Jesus In The Manger

By Dave Corbett

Ages 5-7

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30 minutes
Speaking Roles
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Mary and Joseph have to travel to Bethlehem, a long and hard journey, and Mary is soon to give birth to a baby boy. Unfortunately, they arrive to find the city is very busy and there's no room at any of the inns. Meanwhile, three Kings travel from a far off land bearing gifts for the new baby.

This traditional nativity story, is presented here as an easy to learn musical production. Simple to stage, with small, non-demanding roles spread across a range of characters, Jesus In The Manger is the perfect traditional Christmas production for children aged 5 - 7 years.


Scene One: Nazareth

Mary and Joseph have been ordered to travel to Bethlehem by King Herod in order to complete a census. Mary is worried as she knows the journey will be hard and she is soon to give birth to a baby boy. With Joseph reassuring her, the two set off.

Scene Two: The Kings

Far away three Kings have decided to follow a star that they believe will lead them to a new born baby king. After comparing each other's gifts for the new born, the Kings leave with their Camels.

Scene Three: The Market

Mary and Joseph arrive at Bethlehem to find the city very busy. Around them, Merchants sell their wares in the market. Worrying that there will be nowhere to stay for the night, Joseph leaves to search for accommodation. Unable to find anywhere, an Innkeeper and his Wife offer the couple shelter in their stable.

Scene Four: Watching Sheep

On a hillside outside Bethlehem, several Shepherds tend their sheep. An Angel appears to them and tells them a very special boy has just been born in the city. Curious, the Shepherds decide to visit the new born.

Scene Five: The Stable

Baby Jesus has been born. Mary and Joseph are resting with him in the stable, whilst onlookers and stable animals begin to gather around the manger. The Shepherds arrive to see the baby, the Kings arrive to present their gifts and all that have gathered celebrate that birth of the wonderful baby King.

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Simple and easy to use with catchy songs that the children enjoyed singing and acting to.

Susan Kelly, Assistant Head - St Mary's C of E Primary School

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