Hooray In A Manger - An Uplifting Nativity Musical
  • Hooray In A Manger - An Uplifting Nativity Musical
  • Hooray In A Manger - An Uplifting Nativity Musical

Hooray In A Manger - An Uplifting Nativity Musical

Ages 5-9

Duration 30 mins
Speaking Roles 24
Cast Size 20-60
Ideal Cast Size 40

Godfrey Humps, the world’s first three-humped camel, strides towards Bethlehem in this wonderfully entertaining and joyful nativity. And it’s not just Godfrey who is on the move either: three wise men, an array of travellers, shepherds, angels and even sheep are keen to get in on the action.

Seven beautiful new songs, a wide array of parts (easy to scale up or down) and a lovely script make ‘Hooray In A Manger’ the perfect nativity musical for 5-9 year olds.

Alongside the physical book, the digital download pack comprises all the songs, backing tracks, lyric slides and full book as a pdf. A CD is also available as an alternative or addition to the download pack. 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.

NB - An individual performance licence (if a live audience from outside of the school is to be present) and/or a filming/streaming licence (if footage is to be shared) is required to stage this nativity. 

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

Buying Options


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.


Performance Licence: You need a performance licence to perform our show to anyone other than pupils and staff. Our licences are simple - one price allows you to perform the show as many times as you like during a twelve month period.

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.


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.


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).

Script Samples

Scene 2

Scene 5

Speaking Parts/Ensemble

There are 24 speaking roles within Hooray In A Manger. This number could easily be increased or reduced depending on your needs, and there is plenty to do for a much bigger ensemble. The editable WORD script, available for £9.95 when a performance licence is also purchased, will make the adapting process straightforward, with the opportunity also existing to create new lines if felt necessary. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss ways of making the script work for your cast. 

Narrator/s - Divide up the narration as you see fit. Bear in mind that most of it is written in rhyming couplets, so giving each speaker two lines at a time might work best.

Godfrey - Lovable, excitable, but very dependable, Godfrey Humps is a camel with a big personality. He could be formed of four people – one as the head, three as the humps – or by an individual performer.

Three Wise Men - Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar travel with Godfrey on the long journey to Bethlehem, bearing gifts for baby Jesus.

Mary & Joseph - Resolute and patient, Mary and Joseph have 9 lines each. 

Donkey - A non-speaking role, but ever-present and dependable.

Caesar Augustus - Roman Emperor. A formidable figure

Minion - One of Caesar’s soldiers.

Town Crier - His/her strong voice spreads the news of the census.

Shepherds - There are lines for three shepherds.

Sheep - Non-speaking roles. But could certainly bleat.

Gabriel - The angel who visits the shepherds, having already visited Mary.

Innkeeper - Infamous owner of the stable.

Travellers - There are three named travellers – Elijah, Josiah and Phoebe – who are heading to Bethlehem for the census.

Townsfolk - The people of Bethlehem. Key ensemble players.

 Additional angels, shepherds, travellers and minions could be included too

Song Samples

Title Listen
Godfrey Humps
Mary's Journey
This Town Is Full
The Shepherds' Story
Hooray in a Manger
New Born King
Let's Dance


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