Three Little Nativities - An A and C Black Mini-Musical
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‘This book was perfect for early years (nursery and Reception) Christmas play as the tunes were already familiar to the children. Having three complete plays means that you can chop and change songs too. Love it!’
- SM, UK.
Three Little Nativities is a delightful book and double CD pack containing three Christmas mini-musicals for storyteller and very young children. The book contains the scripts, five week programmes of activities and melody line score for the songs (with chords). The CDs contain sung performances and backing tracks to sing along with, incidental music to use in your performance and performances of the mini-musicals, complete with stories, songs and incidental music.
The A & C Black mini-musical is a short, flexible musical for storyteller and very young children (3-5 year olds). At its simplest level, it can be performed spontaneously in a storytime setting. The storyteller (a teacher, teaching assistant, nursery practitioner or other adult) narrates the story and guides the children by cueing the songs, dance, movement, mime and sound effects. The three mini-musicals in this collection approach the Nativity story in different ways. In "Christmas Eve in the Toy Shop" by Kaye Umansky, the Toys do what they do best for Baby Jesus. "Born In Bethlehem" by Sue Nicholls retells the traditional Nativity story through rhyme and song. Finally, in "The Christmas Star" by Jonathan Trueman, two children fly into space to hear the Nativity story told from the star's point of view.
The songs in this pack are catchy and simple: some are well-known traditional songs, some consist of new words to well-known tunes and some are original simple songs. No performance licence is required if you present any of the mini-musicals as an informal performance (ie. a performance, with or without an audience, that takes place within an educational establishment or church, where any box office takings are less than 250 british pounds sterling).
Approximate Duration: 15-20 minutes each
1) Christmas Eve in the Toy Shop (a 15-20 minutes mini-musical)
2) Born in Bethlehem (a 15-20 minutes mini-musical)
3) The Christmas Star (a 15-20 minutes mini-musical)