The Apprentice

The Apprentice

5 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

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

 

Simeon is a kind old carpenter from Bethlehem, in need of an apprentice to share his heavy workload. A young girl called Sarah is an unlikely candidate, but soon proves herself both skilful and talented. Good job too, as these skills and talents are really put to the test one starry night, when Bethlehem is filled with visitors and it seems everyone in town needs a bit of woodwork doing!

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from The Apprentice.

Plot Summary

With the opening song (Life’s Good) we meet the carpenters of Bethlehem, one of whom is a young apprentice, Joseph, who works for an elderly carpenter called Simeon. Although very happy in his job, Joseph leaves Bethlehem to start his own business in Nazareth, where there is less ‘competition’! Simeon therefore needs a new apprentice (song – Scratch My Back), but when all the suitable youngsters are snapped up by other trades people, the only candidate left is a poor girl called Sarah. Although reluctant to take her on (song – The Lucky Ones), Simeon realises that Sarah is a talented woodworker when he sees the intricate carvings she is trying to sell to make money for her poor family. The two really hit it off and over time they become the most sought-after carpentry team in Bethlehem.

One day, the Roman soldiers announce that lots of visitors will soon be coming to the town. This means all the innkeepers and guesthouse owners want their properties repairing and renovating (song – Spick And Span), which in turn means lots more work for the carpenters. We learn that one particular visitor will be Joseph, Simeon’s old apprentice, who is returning to Bethlehem with his new wife Mary (song – Side By Side). Mary is soon to have a very special baby; a gift from God.

As his workload increases, sprucing up the inns and guesthouses, the now frail Simeon finds it all too much. Although desperately sorry for Sarah, he has to hang up his chisel and saw, retire from carpentry and let his apprentice go. Sarah bravely tells him that she’ll be fine and goes back to selling her carvings, hoping she’ll make enough from Bethlehem’s visitors to support her family. However, as they arrive, the visitors are more bothered about finding somewhere to stay rather than buying souvenirs. Also, their attention is drawn to the unusually starry sky(song – Stars Over Bethlehem) and they pass by Sarah without noticing her.

Sitting sadly at the roadside, Sarah is approached by one of the innkeepers. He has a broken manger which urgently needs repairing, as it’s the only place to lay a baby which has just been born in his stable! Having expertly fixed the manger (for which she generously asks no payment) Sarah then meets a group of shepherds. On the instructions of angels who appeared to them, the shepherds are hurrying to see the baby whom they’ve been told is the son of God. One shepherd feels embarrassed to meet such a special child as he has a broken crook, so again without taking payment, Sarah fixes it for him and the shepherds rush off. Sarah then meets three mysterious strangers also looking for the baby, and each carrying a gift for Him in a wooden box. Unfortunately one of the boxes (containing a gift of gold) has a broken lid (song – I’ve Broken My Box) which the stranger feels would not be right to give to the son of God. Sarah mends the box for nothing and she is left alone once again.

However, the stranger whose box she mended soon returns and, recognising Sarah’s kindness and generosity, invites her to come to the stable (song – Fill Your Hearts) to meet the baby herself. On learning that Joseph is there (having heard Simeon talk fondly of him over the years) she insists that the old man comes too. After an emotional reunion around the manger, Sarah is given some of the gold as a thank-you for her help in making this wonderful night run a little more smoothly. We are told that, with the gold, she ensures Simeon has a comfortable retirement and sets up as a carpenter in her own right, securing the future of her family. So once more, life’s good! (song – Life’s Good – reprise).

Characters

31 Speaking parts in order of appearance

5 Narrators
Joseph – including singing solo
Simeon – including singing solo
Weaver
Builder
Baker
Farmer
2 Carpenters
Sarah – including singing solo
4 Soldiers
4 Inkeepers
Mary
Gabriel – singing solo only, no spoken lines
2 Travellers
4 Shepherds
First Wise Man – including singing solo

Ensemble Characters – for featured songs and choreography
Carpenters
Trades People
Children
Soldiers
Townsfolk
Travellers
The other Wise Men
Angels

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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What others are saying

  1. 5 out of 5 Henry, Petworth CofE School

    Plot: I like the way the plot includes the traditional nativity but also has the backstory.
    Script: The script is simple and easy to learn.
    Songs: One of Edgy’s soundtrack yet!
    Characters: I played Joseph. The characters are unique and stand out, even if they just have a small part. e.g. Weaver, traveller…

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  2. 5 out of 5 Owen St Mary's

    amazing

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  3. 5 out of 5 Charlie

    Amazing!!!!!!

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  4. 5 out of 5 Leah, Holy Cross

    I really like this play. I got the role of Sarah. This play has cool songs. 🙂

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  5. 5 out of 5 Jo Payne, Primary Blogger @MrsPTeach

    When looking for a new production to use in my school there are two important elements I look for. Firstly, something that is relatively easy to prepare and a script which is original and enjoyable. The production packs produced by Edgy Productions ensure that I can pick and choose the elements to buy in order to create a personalised package for my school. They produce scripts in digital and print form, backing tracks, music scores – pretty much everything an amateur director like me requires. Thankfully they have made the performance rights, which in the past I have found to be expensive and sometimes confusing, simple and reasonably priced. It must be incredibly difficult to produce an original Nativity script but “The Apprentice” is exactly that. As someone who has sat through dozens of different Christmas shows, I enjoyed this new viewpoint of the famous story; the recount of a carpenter’s female apprentice who happened to be needed when a famous baby was born in a stable. Immediately I saw the potential of the show for KS1 children in December. A plethora of songs accompany the script, all of which perfectly suit the voices of young children. This story will inspire pupils, while giving their parents a unique Nativity to cherish.

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  6. 5 out of 5 Matilda Hewitt, MountFields Lodge

    AMAZING, SO CATCHY!

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  7. 5 out of 5 John Dabell, Teach Primary Magazine

    The story is a cracker and I love the adaptation. It will have lots of appeal simply because it offers something different whilst retaining all of the traditional elements – a child-friendly spin on the nativity. The script and the stage directions get a thumbs-up and the music and lyrics are excellent. Songs are lively, upbeat and well sung by children. They’re also expertly recorded and arranged. It feels as though you’re in safe hands and that, yes, you could do this, even as a non-specialist, and bring mega-watt smiles to parents. The verdict – a pleasure for all.

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