A Brand New Star

By Freddie Green

Summary
A very simple traditional Musical Nativity Play for children. Suitable for children 5-13 and special needs pupils. Note: The full script is included here, including lyrics. It may be used free of charge as is. However, a director's script, CD and sheet music can be ordered from the author for a small fee. Details at the foot of the script.

Characters
Mary Joseph Messenger Angel 1 Angel 2 Angel 3 Angel 4 Shepherd 1 Shepherd 2 Shepherd 3 Shepherd 4 Herod 3 Wise Men Children bearing gifts

Script
Narrator: A long time ago in a town called Nazareth there lived a young woman called Mary and a young carpenter called Joseph. They loved each other very much and Mary was expecting a baby. (Enter Mary and Joseph, walking across stage. Mary sits on stool. Joseph exits) Narrator: One day an angel appeared to Mary. (Enter angel, standing in front of Mary) Angel 1: Mary, you are the chosen one. Soon you will have a baby boy. He

As they did so a very bright light came into the . Joseph and Mary knew they had to go and they prepared for the journey. Mary and Joseph were very grateful to their faithful donkey who carried Mary so bravely and so carefully.other side of stage) Narrator: Nearby on a hillside overlooking the town some shepherds were watching over their sheep. (Enter Inn Keeper) Inn Keeper: I have no room at the inn but you can stay in the stable where I keep my animals. but the town was crowded with lots of other travellers and every inn they went to was full. When they arrived. with Joseph walking by her side. ************** SONG 3 LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO STAY ***************** Narrator: Eventually. It is dry and warm. the ruler of the land. wraps him in cloth and then places him in the manger) (Enter shepherds watching sheep . Joseph and inn keeper walk across stage going out of one door and in the other. They needed to find somewhere to stay. He was born in a place called Bethlehem. Herod. one kind innkeeper took pity on them. the stage is set for stable e. (Enter Joseph and Mary preparing things) ************ SONG 1: MARY. Mary was about to have a baby. It was a long way away and Mary’s baby was due any time. gave an order. (Mary. (Exit messenger) Narrator: Joseph was worried. He will be the Son of God and you must call him Jesus. seeing how tired they both looked.g.will be very special. GENTLE DONKEY ************* Narrator: It took many days to reach Bethlehem. so it was a very long dangerous journey. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger full of hay. manger and stools are put on stage) Narrator: During the night Mary gave birth to Jesus. everyone must return to the place they were born to pay a special tax. Mary and Joseph thanked him and were shown to the stable. (Exit angel and Mary) Narrator: Soon after the angel’s visit. Mary was very tired. ************** SONG 2 YOU ARE A FRIEND. Meanwhile. WE HAVE TO MAKE A JOURNEY ***************** Narrator: Mary rode to Bethlehem on a donkey. Remember. (Enter messenger) Messenger: By order of the emperor. (Mary cuddles baby.

Shepherd 1: This must be the Son of God. At night. I am the King! (to Wise men) There is no new king here. walk round. ******************SONG 6: SOMETHING ON MY MIND ********************** Narrator: The wise men followed the star to the stable in Bethlehem. (Enter Wise men -other side of stage. He was so worried and jealous about the arrival of the new king. he had bad dreams. and enter other side) When they found Jesus they were filled with joy. (Wise Men bow and exit) Narrator: Although Herod had told the wise men he wanted to take gifts to the new born king he was really angry as he thought that this new king might take away his throne. They knew that this meant a great ruler had been born. ************* SONG 7: THREE KINGS’ SONG ********************* Narrator: Mary and Joseph were proud of their baby boy. (Wise men knock on door of the palace. ******************** SONG 4: THERE WERE SHEPHERDS ********************* (Exit angel) Narrator: The shepherds were excited and went to Bethlehem to find Jesus. Angel 2: Do not to be afraid I have good news. **************SONG 5: BRAND NEW STAR *********** Narrator: The three wise men decided to go and find the baby. frankincense and myrrh. They gave him gifts of Gold. The Son of God has been born. Shepherd 2: The angel told us he will be the saviour of the world. They told Mary and Joseph about the angel in the sky. local people visited the baby with small gifts and presents. (Enter angel) The light was an angel sent by God. You will find him in a stable in Bethlehem. They found Jesus lying in a manger.sky. (Children . All through the night.pointing at a star) Narrator: A long way away in the East three wise kings who studied the stars saw a new very bright star shining in the sky. bow and enter the palace) Wise men: We have come to see the new king of the Jews Herod: (Angrily) New King? You tell me there’s a new King? What do you mean? (Aside) This is terrible news. Thinking that the baby King would be in the palace they went to see King Herod. (Shepherds exit stage. Please go and find him and then return to tell me where he is so that I may also honour him and bring him gifts.

(Exit angel) Narrator: The next day the Wise men returned to their own country without visiting Herod. WONDERFUL BABY ***************** Narrator: That night. And that is the end of our story about the first Christmas. GENTLE DONKEY (Choir) LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO STAY (Choir) THERE WERE SHEPHERDS (Choir and solo by angel) BRAND NEW STAR (Choir) SOMETHING ON MY MIND (Herod solo. Take Mary and Jesus to Egypt. and stay on the stage) ************** SONG 8: SLEEP. the three wise men each had the same dream. Mary solo. (Whole cast assemble on stage for finale) Finale Song: Brand New Star LIST OF SONGS 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) MARY. King Herod has ordered that Jesus must be killed. (Exit angel) Narrator: Mary. and choir) SLEEP. sung by all) LYRICS TO THE SONGS 1) Mary. However. Herod is jealous. We Have to Make a Journey (Twice) by Joseph . Joseph also had a dream. and choir) Finale: BRAND NEW STAR (repeated. He wants to kill Jesus. Joseph and Jesus left Bethlehem straight away. WE HAVE TO MAKE A JOURNEY (Joseph solo. while everyone was sleeping. (Enter Angel 3) Angel 3: Do not to return to Herod and do not tell him where Jesus is. and choir) THREE KINGS’ SONG (3 Kings in unison. When the wise men did not return to King Herod he was very angry and ordered that all baby boys in Bethlehem should be killed. (Enter Angel 4) Angel 4: Joseph. Soon after they left.bearing gifts enter. they did not find Jesus because he was safe in Egypt. WONDERFUL BABY (Joseph solo. and choir) YOU ARE A FRIEND.

They were looking for somewhere to stay. But everywhere they went that night. 3) Looking for Somewhere to Stay (Choir: Repeat Three Times) Looking for somewhere to stay. Go away. But everywhere they went that night. Go away. Gentle Donkey (Sung twice by choir) Carry Mary ever so carefully Carry Mary On and On Carry Mary ever so carefully Carry Mary On and On You are a friend. Come inside It’s just a barn but come inside. we have to make a journey. gentle Donkey Gentle Donkey we’re grateful to you. Mary. . We’ve got to travel back To where I was born. 2) You are a Friend. And I know that the baby is due. go away. And I know this isn’t a good time for you.Mary. we have to make a journey. Another door slammed in their face. There’s no room here. Mary we have to make a journey. Mary we have to make a journey. gentle donkey Youn are a friend good and true You are a friend. Another door slammed in their face. Looking for somewhere to stay They were looking for somewhere to stay. (last verse concludes with:) Come inside.

showered in light (Angel:) Oh don’t be afraid I’m not here to harm you I bring you good news (Spread the Good News) I bring you good news (Spread the Good News) The saviour of mankind is down in the valley Born in Bethlehem He’s born in Bethlehem 5) Brand New Star There’s a brand new star in the sky! There’s a brand new star in the sky! It’s a sign that the world will all change tonight There’s a brand new star in the sky! There’s a brand new star in the sky! There’s a brand new star in the sky! It’s a sign from above on this dark dark night There’s a brand new star in the sky! It’s amazing! The Son of God is born! It’s amazing! The Son of God is born! It’s amazing! The Son of God is born! In Bethlehem. 6) Something on My Mind (Herod :) .4) There were Shepherds (Choir:) There were shepherds up on a hillside Looking after their flock There were shepherds up on a hillside In for a very great shock For when they looked in the night They saw a wonderful sight An angel of God.

bad news for me! (Choir:) He cannot sleep at night There’s something on his mind. Oh! This is good news! This is good news! This is good. It’s all because a new King has arrived. Something on my mind. 1 verse Mary. good news for us! (Herod repeat verse 1) 7) The Three Kings’ Song (Twice) We have travelled many a mile to see this miracle. Lord. wonderful baby (1 verse Joseph.I cannot sleep at night There’s something on my mind. Something on my mind. Oh! This is bad news! This is bad news! This is bad. 8) Sleep. for you. (Final verse:) La la la……… We bring gifts for you. And we are so glad. for you. Something on his mind. Safe from harm Sleep wonderful baby . Lord. They tell me that a new King has arrived. They tell me that a new King has arrived. we are so glad We are so glad to meet this baby. It’s all because a new King has arrived. We bring gifts for you. 1 verse all) Sleep baby sleep In my arms. We have travelled many a mile to see this miracle. Something on his mind.

Perfect in every way Sleep wonderful baby This is the first Christmas Day I will cradle you tight Keep you warm through the night Sleep wonderful baby Sleep wonderful child .