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Wow Nativity Play

 

Are you looking for a nativity play for your church or school that’s a little different…a little more fun?

WOW! is a short Christmas play that faithfully tells the story of Jesus’ birth in a contemporary style PERFECT for kids.

There are 5 hymns throughout that allow participation by the whole audience.

Download once, and receive a lifetime license for your organization!

(Read below about the difference purchase options)

FREE Read Perusal Script
Buy Script Only ($30)
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Overview

With the download of this play you’ll receive:

✔  The full script (12 pages) with hymn lyrics
✔  Character list and prop list
✔  A lifetime license to print/copy as many scripts as you need (for your organization only)
✔  A lifetime performance license (for your organization only)
✔  30 Day Money Back Gaurantee (if your kids and community don’t LOVE the show, just write us and we’ll give you a 100% refund)

…PLUS the optional brand new MUSIC KIT:

The MUSIC KIT includes the following for the 5 hymns in the play:
✔  Piano-Vocal Sheet Music (PDF): Refreshing contemporary arrangements in keys ideal for young voices (click for a preview)
✔  Accompaniment/Backing Tracks (MP3s): Professionally orchestrated tracks that the kids can perform along with, perfectly matching the Piano-Vocal Sheet Music.
✔   A lifetime print and photocopy license for the sheet music (for your organization only)
Use the player to the left to listen to the backing tracks. All materials are provided instantly via download only.

Age: Lower-Upper Elementary/Middle School
Script:
12 Pages (PDF)
Length:  20-30 minutes (dependent on length of hymns)
Cast Size:  12+
Number of Songs:  5

The script contains the following hymns that can be adapted as desired:

1. O Come All Ye Faithful
2. Away in a Manger
3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
4: We Three Kings
5: Joy to the World

FREE Read Perusal Script
Buy Script Only ($30)
Buy Script + Music Kit ($60)
Buy Music Kit Only ($30)
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Characters

CAST:

Angel
Narrator
Mary
Joseph
Shepherds
Wiseperson 1
Wiseperson 2
Wiseperson 3
Chorus (includes Animals, Angels and Sheperds)

NOTE: If you’d like to give more kids the opportunities for speaking lines, you can break up the large parts into “Angel 1, Angel 2, Angel 3, etc.”

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Hymns

Below are lyrics to the Hymns in the play. These can be shortened or extended as needed.

Hymn #1: O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Hymn #2: Away in a Manger

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
‘Til morning is nigh.

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 take us to heaven
To live with Thee there

Hymn #3: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hymn #4: We Three Kings

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

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising
Worship Him, God most high

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Hymn #5: Joy to the World

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

About the Author

GWYNNE WATKINS is a playwright and lyricist.  Her work for children includes the musicals Tea with Chachaji (Making Books Sing, NYC) and Space Pirates! (Garden Players, Forest Hills NY), the three-play series In Between Worlds (New Players, Ridgewood NJ), and Wow!, a nativity play for churches. Gwynne is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a member of the Dramatists Guild.  A professional journalist, she lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and son.

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