This script can include as many actors as you choose without altering the script length, as the narrator says lines that actors omit. It is suitable for any age cast and ability, although the narrators must be confident readers, and the director needs to be a strong, confident person with the ability to act whilst scan reading the script and apparently (or actually) directing on stage. It therefore lends itself perfectly to a mixed age cast, and even adults.
If used as written it will include:
Up to 21 speaking parts, these being Mary, Joseph, Donkey, 3 Innkeepers, Angel Gabriel, Angel (speaking to shepherds), 6 Shepherds, 3 Kings, Star, Emperor Caesar, Roman Soldier, Sound effects person. (The 14 speaking parts in italics can be fulfilled by audience members in their seats if you do not have enough cast members, or for a novel effect.)
- Narrator (s) with 76 lines to read, plus 12 optional lines
- an on-stage director. With 72 lines to ‘scan’ read as if they are checking the script whilst giving directions to the cast.
- a bible reader,
- a host of angels, (to dance and/or sing)
- and/or a voiceover