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Narrators 1















Catfish John













Pip, Seedling Blossom

Broad bean





Little Dropling






















Cosimo Titus Clarissa Pandora























Innkeeper1 Wife 1

Child 1a

Child 1b


Innkeeper2 Wife 2

Child 2a

Child 2b






















Angel Gabriel































NATIVITY 2008†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 02/02/09


CD††† ††††††† Catfish Johnsung by Alison Krauss (Will the Circle Be Unbroken disc 6)

Fishing stool on right + trees on left

Enter: 1 Children and Catfish John (on stage right) 2 Narrators (to side right) 3 Raindrops (to back sit in front of bench) 4 Angels Flip Flap Flop Flutterby (to back, stand on bench) Angels 5 Shepherds 6 Mary, Joseph, donkey, Innkeepers and children7 Kings, raindrops8 Children from other lands 9 Gryphon, dragons, Hansel and Gretel, cat, owl 10 Stars 11 Broad beans, apple+family, butterfly+family


N1††††††††††††† Welcome to our play ĎStop I want to get off!í

N2††††††††††††† Why is it called that?

N3††††††††††††† Because itís about about circles, cycles, rings and things Indicates with sweeping fingers

N4††††††††††††† Rounds and bounds and swirls and whirls and twirls Twirls round up and down

N5††††††††††††† Stop! Youíre making me dizzy!

N1††††††††††††† Well you canít get off here, weíve only just started - Whoís that over there?

N2††††††††††††† Itís Catfish John and his grandchildren theyíre out fishing They do look happy, but oh dear itís beginning to rain Do you think they will pack up and go home?

N3††††††††††††† No chance, whatever the weather, whatever the season theyíre out there fishing

All††††††††††††† Splish splash splosh, Catfish John is getting a wash

†††††††††††††††††† A wash and a half it makes him laugh, splish splash splosh!

Janey††††††††† Why are you laughing granddad? Youíre getting sopping wet!

Catfish John†††††††† Winter Spring Summer Autumn -I watch them all go by with their sunshine wind, hail or snow Whatís a little rain! As long as there are fish to catch Iím happy

Flora†††††††††† Then weíll put on our waterproofs Show

Roland††††††† And our galoshes Hold up

Ringo††††††††† And up go the umbrellas Wave in air

CJohn†††††††† I shouldnít bother, soon the rain will run off into the rivers and down to the sea The sun will come out, dry us and turn the water into vapour which will rise to make new clouds

Janey††††††††† And down will come the rain again! Indicate with fingers

Flora†††††††††† We know all about that Ė itís called the water cycle!

Roland††††††† We couldnít do without it!

Ringo††††††††† And we mustnít waste that rain


SONG†††††††† Donít waste water 6 (Seasons Ė A&C Black)

Donít waste water Donít let the water run out

The crops will die and the grass wonít grow The well will run dry And the streams wonít flow Think what youíre doing We donít want to end with a drought So donít waste water

Donít let the water run out oh no Donít let the water run out!


Janey††††††††† Itís good to know those little drops of water will soon be off and away

Little Dropling Raindrops jump up Thatís what you think! Children jump

Flora†††††††††† Who said that!? And whoís with you?

LD††††††††††††† Me Little Dropling, and these are my friends Splish Splash and Splosh

Splish†††††††††††††††††† Weíve decided weíve had enough All fold arms and look determined

Splash †††††† No more running way or being wasted by children when they clean their teeth Shake heads

Splosh††††††† Here weíll stop and here weíll stay! Hands on hips and stamp to words

LD †††††††††††† We were getting dizzy whizzing around in circles - I mean cycles So this is where we get off!

Children††††† You canít do that!

LD †††††††††††† Says who? And anyway we canít afford it

Roland††††††† Canít afford it, wonít go round?! Scratches head Theyíre mad, utterly mad! Raindrops sit down in front of bench at the back Children sit on the steps


N4 †††††††††††† Oh dear Little Dropling and his friends are creating quite a splash

N5††††††††††††† Not only Little Dropling but there is someone else who is putting the spanner in the works

N1††††††††††††† Up there the angels are starting to look worried Points up with thumb

N2††††††††††††† They are grumbling and mumbling Angels stand on bench at the back

N3††††††††††††† It wouldnít surprise me if they had made those rainclouds with all their moaning and groaning Let me introduce them Flip Flap Flop and Flutterby

††††††††††††††††††††††† Each angel bows in turn Narrators sit

AFlip††††††††† Trouble, trouble, trouble! We get nothing but trouble from down below

AFlap†††††††† And weíre the ones who have to sort it out

AFlop†††††††† Whatís the problem now?

AFlutterbyGryphon, greedy gryphon He landed in Charlton Rd at The Round House in July six months ago and now he thinks he owns the place

AFlip††††††††† Heís turned it into a toll house and is charging everything that goes round

AFlap†††††††† What do you mean Ďgoes roundí?

AFlop†††††††† You name it! Water cycles, life cycles, days of the week, months of the year, the seasons and thatís just for starters Marks off using fingers

AFlap†††††††† He canít do that! Butterfly etc on right, Gryphon + dragons on front, stand to left

AFlutterbyOh no?! You just watch, a good friend of mine Butterfly is trying to pass

Butterfly†††† Hi Flutterby Waves merrily upwardsAngels sit on bench (raindrops at feet)

Gryphon ††† Halt! Who goes round?

Butterfly†††† Butterfly, caterpillar, chrysalis and egg Points to each one - let us continue

Gryphon†††† Not without a payment of gold

CaterpillarSays who?

Gryphon†††† Gryphon to you Points to self and these are my dragon friends Cosimo, Titus, Clarissa Puff and Pandora Weíre very fierce Show claws and give a big roar and weíre trouble Ė especially Puff and Pandora! Gives an extra loud roar

Chrysalis †† Well we havenít got any gold

Cosimo†††††† Then itís no go Puts up both hands

Egg†††††††††††† You canít stop us

Titus†††††††††† No-one can block the path of a gryphon Waves finger from side to side

Clarissa††††† But a gryphon can block the path of anyone Shakes finger

All††††††††††††† Nair, nair, nair, nair, nair! Hand on hips Butterfly etc shrug and off to right

Apple + family on front

N4††††††††††††† Next came Apple with Pip, Seedling and Blossom

Gryphon ††† Halt! Who goes round?

Apple†††††††† Me apple

Pip††††††††††††† Iím tiny Pip

Seedling††††† Iím bigger than her Ė Seedling to you Bows

Blossom†††† Iím the most beautiful Ė Iím Apple blossom Shows off

Puff†††††††††††† Beautiful or not you still have to pay to pass

Titus†††††††††† You need to give us gold to go Rub hands

Apple†††††††† I am Golden Delicious will that do?

Clarissa††††† We need real gold for Gryphon Apple etc off right, Broad bean etc on front right

N5††††††††††††† Next came Broad bean with all the little beans

Gryphon ††† Halt! Who goes round?

Broad bean Broad bean cycle - Please let us pass - weíve got a lot of growing to do

Pandora††††† No way, not today - unless you can pay

BB1††††††††††† But weíll stop growing Wiggle up

BB2††††††††††† And you wonít have food to eat Palms out

BB3††††††††††† If we canít grow we better go to sleep just like we do in winter Shrugs, off right

SONG†††††††† Paintbox p 10 Seasons (A&C Black ISBN0713645334) Gryphon and dragons off left

Cauliflowers fluffy and cabbages green, Strawberries sweeter than any Iíve seen,

Beetroot purple and onions white all grow steadily day and night

The apples are ripe, the plums are red Broad beans are sleeping in their blankety bed


Blackberries juicy and rhubarb sour, Marrows fattening hour by hour

Gooseberries hairy and lettuces fat, Radishes round and runner beans flat

The apples are ripe, the plums are red Broad beans are sleeping in their blankety bed

N1†††† All growing steadily day and night?! Angels stand on bench

N2††††††††††††† That is until they met Gryphon and his tribe who stopped their life cycles

AFlip This is impossible my headís in a spin Clutches head

AFlap†††††††† Weíre in a tizzy, ever so dizzy

AFlop†††††††† Donít look down then, as we speak the world is still spinning down below

AFlutterbyIn fact last August the astronauts in the space shuttle saw it turning at 5,000 miles an hour below them, they said it looked beautiful

AFlip††††††††† Now everything else has stopped going round A world with no order, what a muddle!

AFlap†††††††† And weíll be in trouble with Angel Gabrielle if we donít get it sorted

AFlop†††††††† No seasons - no winter, months in a muddle - no December 25th and no Nativity

AFlutterbyNo Nativity! Thatís dreadful, we must go down to earth to investigate

AFlip††††††††† Weíll give it a whirl Off we go! Raindrops forward right with children + CJ

Angels twirls round and off bench to left

N3†††† Before long they found themselves down on earth

N4††††††††††††† There they found Catfish John and his grandchildren cheering up the raindrops

N5††††††††††††† The angels described the problem they had seen and asked for their help

CJohn†††††††† Well, that explains the raindropís strange behaviour

Flora†††††††††† Itís good to have a rest once in a while, but most things need to keep going to make our wonderful world work

Roland††††††† Letís play a ring game to show that not everything on earth has come to a standstill Angels sit to left Owl and cats on back left to bench at back

DANCE††††† Coming round the mountain









Coming round the mountain two by two, Coming round the mountain two by two,

Coming round the mountain two by two, Rise sugar rise

Dig in that mountain two by two, Dig in that mountain two by two All dig, throw over shoulder

Dig in that mountain two by two, Rise sugar rise†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chorus

For gold and silver two by two, Gold and silver two by two,†††† Cross hands knee to knee

Gold and silver two by two, Rise sugar rise††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chorus


Ringo††††††††† That was fun but gold and silver wonít solve this problem

Janey††††††††† Oh help! Flaps arms above head Did I see something moving in the dark up there Letís go and look Who - ooís there? Sit on the steps right Raindrops sit at back


SONG†††††††† Festivals P36 (OUP Jean Gilbert IBSN 0193212854) Cats and owl off bench to front

†††††††††††††††††† Owl is out tonight Swooping through the sky

Whoo-hoo, whoo-hoo see him gliding by

††††††††††††††††††††††† The wind is whipping through the trees The sky is very black

Whoo-hooo, whoo-hoo Owl is ready to attack

††††††††††††††††††††††† Cats are prowling through the grass Can you see their eyes

Mee-ow, mee-ow Catch them by surprise!


Cat 1†††††††††† Mee-ow, mee-ow What a fright you gave us owl!

Cat 2 ††††††††† What are you doing out on a windy night like this?

Owl†††††††††††† Usual business, catching mice

Cat 3†††††††††† Mice, mice, thatís our business! Hands on hips, looks indignant

Owl†††††††††††† Keep your hat on Ė thereís enough mice for everyone!

Cat 1†††††††††† Youíre right! Youíre a wise old bird, can you help our friends, they need advice

N1††††††††††††† He explained the angelís difficulties

Owl†††††††††††† I know just the pair who could sort it out Ė Hansel and Gretel

Cat1††††††††††† They solved a very difficult problem when they escaped from the witch in her Gingerbread House but theyíre lost now somewhere in the woods

Cat2††††††††††† I donít believe it, I can see them in the distance and theyíre coming this way


SONG†††††††† Hansel and Gretel †††††††††††††††††† Festivals p44 (OUP Jean Gilbert) Hansel and Gretel on front

††††††††††††††††††††††† Hansel and Gretel were lost in the wood

Soon it grew dark and they hadnít any food.

They came upon a house made of gingerbread and spice

They wondered who could live in a little house so nice x2


Standing in the doorway a wicked witch they spied,

She seized those poor children and pulled them both inside

She gave a wicked laugh and she rubbed her hands with glee,

Iíll bake you in the oven and have you for my tea x2


Close up to the oven the old witch stood,

They pushed her inside and then left her there for good

The witch was burnt to cinders, on that you may depend

But Hansel and Gretel ran home and thatís the end x2


Hansel††††††† Of course weíll help, but what is a gryphon?

Owl†††††††††††† A gryphon has the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion

Cat 1†††††††††† It lays agate instead of an egg

Cat 2 ††††††††† It comes from India

Cat3††††††††††† It finds gold in the mountain to make its nest

Owl†††††††††††† Now the gold is gone so it is trying to find another way to collect it

Cat 1†††††††††† Lead Hansel and Gretel to that greedy Gryphon, theyíll know what to do

MUSIC†††††† Hansel and Gretel Gryphon and dragons on left

Gryphon†††† Halt! Who goes round?

Hansel††††††† What goes round comes round Let us pass

Cosimo†††††† No! But you can go for gold

Hansel††††††† Gryphon you are trying to do the impossible Have you got any gold yet?

Gryphon ††† No-o Looks uncertain

Gretel††††††††† Youíre not thinking clearly and youíre upsetting the natural order of everything

Gryphon†††† Gold I want gold Wails

Hansel††††††† What makes you happy? Ė itís surely not gold! Gryphon shrugs

Gryphon†††† Gold I want gold Wails louder

Hansel††††††† Gold canít make you happy! Gryphon shrugs

Gretel†††††††††††††††††† Maybe a smile or a hug would Gryphon considers head back and forth Uhmmm

Hansel††††††† Would a song or a dance make you happy?

Gryphon†††† We-ell I can sing but I donít know how to dance

Gretel††††††††† Iíll teach you Come on everyone, join in!


DANCE/†††† Festivals p46 Gretel partners Gryphon, Hansel and other dragons dance in pairs

SONG†††††††† Brothers come and dance with me, Both my hands I offer thee,

Right foot first, left foot then, Round about and back again.


With your feet you tap, tap, tap With your hands you clap, clap, clap

Right foot first, left foot then, Round about and back again.


Gryphon†††† That was great fun can we have another go?

Hansel††††††† Only if you promise to let everyone go on their way The angels need to get on with the Nativity

Gryphon†††† How will I make my nest if I donít have gold?

Cat 1†††††††††† Catís fur, owlís feathers, broad bean skins - take your pick

Gryphon ††† Sounds comfy Ė a blankety bed Shyly Iíll need a smile and a hug too Gret obliges

All††††††††††††† Aaaaah!

Owl†††††††††††† Thank you so much Hansel and Gretel - make sure you get home safely this time

Hansel††††††† Youíre welcome, weíll take Gryphon and the little dragons with us - no-one will dare get in their way!

Gretel††††††††† And weíll teach them some more dances Bye Ė see you around sometime

All††††††††††††† (on stage) Bye H&G+ Gryphon and dragons off front Raindrops stand Apple and butterfly on right Children+CJ stand on top step

Janey††††††††† Little Dropling and raindrops will you go on your way now?

Flora†††††††††† Weíll make sure we donít waste you

CJohn†††††††† Without water the rivers would dry up and there would be no fish

Little Dropling Well it was rather boring sitting around in a muddy puddle

Splish†††††††† Anyway what would those plants do without us

Butterfly ††† And without the plants what would we do?

Roland††††††† And us Ė no more healthy nibble nibble munch munch

Apple†††††††† Look scared In that case I think we should be off too Raindrops, butterfly, apple off right front Stars on right to bench at back Angels stand left Donkey on left

SONG†††††††† Paintbox Seasons p 10

Orangey carrots and turnips green,

Reddening tomatoes that used to be green, Brown potatoes in little heaps,

Down in the darkness where the celery sleeps

The apples are ripe, the plums are red Broad beans are sleeping in their blankety bed


Donkey†††††† Hee-haw did I hear the word carrots? Iím hungry

AFlip††††††††† Yes donkey you did And youíve come along just in time to begin the Nativity part of our play

AFlap†††††††† Go and find Mary she needs you to take her to Bethlehem Donkey off left

AFlop ††††††† Allís now right with world and we need to be off to join the Nativity story

Twinkle††††† Standing on the bench All might be right with the world but itís not alright up here and without us there will be no Nativity!

Ringo†††††††††††††††††† No stars to light Mary and Josephís way to Bethlehem?

Janey††††††††† No star to lead the kings and the shepherds to the stable where the baby is born?

AFlutterbyOh no not again, I thought we got everything sorted Who are you and whatís your problem?

Twinkle††††† Iím Twinkle and Iíve lost my sparkle

Sparkle†††††† Iím Sparkle and Iíve lost my twinkle

Shimmer†††† Iím Shimmer and Iíve lost my shine

Roland††††††† Stop! We get it - youíre Shine and youíve lost your shimmer

Shine††††††††† Yes I am Shine and these are Glitter, Glisten and Gleam

Ringo††††††††† Well - you donít look very bright

Stars†††††††††† Oh yes we are! Indignantly

Glitter†††††††† Weíre very clever, quite brilliant in fact Showing off

Glisten††††††† Well we were! Looks sad Now weíre just dull, dull, dull

Janey††††††††† How come you lost your shine?

Gleam†††††††† We get our sparkle from the healthy glow of children whoíve been eating good food and exercising

Twinkle††††† Without plant life cycles there will be no fruit and veg, and no healthy children

Sparkle†††††† An apple a day keeps the stars at play Ė hadnít you heard?!

Catfish John†††††††† I love fish best but I always eat my daily five portions of fruit and vegetables

AFlip††††††††† Oh look here come Hansel and Gretel what are they doing?Ė are you lost again or have you come to solve our second problem? Hansel and Gretel on from front

Gretel††††††††† I hope so, we need the stars to light our way home

AFlap†††††††† Well donít stop to eat sweets at the witches house, look what happened last time!

Hansel††††††† No more gingerbread for us - weíll stick to healthy snacks

Gretel††††††††† Weíve bought you children from around the world to tell the stars what good food they are eating

MUSIC†††††† Paintbox Seasons p 10Children from around the world on left

AFlop†††††††† That will put a glow in your cheeks stars

Malay 1††††† Selamat! we are from Malaya

2†††††††††††††††† We like lychees, pineapples and coconuts

Welsh 1††††† Sut mae! we are from Wales††††††††††††

2†††††††††††††††† We like leeks and lava bread

USA 1††††††† Hi dude!- we live in the United States of America

2†††††††††††††††† Corn on the cob, pumpkins and blueberry are our favourite food

Jamaica 1††† Yo man! Our home is Jamaica

2†††††††††††††††† We love mangos, paw-paws and bananas

French 1†††† Bonjour! we are from France

2†††††††††††††††† Our food is French beans, garlic and onions

China 1†††††† Ni hao! we come from China

2††††††† †††††††††† We eat bamboo shoots, mung beans and pak choi

Flora†††††††††† Here we love berries especially strawberries and raspberries

AFlutterbyWatch that healthy glow spreading around our world

AFlip††††††††† Look the stars are radiant! Positively beaming Stars -smiles and finger sparkles

AFlap†††††††††††††††††† Our job is done Thank you again Hansel and Gretel The show can go on!!

AFlop†††††††† Youíre all very welcome to watch Whereís that donkey got to? Ė Heís still hungry Children watch from steps. Angels and Stars to bench Innkeepers on left + doors onM&J and donkey walk along front of stage up steps right and across stage


SONG†††††††† Jog along little donkey p29 Christmas Search (Cambridge Educational ISBN 0521339685)

††††††††† ††††††††† 1. Jog along little donkey to Bethlehem, Though itís a very long ride

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jog along taking Mary to Bethlehem, Joseph will walk there by your side

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2. At the end thereís a stable for shelter And plenty of hay so youíll be fed.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Save a bit for the babe whoíll be born tonight, For he will have no other bed

††††††††††††††††††††††† 3. Jog along little donkey to Bethlehem, Though itís a very long ride

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jog along taking Mary to Bethlehem, Joseph will walk there by your side


N2††††††††††††† The road was rough and stony, but the donkey carried Mary carefully on the long road to Bethlehem

N3††††††††††††† Joseph walked beside them

N4††††††††††††† When they arrived they walked around the whole town knocking on every door but no one had a place where they could stay Stand to left of Innkeeper 1


Mary†††††††††† Knocks at first door Do you have a room for us - we are so tired?

IK1/††††††††††† You poor thing but Iím afraid we are full

IKW/†††††††††† The town is packed

IKCa1/J††††† You could try round the corner

IKCb1/††††††† They had a room last time we heard

Jos/†††††††††††† Knocks at second door We heard you had somewhere we could stay?

IKW2/†††††††† I'm sorry the last room has just been taken

Jos /††††††††††† Surely there must be somewhere we could stay?

IK2/ †††††††††† I can see your wife is having a child soon but every one is here for the census

IKCa2/ †††††† What about the stable at the back

IKCa2/††††††† Iím sure the animals wouldnít mind- your donkey would have good company!

MUSIC†††††† Jog along little donkey Innkeeper, M&J, donkey off to left

Shepherds on left, lie down to sleep Angels on right

N5††††††††††††† And it was in the stable that very night the baby Jesus was born

N1††††††††††††† All around in the sky above stars shone brightly

N2††††††††††††† But over the stable one star shone more brightly than all the others

N3††††††††††††† In the hills above Bethlehem shepherds saw another light in the sky

N4††††††††††††† The shepherds called to one another in fright Narrators sit

S1†††††††††††††† Look up there in the sky! †††††††††††††††† S2†††† What is it?

S3†††††††††††††† A great light shining all around††††††††††††††††† S4†††† It is very bright

S5 ††††††††††††† It hurts my eyes †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† S6†††† Why is it there?

S7 ††††††††††††† Iíve no idea†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† S8†††† Iím so scared

Gab/††††††††††† Do not be afraid††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A2/††† We bring you the best of news

A3/†††††††††††† In the little town of Bethlehem this very night

A4/†††††††††††† A very special baby has been born

A5/†††††††††††† You will find that baby lying in a manger in a stable

A6/†††††††††††† Follow the star that shines above the stable and you will find him

Angels to back - join others and stars on bench

S1/††††††††††††† What wonderful news! †††††††††††††††††††† S2 ††† A new baby

S3/††† †††††††† But we have no gift for him††††††††††††† S4/††† We can sing him songs

S5/††††††††††††† We can bring him fruit grown in our orchards!

S6/††††††††††††† Grapes, figs and cherries!†††††††††††††††††††††††††† S7/††† Letís get going

S8/ †††††††††††† And follow that star Shepherds down steps, up centre and down left hand side

SONG ††††††† What will I give to the child in the manger? p89 Festivals M&J, chair, stable, cradle and innkeepers on from left Innkeepers stand to left of M&J

1 What shall I give to the child in the manger? What shall I give to the beautiful boy?

Grapes I will give him hanging in clusters Baskets of figs for the child to enjoy

Tam-pa-tam-tam When the figs will have ripened Tam-pa-tam-tam They will add to his joy


2 What shall I give to the child in the manger? What shall I give to the beautiful boy?

Garlands of flowers to twine in his fingers Cherries so big for the child to enjoy

Tam-pa-tam-tam When the cherries have ripened Tam-pa-tam-tam They will add to his joy

Shepherds up steps left. Three give gifts(stand to right of kings) Rest kneel left in front of innkeepers

N5††††††††††††† In a far off land three kings had thought about presents too

N1††††††††††††† Gryphon had been greedy He wanted silver and gold

N2††††††††††††† The kings bought riches with them - Gold Frankincense and Myrrh, but it was the shimmering silver stars that lit their way to Bethlehem Kings stand up ready to go


SONG†††††††† We are the Eastern Kings p58 Christmas Search Up left hand side and down middle

†††††††††††††††††† 1.We are the Eastern Kings Travelling over the land, Here on desert sands,

††††††††††††††††††††††† On the darkest night thereís ever been, oh yes, On the darkest night thereís ever been, oh yes! On the darkest night thereís ever been.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.Weíve journeyed very far, over rivers and streams, Following the star,

The brightest star youíve ever seen, oh yes! The brightest star youíve ever seen, oh yes!

The brightest star youíve ever seen!


Mary†††††††††† Come in, come in it is cold outside

Joseph††††††† You are very welcome here!

K1/†††††††††††† My gift is gold Kings stand to right of cradle

K2/†††††††††††† I bring frankincense for the baby†††††††††††††††

K3/†††††††††††† Here is myrrh

K1/†††††††††††† The baby is smiling†††††††

K2/†††††††††††† He is not looking at our presents

K3/†††††††††††† It is our faces he is watching

N3 †††††††††††† The baby was happy with the simple things of life

N4††††††††††††† Like all babies it was the cycle of regular routines for waking, eating, playing and sleeping that mattered most Mary picks up baby and rocks it

N5††††††††††††† And the loving warm arms of his Mother Mary encircling him

N1††††††††††††† From lands near and far children came to worship him Ė how he loved their happy healthy faces


SONG†††††††† Girls and boys, leave your toys Festivals p95

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Children from other lands on left Kneel up in front of crib

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1. Girls and boys, leave your toys, make no noise,

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kneel at his crib and worship him.

††††††††††††††††††††††† At thy shrine, Child divine, we are thine, Our Saviour's here.




††††††††††††††††††††††† Raindrops, butterfly, apple, broad bean + families on right Cross stage Kneel sitting on feet

††††††††††††††††††††††† "Hallelujah" the church bells ring, "Hallelujah" the angels sing,

††††††††††††††††††††††† "Hallelujah" from everything. All must draw near. ††††††††††††††


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Gryphon, dragons, cats and owl on left Sit crossed legged

††††††††††††††††††††††† On that day, far away, Jesus lay, Angels were watching round his head.††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Holy child, mother mild, undefiled, We sing thy praise. ††††††††††††††††††


††††††††††††††††††††††† Hansel and Gretel on left Join Catfish John and children sit at front of stage††††††††††† Chorus

N1††††††††††††† It is here we leave our Nativity play Ė stop, get off, fly away!

N2††††††††††††† But all around the world Christmas Festivities will continue this year and for many years to come

N3††††††††††††† Children will enjoy the decorations, opening their presents and cards, eating the Christmas meal (some of which might be healthy!), pulling crackers

N4††††††††††††† But there are some things that do not cost money that are sometimes more special: welcoming friends and family, singing carols, maybe a visit to the church to see the Nativity scene

N5††††††††††††† And this is where we sing the most special Nativity carol Away in a Manger! Emily and --------will sing the first verse Join in with the last two verses

SONG:††††††† Away in a Manager

†††††††††††††††††† 1. Away in a manger no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lays down his sweet head

††††††††††††††††††††††† The stars in the bright sky look down where he lay

††††††††††††††††††††††† The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay Verse 2&3: All sing

2. The cattle are lowing the baby awakes But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes

I love thee Lord Jesus Look down from the sky

And stay by my bedside till morning is nigh

3. Be near me Lord Jesus I ask thee to stay Close by me forever and love me I pray

Bless all the dear children In thy tender care

And fit us for heaven to live with there.Clap here


CD††††††††††††† Little Bird (Emmylou Harris Stumble into Grace)

If I had a little bird

I would teach that bird to sing your name

Prettiest song that you have ever heard

And your indifferent heart I will claim


So be off my little bird Fly away, fly away

And when my love you see Only then my little bird

Cry away, cry away and bring that heart to me


If I had a moon in the sky I would light the world and pull the tide

And when the moon is full like my heart It will surely pull you to my side

But the darkest night I pine away pine away until your face I see

So throw your light my lovely moon

Shine away, shine away and pull his heart to me


If I had a wagon made of gold Pretty painted horses numbered four

With silver horses I would hitch them up And drive that wagon to your door

And if my hand you choose to hold

Ride away, ride away with the pretty horses four

But darling if your heartís still cold

Hide away, hide away Iíll trouble you no more

Trouble you no more




†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NATIVITY 2005



Down on earth Catfish John and his grandchildren are fishing. It begins to rain but that doesnít bother seasoned fisherfolk. The children explain the water cycle and are surprised by Little Dropling and his friends, Splish Splash and Splosh, who decide to stay just where they are.


Up in heaven the angels can see nothing but trouble down below, with greedy Gryphon and his dragon pals demanding gold from everything that goes round - water cycles, life cycles, days of the week, months of the year and the seasons - and thatís just for starters.


From a toll house in Charlton Rd they demand gold from Butterfly, Apple and Broad Bean. The angels will be in trouble with Angel Gabrielle if they donít sort it out soon - no seasons - no winter, months in a muddle - no December 25th and no Nativity! They go down to earth to investigate, where they find Catfish John and the children cheering up the raindrops with a ring dance.


Out of the darkness appear Owl and three cats who introduce the angels to Hansel and Gretel. This problem-solving pair persuade Gryphon that dancing and singing, plus a hug and a smile, will give him more happiness than gold ever would. But the Nativity is still not ready to start as the stars have lost their sparkle (an apple a day keep the stars at play). Once again Hansel and Gretel come to the rescue by introducing them to children from around the world who eat good food galore. The stars are now beaming with a healthy glow and ready with donkey to begin the Nativity.


Donkey leads Mary and Joseph safely to Bethlehem where, after much searching, they find a place stay. Angels tell the shepherds about the birth of a special baby. They follow the star and bring him fruit, grown in their orchards.


Twinkling stars lead the Three Kings and children from lands, near and far, to the stable in Bethlehem. Here the baby delights in their smiling faces and the loving arms of his mother Mary.


It is now time to leave our Nativity play - stop, get off, fly away - but all around the world Christmas festivities will continue this year and for many years to come. Gryphon is no longer greedy, but grateful for the simpler things in life and children in many parts of the world can enjoy happy healthy lifestyles.


Join with us to sing Away in a Manger (verse 2 and 3) and to celebrate the birth of that little baby Jesus so long ago.


Nativity timetable†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 02/02/09







Nativity songs practiced


Parent workshop

Thurs pm with TA




KS1 Staff meeting

Allocate parts


Read story

Small group practice at storytimeģ

Christmas carols with pianist


Practice 11.00 - 12.00 (TAs find / sort clothes)

Whole production 9.40 to 10.30 (TAs find/sort clothes)

Practice 1.00-1.30

Small group practice at storytimeģ




Whole production 9.40? to 10.30 (TAs find/sort clothes)

Practice 1.00-1.30

Small group practice at storytimeģ


Stage up after school


Practice getting on and off stage 9.40 to 10.30 (TAs find/sort clothes)

Practice 1.00-1.30

Small group practice at storytimeģ



Practice with pianist 11.00 - 12.00 (TAs find/sort clothes)

Whole play with pianist 9.20

Practice 1.00-1.30

Small group practice at storytimeģ




Dress rehearsal with pianist 9.20

Practice in afternoon

Small group practice at storytimeģ

Nativity play 1.30 / 6.00