19 to 28. 13 males (doubling possible), 3 females (doubling to 2)
3-12 minor characters and extras (captain of the guard, shepherds, Wise Men, priests, courtiers, and crowds) "One night in Bethlehem, and the world was not the same." This is how God's redemptive love story begins and ends in this 13-song musical. This biblically accurate show unpacks the events up to and including the birth of Jesus as told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. God's plan for humanity's salvation begins with unexpected people the world wouldn't choose, but who are called to these eternally remembered roles. The approachable angel Gabriel (Gabe...
Widely flexible cast. (Main roles for 7 m, 3 w, 5 boys, 4 girls. Additional roles for 2 m, 2 women. Numerous extras, 1 toddler, and an opti
What if Jesus had been born in your town? Rather than tell about the birth of Jesus from the traditional viewpoints of Joseph and Mary, this musical gives us a refreshingly different look from ordinary people who were there. A small group of adults and children befriend the holy family for more than a year, from helping them find the stable for the birth to a celebration for 15-month old baby Jesus, which turns into a bittersweet evening when the Wise Men warn them to flee. The story begins as Bethlehem prepares for visitors in “Company’s Coming” and we see t...
8 m, 8 w, 4 children, extras.
It is Christmastime, 1855, in a small fishing village in Maine. The mayor and his wife try to keep the villagers on their toes with harbor rules and planning of a traditional Christmas Eve celebration, but the villagers are reluctant to work together. During a relentless snowstorm, Holly, a young mother, finds solace and shelter in the town’s Nativity stable where she nestles her son in the manger. While she sleeps, her is baby taken. Quickly, Prophyte Harbor rallies around Holly and helps search for her missing son. God’s messengers provide saving grace in a...
9 m, 6 w, 5 children
The year is 1860. It is winter in Maine, a brutal season. The folks who haven’t already left Prophyte Harbor, a small village on the coast, haven’t seen a supply boat in months. They’re on the verge of running out of food and fuel, including oil for the lighthouse lamps which could ensure the safe arrival of a critical supply ship. Meanwhile, the few survivors from a small island that has been devastated by influenza, are seeking refuge on the mainland. During a fearsome storm at sea, they arrive at a port at night, led there by a light from a figure swinging...
1 m, 3 w, 2-3 girls.
Speaking parts: 1 m, 3 w, 2-3 girls. Nativity non-speaking roles for 3 m, 1 w, 2 teen boys. Also children’s choir, optional handbell choir or other musicians.
"Finding Joy" tells the poignant, but funny story of Lucy, a grandmother struggling to find joy this first Christmas after her husband has passed away. Surrounded by her daughter and grandchildren, Lucy tries her best to decorate. Unwrapping the nativity pieces, an angel appears and takes Lucy into the world of the holy family where joy and difficulty also walked han...
Large, flexible cast. With doubling: 5 m, 2 w, extras, carolers.
The human stories behind our beloved Christmas carols are brought to life in this joyful, hour-long musical. Easily rehearsed vignettes and the option of using carolers rather than actors for singing make this show extremely flexible. Among the stories included: Issac Watts was discouraged over the hymns that were being sung in church, so he wrote a new one every week for the next two years, including "Joy to the World." Rev. Edmund Sears could feel the tensions caused by the Industrial Revolution and upcoming Civil War. He wrote "It Came Upon a Midnight Clea...
3 m, 8 w, 6 children, carolers and skaters
Adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic novel. Four of literature’s most famous sisters, nurturing Meg, rebellious Jo, sweet Beth and spoiled Amy, must endure the absence of their father while he is away ministering in the Civil War. Under their mother Marmee’s wise and tender care, the girls learn many lessons – including the real meaning of Christmas – as they experience both the painful and the beautiful that life offers. Full of memorable and varied music with richly drawn characters, “Little Women – A Merry Christmas” is a family-friendly timele...
2 m, 7 w, 3 b, 2 g + extras if desired.
Florence and Myrna, residents of a rest home in Pasadena, make up a story to test Myrna's children. Florence has never had a real family Christmas. Myrna had years of storybook Christmases with her five children who live in Idaho, but now her health needs have brought her to a warmer climate. Florence fantasizes that a family would come along and take her in for Christmas, but of course no family would put themselves out that way. Yes, the would, says Myrna, her children would she taught them to be caring in just that way. "Would not," says Florence. "Would t...
4 speaking parts.
Let your congregation sing their way into the Christmas spirit or let your choir shine in this special "Hymn Sing." In a cantata framework, three heavenly angels are in awe as they watch the nativity unfold. At appropriate times in the story, a narrator reads scripture and well-known hymns are sung. Memorized or simply read, here is an easy yet meaningful and joyous celebration, perfect for any sized church. Performance time: 60 minutes.
4 m, 5 w, 1 teen boy, 1 teen girl, 1 boy, 6 girls
Compiled and edited by Jason Anderson Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry. It is Christmas time. The Rasmussen family is gathering at Grandma's country home for the holidays. Everyone will be there - except Grandpa, who died recently. All are concerned for Grandma in her first Christmas without Grandpa, but Danni McKenna, a sort of step-granddaughter, may be the solution. Danni is now living with her stepmom, Samantha, who is Grandma's daughter. Danni has problems. She doesn't want to fit in or maybe she's decided that she can't fit in. She feels unloved and...
10 m, 13 w, 2 teen boys, 2 teen girls, extras
The year is 1849, the month December. Once an insignificant harbor, Prophyte Harbor is now on the sailor’s map as a refuge in Maine. The people of this small fishing island continue living as they always have…simply. They struggle to keep their faith through their challenges. They will soon experience a journey like no other. Only the light from the lighthouse will remain the constant. They hear this very important message: In life you will weather many storms, but do not fear. I am with you always. Hear my words and know the truth: there is never a time I am...
9 m, 6 w, plus ensemble
We powerfully follow an old, blind rabbi, Eleazar, as he returns with his grandson to Nazareth to find the answer to a question that has plagued him for most of his adult life: "Who was the son of his old friend, Joseph?" In seeking the answer, Eleazar takes a journey back in time to remember the strange events that came with a simple carpenter to the village on the edge of nowhere...of the romance that bloomed between Joseph and the daughter of Joachim...of the disgrace that stained the betrothal of Joseph and Mary...of the events that set them all on the ro...
Music by James Sack.
Ivan and Victor, two somewhat weary and cynical men, have just finished playing the roles of the magi in the church's Christmas pageant when they realize the third man, who was recruited at the last minute, insists upon still being called Balthazar. Confused about him and curious why the other church members haven't returned to change out of their costumes, the two men return to the nativity scene on stage to find the cast, like Balthazar, really believe themselves to be at the stable that special, holy night. Five original, unforgettable songs. This is an id...