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Author Topic: the lead up to Christmas is to put on a Christmas play  (Read 1154 times)

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« on: November 27, 2012, 04:55:05 AM »

The primary scene for a christmas costume play is the stable where Christ was born. The characters for the play include Mary and Joseph, angels, shepherds and the Wise Men. Sometimes the animals of the stable are also featured. This story is popular with kids, and often kids make up most of the cast for Christmas plays.

A popular activity for religious groups in the lead up to Christmas is to put on a Christmas play. Usually this takes the type of a nativity play with a script that tells the traditional Biblical story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.

The Christmas story does have a wider context, including the role of King Herod and his search for the foretold birth of a competing king. The political intrigue that surrounds the story of the Wise Men, the census and the slaughter of the innocents is not always included in a Christmas play. Although there could be a token Roman soldier to represent the political context, most producers prefer to keep the story line in the script much more simple. Usually they focus on the lead up to the birth of Christ, Mary's visit from an angel, the Star of Bethlehem, the birth in the stable and the arrival of the Wise Men.

A popular approach is to make use of a well spoken narrator to tell the Christmas pantyhose story while the cast plays out their various roles in front of the audience. The narrator may either stand to the side or stay in the background. This has the advantage of limiting the spoken parts that must be learned by amateur actors. It also ensures that the story is thoroughly told with the desired religious messages.

Preparing the sets for the play, the stable, and making the Biblical costumes for the cast, can be a massive project. Probably the most difficult costumes to prepare at those for the Angel Gabriel and the richly dressed Wise Men. Their arrival in their respective scenes ought to be among the highlights of the play. One time that work is done, of coursework, the resources will be obtainable again for your Christmas play next year.

A high emphasis is usually given to the musical side of the Christmas story. It is a chance to encourage audience participation in carol singing, which can be a popular part of a Christmas play's performance. Interspersing music with the narrations is a well-liked way to present a Christmas play.

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