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Happy Birthday Jesus (Nativity)

by Mike Smith

Pricing & Order Info.
Ideal Cast Size 41
Speaking Roles 32
Minimum Cast Size 28
Duration (minutes)35

A Super Key Stage One and Key Stage Two Christmas Show

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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

CDs of Backing and Vocal Tracks available

Piano/Vocal Score (Grade 4 Standard) available

Easily constructed and manageable props

Age Range: EYFS and Key Stages 1/Lower KS2 Production (4-8 years)

Duration: 35 Minutes

This delightful nativity for 4 - 8 year olds establishes the link between Christmas and Jesus' birthday with 7 easy to learn catchy songs. The story follows a group of children making a birthday card for Jesus, each child suggesting an idea to add to the card. As each new idea is created, a tableau is acted out including songs and dance if required. The show concludes with the traditional nativity scene. This easily adaptable show can be performed by a small number of children or as many as you wish in about 35 to 40 minutes.

The show opens with a group of six children making a birthday card in order to celebrate Jesus birthday. 'Happy Birthday Jesus' is sung as they all join in to help decorate the card. Hannah, one of the children, then suggests drawing a Christmas tree on the card and this acts as a perfect link for young children to understand the modern festivities and how they relate to the birth of Jesus; the children explain how trees are made from wood, and that the stable and manger were too. 'Christmas Trees' follows.

John's suggestion is to draw some fairy lights on the tree and this is linked back to the stars in the sky on the night Jesus was born; 'Starlight' is sung as the fairy lights enter and dance a short routine before joining in to sing.

After this musical number, the lights exit apart from one that remains behind to guide the shepherds. As the shepherds exit in order to follow the star, Hannah suggests drawing a donkey. After a failed attempt the travellers and Mary and Joseph enter and sing 'Travellers Song' as they journey towards Bethlehem. After a stroke of luck, Mary and Joseph find a place to stay and Hannah successfully draws a donkey to put on the card!

The Christmas Crackers are the next to enter as Jenny suggests drawing these next to represent the presents we all receive on Christmas Day. As you may have guessed, a few jokes are shared between the crackers which may or may not crack a smile... 'Crackers' follows.

The Kings enter and present their gifts to Jesus during the Crib Song. After this, the lights fade on the crib scene and the children put their finishing touches on the birthday card before everyone sings a reprise of 'Happy Birthday Jesus.'

Suggested Cast List For 41 Actors

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many spoken lines each role has.

Character NameNumber of Lines
John19
Richard19
Hannah18
Jenny13
Alice12
Paul7
Joseph4
Mary4
Cracker 13
Cracker 23
Cracker 33
Cracker 43
Fairy Light 13
Fairy Light 23
Fairy Light 83
Shepherd 13
Shepherd 23
Shepherd 33
Fairy Light 32
Fairy Light 42
Fairy Light 52
Fairy Light 62
Fairy Light 72
Innkeeper 22
Innkeeper 11
King 11
King 21
King 31
Traveller 11
Traveller 21
Traveller 31
Traveller 41

Non-speaking roles: A Donkey, who is silent throughout, a Chorus of four Christmas Trees and four additional Travellers. Eighteen of the children playing Christmas Trees, Travellers, Crackers or Fairy Lights will also be required, each with a lettered card to spell 'Happy Birthday Jesus'. These could be additional children if preferred.

Suggested Cast List For 28 Actors

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many spoken lines each role has.

Character NameNumber of Lines
John19
Richard19
Hannah18
Jenny13
Alice12
Paul7
Shepherd 1 - also plays Innkeeper 25
Traveller 1 - also plays Cracker 1 and also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight4
Traveller 2 - also plays Cracker 2 and also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight4
Traveller 3 - also plays Cracker 3 and also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight4
Traveller 4 - also plays Cracker 4 and also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight4
Joseph4
Mary4
Shepherd 23
Shepherd 33
Fairy Light 1 - also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight3
Fairy Light 2 - also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight3
Fairy Light 8 - also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight3
Fairy Light 3 - also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight2
Fairy Light 4 - also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight2
Fairy Light 5 - also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight2
Fairy Light 6 - also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight2
Fairy Light 7 - also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight2
Innkeeper 1 - also plays Christmas Tree, and also holds letter card(s) in Scene eight1
King 1 - also plays Christmas Tree1
King 2 - also plays Christmas Tree1
King 3 - also plays Christmas Tree1

Non-speaking roles: A Donkey, who is silent throughout.

Notes:

  • For ease of costume change, the Christmas Trees could wear a fabric (or even paper) tabard, with a tree design on, over their other costume.
  • Similarly, the Travellers could simply don sparkly headbands, with crackers attached, to become the Crackers.
  • Five of the thirteen children holding letter cards in Scene eight will need to hold two cards (one in each hand). It is suggested that the digraphs (pp, ir, th, ay) and the 'us' (of 'Jesus') are used in this way, for ease of reading by the audience.

5 Star Rating

Happy Birthday Jesus (Nativity)

"What a fantastic show! I did this with Y1,Y2 and Y3 and it worked beautifully. On the last night we got a standing ovation! I am not musical at all but the CDs were really helpful and the children learned the songs easily. "
K.G. - Producer.

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