If, like me, you’ve always had a hard time to find a Nativity Script that would work for your church, school or group, why not write your own? You know the story, after all! Plus, you’re sure to have some old favorites that you can make use of as tunes, and if not, simply utilize carols: everyone likes them, and the audience can sing them too. Tempted to give it a try? Okay, so here’s some useful pointers and suggestions …
- 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 enjoy to sing a solo of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, it could be that among your cast is a character in their own right and would love to play a comic or clumsy role. Maybe you could write in a visit from the local comedian, and afterwards have the narrator comically remedying the story!
- Use songs to break up the story so that you can smoothly get ready for a brand-new scene. I find that any of these natural breaks work well in every script…
1. An optional opening tune
2. Mary and Joseph’s trip (traveling song).
3. The infant is born (lullaby/Away in a Manger etc).
4. The angel speaks to the shepherds (angel tune).
5. The shepherds trek to Bethlehem.
6. The kings make a journey to Bethlehem.
7. An optional ending/celebration song; perhaps looking forward to Christmas day etc.
- If music is a challenge, utilize Christmas carols, and have the audience join in. Taking a look at the list above, there are some clear recommendations: Little Donkey / O Little Town of Bethlehem etc; Away in a Manger; Hark The Herald Angels sing; While Shepherds Watched their Flocks; We 3 Kings of Orient Are; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; We wish you a Merry Christmas and so on
One last point:
Do not aim for the best play, just a perfect atmosphere and a spirit of love. The goal of the nativity play is to tell the story of God’s love, so if you see your play enacted, welcome the chaos and the things that fail; those are the enduring memories that you can take pleasure in laughing about. Remember, the play is a celebration of Jesus’s birth, so it needs to be as much fun as anybody else’s birthday!
Idea’s On Writing Your Own Nativity Script