This script is the total moveable feast! It literally caters for any size cast and any length performance. This is achieved by including in one script, two! One of duration approximately 15 minutes (depending on the number of carols included) and the other around double that – again, depending on the amount of ‘music content’. The Twelve Days of Christmas inclusion just lends itself to fun .. and chaos – so beware, maybe this should come with a public health warning! As an ex-teacher, I can just picture this one’s potential for entertainment – intended and otherwise!! But isn’t that what Christmas plays are all about? (Quick flashback to one I did – The Missing Star – where hilariously this proved to be the case!! A backstage experience that will remain embedded in my memory forever!)
A cast of whatever you want it to be (I’ve gone with 30 as a starting point but this can be reduced or increased to 100 plus!)
Child 18: Let’s warm up with
Whole cast: (Together) Jingle Bells!
Music 5 Jingle Bells (first verse)
Narrator: Jingle Bells was written by an American minister for his Boston Sunday school children – for Thanksgiving! It proved so popular it was taken up at Christmas!
*See optional addition to assembly/EXTENDED VERSION
(Pauses) But wait a minute! We didn’t get to sing those Twelve Days of Christmas! (Looking at cast) I can see we’re going to have fun with this! Take it away, children!
(Whole cast sing opening two lines, each time)
Whole cast: On the first day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
(Each child stands and holds up a picture of their gift each time they ‘feature’ in the song)
Child 19: A partridge in a pear tree.
Whole cast: On the second day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Child 20: Two turtledoves
Child 19: And a partridge in a pear tree.
*The following can be added on to this assembly if there is time for these extra carols
Narrator: I can understand why! Let’s hear another cheerful one!
Music 6 Deck the Halls (first verse)
Narrator: The author is unknown but the words are again from America! The Fa la la refrain was probably originally played on a harp.
(Sound of loud snoring from Child 18)
(Whole cast roars with laughter)
(Narrator walks over to Child 18 and wakes them up; then turns to rest of the cast, with fingers on lips)
Narrator: Shhh! We’ll have none of that. (Pauses) Silent Night was written to be accompanied by guitar. This was because the writer, Austrian priest Joseph Mohr, discovered that the church organ was broken, one Christmas Eve, so hurriedly put together Stille Nacht so that his church wouldn’t be without music over Christmas.
Music 7 Silent Night (first verse)
Narrator: And to continue this theme ..
Music 8 Away in a Manger (all six verses)
Narrator: Ah! Dear children! How very angelic they sound!
(Aside) What a shame we know better!