In this rib-tickling mini-nativity from Tom Kirkham and Matthew Crossey, four great songs and a short entertaining script bring Bethlehem to life through the eyes of grumbling local resident, Silas, who is a reluctant (but eventually transformed) witness to the events of the birth of Jesus. We hope it provides the cast (and teachers!) with an enjoyable and meaningful experience.
The cast performing the opening song, singing of the busy, bustling, noisy town of Bethlehem during the census (OH BETHLEHEM).
Our narrators tell us about the very special birth of a baby boy and draw our attention to Silas, a resident of Bethlehem, who is becoming increasingly frustrated by the visitors to the town arriving for the census. Some of the visitors have walked a long way and are feeling very tired now they have arrived (HOW MANY MILES).
The Roman Soldiers policing the census wonder where the many arrivals are staying. A young couple, Mary and Joseph, arrive late and seek accommodation. They don’t have much luck, turned away by numerous innkeepers, before one happens to mention a small stable that he owns.
Silas watches in disbelief: not only are all of the inns being filled up, but even the stables that house the animals. He bemoans the lack of peace and quiet before falling asleep and snoring loudly.
He awakes when some shepherds hurry by, eagerly seeking the stable. They tell a rather cross Silas of their remarkable visit by some angels (JUST SOME SHEPHERDS).
A little later, the Three Wise Men enter on their ‘camels’. Silas is intrigued and begins to realise that something special is going on. Along with his wife, Eva, he follows them to the stable and is amazed to see a baby boy lying peacefully in a manger. He forgets all of his grumbles, and gazes at baby Jesus as he finally finds peace (A LITTLE BABY BOY).
The play has been written with 38 speaking parts, though this could easily be adapted (see p6 of book). There is also plenty to do for a large ensemble. All characters could be played both by boys and girls.
The editable WORD script, available for £6.95 when the performance licence is also purchased, will make the process of adjusting quite straightforward.
TWINKLE TOWN - SCRIPT SAMPLE