CHOIR is standing in the corner
The play begins when the three young people enter from the back,
down the center aisle.
The boy is carrying a box containing Christmas ornaments and a
They are talking to each other about the box as they proceed
toward the stage - ad lib.
When they reach the table [stage left] they place the box on the
table concealing a script if needed.
Sonia: Basil, I wonder what's in this old box? Mom has had this in
the attic for a long time.
Basil: I can't imagine what could be in it that we could use; that
stuff must be "ancient" by now!
Mary: Do you think it's something from the olden days when Mom was a
[She peers into the box & sits down to look closer.]
Basil: Mary, I just said so, didn't I?
Sonia: You two are being silly. Mom isn't "that old"! And
besides, we're supposed to empty the box and set up what's inside. So
let's get to work!
They take turns reaching into the box & pulling things out.
Basil reaches into the box & pulls out an icon of a man.
Basil: Hey, does anybody know who this is?
He shows his sisters the icon. While he continues to rummage, Mary
takes the icon & reads from the back.
Mary: Isaiah the Prophet.
Sonia: [knowingly] Isaiah. He was an Old Testament prophet.
Mary: What's a prophet?
Basil: I think it's someone who can tell about the future.
Sonia: You're right, Basil.
Mary: But what did Isaiah tell everybody?
At this point a musical FLOURISH is heard & the children
freeze. Enter Isaiah (from the center aisle or stage right). He
crosses to the table where the kids are & takes the icon from
Isaiah: Frankly, I'm surprised she doesn't already know the answer to
that question. Excuse me for barging in like this and interrupting
your little play. Let me introduce myself. I'm Isaiah the Prophet,
from the Old Testament. When I lived on earth, I prophesied many
things. But the most important thing I foretold was the coming of the
Lord, Jesus Christ. "For unto us a child is born, a son is
given: and the government will be upon his shoulders, and his name
will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace."
ISAIAH walks back to Mary. As he places the icon back into her
hand, he finishes by saying.
and that my dear child is the answer to your question!
ISAIAH exits up the center aisle.
Another FLOURISH is heard and the children come back to life.
Basil: [excitedly] So that's what Isaiah did! But how did he
know and how did all the people know that Jesus was coming? Didn't
Isaiah say all those things long before Jesus was born?
Sonia: Of course he did. He was a prophet, remember? Now, what else
is in that box?
All the children begin to look into the box again. They begin to
remove little ornaments and statues of the manger scene.
Mary: Who told Isaiah that Jesus was coming? Was it God?
Sonia: It had to be.
Basil: [removing the statue of the Virgin Mary] Oh, look, here
is the Virgin Mary!
Mary: Did God tell Mary that she was going to have Jesus?
Sonia: I remember studying in Church School that an angel came to her
and told her, but I don't remember his name...
Another FLOURISH is sounded and the children freeze. Enter GABRIEL
1, who walks to center stage, facing the audience. At the same time
the younger GABRIEL 2 & VIRGIN MARY enter stage right. And stay
on the right side of the stage. While Gabriel 1 speaks, Gabriel 2
& Virgin Mary act out what he says.
Gabriel 1: [He finishes her sentence.] Gabriel. My name is
Gabriel. I'm surprised she didn't remember! I mean, I only delivered
the most important message that any one person has ever received. God
sent me to Mary. At first, she was frightened. But I told her not to
be afraid; that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would
conceive a son. And he would be called Jesus, Son of the Most High.
The Son of God, Emmanuel, meaning "God With Us."
GABRIEL 1 exits up center aisle.
GABRIEL 2 & VIRGIN MARY exit stage right.
A FLOURISH is sounded. The children come back to life.
Sonia: Gabriel! That's it! Gabriel! God sent the angel Gabriel to
tell Mary. And she was so happy to be the chosen one of God. She knew
what a great honor it would be to be the Mother of Jesus.
Basil: Yes, but wasn't she scared? It's a big responsibility being
the Mother of the Son of God.
Sonia: Sure she was scared, at first. But she had faith and her faith
made her strong.
Mary: Wait a minute! Aren't you supposed to be married to have children?
Basil: Of course you are, and Mary had a husband. Although Jesus was
born by the power of the Holy Spirit, God gave Mary a husband to
protect her & the child. His name was Joseph. That way Jesus
would be born into a family. He would also have the guidance of a
During this line, Sonia pulls the stable/cave with the manger from
the box and sets it on the table.
Mary: Is that the cave with the manger where Jesus was born?
Sonia: Yes, it is.
Basil: Well, if Jesus was the Son of God, why was he born in a cave?
Why not a hospital, or a big, beautiful house?
Sonia: Everybody knows that story. Sit down a minute and let me tell
you what happened...
A FLOURISH is sounded and the children freeze. Enter INNKEEPERS 1.
They stop at center stage, facing the audience. The younger
INNKEEPERS 2 stand behind a door to the right of center.
Innkeeper 1: We know the story, too.
Innkeeper's Wife 1: [excitedly] Because we were a part of it!
Innkeeper 1: Yes, we were. I'm an innkeeper in Bethlehem. During the
time when the baby Jesus was to be born, the Emperor, Caesar
Augustus, sent out a decree that all the world should be taxed.
Wife 1: [interrupting him]...so Joseph traveled with Mary to
Bethlehem where he was from, because everyone was to go to his or her
hometown to be counted.
Innkeeper 1: Yes. We were working at the inn that night, and they
came to us asking for a room...
JOSEPH & VIRGIN MARY enter stage right and walk to the door
that is decorated to look like an inn. They knock on the door. It
opens. We see INNKEEPERS 2 shake their heads "no" as the
Wife 1: [interrupting]...but because there were so many people
in the city for the taxing, there was no place for Joseph and Mary at
Innkeeper 1: [a little aggravated] That's true. Unfortunately,
we had no spare room at our inn either. But then we saw that Mary was
Wife 1: [interrupting again]... and we felt so sorry for the
couple that we offered them the safety and warmth of the cave where
our animals were kept.
INNKEEPERS 2 walk JOSEPH & MARY to center stage where the cave
and manger are positioned. BABY JESUS appears during the singing of
Innkeeper 1: And it was there that the baby Jesus was born!
CHOIR sings "Silent Night" as INNKEEPERS 1 exit
arm-in-arm up the center aisle; INNKEEPERS 2 exit arm-in-arm stage right.
Silent Night, Holy Night. All is calm, all is bright.
'Round yon Virgin, Mother & Child! Holy Infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.
A FLOURISH is sounded and the children come back to life.
Sonia: ...and that's how the Baby Jesus came to be born in Bethlehem.
Basil: And Isaiah's prophecy came true! But didn't Isaiah say that he
would be the Savior of the world? How did the world know that Jesus
Mary pulls a star from the box.
Sonia: That's it!
Basil: What's it?
Sonia: The star, the star!
Mary: Yes, a strange, special star in the sky told the world that
something special had occurred; that a King, a Saviour had been born!
Sonia: Not only a star, but angels, too. Angels appeared to the
shepherds who were tending their flocks.
A FLOURISH is sounded and the children freeze. Enter SHEPHERD 1
stage left and stops center stage, facing the audience. Meanwhile,
the STAR enters stage right and stops at the cave. Then Shepherds 2
enters stage right stopping to the right of the manger scene. They
act out the scene that Shepherd 1 describes.
Shepherd 1: Ah, yes. I remember that night. What a glorious night it
was. The first Christmas. We were in the fields tending to the sheep
when this brilliant light appeared in the sky. And from within the
light a great voice told us to "fear not," and brought us
the glad tidings that Christ the Lord had been born in Bethlehem.
As the CHOIR sings "The First Noel," the HOST OF ANGELS
& the HEAD ANGEL enter from the back, down the center aisle, and
stop when they reach the shepherds & sheep.
The first Noel the angels did say, Was to certain poor shepherds in
fields as they lay.
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep, On a cold winter's
night that was to deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.
As the song ends, SHEPHERD 1 exits up the center aisle. SHEPHERDS,
SHEEP, STAR & ANGELS move toward the cave and position themselves.
Enter BALTHASAR stage left and moves to center stage to speak to
BALTHASAR: Greetings. I am BALTHASAR, one of the three wise men who
followed the star to where the Baby Jesus lay. When we arrived we
found the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger.
The Virgin Mary and Joseph were there, and some animals. Also some
shepherds from nearby fields. We rejoiced at this beautiful sight,
and offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
As the CHOIR sings "We Three Kings," the 3 WISE MEN
enter stage right. They move to the manger scene as the STAR moves
back and forth to guide them. They kneel before the baby Jesus and
offer their gifts.
We three kings of orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.
O, star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.
BALTHASAR exits up the center aisle as the song ends. A FLOURISH
is sounded and the children come to life again.
Sonia: ... and that's how the entire world learned that the baby
Jesus had been born.
Basil: I think it was a fantastic idea to use a star, especially
since they didn't have TV or newspapers in those days.
Mary: I like unpacking Christmas boxes. You sure do learn a lot by
keeping things from the olden days.
Sonia: Yes, I guess you do, Mary.
Sonia reaches to the bottom of the box and pulls out some sheet
music - "Joy to the World."
Sonia: Hey! Look at this!
Mary: What is it?
Basil: It's a Christmas Carol. [Basil walks over to Sonia.]
"Joy to the World." That is my favorite carol. Let's sing it!
Mary: But we don't have anyone to sing with us.
Sonia: Oh yes we do.
Sonia gestures to the CHOIR and the audience to join them. CAST
MEMBERS who are off stage now enter. Those stage right stand near the
cave; those in the back enter from the left side aisle and surround
Mary: Come on everybody. Let's all join in singing it together.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heav'n and nature sing, And heav'n and nature sing,
And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove;
The glories of, His right-eous-ness,
And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love,
And wonders, and wonders of His love.
Youngest students stand holding stars, each containing a letter
that spells out "Christ is Born! Glorify Him!"
Once they are in position, all students cry out: "Christ is
Born! Glorify Him!"]
All student sing the Troparion of the Nativity:
Your Nativity O Christ Our God,
Has shown to the world the light of wisdom.
For by it those who worshipped the stars were taught by a star,
To adore you the Sun of Righteousness.
And to know you the Orient from on High.
O Lord, Glory to You.