If, like me, you’ve regularly had a hard time to get a Nativity Script that would work for your church, school or group, why not compose your own? You understand the story, after all! Plus, you’re sure to have some old favorites that you can make use of as tunes, and if not, just use carols: everybody loves them, and the audience can sing them too. Tempted to give it a try? Okay, so here’s some useful tips and ideas …
- If you have any particular skills or characters within your cast, welcome the flexibility of writing your own script to make it personal to your cast. Perhaps someone can play ‘Away in a manger’ on the guitar, maybe you have a toddler who would like to sing a solo of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, maybe one of your cast is a character in their own right and would love to play a comic or clumsy role. It could be that you might write in a visit from the local comedian, and then have the storyteller comically remedying the story!
- Use songs to break up the story so that you can smoothly get ready for a new scene. I find that any of these natural breaks work well in every script…
1. An optional opening song
2. Mary and Joseph’s trip (taking a trip song).
3. The infant is born (lullaby/Away in a Manger etc).
4. The angel talks with the shepherds (angel song).
5. The shepherds go to Bethlehem.
6. The kings journey to Bethlehem.
7. An optional ending/celebration tune; maybe looking forward to Christmas day and so on
- If music is a difficulty, utilize Christmas carols, and have the audience take part. Looking at the list above, there are some clear suggestions: Little Donkey / O Little Town of Bethlehem etc; Away in a Manger; Hark The Herald Angels sing; While Shepherds Watched their Flocks; We Three Kings of Orient Are; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; We wish you a Merry Christmas and so on
One final tip:
Do not aim for the perfect play, just a perfect atmosphere and a spirit of love. The objective of the nativity play is to tell the story of God’s love, so if you see your play enacted, accept the chaos and things that go wrong; those are the long lasting memories that you can take pleasure in chuckling about. Remember, the play is a celebration of Jesus’s birth, so it needs to be as much fun as anyone else’s birthday!
Tips On Composing A Nativity Script