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Gabriel’s Big Break

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)

When they hear that God has a list of very important jobs that need doing, all the angels are keen to be given the responsibility of carrying them out, eager to prove what they’re made of. However, unfortunate mishaps befall the two leading contenders and a young angel, Gabriel, gets his chance to shine. With so much to do to prepare for the arrival of a special baby, can Gabriel pull it off and show himself to be worthy of God’s trust?

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from Gabriel’s Big Break

Plot Summary

With the opening song (Another Busy Day) we discover what a bustling place heaven can be and learn of the varied jobs done by the angels who work there. One particular angel, Ariel, has just been given a list of ‘extra-special’ jobs by God, in preparation for a wonderful event He has planned. Unfortunately, because of a stinking cold, Ariel is unable to fulfil her duties (song – Achoo! Bless You) so the other angels are quick to offer their services, eager to prove themselves to God. One youngster, Gabriel, longs to show what he is made of (song – Your Chance Will Come), but loses out to an older and more experienced angel, Raphael.

However, when Raphael injures a wing, Gabriel gets his big break and is given these special jobs to do. First on his list is to visit a young woman called Mary, with news of God’s plan (song – Listen To Me). She is to be the mother of God’s baby, whom she will call Jesus; a baby who will grow to be a wonderful man and bring a message of peace and love to the world. Gabriel must then talk to Mary’s husband-to-be, Joseph, and calm his worries about this unusual situation. With this job ticked-off, Gabriel must secondly command the stars in heaven to shine brightly (song/dance – Stars Shine), and tell one particular star to move across the sky and settle over Bethlehem, the town to where Mary (with Joseph) must travel to have her baby.

Being a kind angel, Gabriel decides to give the third job on his list to Ariel, who missed out on helping with God’s plan because of her recent illness. This job is to reserve a room in Bethlehem, where Joseph and Mary can stay in comfort while Jesus is born. However, her sniffles have left Ariel a bit drowsy and she forgets to make the reservation! When Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem, along with many other visitors, they can find nowhere to stay(song – Left Out In The Cold) and it’s left to Gabriel to have a quiet word with a local innkeeper, who offers them a clean, warm stable for the night. With the bright star shining down upon that stable, Mary has her baby (song – See The Baby) and lays Him to sleep in a manger. Meanwhile, Gabriel’s next job is to gather together some of his angel friends and visit a group of shepherds on the hills above Bethlehem, to whom they announce the birth of Jesus(song – Something To Tell You) and give instructions to visit Him in the stable lit by the star. It is this star’s journey across the sky that leads three wise men from the east to that same stable, where they arrive with gifts for the baby (song – The New King).
So, with God’s plan completed, Gabriel has proved himself worthy of the trust shown in him. With everyone gathered together, the last job on his list is to organise a celebration, which he does in real style! (song – Angels’ Delight).

Characters

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

4 Narrators (this number can be increased)
Ariel
6 Angels
Gabriel
Raphael
Mary
Joseph
Innkeeper
3 Shepherds
3 Wise Men

Ensemble characters for featured songs and choreography
Angels
Stars
Visitors to Bethlehem
Innkeepers
Stable animals
Shepherds

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. Gabriel's Big Break

    5 out of 5 hears Annie Elizabeth Trevean, Cornwall

    We have just received Gabriel’s Big Break and had a first read through and a quick listen to the music – sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to let the children have a listen, I just know they will love it too. Know it’s a while away, but really looking forward to performing already! I will let you know how we get on, first impressions are tip top!

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  2. Gabriel's Big Break

    5 out of 5 hears Laila Donald, Northumberland

    Thoroughly enjoyable for all involved, great songs!

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  3. Gabriel's Big Break

    5 out of 5 hears Claire Rodi, Market Harborough C of E Primary Academy

    Edgy Productions have done it again…. Gabriel’s Big Break has the perfect recipe for a school nativity. It really says Christmas when you hear the children singing the songs whilst walking down the corridor, the looks of sheer joy as they perform and the heartwarming smiles from the parents as they watch their children delight in telling the nativity story from Gabriel’s point of view. The songs are easy to learn and allow the children to learn a variety of styles….another hit for us this year, Thankyou!

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  4. Gabriel's Big Break

    5 out of 5 hears Lisa, West London

    Brilliant – kids loved it!

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