A Way In A Manger - By Ruth Kenward and Caroline Kimber
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‘If you want songs that you can't get out of your head, fast paced witty dialogue, delighted parents and happy children, then this is the show for you!’
- KH, Teacher, Lincolnshire.
Set within a story from old English folklore, this musical is a simple explanation of the Christmas message, that Jesus was born in human form to show mankind the character of God. A refreshing new look at what lies at the heart of the Christmas story - something completely different.
It's Christmas Eve on Anna and Ben's farm. Grandma has told them that at midnight on Christmas Eve, animals kneel down in their stables all around the world. Will that happen in their stable?
After Anna and Ben have gone to bed, the animals in the stable begin a conversation. Donkey tells the others that his great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather carried Mary on her journey to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.
The animals are impressed and begin to sing 'Away In A Manger'. As they sing, Donkey puzzles over the word 'away', which he has misunderstood. "What IS a way?" he asks. The others explain how baby Jesus grew up to show people 'a way' to live. Donkey is suitably impressed and prouder than ever of his ancestor for helping carry such a special baby to his birthplace.
Late that night, just as the clock is striking twelve, Anna and Ben return the stable to find out if what their Grandma told them is true. To their amazement, they find Donkey - and all the other animals - kneeling by the manger!
The Director's Pack contains everything you need to stage a successful show including the Director's Book with director's overview, cast list, synopsis, notes, script, score, lyrics, helpful staging suggestions and performance licence application form. The included Enhanced CD contains full vocal demonstrations of the songs for the children to learn and separate instrumental backing tracks for performance use (no pianist required), along with printable files of the pupil script and lyric sheets (which allows you to print off as many copies as you require). Age guide 5 to 9 years.
Approximate Duration: 25 minutes
1) Christmas Eve
2) Bigger Than The Biggest Mountain
3) If You Wanna Teach A Worm
4) The Way In A Manger
5) Donkey On A Journey
6) Away In A Manger
7) Best Day In December (reprise Christmas Eve)