Cast, Scenes & Songs

Cast  (minimum: 12)

Narrator 1, 2, 3, 4 (can double other parts)

Mary

Joseph

Travelers: Mother, Joanna, Ruth (could be 2)

Innkeeper, wife, daughter

Angel

Shepherds: John, Judah, Jacob, Leah

Small shepherd (optional)

(Since the scenes are separate some actors can double, bringing the minimum number of actors down to about 8).



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Story

The story is about people arriving in Bethlehem the night of Jesus’ birth and whether they saw or missed what God did that night.


Setting

On the road to Bethlehem, at the inn, with the shepherds on the hillside, and at the manger.


Songs

  1. 1. Looking for Messiah

  2. 2. Traveling to Bethlehem

  3. 3. Room in My Heart

  4. 4. Glory to God

  5. 5. Little Lamb of God

  6. 6. Reprise - Looking for Messiah


Script

This musical can be performed with as few as 13 kids (if the shepherds double as narrators) or with 17 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.


Narrator 1: The night of Jesus birth God did something so important that it has affected all of human history.


Narrator 2: Many people surrounded Joseph and Mary that night, but most didn’t see what God was doing.


Narrator 3: Some were concerned about all their problems and they didn’t see what God was doing.


Narrator 4: Some were just too busy with what they wanted to do, so they didn’t see what God was doing,


Narrator 1: But some had their eyes and ears open to see and hear God and they got to be a part of His marvelous work that night.


Narrator 2: They got to see God move into human history, and to praise and worship Him for it.


Narrator 3: God still moves in our world, but if we aren’t watching and looking we may also miss what He is doing.


Narrator 4: Let’s look in on what people were doing the night Jesus was born.



SONG #1:  LOOKING FOR MESSIAH   (choir)


1. We are looking for Messiah who is coming

We are looking for His Kingdom to appear

And we won’t stop believing, ‘til we are receiving

The promise that He gave us long ago.


We are looking for Messiah who is coming

And we know that it won’t be very long

But even if he tarries, then we will carry

His message wherever we go.


Messiah, Messiah! He comes to give us light.

Messiah, Messiah! The Way, the Truth, the Life.


2. We are looking for our King and deliverer

Who will take away our pain and our fear

We know the time is near for Him to appear

We are looking for Messiah to come.


We are looking for Messiah who is coming

And we know that it won’t be very long

But even if he tarries, then we will carry

His message wherever we go.


Messiah, Messiah! He comes to give us light.

Messiah, Messiah! The Way, the Truth, the Life.

Messiah!



SCENE 1:  Travelers on the road to Bethlehem (tired and complaining)


Mother: Hey, girls, come on. Let’s get moving so we can make it to Bethlehem before dark.


Ruth: I can’t walk any faster.


Joanna: We’ve been walking for days and I’m too tired to hurry.


Mother: But it will be much safer to sleep in the town tonight instead of out here on the road.


Ruth:  (wearily) OK.  Why do we have to make this long trip anyway?


Mother: Well, because Caesar wants to count everyone in his Kingdom so he can make sure he is getting all the taxes he can from us.


Joanna: Hey, I think I can see Bethlehem from here. (hand over eyes)



SONG #2:  TRAVELING TO BETHLEHEM  

(Choir and Solos)


Travelers/Choir:  Traveling, traveling this dusty road

Burrs in my blanket and stones in my toes

Making the journey to Bethlehem

So Caesar can count and tax us!


Joanna & Ruth:  O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.


Travelers/Choir: It’s a long, long way to Bethlehem.

It’s a long, long way back home.


Travelers/Choir: Hurrying along on a long, hard trip

Caesar has us in his powerful grip

Going way back to our family’s home

So Caesar can count and tax us!


Mary and/or Joseph: How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given.

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.


Travelers/Choir: It’s a long, long way to Bethlehem.

It’s a long, long way back home.


Mother: It is the law from our King in Rome

That everyone must go back home

We are bringing our family

So Caesar can count and tax us!


Joanna & Ruth: (looking at Mary) It’s a long, long way to Bethlehem.


Everyone (except Joseph, Mary, Joanna & Ruth):  (very loud) So Caesar can count and tax us!



SCENE 2:  At the Inn in Bethlehem


(Sarah, the innkeeper’s wife, hurries in carrying a full bag of vegetables--or something).


Innkeeper:  Sarah, where have you been? It’s has been crazy here today!


Wife/Sarah: I’ve been trying to get food from the market for our guests, but there are so many people in town they are running out of everything!


Daughter: Father, if there are so many visitors in town, you should makes lots of money this week! (hand out) Can I have some?


Innkeeper: (not paying attention to daughter; waves her away)  Yes, yes. Now run along. Your mother and I are very busy tonight.  (to Wife) I just rented out our last room, if you can call the back porch a room.  People will pay for anything tonight!


Wife: Oh dear, I don’t think I have any more blankets for them.  I hope they are ok.


(Knock at the door.)


Innkeeper:  (answers the door) Yes, can I help you?


Joseph: Do you have a room we could use tonight?


Innkeeper: (Impatiently) No, we don’t have any more rooms!


Joseph: Please, Sir, we must have a place to stay.


Innkeeper: Can’t you see how many people are here in town tonight?


Joseph: But my wife is about to have a baby and we must have shelter.


Wife: Oh dear. Poor girl.  (shaking her head.)


Innkeeper: (sympathetic) Well, the only thing I have for you is a cave in the back where the animals stay. Not very clean, but it will get you out of the weather.


Joseph: Thank you. That will do.


Innkeeper: Daughter, help these people to the stable.


Daughter: Come along. It’s getting late.


Innkeeper:  (watches them go then says to wife) It’s strange.  I felt there is something special about them. But I don’t know what it is.



SONG #3: ROOM IN MY HEART  (Innkeeper and Wife)


Innkeeper:

I have no room in my inn; it’s a crazy time.

There is much to do and not enough of me!

I wish I could be of help to everyone in need

But how can I find a way for me to succeed?


Innkeeper and/or wife:

I want my life to be full of good things

Like family and friends and the comfort money brings.


Innkeeper:

But what if I have missed the most important part

Have I been so rushed there’s no room in my heart.


Innkeeper and/or wife:

I want my life to be full of good things

Like family and friends and the comfort money brings.


Innkeeper:

But what if I have missed the most important part

Have I been so rushed there’s no room in my heart.

No room in my heart.



SCENE 3: Shepherds in the field


John: (wraps his blanket tighter) Boy, it’s cold tonight!


Judah: Yea! That wind is going right to my bones.


Jacob:  And it’s so dark! (looking around) I can hardly see the sheep.


Small shepherd: Me, too.


Leah: I hope that little ram doesn’t wander off again tonight. We’ll never find him if he does.


(Bright light shines on them.)


Judah: Hey! That’s weird! Now it’s not dark anymore. What’s happening?


Leah: Look, an angel!


All four: - aaaaaaah  - eeeeeeh !!


(Angel walks towards them as the shepherds huddle together, frightened.)


Angel: (very slowly) Good men, do not be afraid. I bring you good news. Tonight in the town of Bethlehem a baby is born who is Christ the Lord.


John: The Messiah?!


Leah: The Messiah has come?


Judah: How can we find him?


Angel: This will be a sign to you. You will find him wrapped in cloth and lying in a manger.



SONG #4:  GLORY TO GOD!


Choir:

Glory to God! Glory to God!

Peace on earth to men of good will.

Glory to God! Glory to God!

Spread the good news over the world.


Angel:

God has come down to live among men

He has sent His only Son for you.

If you believe and His son receive

You can live forevermore too.


Choir:

Glory to God! Glory to God!

Peace on earth to men of good will.

Glory to God! Glory to God!

Spread the good news over the world. 


Shepherds: 

Messiah has come, let all the nations sing

He has come to set us free

Our hearts rejoice to make Him our choice.

We will shine our light for everyone to see.


Choir:

Glory to God! Glory to God!

Peace on earth to men of good will.

Glory to God! Glory to God!

Spread the good news over the world. 


Glory to God! Glory to God!

Peace on earth to men of good will.

Glory to God! Glory to God!

Spread the good news over the world. 

Spread the good news over the world. 


(After song, the shepherds stand watching the angel leave.)


Judah: Hey! Let’s go find Him!


Leah: In a manger? With the animals? How will we find the right stable?


Jacob: Look at that bright star. Maybe it will help us find him.

(Shepherds exit.)



SCENE 4: At the Manger

(Mary is seated holding the baby. Joseph is seated near her.)


Joseph:  You rest now, Mary. The baby is healthy and beautiful. God told me in a dream to name him Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins.


Mary: I don’t understand it all, Joseph, but it’s so wonderful.


Joseph: Baby Jesus is a gift from God. And He has a very special job to do.


Mary: The Angel told me that he would be called the Son of God, and He would be a King forever on King David’s throne.


Joseph:  Can you believe a King would be born here?


Mary: And me, the mother of a King! You know, it seems strange, but I believe what God said is true.



SONG #5: LITTLE LAMB OF GOD 

(Mary rocks baby) (partner song)


Mary:

Little one, Son of God, gift from above

Tiny King of everything, source of all love.

Immanuel, come to earth to show us the way.

The sacrifice, you’ll give your life. Little Lamb of God.


Choir:

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.


Mary and Choir sing both parts together.


(Mary lays Jesus in the manger.)


(The shepherds enter.)


Judah: (bowing) Pardon me miss, we are poor shepherds and we have come to see the Messiah that God promised would come.


Leah: An angel appeared to us out in the fields and told us we could find him here in a manger.


Mary: Yes, (puts hand out toward baby) God’s Son is here.


(The Shepherds look in awe, gasping, kneeling, etc.)


John:  (raises his hands) The Lamb of God!


Jacob: Who takes away the sins of the world.


Joseph:  God has an important plan for this little baby.


Leah: And He let us be a part of it.  


Judah: (says to the other shepherds) Hey! Let’s go tell everybody!

 

(others agree out loud) -- yes, let’s go. . . .


(Shepherds walk to side leaving Mary, Joseph and Jesus in center stage.)


Narrator 1: Jesus being born as a baby is only the beginning of the story.


Narrator 2: Thirty-three years later Jesus died on a cross to be the payment for all our sins.  He wants you to know that He came for you.


Narrator 3: When Jesus went back to Heaven after he was raised from the dead an angel again appeared and said to the disciples,


Angel: “This same Jesus which was taken up from you into Heaven shall come again in the same way you have seen Him go.”


Narrator 4: And so now, for the second time in human history, we are again looking for our Messiah to come!



REPRISE:  LOOKING FOR MESSIAH  

(choir)


1. We are looking for Messiah who is coming

We are looking for His Kingdom to appear

And we won’t stop believing, ‘til we are receiving

The promise that He gave us long ago.


We are looking for Messiah who is coming

And we know that it won’t be very long

But even if he tarries, then we will carry

His message wherever we go.


Messiah, Messiah! He comes to give us light.

Messiah, Messiah! The Way, the Truth, the Life.


3. Are you looking for Messiah who is coming?

Are longing for Him to appear?

Is there room in your heart, for him to be a part?

Are you looking for Messiah to come?


We are looking for Messiah who is coming

And we know that it won’t be very long

But even if he tarries, then we will carry

His message wherever we go. 


Messiah, Messiah! He comes to give us light.

Messiah, Messiah! The Way, the Truth, the Life.

Messiah!

Scene 3 

Shepherds in the Field 

John, Judah, Jacob, Leah, Angel


Song #4

Glory to God!

Scene 1 

Road to Bethlehem  

Mother, Joanna , Ruth, Joseph, Mary


Song #2

Traveling to Bethlehem

Scene 2 

The Inn in Bethlehem   

Innkeeper, wife (Sarah), daughter


Song #3

Room in My Heart

Scene 4

The Manger 

Mary, Joseph


Song #5

Little Lamb of God

Scene 5

The Manger 

Mary, Joseph, John, Judah, Jacob, Leah


Reprise

Looking for Messiah

Song #2

Traveling to Bethlehem

Song #3

Room in My Heart

Song #4

Glory to God!

Song #5

Little Lamb of God

Reprise

Looking for Messiah

Song #1

Looking for Messiah

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