Hay Presto - An Ex-strawdinary Musical Nativity
  • Hay Presto - An Ex-strawdinary Musical Nativity
  • Hay Presto - An Ex-strawdinary Musical Nativity

Hay Presto - An Ex-strawdinary Musical Nativity

By Matthew Crossey & Tom Kirkham

Ages 5-9

Duration 35 mins
Speaking Roles 56
Cast Size 30-80+
Ideal Cast Size 70

The residents of Bethlehem are worried: a census has been called and they are about to be inundated with people and animals. Where will everyone stay? Will they run out of food and water? And most importantly, will there be enough hay?

The animals in a nearby stable are worked up enough to stock-pile their hay in a corner, even standing guard to ensure it doesn’t get taken. But when a young couple arrive along with a weary donkey, they begin to have a change of heart. And when a baby is born and visitors flock to see him, the animals realise that sharing with those in need brings the greatest joy of all.

Hay Presto takes a funny, at times farcical, but always heart-warming look at the nativity story, complete with seven perfectly-pitched songs for children aged 5-9. 

And for a little extra, you can also get the editable script when purchased alongside the Book/CD pack and performance licence, making it easier to make those inevitable tweaks and ensure the nativity fits your particular needs. 

NB - An individual performance licence is required to stage this nativity.

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  • Overview
  • Songs
  • Buying Options
  • Synopsis
  • Script Samples
  • Reviews

Buying Options

Packs

Books & 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.

Digital Downloads: Get started straight away with a PDF version of the script and MP3s of all of the songs and backing tracks (Only available when you purchase the Book & CD Pack).

Licences

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

Filming 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 only available to customers also buying the Book/CD pack and a performance licence. It is an additional item (script only, no music or production information) and is not a substitute for the main resource.

Overview

When it comes to the recorded events of the nativity story, we actually have relatively little to go on. We know there was a census, we know that Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem, and we know that baby Jesus was born during their visit. What we don’t know, and can only infer, is what their journey was like, or what staying in a “stable” actually involved. Nor do we know how the residents of Bethlehem felt about the arrival of so many strangers into their little town, whether the strangers were welcomed or unwanted. Thus, around the core story, a writer must embellish and develop, trying to bring to life a timeless tale with a fresh take. And more than that, must come up with something that children can relate to and are keen to perform. We hope, with the characters, humour, songs and messages of “Hay Presto”, that we have done just that.

Synopsis

The nativity begins with a song about the build up to Christmas and all the excitement and anticipation that it brings (COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS). Our narrators then lead us back in time to the road to Bethlehem as people head there for the census called by Caesar Augustus (UNDERNEATH THE STAR THERE IS A STABLE). 

Meanwhile, in Bethlehem, the townsfolk are becoming increasingly anxious about the arrival of all of these people to their town and the demands they will place on its resources. Similarly, in a nearby stable, the resident animals are becoming increasingly anxious about their hay!

Also on their travels are the three kings and their entourage (THESE THREE KINGS), following the star from the East.

Back in Bethlehem, with most of the visitors already there, the townsfolk are (in general) delighted with how busy it is, with all of their inns full (BURSTING AT THE SEAMS). Sadly, for Mary and Joseph arriving late, this means they have nowhere to stay. At least, until a kind innkeeper makes his stable available to them. 

In the stable, the animals have stockpiled their hay in the corner so they can keep a good eye on it. But when a man, woman and donkey arrive, looking tired and hungry, they have a change of heart and immediately share their hay with the poor donkey. 

For the sheep and shepherds on a nearby hill, hay is the last thing on their minds: a choir of angels, wonderful to behold, had arrived to tell them news of a baby’s arrival in a stable in Bethlehem (SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND). They hurry to see him and discover him lying in the animal’s manger, his parents at his side (HAY PRESTO). Shortly after, the three kings and their entourage arrive, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and
myrrh. Their camels are hungry, and the stable animals are very quick to offer them some of their hay and water. 

Our narrators reflect on the joy of the occasion and introduce us to the final song (THE WONDERS OF CHRISTMAS).

Song Samples

TitleListen
Counting Down The Days
Underneath The Star There Is A Stable
These Three Kings
Bursting At The Seams
Shine Like A Diamond
Hay Presto
The Wonders Of Christmas

Reviews

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