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The Good, The Bad And The Donkey (Nativity)

by Malcolm Sircom

Pricing & Order Info.
Ideal Cast Size 54
Speaking Roles 53
Minimum Cast Size 28
Duration (minutes)50

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Why choose this Musical?

Maximum 53 speaking roles

Easily reduced, see "Casting tab" below. Optional Infant parts as revellers, angels, devils and soldiers.

Flexibility

Flexible Cast size to suit YOUR group numbers, from 28 actors upwards. See "Casting" tab below.

Unlimited chorus parts

Easy to stage with simple scenery - adaptable

CDs of Backing Tracks & Vocal Tracks available

Piano/Vocal Score (Grade 5 Standard) available

Easily constructed and manageable props

Age range - Key Stage 2 Production (7-11 years)

Another light-hearted, feel-good Musical nativity from the same stable (no pun intended) as The Little Shepherd. Once again we have a dancing Doris - this time it's Doris the Donkey. The Good are a band of Angels out to thwart the Bad, a group of Devils bent on wrecking the Nativity. Some industrial espionage in the Devil's ranks make sure that the Angels win through. There will be no problem in fitting in as many children as you want into the cast.

This highly original and entertaining treatment, which children will love to perform and staff to produce, is both funny and moving, and is backed by a score as tuneful as its predecessor.

'Band of Angels' opens this humorous and eventful Christmas play as the angels enter and introduce themselves - Angela being the chief angel! As they explain to the audience their achievements that day (including making a teenager tidy his room?) they all fall fast asleep on Cloud Nine, exhausted from the days events.

Before long, the Devils enter and sing 'Devils' as they line up and share their achievements with the audience. Unfortunately, theirs are far more extreme including pestilence and salmonella. Chief Devil however is displeased with these events and decides that the Christmas Extravaganza will be to wreck the nativity! Unfortunately, as they get carried away with the excitement and shout louder and louder, the angels overhear and promise to do all they can to thwart the plans. 'Angels and Devils' is sung as the two forces go head to head.

The action moves swiftly to the Court of Augustus where Caesar is becoming increasingly frustrated with his wife, who is a shopaholic. Unable to keep up with her extravagance, Caesar loses his temper and promises to tax the whole world!

As the story continues on the road to Bethlehem, 'This Time Tomorrow' is sung as Mary and Joseph are convinced that the baby will arrive that evening. However, they may not make it to Bethlehem in time as their donkey, Doris, appears to be particularly stubborn and won't "stir her stumps". However, just like a miracle, David, a little shepherd boy, enters and whispers a magic word in Joseph's ear that he promises will not only get the donkey moving but also dancing! The secret word does the trick and with a simple "Yee-ha!" the 'Donkey Dance' follows.

Yet the miracle doesn't last long as a devilish tax inspector makes an appearance and demands fifty-three shekels from Mary and Joseph. Unable to pay, the inspector tries to take Doris away but ever the angelic creature, the donkey remains rooted to the spot and Mary and Joseph are able to continue to Bethlehem. It seems as though the battle between the angels and devils is going to be a close one!

With the wicked ideas flowing, the devils send someone to book every room in the inn so there is no room for Mary and Joseph when they arrive. Overjoyed with their antics, 'Lets Bop' is sung in celebration. Feeling desperate, Joseph and Mary sing 'No Room at the Inn' and, as we all know, good things come to those who wait, and luckily the angels call upon the innkeeper's wife, who sympathises with Mary's predicament and can't bear to see her give birth on the street, consequently offering her a stable.

As the baby is born, the action moves to the fields where the shepherds are busy working (or playing cards?) Distracted by the star in the sky, the angels appear to reassure them that they should follow it to Bethlehem during 'New Star in the Sky.' It appears the angels are in the lead as a stream of visitors make their way to the stable, (not only the shepherds but wise men as well) and are overwhelmed at what they find lying in a manger. 'This Little King' is sung as everyone admires baby Jesus.

Yet the peaceful atmosphere is disturbed as the tax inspector makes a surprise appearance, demanding the money! It appears everything may go horribly wrong, but as if there couldn't be enough miracles in one night, the inspector is charmed by the baby's face and makes a swift exit, but not before giving Mary and Joseph a tax rebate of twenty shekels!

Unfortunately Mary and Joseph's sleep is disturbed (not just by a crying baby!) as Joseph hears a voice in his head telling him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt as King Herod is on his way to kill the baby.

As they leave, the play returns to the scoreboard between the angels and devils. As it is revealed that one of the devils divulged Herods plans in order to save Jesus, he is welcomed into the arms of the angels and a happy ending pleases everyone (well, except the devils!) 'The Nativity Story' ends the show as everyone is reminded about why we celebrate Christmas.

Suggested Cast List For 54 Actors

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many spoken lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the character's name indicates that this character ALSO has solo or featured sung lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
* Joseph51
* Mary40
Chief Devil36
* Chief Angel31
Tax Inspector28
Little Devil22
Angel 220
Angel 318
David18
Angel 117
Angel 416
Angel 516
Angel 616
Angel 716
Angel 816
Devil 416
Devil 215
Devil 314
Devil 514
Innkeeper's Wife14
Narrator 114
Devil 112
Devil 612
Narrator 212
Narrator 312
Narrator 412
Devil 711
Devil 810
Innkeeper9
Shepherd 39
Wise Man 18
Shepherd 17
Caesar6
Wise Man 26
Wise Man 36
* Reveller 15
Shepherd 25
Reveller 44
Shepherd 44
Caesar's Wife3
Wife 13
Wife 33
Courtier 12
Reveller 22
Reveller 32
Reveller 72
Reveller 82
Wife 22
Wife 42
Courtier 21
Doris Donkey - (could be played by two actors if preferred)1
Reveller 51
Reveller 61

Non speaking role: Placard Boy or Girl.

Suggested Cast List For 28 Actors

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many spoken lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the character's name indicates that this character ALSO has solo or featured sung lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
* Joseph51
Angel 3 - also covers Angel 6 and Angel 8's lines50
Angel 1 - also covers Angel 4 and Angel 7's lines49
Devil 3 - also covers Devil 5 and Devil 7's lines and also plays Shepherd 348
Devil 1 - also covers Devil 6 and Devil 8's lines and also plays Shepherd 141
Devil 2 - also covers Devil 4's lines and also plays Shepherd 2, covering Shepherd 4's lines40
* Mary40
Chief Devil36
Angel 2 - also covers Angel 5's lines36
Tax Inspector - also plays Reveller 4, covering Reveller 8's lines34
* Chief Angel31
Narrator 1 - also covers Narrator 3's lines26
Narrator 2 - also covers Narrator 4's lines24
Little Devil22
David18
Courtier 2 - also plays Innkeeper's Wife15
Courtier 1 - also plays Innkeeper11
Caesar - also plays Reveller 2, covering Reveller 6's lines9
Wise Man 18
Caesar's Wife - also plays Reveller 3, covering Reveller 7's lines7
Wise Man 26
Wise Man 36
* Reveller 1 - also covers Reveller 5's lines6
Wife 1 - also covers Wife 2's lines5
Wife 33
Wife 42
Doris Donkey - (played by just one actor)1

Non speaking role: Placard Boy or Girl.

Reducing the cast in this way will necessitate re-allocating actors on stage in Scene seven into groups A and B for 'The Nativity Story' song.

The actor playing Reveller 4 will need to exit after his lines in Scene six, to change costume to play the Tax Inspector.

5 Star Rating

The Good, The Bad And The Donkey (Nativity)

"This proved ideal for our small Primary School - an easy set for a small stage "
D Smith Key Stage 2 Teacher

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