Cast, Scenes & Songs

Cast  (minimum: 9) 

Child

Traveler 1
Traveler 2
Innkeeper
Wife
Pharisee
Scribe (with large scroll)
Shepherd 1
Shepherd 2
Shepherd 3 (optional)


The song links below only work on a computer, not on a tablet or phone.

Song #3

Shalom My Friend

Song #2

Small Can be Great

Song #4

Give Us Peace

Song #5

Can a Baby Give You Peace?

Song #2

Small Can be Great

Song #3

Shalom, My Friend

Song #4

Give Us Peace

Song #5

Can a Baby Give You Peace?

Reprise

Song #6

Reprise: Bethlehem’s the Best

Story

People gather at the Cafe of an Inn in Bethlehem. The owner, travelers, and religious men talk about the coming Messiah. Then some shepherds show up with the exciting news that the Messiah has been born. The story includes a Jewish dance in one scene.


Setting

A Cafe at the inn in Bethlehem.


Songs

1. Bethlehem’s the Best

2. Small Can be Great

3. Shalom, My Friend

4. Give us Peace

5. Can a Baby Give You Peace?

  1. 6. Reprise – Bethlehem’s the Best

    

Script

This musical can be performed with as few as 9 kids or with 10 actors and a choir.

This is the complete script with vocal demos of each song. Click on the link on the left to listen to a song.



SCENE 1: Outside the Cafe


Traveler 1: Finally, we made it to Bethlehem! I’m ready for some hot food and a bed.


Child: Me, too. It’s great to see Bethlehem where you were born, Father.


Traveler 1: Yes, we can be proud that our family came from this village. It’s a great little town.


(They go into the Café.)


Child: Tell me, Father, what is so special about our town?


Traveler 1: Well, let me tell you.


SONG #1: Bethlehem’s the Best

(See Audio above left.)


Traveler 1: We have the very best town.

We are the best around

From our history, to our people, you see

We have the very best town. 

(Repeat with all singing)


Bethlehem maybe small

But it’s still the greatest of all

Bethlehem really sings!

It’s the birthplace of the king.


We have the very best town.

We are the best around

From our history, to our people, you see

We have the very best town.


We’re not on the mountaintop

Jerusalem, it holds that spot

Even so our town’s so dear.

It’s been here two thousand years!


We have the very best town.

We are the best around

From our history, to our people, you see

We have the very best town.


Solo 1: We’re the tribe of Judah; we are really strong!

Solo 2: Our cool history is very long

Solo 3: Jacob’s wife Rachel is buried here.

Solo 4: King David’s family all lived here.


We have the very best town.

We are the best around

From our history, to our people, you see

We have the very best

Better than all the rest

We have the very best town!

Best town! Best town Yeah!

(end of song)






SCENE 2: Inside Cafe with travelers, Pharisee & Scribe

Traveler 1: I have lived other places, Son, but I love to come back home. This place is special. This is where I belong.


Traveler 2: Our town is very, very old.


Scribe: It was almost 2,000 years ago when Jacob buried his wife Rachel here!


Child: Wow! That IS old!

Traveler 1: But the most special thing of all is that the great King David was born here a little more than 1000 years ago. This was his family’s home.


Traveler 2: And this is where he was crowned King of Judah.


Pharisee: Bethlehem, the city of King David. And I, a Pharisee, am from here!


Scribe: It is favored by God.


Pharisee: The prophet Micah said 700 years ago that another King would be born here someday. Isn’t that right, Scribe?

Scribe: Yes, it is here somewhere (searching through his scroll)

Child: But Bethlehem is so small.

Pharisee: Even though we are small, we can still be very important!  

Child: But why does God care about this little town?

Scribe: Ah, here it is! Yes, here is what the scriptures say:  “But you, Bethlehem are the smallest town in Judah. Your family is almost too small to count, but the Ruler of Israel will come from you to rule for me. His beginnings are from ancient times, from long, long ago.”


SONG #2: Small Can be Great


All: 

Small can be great, take it from me.

Small can be great as you will see.

It’s not always as you think

Small can be a really good thing.


Traveler/Solo: Let me tell you.


All: Small can be great, take it from me.

Small can be great as you will see.

It’s not always as you think

Small can be a really good thing.


Traveler 1:

When you’re small and not so tall,

Thinking you will never go far

Though you’re small you may not see

Just how important you are!


All:

Small can be great, take it from me.

Small can be great as you will see.

It’s not always as you think

Small can be a really good thing.


Solo/child:

God wants us to follow Him

Whether we are big or small

When our God is on our side

We can be biggest of all!


All: Small can be great, take it from me.

Small can be great as you will see.

It’s not always as you think

Small can be a really good thing.


Scribe: Let me tell you.


All: Small can be a really good thing.


Pharisee: Let me tell you.


All: Small can be a really good thing.

(end of song)



SCENE 3:

Innkeeper: (comes in and talks with wife.)  What a crazy, busy time this is!

Wife: Yes, everyone is coming into town at the same time to register for the census!

Innkeeper: I would be angry with the Emperor for this ridiculous law, except that it is making us a lot of money right now.

Wife: Maybe we can all afford to go to the beach next summer for a little vacation.

Innkeeper: (to the people in the inn) Welcome to Bethlehem, my friends. I hope you all have found a place to sleep. Every bed in the city seems to be taken tonight.


Wife: We’ve even had to put a family in the cave in the back of our inn where the animals sleep.


Innkeeper: But at least you are all back home.

SONG #3:  Shalom, My Friend

Innkeeper (shaking hands with people and singing):
Shalom my friend, Shalom.

Shalom my friend, Shalom.

Peace here to everyone.

Shalom, my friend, shalom.


Rest from your travels. Feast in our home.
Water your camels. Refresh your bones.

Friends from far and near,

are all welcome here.
Shalom, my friend, Shalom.

All: Shalom my friend, Shalom.

Shalom my friend, Shalom.

Peace here to everyone.

Shalom, my friend, shalom.


Rest from your travels. Feast in our home.
Water your camels. Refresh your bones.

Friends from far and near,

are all welcome here.
Shalom, my friend, Shalom.


(Jewish dance, all sing):

Shalom my friend, Shalom.

Shalom my friend, Shalom.

Peace here to everyone.

Shalom, my friend, shalom.


Rest from your travels. Feast in our home.
Water your camels. Refresh your bones.

Friends from far and near,

are all welcome here.
Shalom, my friend, Shalom.  (end of dance)

Innkeeper/Solo: You’re family, even if we don’t agree,
All: Shalom, my friend, Shalom.

Hey!

(end of song)



SCENE 4:

Wife: It’s hard to talk of peace when the Romans are our rulers.


Everyone: (agreeing) Yeah. That’s right.

Scribe: And terrible, cruel rulers they are.


Traveler 2: They don’t even believe in our God!

Traveler 1: And in God’s own land, we’re stuck having Gentiles in charge!


Wife: They control everything and tax us so much we can hardly live.


Pharisee: May God deliver us from them soon.

Innkeeper: Will we ever be free from them?

Scribe: One day the Messiah will come and he will set us free from the Romans and their armies.


Traveler 1: We want shalom peace in our land.


Pharisee: We need the Messiah to come soon and set us free!


SONG #4: Give Us Peace

All sing:

Give us peace, Lord, in our land.
Give us safety as we rest under Your Hand
May the shadow of Your Presence be on all our plans.
Give us peace, Lord, in our land.

Give us peace, Lord, in our land.
Give us safety as we rest under Your Hand
May the shadow of Your Presence be on all our plans.
Give us peace, Lord, in our land.


Solo/Pharisee: O come, o come Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appears, appears.


All: Give us peace, Lord, in our land.
Give us safety as we rest under Your Hand
May the shadow of Your Presence be on all our plans.
Give us peace, Lord, in our land.
Give us peace, Lord, in our land.

O come, o come Emmanuel

(end of song)



SCENE 5:

Wife:  I hope we will see the Messiah very soon!


(3 Shepherds rush in, noisily.)


Shepherd 1: Hey innkeeper, we are thirsty.


Shepherd 2: What a night we have had!


Innkeeper: What happened to you?


Shepherd 2: Well, (to everyone listening) let me tell you. We were out in the field minding our own business, watching the sheep and trying to stay awake. When all of a sudden a bright light appeared in the heavens.


Shepherd 1: It was like God was speaking to us.


Scribe: The heavens declare the glory of God.

And the sky above proclaims His handiwork.


Shepherd 1: Well then an angel showed up.


Shepherd 3: Scared us half to death!


Shepherd 2: But the angel said he came to give us good news -- that the Messiah was born this very night! Right here in Bethlehem!


Shepherd 1: In our little town!


Traveler 2: Can that be true?


Scribe:  Well, the Holy Scriptures say that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem.


Pharisee: This is very interesting. Go on.


Shepherd 1: Well, then a whole bunch of angels appeared in the sky and started singing, “Glory to God.”


All: Wow! Cool! That’s awesome! (ad lib)


Shepherd 2: The angels were sooo excited about this big event that when they left we went running into town.


Shepherd 1: A bright star led us to a manger in the cave back behind this inn. And there we saw the most amazing sight.


Shepherd 2: A poor family had just had a baby boy born.


Shepherd 3: God was there.


Innkeeper: Why would God care about a poor family who has to sleep in a cave?


Child: And what difference can a baby make?


Pharisee: Our Messiah will be born in a palace! He will be our king!


Shepherd 1: I saw the baby Messiah, and when I knelt before Him God gave me peace in my heart.


Shepherd 2: I also worshipped Him and God forgave me of my sin. I feel clean and new!


Child: Maybe a baby can give us peace.


SONG #5: Can a Baby Give You Peace?

Solo/Shepherd 1:

Can a Baby give you peace?

Can He come and set you free?

Can He open Heaven’s door

show you things not see before?

All: Oh, if He is God’s Son,

yes, a Baby can give you peace.


Solo/Shepherd 2:

Can a Baby give you love?

Can He give you life from above?

Can He give you hope anew,

guide your path and lead through?

All: Oh, if He is God’s Son,

Yes, a Baby can give you love.


All:

His Kingdom is from above

It’s full of peace and joy and love

So if you want new life today

Jesus is the Only Way.


Solo/Scribe:

Can a Baby give you joy?

Give forgiveness for your sin?

Can He heal a broken heart

Give your life a brand new start?

All: Oh, if He is God’s Son,

Yes, a Baby can give you joy, hope and love,

Yes, a Baby can give you peace!

(end of song)



SCENE 6:


Traveler 1: We should all go see this Baby, who is God’s Son!


Scribe: The Messiah has finally come!


Wife: And to our town!


Pharisee: (one finger in the air) Which means … that we still are the very best town!


All: (cheer) Yeah! Yes we are! We’re the best! (ad lib)


Song Reprise: Bethlehem’s the Best


All sing:

We have the very best town.

We are the best around

From our history, to our people, you see

We have the very best town. 


Bethlehem maybe small

But it’s still the greatest of all

Bethlehem, it really sings!

It’s the birthplace of the King.


We have the very best town.

We are the best around

From our history, to our people, you see

We have the very best

Better than all the rest

We have the very best town!

Best town!

Best town

Yeah!



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Scene 4

At the Inn

Scene 3 

Innkeeper and wife

Scene 2 

The Inn in Bethlehem with Pharisee and Scribe  

Scene 5

Shepherds enter the Cafe

Scene  6

At the Inn

Scene 1 

Outside the Cafe  

Traveler 1 and Child


Song #1

Bethlehem’s the Best

Children’s Christmas Musical for Church or Christian School

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Total package includes:

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  2. Demos of all songs

  3. Accompaniment tracks of each song

  4. Vocal sheet music

  5. Piano/Vocal music

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Song #6

Reprise: Bethlehem’s the Best