The Nativity Story
A Christmas Skit for Young Children
to Perform in Their Parish, School, or Classroom
The goal of this production is to present a simple but authentic account of Christ’s nativity. By joyfully encouraging children to be a part of this project, they will be invited to build their confidence and love of the faith. Young Catholics will learn that they are a vital part of the Church as they help share the Gospel account with others. And most importantly, children can draw closer to Christ Jesus.
This skit is designed to be performed by children in grades K-4. A narrator will present part of the Nativity account, while actors deliver simple lines and movements on stage or on a set. In-between the action, appropriate Christmas hymns will be sung to match the scenes. For your convenience, lyric sheets and music scores are included in this packet. A choir of children should be used to accompany the performance. If a children’s choir is not available, consider having each class or grade level of children lead and sing one of the carols presented in the skit. As well, the audience should be invited to participate in the pageantry by singing the opening and closing hymns along with the children.
Preparation for this skit can be as simple or elaborate as desired. It may be performed on a small stage, in a parish, a hall, or even a classroom. There are very few required setting props so that the skit may be performed almost anywhere, if necessary. The setting and costumes may be created to fit the needs of your parish or class. A few suggestions have been made for props and actions in the director’s script.
Embrace Simplicity. To help young players, we have tried to use simple, clear language and incorporated easy stage movements. We wanted children to be able to easily follow the five scene storyline. All spoken lines may be found in the Actors’ Script, and an oversized font has been used on all student pieces to aid young readers. Lyric sheets also display an oversized font and a margin of generous white space to allow them to be placed in a duo-tang report cover, if desired.
What’s Included in the Package?
Cast & Setting Sheet
Scene Summary Sheet
Actors’ Script – Only spoken lines are included to allow flexibility in direction
Actor Line Strips – Children may use these cut-apart pieces to study their lines
Cast Assignment Sheet
Invitation – Thematic Paper invitation can be sent home to families
Envelope – Thematic envelope for the Invitation
Poster – Thematic sheet to advertise or remind people about your performance
Lyric Sheets – Lyrics included to all of the hymns used in this skit
Hymn Scores – Musical scores included for all of the hymns used in this project
CAST OF CHARACTERS
(Each character will have at least one speaking line.)
Innkeeper #3’s Wife
Scene 1 – The Annunciation [Luke 1:26-38]
Scene 2 – THE JOURNEY TO Bethlehem
– Caesar Augustus Gives His Decree [Luke 2:1-3]
– Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem [Luke 2:4-6]
– There is No Room at the Inn [Luke 2:7]
Scene 3 – The Nativity [Luke 2:7, 11-12]
Scene 4 – The Angels Visit the Shepherds
– The Angels Appear to the Shepherds in the Fields [Luke 2:8-14]
– The Shepherds Visit the Holy Family in the Stable [Luke 2:15-17]
Scene 5 – The Magi
– The Wise Men Follow the Star of Bethlehem [Matthew 2:1-2, 9-10]
– The Magi Visit the Holy Family [Matthew 2:11]
Lyric Sheets and Musical Scores IncludedFor the Hymns Used in This Skit.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
O little town of Bethlehem
Away in a Manger
Angels We Have Heard on High
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
O Come All Ye Faithful
What Child is This?
We Three Kings
The First Noel
Joy to the World