17. Stable Boy

Stable Boy

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(4 customer reviews)

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

 

James dreams of a glamorous life as a fisherman on the great Sea of Galilee, but in reality his days are spent tending to the assorted livestock in the stable behind a small inn in Bethlehem. The arrival of lots of visitors (and donkeys) to the town one day, means that poor James has to work even harder, with no thanks from the grumpy innkeeper and his wife! However, as the events of that special night unfold, James realises that the future is brighter than he’d thought, and that dreams can indeed come true!

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from Stable Boy

Plot Summary

In the opening song (All Work, No Play), we meet James, who longs to escape his dull life tending to the animals in the stable behind an inn. The innkeeper, his wife and the maid only add to James’s woes, criticizing his work and calling him a ‘lazy good-for-nothing’! Though fed-up with their harsh words, James finds comfort in his dream of one day becoming a fisherman, like those who visit the inn after a long but thrilling day aboard their boats on the Sea of Galilee (song – A Fisherman’s Life).

One morning James is told by the excited innkeeper that he needs to double his efforts around the stable, as Bethlehem is full of visitors all looking for a place to stay and to rest their donkeys after their long journeys (song – Knock! Knock! Knock!). James has to forget his day-dreaming for a while, and concentrate on seeing to all the four-legged arrivals (song – Donkey Work)!

As James sleeps soundly, exhausted from his busiest day ever, the stable animals notice that the night sky seems far brighter than usual. They realise that, as the stars dance, it must be a sign that something wonderful is about to happen (song – Song Of The Stars). As the largest star settles overhead, the innkeeper ushers in a woman (who is soon to have a baby) and a man. He explains that he can only offer them the stable, as the inn is full. He roughly wakes up James, telling him to tend to the couple’s donkey. The woman and man speak kindly to James, and he knows they must be very special people indeed. As a host of angels watches over the scene, James takes the donkey and leaves the couple to have their baby in peace (song – Jesus Is Born).

And the visitors just keep coming! First, some shepherds arrive with a lamb, much to the annoyance of the maid, who instructs James to stop the animal chewing her washing! Next come three royal visitors on camels (to which James must tend), with gifts for the baby. Soon the stable is full to bursting, as everyone gathers round the manger on which the baby is laid, and gives thanks for his birth (song – Kneel At The Manger). When James is invited by the woman to come closer and see the baby, he is filled with a with a feeling of hope, believing his life can change for the better and that great things lie ahead for him.

We learn, as a postscript from the narrators, that James’s dreams of becoming a fisherman do indeed come true. One day he is greeted from his fishing boat by a gentle young man, whose eyes James recognises as those of the baby he met in the stable many years before. The man invites James to join Him, leading him on the biggest adventure of his life! (song – Dreams Can Come True).

Characters

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

Narrator/s – this part could be divided between as many children as you’d like.
Innkeeper
Innkeeper’s Wife
Maid
James
5 Fisherman
4 Visitors
A Horse
A Cow
A Sheep
A Goat
2 Chickens
Joseph
Mary
3 Wise Men

Ensemble characters for featured songs and choreography
Fishermen
Visitors
Donkeys
Stars
Angels
Shepherds
3 Camels

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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  1. 5 out of 5 A Wickfield, Bucks

    A delightful little Nativity, the children loved it. Thank you very much for making my Christmas production a pleasure rather than a chore!

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  2. 5 out of 5 P Dawcey, Surrey

    A delightful story which the children enjoyed performing. Thank you.

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  3. 5 out of 5 Anne Whitmore, Headteacher, Devon

    A lovely play, the children coped brilliantly and thoroughly enjoyed singing & performing to their parents – we’ll be looking out for your next new Christmas show!

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  4. 5 out of 5 Ola, St George's RC Primary, York

    Simply brilliant! Just watched my Little One (aka Talking Goat) and his classmates performing Stable Boy! Must admit had tears in my eyes not once. And what a clever ending with James meeting adult Jesus!

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