Christmas is only 20 days away. Christmas lights are being turned on in towns and decorations are being adorned in people’s homes.
At primary schools, teachers are finalising the Christmas plays to make sure they run smoothly. People are fond of school Christmas plays simply because there’s always something that goes wrong, whether that is an item accidentally breaking (such as a child damaging the baby Jesus doll) or a person tripping over their costume. The beauty of Christmas plays isn’t in the way it is acted perfectly, but in the way that the children put all of their energy and talent into one night for their loved ones.
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We’ve pulled together a list of the best plays for primary schools to make your school’s Christmas goes off without a hitch.
The most obvious and beloved play for Christmas plays is the Nativity. Children learn the biblical story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as well as family values. In the Nativity story, there are usually characters for at least 14 people. However, more modern versions have also added in children dressed as animals to increase the number of children involved in the play. If the Nativity play provided doesn’t include songs, some easy ones are the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Shine Jesus Shine.
Written originally by Charles Dickens, there have been many different plays created using the story of the Christmas Carol. The general idea of the play is to take a boy or girl acting as Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey from being grumpy to a loving and happy person. There are about 13 characters in the play for a Christmas Carol.
Some schools like to bring to life Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The poem first published in 1823 tells a story about Santa and his reindeer. Although the poem is quite short, schools could separate it into sections for several children the lines and a child could dress up as each of the characters.
The cumulative song published originally in1780 and updated in 1909 can be used as a Christmas play. The song is ideal for larger primary school plays, with each child playing one character from each part, there are 89 characters required for the song in total. The children would need to act out their part every time that their section is sang, for example the swans swimming would need to pretend to do breast stroke legs during the 7 swans-a-swimming section.
Cinderella has become linked to Christmas as a result of the annual pantomimes that are performed at professional theatres. A school play could use the original story and include some Christmas details such as the ball taking place on Christmas Eve and Cinderella’s coach becoming Santa’s sleigh later on.