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Baa…Baa…Bethlehem

By Daisy Bond and Ian Faraday
Nativity musical for KS1 (ages 4-7) & KS2 (ages 7-11) – two versions available!
Running time approx: 40 minutes (KS1) or 50 minutes (KS2)

In this imaginative nativity musical, we discover that wonderful things do indeed come in small packages! For four young shepherds, being ‘bottom of the heap’ is no fun. They never get to leave the hillside and take the sheep to market, and are never allowed to sit near the fire on cold evenings – such treats are reserved for the older shepherds. However, one marvellous, magical night, they are chosen to do a very special job, that will change their places in the pecking-order forever…

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from Baa…Baa…Bethlehem

Plot Summary

Life is quiet and relaxed for the shepherds and sheep living on the hillside above the town of Bethlehem. (song – ‘Baa…Baa…Bethlehem’). However, for the youngest shepherds, Daniel, Rachel, Naomi and Eli, it’s not much fun. They are envious of the older shepherds who get to take the sheep to market, and sit in the seats closest to the fire on cold evenings – these are treats they can’t hope to experience until they’re much bigger and more ‘important’. It’s the same for the young lambs, who have to watch the older, woollier sheep grazing on the sweetest, lushest patches of grass, while they make do with bitter leaves from thorny bushes. (song – ‘Bottom Of The Heap’). Nevertheless, the youngsters are convinced that for them there’s something special on the horizon – they just need to sit tight and wait. (song – ‘We’ll Shine Through’).

In Bethlehem’s busy market, the older shepherds work hard to sell their sheep, and with lots of visitors to the town, business is brisk. (song – Market Day). A tired-looking man and woman arrive, urgently looking for a room as their baby will be born very soon. (song – ‘A Place To Stay’). They are told there is nothing available and are sent in the direction of another part of town. Thinking no more of it, the shepherds return to the hillside at the end of the day.

That evening the shepherds are restless. Two lambs are missing, and so Daniel, Rachel, Naomi and Eli are sent to look for them. They wander alone, further into the night, and notice how beautiful the sky has become. Amongst the sparkling, dancing stars, a magnificent new star has appeared, shining down on the town! (song/dance – ‘A Marvellous, Magical Sky’). As they stumble upon the missing lambs, who’ve found some lush grass to munch on, the young shepherds are then struck by the spectacle of a host of angels praising God! The angels tell them not to be afraid (song – ‘Don’t Be Afraid’), as they deliver the wonderful news about the birth of Jesus, and tell them to hurry to the stable lit by the star, to worship the new baby king lying in a manger.

Taking the lambs as a gift for Jesus, they find the stable and, in a traditional nativity tableau, kneel and present them to Him. The arrival of three elegant wise-men adds to the importance of the event, and Daniel, Rachel, Naomi and Eli realise that the special thing they had been waiting to be a part of for so long has now arrived. (song – ‘God’s Gift’)
On returning to the hillside, the four youngsters now have a glowing air of confidence and joy. Strangely, the older shepherds are now respectful towards them, and invite them to sit by the fire. As they listen to the amazing story of their night at the stable, and the part they have played in these wonderful events, they realise there is now a definite change in the ‘pecking order’. Things on the hillside will never be the same again…..! (reprise– ‘Baa…Baa…Bethlehem’).

Characters

21 Speaking parts in order of appearance
*Click on the Line count/Costumes tab for more details

4 Narrators
5 Older Shepherds
An Older Sheep
Young Shepherds: Daniel, Naomi, Rachel & Eli
2 Lambs
Mary
Joseph
3 Wise Men

Ensemble characters for featured songs and choreography
Sheep
Shepherds
Bethlehem Townsfolk and Visitors
Stars
Angels
Stable Animals

What do you get?

This musical production is available for 2 different age groups – KS1 (4-7yrs) and KS2 (7-11 yrs). You will see from reading the script samples that the KS1 version is shorter and with less-complex vocabulary than the KS2 version.

It is also available to buy for in 3 different formats. When ordering, simply choose the option (details below) which best suits your requirements.

  • Option 1 – Book & Audio CD. A wire-bound book containing the full script with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 2 – CD-ROM & Audio CD. A CD-ROM containing both a PDF and an editable MS Word document of the full script, with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a PDF of the piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required..
  • Option 3 – Digital download. All the PDF and MS Word files from Option 2 above, all audio tracks as MP3 files, plus JPEG files of cover artwork for use in making posters or other promotional material. Upon completion of your order, a link will be automatically sent to the email address you provided, from which all the files can be downloaded.

Any order containing a digital download option must be paid for online at the point of ordering. Any order containing a digital download which is not accompanied by payment will not be processed.

UK schools can order Book & Audio CD and CD-ROM & Audio CD options with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK schools and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for these at the point of ordering.

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  1. Baa...Baa...Bethlehem

    5 out of 5 hears Paula

    Love the show – music is brilliant and the script is wonderful! Cannot wait to perform it!

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  2. Baa...Baa...Bethlehem

    5 out of 5 hears chloe

    love the songs…

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  3. Baa...Baa...Bethlehem

    5 out of 5 hears Orlagh Convery, Portglenone

    We did this play for christmas in our school. Everyone enjoyed doing this play and the buzz around the school grew bigger and bigger as it got nearer. I loved singing A Marvellous Magical Sky. It was my favourite!!!

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  4. Baa...Baa...Bethlehem

    5 out of 5 hears Harrison, Caston primary school

    love the song thx for inventing the songs TTHHXX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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