A three-humped camel may not be the first character you think of when it comes to the nativity story. Clearly, Godfrey Humps is a work of fiction. But what a wonderful addition he is, serving to carry the Three Wise Men as they make their incredible journey to Bethlehem from the East. His positive, kind, helpful and excitable disposition – not to mention his propensity for shouting “Hooray” at the top of his voice – enables us to see afresh the wonderful story of the birth of Jesus, born in a barn lit by its very own star. Complete with angels, shepherds, donkeys and an innkeeper, ‘Hooray In A Manger’ will delight children and adults alike, and remind us all of why we continue to tell this most enduring and enchanting of tales, each and every year.
As the people of Bethlehem take to their beds at the end of another day, in a faraway land three wise men are busying themselves for a journey. They have a lot to carry, and are very grateful when an exuberant three-humped camel arrives, offering his services (GODFREY HUMPS).
Meanwhile, Caesar Augustus, flabbergasted that nobody knows how many people are living in his lands, orders everyone to return to the town of their birth to be counted and verified. Mary and Joseph depart for Bethlehem, but with Mary heavily pregnant, the going is tough (MARY’S JOURNEY).
As Godfrey and the Three Wise Men continue their journey westwards, Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem with not a spare room to be found (THIS TOWN IS FULL).
On the hills above Bethlehem, some shepherds are shocked by the visit of an angel, telling them of the birth of a saviour, a newborn king (THE SHEPHERDS’ STORY). They follow a star, shining brightly, towards Bethlehem.
With Godfrey and the Three Wise Men edging ever closer, Mary and Joseph finally find a place to stay. In a stable, amidst the animals, baby Jesus is born (HOORAY IN A MANGER).
The Three Wise Men join the shepherds at the stable, offering gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (NEW BORN KING). Godfrey, in particular, is overjoyed at all that has occurred, and everyone joins with him in celebrating the new arrival in true party style (LET’S DANCE).