birthday cake. Saul provides some (un)helpful advice and away the bakers go. Josiah asks the angels what constitutes a perfect cake. They acknowledge that baking isn’t their greatest strength, but that making anything with love will make it taste much better (ADD A LITTLE LOVE INTO YOUR RECIPE).

With five minutes of the challenge remaining, action relocates to the stable. Mary and Joseph are already there. In a manger lies baby Jesus. Gradually the stable fills as first the shepherds and angels, then the Wise Men and production crew enter. The kings offer their presents of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus. The Angel Gabriel then offers his cake – for which he has won Celestial Baker – to Mary and Joseph, and everyone joins in the celebrations (CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS).

Script Samples

Sample Script - Bethlehem Bake-Off

 

Cast Information

The play has been written with 30 speaking parts, though this could easily be adapted (see p9). There is also plenty to do for a large ensemble. The parts fall roughly into the following groups:

  • Presenters and production crew
  • Shepherds
  • Wise Men and their entourage
  • The Three Wise Men plus entourage
  • Mary, Joseph and the donkey
  • Angels

All characters could be played both by boys and girls, with names altered to suit if felt necessary.

The editable WORD script, available for £9.95 when the performance licence is also purchased, will make the process of adjusting quite straightforward. 

Song Samples

TitleListen
Bethlehem Bake-Off
Tale Of The Shepherds
Bethlehem Is A Long Way Off
Onwards To Bethlehem Town
Add A Little Love Into Your Recipe
Christmas, Christmas

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