A MANGER CAROL – A ONE ACT NATIVITY PLAY
Every year, in churches across the United States, children perform the story of the nativity before an audience of proud and excited parents. In many cases a large group of children are dressed up and paraded across the stage while a narrator reads the story of the birth of Christ. Often this tradition becomes boring and commonplace, even though they are acting out the greatest story ever told.
This nativity play is designed to be a little different. It initially starts off with a departure from tradition, by introducing comedic elements into what has become, through habit, a solemn proceeding. At the end the play closes with an important message about Christmas and our Savior Jesus Christ; that the story isn’t about the scenery or the costumes, but about the people in that story. A group of ordinary people who came together to take part in an extraordinary event that changed the world forever.
My hope for this play is that people will enjoy and laugh through the comedy, and then take home the message that Jesus himself often took chances, shook things up, and stepped out in faith, and that we, as his disciples, should do the same.
“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! Tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.” – Benjamin Franklin
Author: Richard Van Den Akker
Type: One act nativity play
Genre: Nativity play, comedy
Length: Forty Minutes
Number of Actors: Twenty to Sixty (20-60) Some of the parts can be doubled if you don’t have enough children.
Ages of the actors: A large number of children to early teens
Suitable for : All Ages
Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – many costumes.
Set: Simple – the inn and stable can be made of of large cardboard boxes such as refrigerator boxes. There is a lamp that needs to be plugged in but quite simple otherwise.
Cost is $6
Copyright August 2013 Richard Van Den Akker and Off The Wall Play Publishers
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