Last updated: October 30, 2018
'The Nativity Play'
Stage-play script and Sound effects
Perfect for the 2018 Christmas season!
'The Nativity Play' is a dramatic and reverent stage-play adaptation of The Gospels of Matthew and Luke. This adaptation--available in 70-minute, 30-minute and 15-minute versions--is perfect for Christmas productions: community theatre troupes, college, high-school, and middle school casts, and as part of worship services in churches. (A shorter "Nativity Play Christmas pageant" version, suited to performance by ages 6-13 is also available.) Here is detailed information about the play, the cast, and sound design. The modest performance royalty I charge is based upon the venue (school, stage, worship service, recording, or broadcast) and the number of performances. It is well suited to Christian youth groups and Sunday school classes.
WHAT THE SCRIPT INCLUDES:
My script dramatizes the Nativity story of how Mary & Joseph bring the light of Salvation to a weary world. It brings to life scenes and characters that were merely described in the Gospels, including the shepherds, the meeting of Mary and Joseph, the Annunciation, the Visitation to Elisabeth, Joseph's Dilemma, Angelic Dreams, King Herod's tyranny, The Census, The Journey to Bethlehem, No Room At The Inn, The Birth of Jesus, The Host of Angels, the Adoration of the Magi, The Slaughter of the Innocents, The Flight to Egypt and more. My shorter versions omit some of these scenes but retain the most familiar ones.
The 70-minute, 30-minute and 15-minute versions are dramatic plays and NOT a typical Christmas Pageant to be performed by youngsters (for kid performers, a simplified Pageant version will be available by mid-November 2012). The Nativity Play is a vivid dramatization that reveals the humanity and humility of the Mary, Joseph and Jesus--as well as the despair and longing for a Messiah by the people of Israel. As with my popular, faithful adaptations of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol and Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life!, this show is suitable for all audiences, yet performable by students--from middle school up through college, as well as adults. I remain true to Matthew and Luke, bringing plenty of authentic Biblical elements--infused with a touching, Christian spiritual dimension.
Additionally, pre-recorded sound effects are available for the background sounds: wind, pastures of sheep, seagulls, rain, crickets, thunder, a massacre in a dream, etc.
TWO VERSIONS OF THE STAGE-PLAY:
I offer two stage-play versions of The Nativity—of differing lengths. Below, I describe both version, so you can see what each includes or omits. Both dramatize Mary & Joseph's life with mix reverence and humor, making for an uplifting and entertaining Christmas show. These are full-blown stage-plays with characters speaking dialogue. (If you want a simplified Nativity Play with little or NO dialogue, see the Pageant versions.)
The 70-minute stage-play begins with several shepherds lamenting life after The Fall and wishing for a Redeemer, then the scenes shift to a Nazareth marketplace where a charitable and pious Mary meets Joseph, the Annunciation, the Visitation to Elisabet & Zakarais, Joseph's carpentry work on King Herod's palace, the birth and naming of John The Baptist, Mary's return home, Joseph's Dilemma, his angel dream, and a reconciliation between Joseph and Mary. Act 2 includes King Herod's tyranny, the Roman Census, the Journey to Bethlehem, No Room At The Inn, the Birth of Jesus, the shepherds and the Host of Angels, the prophecies of Simeon and Anna, Herod and the Magi, the Adoration of the Magi, Herod's fury, the Slaughter of the Innocents, The Flight to Egypt and the Return from Egypt. This version includes the full canticles from Luke: Mary's "Magnificat", Zakarias' "Benedictus", Simeon's "Nunc Dimittis"--all in English, of course.
The 30-minute stage-play repeats most of the scenes from the 70-minute version, but trims lines and omits several scenes entirely; No Nazareth marketplace meeting of Joseph and Mary, no Joseph's carpentry at Herod's palace, no John The Baptist naming ceremony (thus cutting Zakarias' "Benedictus" canticle), no strife with Mary's family over her situation, no dramatization of Joseph getting advice to "quietly divorce Mary." It also eliminates two scenes depicting King Herod's tyranny and cuts one of Joseph's angel dreams--and shortens Mary's "Magnificat" and Simeon's "Nunc Dimittis" speeches. The 30-minute version is intended for productions with time limitations: worship services, theaters, classrooms or radio stations. However, in 30 minutes, this Nativity adaptation still holds up as an emotional and spiritual experience.
The 15-minute stage-play trims more dialogue and cuts several scenes included in the other versions. The remaining scenes are: Shepherds lamenting life after The Fall and wishing for a Redeemer, Mary receiving the Annunciation, the Journey to Bethlehem, No Room At The Inn, the Birth of Jesus, the shepherds and the Host of Angels, Herod and the Magi, the Adoration of the Magi, Herod's fury, the Slaughter of the Innocents, The Flight to Egypt and the Return from Egypt. The 15-minute Nativity adaptation still retains the drama as well as emotional and spiritual aspects.
Free "Nativity Play" Stage-play
70-minute version cast size:
30-minute version cast size:
15-minute version cast size:
Without doubling, the cast list is as follows:
PRE-RECORDED SOUND EFFECTS TRACKS:
While your troupe’s Sound Designer could assemble such sounds from various SFX collections, here, they are already edited, ambience is added and match the length of dialogue in the script. It will cost you more time and trouble to do this yourself than to purchase these tracks from me