"The Narrated Nativity"
(Nativity Story Excerpts from "Redemption In The Wings" Play)
by Fred Passmore
copyright 2009 Sheep Laughs Publications
This is the script for the embedded "Nativity Play" scenes found in the script "Redemption In The Wings." You may do it separately if you wish, to have a shorter traditional Christmas story, without having to learn lines. All the narration, background music and sound effects are already mixed on the soundtrack. The tracks for this are already part of CD #14 for "Redemption In The Wings," but if you want to do JUST the Nativity Story, than you may use the isolated tracks which are on Soundtrack CD #17. There are four five-minute sequences, and in between you can present live singing if you wish, to give the actors time between scenes, and to make the program last a little longer. There is an invitation to salvation at the end of the soundtrack, also.
Note: It is important that you have something to separate the skit scenes; having someone sing a Christmas song in between them is the best option. This gives your cast time to recover and prepare for the next scene.
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The actions are described in the script before the lines for the next paragraph. So, your actors do what is described in the narration directly below the direction, AS THE NARRATION IS BEING READ.
Costuming idea; use battery operated white Christmas lights under the robe of the angel. Preferably the new LED lights, which are bright with no heat. They will light up the white robe from within and give a neat look to the angel.
Cast: Mary, Joseph, Gabriel, the Shepherds (at least three, but can be more), the elderly Simeon and Anna, various extras, as many as you wish.
PERFORMANCE NOTES: All of the action takes place with very little audible sound from the players. They semi-mime everything, talking, laughing, anything that is done, all nearly silently, as the Narrator tells the story. It's like watching a film with the sound turned down low, as a voice-over narrator tells what is happening. All of the sound and dialog comes from the CD. The CD also includes the background music and sound effects. Approximate time of the 4 combined scenes is 21 minutes.
Now, you can make some natural sounds as you perform; background talking between the extras can go on; but all at a very LOW volume. It should compliment the CD playing, not distract from it or override it.
In every case, the "Actions" description is given in the script just before the narration that describes it. But you DO the actions AS the narrator tells it, in synchronization. You act out the motions described, as he is telling it. This takes knowing your moves, and rehearsing with the CD; so that you are doing it in-sync with it as it is told, not lagging behind it and reacting to it.
There are some small actions mentioned in the narrative that are not laid out in the "actions" parts; just do what it being described however it is revealed. Use your acting ability to come up with little additional things to fill in... and hit the points as they come. Be creative! Since you don't have to learn dialog, you can concentrate on your acting through what you are doing visually, as the narrative provides the dialog. Don't let the action on stage come to a complete standstill during the narration; if nothing is particularly directed for you to do through the narration or script, invent some little bits of business to do that are in keeping with the narrative events. Then when it's time to do what the narrative is saying, you can easily move into it.
When the narrator is telling of dialog that your character is saying, you do not have to lip-sync it. Just act as if talking at the same time he is telling in general what was said. After all, the audience is hearing the narrator tell the story, and they are only seeing you as part of a flashback, in their imaginations. So, silently and naturally mouth the words that approximate what the narrator relates that your character is saying. You want it to look natural and mostly match what they know you are saying; keep it real so that if your lips are read it will make sense.
Note: This play is intended to be performed to the pre-recorded soundtrack. There is nearly constant music mixed in with the narration to properly portray each scene, and doing it without the CD will result in a far less effective or moving performance than it was intended to be.
Part One: The Annunciation
Begin Track #1 on the Soundtrack CD #17: (Note: the large amount of constant background music and sound effects are not listed in the script, but are on the soundtrack.)
Actions during the next part of the narration: Mary comes into the room, carrying a basket.
Narrator: The events that we celebrate at Christmas didn't start on that day, no... the first revelation and promise of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ went as far back as Adam and Eve. And the birth of Jesus on that silent night was no surprise to those involved... they had known about it nine months earlier. So if you are to begin anywhere to tell the story, it must be when the announcement was made that Jesus, the promised One, was now nigh unto coming into the world.
Now, a promise is only as good as the person making it. When we make promises, regardless of how good the intentions, we can't alway keep them. His promises are sure, and His plans were made from the beginning to come to pass at just the right time. God was going to take on humanity... by becoming a human the way all of us do.. as a baby. And in so doing, forever become a part of the human family.. and for all eternity, identify himself with us. One of the most wonderful things about God's plans and promises is that they involve us. And a humble Jewish girl was about to become an important part of God's plan of redemption. Her name was Mary, and she wasn't a member of the royal family that now ruled Jerusalem, but a poor girl, engaged to a simple Galilean carpenter named Joseph. One day, as she went out her chores in her town of Nazareth, the most significant thing that ever happened in her life came to pass. Without warning, she was suddenly confronted by her destiny as an angel came into the room.
Actions during the next part of the narration: The angel Gabriel comes into the room behind Mary without her knowing it. He speaks, startling her, and she spins around to look at him with shock.
Narrator: Now, when the supernatural suddenly intrudes on your life, it can be a downright terrifying experience. And when Mary heard the words, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!" let me tell you, she was shocked and scared. Turning to see who was speaking, Mary was frightened by this stranger who had suddenly appeared in her room. And as he continued by saying "blessed are you among women," although the words were kind and reassuring, comforted was not a word she would have chosen to describe her emotions at that moment. Sensing that this was an angelic visitation and not merely a human intruder bent on harming her, Mary was still greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. Even the most comforting words, when spoken by an unexpected Heavenly visitor, can be unnerving. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God."
Actions: Mary, shielding her eyes at first, drops to a kneeling position on the floor looking up at the angel.
His words, sinking in, at least calmed the fears that naturally come with a confrontation with a messenger from God himself. And as she sank to her knees, overcome with the power and glory that accompanies a being straight from the Throne, the angel nevertheless added to her perplexed state of mind with his next statement. "You will be with child and give birth to a son," he told her, "and you are to give him the name Jesus." This simple statement, delivered under the unusual circumstances by this most unusual person, was enough to puzzle anyone, but even more so one that was yet to be married. But the most amazing words were still to come, as the angel continued, "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end."
Actions: Mary slips down to a seated position, her legs under her, as this news overwhelms her. She looks thoughtful as she considers it all.
It's safe to say that no woman in the history of the world had ever had such a momentous announcement made to her... her child was to be the son of God, the prophesied Messiah that would rule upon David's throne, forever! With the weight of this incredible privilege and responsibility laid upon her, the one simple question that came to her mind was the down-to-earth practicality of such an event.
"How can this be," Mary replied, "seeing that I have no husband?"
The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God."
While some women might have run screaming from the room when confronted with such words, Mary was humbled and honored. But perfectly natural questions began to surface in her mind. What would her family, and her fiancée, think about her being with child before she was married? Would anyone believe her story? It seemed quite unbelievable even to her.
But the angel wasn't finished. He informed her that her relative, Elizabeth, had conceived a son in her old age. She who was said to be barren was in her sixth month. Mary was not alone in her sudden emergence into the world of miracles; and if such a miracle had already happened for Elizabeth, then she could be certain that her miracle would occur just as surely.
As if knowing her thoughts, the angel looked on her kindly with a smile. "Nothing," he assured her, "is impossible with respect to any of God's promises."
As these words kindled a fire in her heart, Mary found a deeper faith in God... a faith that was more than merely a hopeful wish that things would turn out well. If God had selected her from among all the maidens in the nation of Israel for this singular role, surely He would work out all the problems it could present. So, she accepted it bravely, and spoke the words that we even now honor her for.
Looking at the angel with a peaceful expression, Mary said, "Truly I am the Lord's servant. Let everything you have said happen to me." Pleased with her response, the angel nodded in acknowledgment.
Actions: Mary bows her head in worship to the Lord, and the angel backs out of the room.
As the words of the Angel echoed in her mind, and Mary's heart was filled with praise and wonder over the Lord's grace at including her in his plan for coming of the savior of the world. A prophetic scripture she had heard from her childhood, concerning the coming of the Jesus into the world, now rang in her heart: "You did not want sacrifices and offerings, but you prepared a body for me..Then I said, 'See, I have come to do your will, O God.'
With a fresh awareness of the reality of the things that heretofore she had only been taught about, Mary rose with haste and went to go visit Elizabeth. She knew that when they saw each other, there would be much to talk about. One of her concerns had been how Joseph, the carpenter to which she had been betrothed for years, would handle the news. But she decided to trust God for that as well and leave it in His hands.
Part Two: The angels tell the shepherds.
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Narrator: And so, as word spread about the imminent birth of the Messiah, the people of Jerusalem, especially the wise High Priest and learned scholars, rejoiced and prepared to receive Jesus with open hearts and arms. Yes, trumpets sounded and joy filled the entire city as the long-awaited Jesus was born and laid in the best golden cradle money could afford. (Music and cheers on soundtrack slow down and stop as the record tone arm scratches.) Um... well... we know that's not quite how it all went down, no... sorry to say. But, that's how it would have happened if the story was written by men. In reality, the actual events were quite different.
Actions during the next part of the narration: The shepherds come onto the stage, walking with their staffs and talking as they go. They decide to sit down awhile, and they gather in a semi-circle, sitting the ground and reclining back. One of them points to the sky and rest look at the spot with interest, as they talk amongst themselves as to what the new star might mean. One of them, the youngest, has a couple of sticks which he drums lightly on his knees or any available surface, as a habit. This is a visual reference to the "Little Drummer Boy" song.
Narrator: The Lord seems to take great delight in doing things completely differently than we might expect, anticipate or even think he should. But, as He has said, His ways are as far above ours as heaven is above the earth. And so, quite contrary to expectation, the announcement of the Messiah's birth was made to some of the most obscure and uninfluential men you could imagine... shepherds. You heard right. Shepherds, out in the fields, not far away from Bethlehem, watching over their flock by night. They weren't out there just because they enjoyed camping out under the night skies with the brilliant stars as a canopy; even though they were wondering about the bright new star that had just appeared. No, they were on the watch for predators that might endanger their flock. Wolves, jackals and lions were always on the hunt for a tender sheep. But, all was quiet except for the occasional howl as the jackals kept their distance, frustrated by their fear to come any closer.
Actions during the next part of the narration: One of the shepherds rises, straining his eyes in the darkness, as if listening closely to something. The others look at him and wonder what he is doing.
Narrator: One of the men, named Ruben, seemed to sense something in the air of that peaceful night, as all was calm. Listen, he told them... do you hear what I hear?
Now, it was safe to say that the shepherds were more than a little taken aback by the sudden appearance of a man who glowed with his own light. Terrified is more like it!
Actions during the next part of the narration: The angel comes upon them from the opposite direction they had been looking, and one of them sees him first, with his eyes wide in fear. The others are looking around to find the source of the light shining all around them. The one spying the angel shakes the shoulder of the one nearest him, turning him in the direction he is looking and pointing, getting the attention of the others who then also look, spinning and staring, then all drop to their knees in awe. Several of them cover their faces on the ground, until the angel speaks.
Narrator: As the heavenly glory of the Shekinah light illuminated the fields all around them, emanating from the stately being before them, the shepherds tremble for their very lives. They knew all too well that an appearance of the Angel of the Lord could mean judgment and death. But their fears were soothed as the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid! Behold, I bring you news of great joy, which is for all men."
As they shaken shepherds realized they weren't about to die, their apprehension turned to awe and wonder. Good news? What kind of news would be relayed to them, of all people, way out here in the wilderness? Their angelic visitor continued, "Unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior... which is Christ the Lord."
The shepherds looked at each other with shock. This... was the announcement which all Israel had been waiting for, for generations! The Messiah, the Son of the Most High, now born in the nearby city that was King David's home town! The news was almost to great a joy to bear. Then the angel gave them details on where to find this hoped-for Deliver, eternal heir to David's throne. "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
Actions: The shepherds look back up at the sky which is filled with angels. Their faces show shock and awe at the display. When they disappear, they get up and talk among themselves excitedly.
And with that, the skies were suddenly filled with a mighty host of angelic beings, all giving praises to the Most High, and saying "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Now, if the effect of one angel appearing was shocking, the impact of a multitude of them must have been overwhelmingly stunning. This was a sight seldom seen by man, and they knew their lives would never be the same. The brilliant clothes of the angels shimmered like the sun on the water as they were whipped by the wind, and their faces glowed with the glory of heaven as their voices raised in exaltation of God. As the thundering voices of the angles echoed off into the hills and faded away with them, and the heavens were once again only lit up by the stars, they looked at each other to make sure they had not been dreaming. They said to one another, "Let's go right now, to Bethlehem, to see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us!" And don't you know they hurried as fast as they could go? As one mind, they set off to find this new-born King who would rule the world by first ruling in hearts of men.
Actions: The shepherds excitedly hurry offstage to look for the baby.
Part Three: the Nativity Scene
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Actions during the next part of the narration: After a few moments, the band of shepherds come on stage, stopping to talk amongst themselves several times as the looked in various directions. They stop a passerby and inquire of him, and he knows nothing, shrugging. But finally they come upon the entrance to the stable, and when they see it is occupied, they become joyful. Joseph, however, tries to keep them out until they tell him what they have seen and heard. The rest of the actions are as the narrator dictates.
Narrator: The shepherds that kept their flocks just outside of Bethlehem, according to Jewish tradition, watched over special flocks that provided the lambs for the Temple sacrifices. Worth noting also, is that shepherds were fitting to be told first is because that Jesus was the be known as The Good Shepherd, who himself would be come the sacrificial lamb.. All the patriarchs, like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and on, were shepherds. And don't forget that Long David was a shepherd in his youth. As they hurried into town, they words of the angels guided them. They had been told to look for a particular sign; they would find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." Well, that last little detail was one that made absolutely sure that they couldn't possibly mistake some other baby for the one they were looking for. No other newborn baby in the entire country would be laid in a cattle feeding trough, which was only found in a cattle stall or animal corral! And that ruled out having to look in all the houses and inns, which were full of people. No, it narrowed it down to the stables and sheds, where there would be no other people. The Lord made it easy for them to find the holy family and to know the infant savior when they found Him. When the came to a cattle stall that was occupied by people, they felt they were on the right track. Gathering around the entrance, they deluged poor Joseph with questions. Now, you know Joseph had determined to take care of Mary and the baby, and he wasn't about to let a band of shepherds pile in the stall with the new mother and child. He was about to lay hands on the leader and help him out when they slowed down and explained that an angel had told them to come. Well, that made a difference! Joseph knew that when an angel told you something, you obeyed, and he could hardly keep them out. Permitting them in, they beheld what the heavenly visitor had told them to look for... a baby, laid in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes.
Actions during the next part of the narration: The shepherds kneel before the manger as Mary and Joseph look on. They gaze in awe, and some bow their face to the ground, as others raise their hands up in praise.
Now, there had been plenty of babies born that were unusual in some way, and many were destined to live great lives. But none had been born like this one. This was God incarnate, who had always existed. And now He was he was born, in a human body, for the express purpose of dying... for the sins of all mankind. This tiny Baby would grow up to be the Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for the sheep. As they looked on his face, they realized that for the first time, God was now part of the kinship of mankind... and was the only one that could bring man into kinship with God. The shepherds, bowing before the baby and offering their worship, were the first of those that would bow the knee before him. But little did they realize that one day, every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Every person that ever lived during the course of history would one day bow before him... willingly, in life, or at the final judgment.
Actions during the next part of the narration: The shepherds withdraw quietly to the outside of the stable. Talking in hushed tones to each other, they discuss what to do next. Once they decide, they walk off to the side, where they encounter several people which they share the news with. The passersby look interested, but ultimately shrug their shoulders and move on. Mary stands unsteadily, and with Joseph's help, walks to the stable entrance to watch them go. She looks back at the baby, and the departing men, then up at the sky. Joseph, hugging her, points to the new star, which causes Mary to have a thoughtful expression. Finally, she lets Joseph help her back in to the side of the manger, and lay down in the hay.
Narrator: When the band of men had seen the babe, and felt they should go for Mary's sake, they reluctantly withdrew from the stable. Once outside, they all seemed to be talking at once. Foremost on their minds what what to do next. Surely, spreading the word about what they had seen and heard would be the best thing... but who should they start with? The priests in the town? Should they go to Jerusalem and proclaim it to the temple worshipers? How about the King? Herod should know about the birth of the new king. But how would he accept it? The thought of bearing such news to Herod caused them to think again. He would not be happy to hear about anyone that might threaten his rule, and might try to silence them. No, couldn't do that... and besides, who would listen to them? Would anyone believe that they had been told such important news, and not the religious leaders? They would be ridiculed and thrown out as insulting the priests bu even suggesting such a thing. Eventually, they settled for telling anyone they came into contact with, and headed back to their flocks with joy in their hearts. On the way out of town, the encountered some people, and they shared the exciting news, even telling them where to find the Child. But curious as it all sounded, no-one bothered to go see for themselves. It was too hard to believe. But Mary, thinking about the visit by the shepherds, considered that it was just one more strange and miraculous event in a life that had been full of them since being visited by the angel herself nearly nine months before. She had a feeling, as she looked at the newborn, that as He got older, there would be many more wonderful miracles. Perhaps one day she would be able to understand why the King of the Universe should have been born in a stable instead of a nice inn. But they were doing the best they could, and where the hand of God led them, they would follow, even if they didn't understand.
Part Four: The Temple Scene
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Actions during the next part of the narration: Some extras in Biblical robes come onto the stage, moving back and forth and talking to each other here and there. Joseph and Mary walk onto the scene, with the baby in Mary's arms. Joseph is carrying a covered cage containing the doves. People here and there stop to look at the baby, which they proudly pause to allow as they talk back and forth. Simeon, who has been there in the background, spies the family and slowly begins to move toward them, waiting for the others to clear away. When Mary and Joseph turn to go into the temple, they are confronted by Simeon who is gazing at the baby with a loving expression. The rest of the actions are described in the narration.
Narrator: It's very often true that God is doing amazing and significant things in plain sight among many people, but only those spiritually in tune with his word and spirit are even aware of it. One of the best examples of this is when Jesus was on this earth. He was the very incarnation of God, in humanity's fragile form... but only a few around him knew this.
After the forty days required by the law of Moses for the ceremonial purification of both Mary and Joseph after Jesus was born, they brought him to the temple in Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. For it was written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord." They kept the law also with their sacrifice of a pair of doves, which was a provision made for the poor, who could not afford a lamb. So, as they came into the court for the ceremony, they were, as proud parents have always done, stopping to show admiring people the baby. But of the people there oohing and aahing over the child, one was different in his appreciation. They were seeing the baby with their natural eyes, but he was looking with eyes of faith. His name was Simeon, and according to the Bible he was a righteous and devout man, with the Holy Spirit upon him. The Spirit of God had revealed to him that he would not die before he saw the Christ who was coming, and as he was fervently anticipating and waiting for the Messiah to come, this was not only comforting but exciting to him.
He had been moved by the Spirit to go into the Temple courts, and as he gazed upon Mary and Joseph with the baby, that same Spirit whispered to him that this was the one. Wonder and joy played across his face as he soaked in the vision before him, and as he took the child, who was to be the Father's perfect sacrifice for sin, he began to praise God, saying: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
Now, although you might think that Mary and Joseph should be getting used to unusual things happening in association with the baby, they still marveled at this pronouncement, looking at each other with amazement. Simeon then blessed them, and said to Mary more words to wonder at and ponder in her heart. However, they were not entirely comforting. "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too." A shadow seemed to fall across Mary's countenance as she heard these prophetic words spoken. What kind of sorrow would come to her from this child? And why would be be spoken against? But she pushed the worry aside as she remember who this child was, and who had sent him. Whatever the future held, it was in God's hands and according to his good plan.
Actions during the next part of the narration: Anna, moving toward the family, recognizes the baby also, and takes him in her arms, eyes full of tears as she holds him and looks up to Heaven in thanksgiving.
But there was still someone else waiting to see the promised One that they she carried. As Simeon moved aside, his eyes bright with tears of fulfilled happiness, an elderly woman came up with the same light of recognition in her eyes. Eighty-four years old, Anna was a widow and prophetess who spent practically all of her time in the temple, praying, and fasting and worshiping God. She too knew that the Messiah was near, and when she laid eyes on Him, her heart knew him at once. Again looking at each other with shared wonder, Mary and Joseph were touched with a humble awe as Anna thanked God for his unspeakable gift, in the form of the infant she now held.
Actions during the next part of the narration: Anna returns the baby, and stands beside Simeon as they watch them go into the temple. They discuss it between themselves, then part. Anna moves from person to person telling them what she has seen.
With an understandable reluctance, Anna returned the baby to Mary, but stood with Simeon as the holy family went into the temple for the Presentation of the Firstborn ceremony and offering. All of their hopes went with them, as thanksgiving reigned in their hearts over the miracle of having seen the Messiah, who would redeem the world. Anna, still praising God, at once began spreading the word about what she had seen to others in the temple that she knew were also awaiting the redemption of Israel. Isn't that what happens to each one of us, as we discover the savior for ourselves and place our faith in Him? Our hearts are filled with thankfulness, and we want to spread the word.
Actions during the next part of the narration: The various cast members begin to come back on stage, slowly and reverently. As each one does, they gather in staggered lines with spaces between each person so that all are visible from the front to the back. When the narrator leads in prayer, they all bow they heads.
Narrator: Jesus revealed God to us through himself, and when we accept his sacrifice through faith, we become a part of God's family. If you have celebrated his birth through the various kinds of Christmas celebrations and traditions, but have never invited Him in, you will never know the true joy of the season, or benefit by his revelation of kinship. But if you are still alive, there is hope. Believe the testimony of all those that knew him as Messiah, back then and now. Believe what the Bible says about him, and what he says about himself. You can trust all these testimonies, and accept him as your savior right now. In the privacy of your own thoughts, call out to him. He will hear you! Express to him, in your own words, that you want to know him. "Dear Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God, and are God come in the flesh to be a man. I believe you died as a sacrifice for my sins against God, and will accept me into your family. Please save me now, and come into my heart forever. I trust in you to save me, and one day accept me into your heavenly home as a member of your family. I thank you for this now, and will tell others about my decision, to bring you glory and invite them to do the same."
If you have truly done this, you can accept by faith that he has saved you and come in just as he promised he would. And one day you will see him for yourself, in all his glory... whether he calls you home to heaven, or comes for all of us at his return in the clouds. In the meantime, you can truly know the joy of Christmas... all year round.
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