Inclusion is very important to me. All of my scripts are highly adaptable and flexible enough to be changed to suit your own needs, so please see the script previews if you want to get a better feel of any individual script as I have no doubt that you will find inventive ways to use any of my scripts. The ones that I have listed below are those that I personally consider to be the most obvious choices for the reasons given.
I genuinely am here as your enabler, so if you have any specific special needs that you would like help accommodating just email me and I will do my best to supply a solution, in rhyme and rhythm, in keeping with the script. My favourite request to date was for a means of including identical twins in the role of Mary, which I did by writing a humorous handover moment between the two. I can’t promise to achieve, but, time allowing, I will always do my best!
The Alphabet Nativity Play : This is a very visual script and, whilst the nativity story is narrated, the script doesn’t rely entirely upon the narration. It is written as an alphabet poem which includes 26 alphabetical key words, each represented by an illustrated letter which is displayed when the keyword is mentioned in the narration, and actions are included for the children to do to represent the word. The story can be ‘walked through’ by actors but without any speaking parts, although the songs offer opportunities for character solos if you choose to use them in that way. There is also an option (which I highly recommend) of including an ‘Instructor’ who interacts with the audience and an ‘Action Superstar’ who demonstrates each of the actions to the 26 keywords mentioned during the story.
- The actions and the fact that they are prompted by the displaying of the letter and (ideally) an ‘Action Superstar’ if you choose to include them, make this an ideal play for the DEAF, or for young children. (The songs that are included are well suited for young children too.)
- The lack of necessary stage movement would make it ideal for a disabled group.
- Doing the actions as a group would be well suited to any individuals who don’t like the personal pressure or attention of a ‘performance’.
- Visual learners will find this script easier to connect with, as well as those with memory problems, as the illustrated letters act as a visual prompt and the Action Superstar can demonstrate for the group to copy.
- The Instructor’s (optional) interaction with the audience adds a unique and fun element to the play, making it a great way to include everyone. The Instructor, a sort of pantomime style character, holds signs up for the audience (or you might choose to use the rest of the children/choir etc) to say (‘NO’, ‘AH!’ ‘SH’ etc). In true pantomime style, the response isn’t good enough and the Instructor, also using rhyme and rhythm, tells them so (eg, “That really isn’t good enough…let’s have another ‘ah!’ Remember, he’s the cutest baby that you’ve seen by far!”) Likewise, the Action Superstar demonstrates the actions throughout the play with the option of getting everyone to do the actions together at speed to a recap poem at the end of the play.
The Story of Christmas : some of the parts are written to be spoken from seats in the audience, without any walk on acting required. All of the parts have script prompt cards provided and any actors lines can be omitted (and substituted by the narrator) making it….
- Ideal for those who are shy, nervous or prone to stage fright
- Great for involving those who can’t commit to any rehearsals, or even to being present on the day.
- Ideal for including the hearing or vision impaired and the disabled, as some of the parts are conducted from a seat at the end of a row (Innkeepers who simply answer their door to speak when Joseph and Mary approach) This means that their prompter literally approaches them as they sit in a seat with the audience.
- Good for young children or those who find it hard to concentrate or remember as a scripted on-stage director tells everyone where to go and what to do as part of the play, so other characters are literally spoken to from on stage and told where to stand and what to do! (When I played the part of the director in our performance, a young child who had not attended a rehearsal played the part of Joseph and approached the stage too early, but I simply led him to a different place by the hand as I continued to speak while referring to my clipboard (ie, reading my script) just as a director might do! In fact, it added to the authenticity of the play!)
The Simplest Nativity Play Ever : This play can be performed with any size cast and with little or no rehearsal as it the concept is so simple. An instructor literally tells the actors what to do and when and where (all in rhyme and rhythm as part of the script), and each character is introduced by the narrator with an obvious prompt such as “The Innkeeper listened while Joseph said…..”.
- This script is therefore ideal for young children or those with memory problems, as nothing needs to be remembered, although they do need to pay attention to the instructor in the play to listen for their instructions. This is, however, made easier by the fact that the instructions are given by the ‘Instructor’ not the narrator.
- Some parts are included that can be performed from seats on the end of rows (such as Innkeepers and Bethlehem residents who simply answer their doors to speak when Joseph and Mary approach and knock on them) making it ideal for inclusion of the disabled. These same parts would work for the partially sighted or deaf, as the prompt literally comes to their seat.
- The script works for the shy, nervous, or prone to stage fright as the narrator can continue with their lines as an uninterrupted part of the story if necessary. In the same way, this helps when including someone who cannot commit to rehearsals or to being present on the day.
All of my scripts, by using rhyme and rhythm and short speaking parts, make it more feasible for non-confident readers to take part knowing that the lines take very little memorising. All of my songs are deliberately simple and repetitive, using familiar children’s tunes with my own Christmas lyrics added, making them easy for the children to pick up and remember without relying on reading any words.