Gentle Beasts - By Debbie Campbell
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‘Really great musical for Primary school nativity. Just finished putting on the show and it went down brilliantly! Recommended!!!’
- NW, UK.
The traditional English carol The Friendly Beasts has been adapted by Debbie Campbell to create a heart-warming and amusing Christmas musical, describing the Nativity from the point of view of a bunch of rather comical animals!
The Nativity is re-told by a number of rather comical animals - gentle doves, self-important cockerell, fluttering birds, wise owls, dozy donkey, street-wise cat and dog, motherly ox, friendly sheep and proud camels - who all played a vital part in this important event.
A stoical donkey carries Mary to Bethlehem, a motherly ox offers its manger, a sheep keeps Jesus warm, while doves coo him to sleep. Bossy owls organize the procedure and even street dogs and cats come to visit. The cooperation and kindness shown by these endearing creatures teaches us important lesson at Christmas!
Cast: To suit the number of performers available, the cast size is flexible with 25 to 30 (ideal cast size 25-40+) evenly distributed speaking/singing parts and choruses comprising: Animals (Doves, Cockerel, Birds, Owls, Donkey, Cat, Dog, Ox, Sheep, Camels), Non-speaking (Angel Gabriel, Angels, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Three Wise Men) and Choruses (Birds, Street Animals, Stable Animals, Sheep, Angels).
Seven songs and dances explore a diversity of musical styles including gospel, carol, country, calypso, rock 'n' roll and old English.
Suitable for Key Stages 1-2 (ages 7-11). Cross Curricular Aspects include religious education, history, geography, citizenship, music, dance, drama, art and design. The Director's Book includes the script, lyrics, piano score, costume and staging ideas, along with a CD of vocal and backing tracks, to help enliven the rehearsals and the final performance.
Approximate Duration: 40-50 minutes