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Bethlehem’s Buzzin’

5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

By Daisy Bond and Ian Faraday
Nativity musical for KS1 (ages 4-7).
Running time approx: 45 minutes

 

This witty yet sensitive adaptation of the traditional nativity story is a delightful reminder of the true message of Christmas. Jacob, Rebecca and Samuel are three less-than-honest market stall holders, hoping to cash-in on the large number of visitors arriving in Bethlehem. Whilst giving it the ‘hard sell’ they encounter a tired couple on a donkey, a group of excitable shepherds and three mysterious visitors from the east, and are led to a lowly stable where they experience something that will change their lives forever!

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from Bethlehem’s Buzzin’

Plot Summary

Jacob, Rebecca and Samuel are stall-holders in Bethlehem’s busy, bustling market. However, always looking to make easy money, their way of doing business is a little less-than-honest! They shamelessly sell cheap and fake items, passing them off as genuine, quality goods!

One day, lots of visitors arrive in town (song – Bethlehem’s Buzzin’) and the three friends are eager to cash-in! Convinced they’ll be ‘rolling in it’ by the end of the day, (song – Business Is Booming) they give it the hard sell! After a day’s record-breaking takings, just when they think it’s time to pack up, a tired man and woman (Mary and Joseph) approach Jacob, Rebecca and Samuel, (song – A Long, Long Way) and ask if they know of a place to stay. Annoyed that the couple haven’t come to shop, the friends reply that they can lead them to a nearby inn, but will charge them to do so! As Mary is about to have a baby, they accept the offer and hand over what little money they have on arrival at the inn. However, it’s yet another dishonest trick. As the friends scarper with the money, Mary and Joseph discover there is no room at the inn, and the baby has to be born in a stable. (song – A Baby Is Born Tonight)

Back at their stall, about to pack up for the second time, Rebecca notices a bright light on the hillside. This is followed by the arrival of an excited group of shepherds, whom the three friends think have come to do some late-night shopping! However, to their disappointment, the shepherds tell them of a wondrous visit they’ve had by a host of angels, who’ve told them to come to Bethlehem (song – Hurry Down The Hillside) to find a baby born in a stable. Guessing which stable they mean, the friends offer to lead the shepherds to it…for a price! The shepherds decline the offer, choosing instead to follow the star that the angels said would show them the way.

About to pack up again, the stall-holders then notice three very distinguished-looking gentlemen, who look like they have a bit of money to spend! However, they are disappointed to hear that these visitors have also come looking for the baby (song – Follow A Star), and not to part with their cash! Neither will they be taking up Jacob, Rebecca and Samuel’s ‘kind’ offer to lead them to the stable for a small fee, and they leave!

Curious as to why all these people are so keen to visit this baby, the friends decide to go and see for themselves. On approaching the stable they are overwhelmed with a joyful feeling, and when they are invited to kneel by the manger something changes in their hearts forever! They recognise they have led dishonest lives, and promise to change for the sake of this baby boy. They stop cheating and swindling and instead set up a new business – giving guided tours of Bethlehem to visitors, taking in all the special places and recounting the wonderful story of that momentous night! (song – A Brighter Place) And how much will they charge to do this? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Characters

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

Narrator/s – this part could be divided between 3 or 4 children
3 Travellers – new in town and needing accommodation
4 Locals – with luxurious, and not-so-luxurious rooms to let
Jacob, Rebecca and Samuel – dishonest stall-holders on the make!
Mary
Joseph
Inn-keeper
6 Shepherds
6 Angels
The 3 Kings

Ensemble characters for featured songs and choreography
Bethlehem Locals
Travellers
Stall-Holders
Stable Animals
Shepherds
Angels

What do you get?

This musical production is available to buy in 2 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.

UK schools can order this title 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 this title at the point of ordering.

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What others are saying

  1. 5 out of 5 Sue Cleaver, Glasgow

    What a joy, from start to finish. The children’s concentration was amazing and a true testament to a well written script and fun songs. In the words of Arnie I’ll be back!

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  2. 5 out of 5 D Gamble

    Just lovely. Performed in our local church by our little ones, they did us and your songs proud!

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  3. 5 out of 5 Belle Croft, Lincs

    This was a wonderful nativity musical, original and very lively.

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  4. 5 out of 5 Heulwen Jones, St Wilfrids Calverton

    Brilliant! Children, parents and staff all loved this musical. I know where best to look for this years nativity.

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