Ordinary Made Extraordinary (A Christmas Musical)

Ordinary Made Extraordinary

Ordinary Made Extraordinary

Setting: A contemporary church. Stage area should be empty other than a simple podium to one side. Center stage should be a large (6-8 foot tall and wide enough for your primary cast to fit behind to create the familiar Christmas picture of Mary, Joseph, manger, Angel and Shepherd kneeling) scrim or canvas which will be lit from behind to show silhouette of Holy Family 

Cast of Characters

Director: adult children’s choir or children’s ministry director, should be frazzled and distracted. While script refers to director as Mrs. C, this could easily be played by either a man or woman

Shepherd 1: a child

Wise Man 1: a child (boy)

Wise Man 2: a child (girl) – non speaking part

Jill: a child dressed as an animal or angel that can be changed to a wise man

Mary (Child version): older girl, bold and sassy

Joseph (Child version): older boy, grumpy and pushy

Angel 1: child, whiny

Cow 1: child, whiny

Shepherd 2: child

Shepherd 3: child

Shepherd 4: child

Angel 2: child

Assorted Children’s Nativity members (to fill out your choir and scene)- Non Speaking but will sing in a children’s choir

(All child parts except Wise Man 1, Mary, Joseph and Cow 1 could be other animals or characters in the nativity play depending on what costumes you have and your personal preference)

Narrators: can be up to 4 different narrators or fewer depending on your preference. Youth narrators work well as they can be assistants to the director during the opening scene

Hotel Employee:  Man in mid-late thirties (or older)

Choir Member: Woman old enough to be a grandparent

Garbage Man: Man of any age

Mary (adult): young woman in her early twenties

Joseph (adult): non speaking man of similar age to Mary

Music is flexible and can include traditional carols or special music from your choir or praise team’s repertoire.

Excerpt from Ordinary Made Extraordinary

Narrator 2:   And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Song Two: Children lead congregation in singing Angels We Have Heard on High (verse one only)

As song ends, the choir member should come out from behind the scrim.

Angel:  I wasn’t even going to go to choir tonight.  I ran errands all morning and then babysat our grandchildren.  We were playing dress up all afternoon and I guess I forgot about this silly halo in my hair.  But I needed to run some more Bibles to the (Local Hotel) anyway and church is kind of on the way.  I figured I’d go for a little bit, run through this week’s anthem and head out early.  It’s not like I’m the star soprano or anything.  Half the choir would have to be sick for them to really need me.

But every once in a while there’s a song that you just have to sing.  That’s what happened tonight. As soon as the piano started playing I just knew this song was one that was meant for something more than your usual Sunday morning.  This was a song to tell good news with, to tell the whole world about God’s love.  It was a song proclaiming all the things we’ve been waiting – a promised savior of the world.  It felt good just to sing the words.  And in the middle, it was almost like it was someone else singing.  Like God himself was singing through me.  And that was just practice.

Then I took the Bibles over to the Holiday Inn, for the Gideons.  I got to the hotel and had this feeling, this whisper in my head that said this was where I was supposed to be singing my song.  That savior I wasn’t so sure would ever come was here, born in the (Insert Local Hotel Name) just a few miles from my house.

I had to sing the news to the people.  I ran out of that hotel as fast as I could and told the very first people I could tell.  Sure, they were garbage men…a little smelly and not all that important, but I guess it isn’t my job to decide who hears the good news.  I’m just an ordinary person trying to follow God the best way I know.  Every once in a while, I get to be part of something extraordinary.

Choir Member returns to place behind the scrim

 


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The Lessons of Christmas (Christmas Musical)

Lessons of Christmas Cover Page 

Cast of Characters

Narrator- Adult or older youth, can be broken into 4-5 different narrators. Should be a memorized narration, not read

Mary- older child or youth, will be on stage much of the performance, brief speaking part

Gabriel- older child or youth, larger speaking part

Joseph- older child or youth, non speaking part, but is on stage through much of performance

Head Angel- older child, small speaking part

Angels- children of all ages, one group speaking part

Shepherds- children of all ages, one group speaking part

 Script Excerpt- Scene One

Narrator: This is the season of Advent, the time we get ready to celebrate the mystery of Christmas, the time when we prepare our hearts for the gift of Jesus.  As we retell the story of the birth of Jesus, each character teaches us something.

Scene One: Mary teaches us to be faithful

Narrator: Our story begins with Mary.

Enter Mary from stage left to center

Mary was a young girl engaged to be married.  She was not someone the rest of the world would have chosen to be mother to a savior.  But God chose her and sent his angel Gabriel to tell her of the amazing plan he had for her life.

Enter Gabriel from stage right

Gabriel:  You are truly blessed.  The Lord is with you.

Narrator: Mary was confused by this greeting and wondered what it meant.

Gabriel:  Don’t be afraid!  God is pleased with you and you will have a son.  His name will be Jesus.  He will be great and will be called Son of God Most High. 

Mary:  How can this happen?  I am not married.

Gabriel:  The Holy Spirit will come down to you and God’s power will come over you.  Your child will be called the Holy Son of God.  Nothing is impossible for God.

Mary:  I am the Lord’s servant.  Let it happen as you have said.

 Mary and Gabriel freeze until the end of narration

Narrator:  Let it happen as you have said.  Rather than argue with God or question his plans further, Mary responds with faith.  Imagine how frightened she must have been.  Imagine that you were asked by God to do something so huge, so unimaginable that you can’t begin to know how it would happen.  And yet Mary responds with faith.  Let it happen as you have said.  As we light the first candle of the advent wreath, let us pause to remember Mary’s faithfulness.

Acolyte lights first candle and allow a few moments for reflection.  Mary moves to far stage left and freezes, Gabriel exits stage right

Optional Special Music (solo or small group singing from in front of stage area or stage right)

The Lessons of Christmas can be easily modified to include any special music, choirs, bell choirs or other musical ensembles.

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Christmas Musicals Made Simple

November is here which means we are getting closer and closer to Christmas! Are you looking for some kind of Christmas play or musical that is simple, requires minimal rehearsal and can be easily adapted to fit your church’s talents and abilities? KidMin Solutions has two Christmas musicals that were created for exactly that purpose.

 

Ordinary Made Extraordinary

Halloween is tomorrow which means we are eight weeks from Christmas! Are you looking for some kind of Christmas play or musical that is simple, affordable and flexible to fit your church? KidMin Solutions has two plays that were created for exactly that purpose.

Ordinary Made Extraordinary begins with a Children’s Choir director desperately trying to get her choir students ready for their performance, but they are complaining and asking questions. The scene changes to a modern retelling of the Christmas story through a series of monologues by a hotel desk clerk (the innkeeper), a grandmother and choir member (an angel), a sanitation worker (a shepherd) and Mary. We see how God uses ordinary people to make something extraordinary. Cast includes a variety of children, youth, adults of all ages. Traditional carols have been included, but you can substitute songs from your choir’s repertoire.

Click HERE to read a preview, casting suggestions and to purchase the download.

Lessons of Christmas Cover PageThe Lessons of Christmas uses child actors and adult or youth narrators to tell the Christmas story. Can tie into an Advent series focusing on the characters of the Christmas story (Mary, Joseph, Angels and Shepherds). Use traditional Christmas carols or anthems from your choir’s repertoire to help your congregation remember the lessons of Christmas: to be faithful, to seek God, to trust God and to sing and shout his praises for the miracle of Christmas.

Click HERE to read a preview, see casting suggestions and purchase the download.