The First Christmas





Notes


(Illustration - three kids singing in a children's Christmas program)






The Setting




The number three seems to be associated with Christmas;

"We three kings..."

"I saw three ships come sailing in..."

And so, here are three short plays for Christmas. Each one tells the story of Christmas from a different, first person perspective. Mary's story, the innkeeper's story, and the Magis' story.

Each play is written for kids, to be performed by an adult (with an extraordinary memory!).

Really, I had a video presentation more in mind when I wrote them. I picture the actor in costume in a spotlight on a bare stage. All you see is the actor and one or two simple props (a basin and a jug, a broom, a beggar's cup). The video idea has the advantage of being able to break things up into more manageable chunks, cutting from one camera angle to another - with someone holding a large-print script/prompt off camera for the actor to read from. Just a thought!

Or you can skip the staging and just read them!


And so, without further ado...

It's the roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd...




PLACES EVERYONE!


LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!!!

 

 











2012 Paul Dallgas-Frey