PLAYS 4 - 7 years


Just in Time

Another adventure for Father Christmas. The preparations for Christmas have taken their toll on Father Christmas and he is worn out. He has had so many important jobs to do: - there were visits from all the major toymakers, anxious to show him their latest and best inventions, there were the undercover trips to department stores to see what was being sold this year, there were the training sessions for all the 'shop santas' to make sure they were up to scratch.

So Mrs Christmas insists he has some rest before setting off on his most important task of all - the Christmas Delivery. She is so determined he will not be disturbed, she decides to lock the door to his room. Unfortunately, she misplaces the key, and, when it is time for Father Christmas to set off, he is trapped in his room, fast asleep. Christmas is saved by a mouse and a moth who combine to wake Santa and get him out.

A charming story for young children to act out. Narrators carry the bulk of the story. Father and Mrs Christmas have plenty to remember, but the rest are all one or two liners, and there are loads of opportunities for dressing up and movement. With four original and easy to learn songs, this play is guaranteed to please audience and performers alike.

Comments

"Another play - another triumph! Everybody, and I mean everybody was impressed - and who wouldn't be by such a magnificent performance by a group of Pre-Primary students. For Father Christmas and Mary Christmas to learn so many words was a tremendous feat. And there were children who had to be talked into giving speaking parts and go and truly believed they couldn't do it. It was wonderful to see them blossom and deliver their lines with confidence and enjoyment. A good time was had by all! A grandparent who was in the audience and has worked in early childhood for many years said that she has seen dozens of Pre-Primary concerts and that ours was the best that she has ever seen. Keep writing your terrific plays so that we can keep performing them.".

Liz Moynan Karrinyup, Perth, Western Australia - December 2010

"Thank you so much for writing us yet another box office triumph, but also for all your help putting the show together - it has been great fun!"

Barcombe Primary School East Sussex

Age Range: 4-7 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Cast: at least 15

Number of Songs: 4

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£10.00 Piano score

Samples:

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A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

The Christmas That Nearly Wasn't

The play was written for an Infant department, (5, 6 and 7 year old children), in a rural primary school and can involve from as few as 15 to as many as 50 children.

The main action in the play is described by narrators and there are simple one or two line speaking parts for some characters, and many opportunities for non-speaking, moving and dancing parts for others.

The Christmas That Nearly Wasn't is a story about a rather grumpy Father Christmas who takes a lot of persuading to go out into the cold to deliver presents.

Song – What’s All this Fuss About Christmas

n fact, when the play starts, Father Christmas, and his wife, Mary, are on holiday on a tropical island, and the locals don't want him to go back to the north pole.

Song - Stay Here, Don't Go

When Father Christmas eventually returns to his home in the north, there is trouble. The elves are not happy!

Song - Why Should We Work

Mary Christmas talks them round, but the problems are not all over yet. The reindeer have had too good a summer.

Song - Too Fat to Fly

Eventually Father Christmas and his reindeer and elves set off. They have to walk at first because the reindeer are unfit for flight. They spend the first night in a forest, where it is rather frightening.

Song - Deep in the Dark Night

Father Christmas sees a small hut and inside he sees a family preparing for Christmas. The scene that he watches makes him realise how selfish he has been, and how important Christmas is. So, with renewed vigour, and reindeer that have recovered and can now fly, Father Christmas sets off, and Christmas is saved.

Song- I've Found the Meaning of Christmas

Comments

..we had 6 days to put it together before our dress rehearsal. Thanks to your easily learnt songs and children who would ad lib we did it.Our staff were fantastic and parent comments said it was one of our best. Was it just fate that made me choose this? I don't know but thanks for supplying us with a script that worked so well. We involved 180 infant school children, yes we did add a few snowflakes to accomodate them all -- we even had a few inspectors checking on Santa's workshop, they passed the inspection I'm glad to say!

C Beeby Churchhill Infant School Leicestershire 12 Jan 2006

Hi Robert, Today was our big day and the children - who are only 5 and 6 years old performed magnificently. They loved doing it and loved the songs. The applause from the parents was deafening and I know they thoroughly enjoyed the play. The mother of Mrs Christmas has said that she has been thrilled with the growth in confidence in her daughter since she has been involved in the play and she has been reading it to her as a bedtime story every night. Thanks for a great play.

Liz Moynan, Karrinyup, Western Australia December 2007

Robert, Absolutely brilliant . Thanks for your prompt attention. You will have made some anxious teachers very happy.

Sue 7 November 2006

"It was a huge success especially as we added a twist - the parents and workers at our pre-school performed it to the children of the village and it went down a storm. So much so that we are having to put another show on this year and your adaptation of Snow White sounds just the ticket."

Burghclere Pre-School Nursery Newbury

"Many thanks for sending me the script. It's perfect for my young drama group"

Shoutabout Theatre Co. Dorking, Surrey.

Age Range: 4-7 years

Duration: 35 minutes

Cast: at least 15

Number of Songs: 6

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Stay Here, Don't Go

song sample

Scene sample

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

The Special Gift

Bethlehem is crowded, all the inns and hotels are full. When Mary and Joseph call at an inn, the innkeeper's children, Jacob and Ruth, suggest the stable as a last resort. These two children then see the amazing events that follow - the visit of the shepherds, who describe angels telling them to find a new king - three foreign leaders who tell of following a star in the sky, which will take them to a king - and all these visitors are bringing presents for the new baby. Jacob and Ruth are despondent, they have no suitable gifts.... until they hit on a simple but deserving idea.

"THE SPECIAL GIFT" tells the story of Christmas through the eyes of a Roman Soldier who narrates, and the actions of the two children. It has four original, charming songs to illustrate the story, two major speaking parts (Jacob and Ruth), one part requiring a good reader (Roman Soldier) and smaller one line parts as well as opportunities for movement and dancing.

Age Range: 4 -7 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Cast: At least 10

Number of Songs: 4

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Bethlehem wa a quiet City

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Sample Scene

The Stable of Stone

The Stable of Stone is a re-telling of the traditional nativity story. Written by Geraldine Smith, recently retired Headteacher of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Brighton, it provides a beautifully simple framework which you can adapt or extend to suit your resources.

Narrators tell the story, and there are small speaking parts for a few characters, but opportunities for non-speaking acting, moving and dancing parts for others

The story starts with the Angel visiting Mary. The narrator then tells us how Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem to take part in the census.

Song - We're On Our Way to Bethlehem

Mary and Joseph's search for accommodation is described and then the action moves to the hillside where shepherds are guarding their sheep.

Song - 1,2,3,4,

Next we see the Wise Men travelling to find the new king.

Song - I am the King

Finally a tableau is built up as the shepherds then the kings, then the Innkeepers join Mary Joseph and the new born baby in the stable while the final song is performed.

Song- May We Come In?

Comments

"Robert, I just wanted you to know that the Christmas play was a full success. We had a fun time practising and it turned out really nice. If I ever need another play I will definitely look at yours first. The response from the congregation has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you again and I wish you a very happy 2004"

Barbara Shober Wyoming, USA

Age Range: 4-7 years

Duration: 35 minutes

Cast: At least 15

Number of Songs: 4

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£10.00 Piano score

Samples:

Song sample

I am the King of a wonderful land

Scene sample

A play by Robert Smith