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- September 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm #475555Catherine Campbell-NesbitParticipantOur Sunday School and Youth Choir is very small in number so the idea was broached to do a multi-generational Christmas pageant this year rather than a traditional kids only pageant drawn from the choir and Sunday School. Could anyone recommend a pageant that incorporates all ages and also could be put together in four or five rehearsals? The church does not do traditional pageants but usually something more like a musical theater presentation. If you could recommend a website or a particular pageant/Christian theater piece, I would really appreciate it.Thanks!Catherine NesbitSeptember 27, 2015 at 11:14 pm #475583JON CORELISParticipantThe book Christmasse in merrie England with old carols, dances and a masque (1915) by Mari Ruef Hofer is available in Google Books and probably in other sources. It has a complete short Christmas play with vocal and keyboard scores of traditional carol interludes and even dance instructions. It’s rather old fashioned and may be more elaborate than what you have in mind, but it might give you some ideas.September 28, 2015 at 7:05 am #475593David AndereggParticipantI wrote a text and songs for a multi-generational pageant which you may use without charge. It is called Be Still and See; duration about 40-45 minutes. The adult choir sings the 4 SATB songs; children or adults can be the actors (actually it requires only one child, a girl of about 10-12 years old). Then children or adults can be shepherds, kings, Herod, etc. We did it at our church and it was very well-received. Please let me know if you would like to take a look at it.David AndereggSeptember 28, 2015 at 7:11 am #475594Jura LitchfieldParticipantAmahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti is 45 minutes in length, needs a strong soprano/actress as the mother, a strong boy soprano/actor as Amahl and three adult males who can sing the three kings. Children can be part of the villagers chorus. THere is also a possible spot in the score for a dancer to dance for the new born child. Can be done with piano accompaniment. Many churches do this work year after year, some in Advent, some just after Christmas in January for Epiphany.Best wishes, JuraOctober 9, 2015 at 7:14 am #476441Lucy Hudson StembridgeParticipantI have one that is really easy to produce, direct, and execute. It is short, so could be lengthened to stand alone, or combined with another work, soloists, a Carol service, a dinner…lots of possibilities. It is meaningful and entertaining, and quite flexible as to who sings what, plays what part, etc. it uses a lovely Boston Pops carol-medley recording as accompaniment. I never titled it, but I might call it, “Church Family. Noel” unless I come up w/ something I like better.Also “Here is. Love, Here is. Joy” by H. Flammer is good. I have used it twice, and divided up the scenes between different families; locations.Message me if you are interested. (BTW, if you ever worked w/ Robert Ray, then we know each other from Atlanta days.)-Lucy Hudson StembridgeOctober 9, 2015 at 7:26 am #476444Lucy Hudson StembridgeParticipant“Amahl” is one of my favorites, and a lovely, heartwarming work.(Actually, the dancers perform for the 3 kings and their hosts: Mother and Amahl, unless someone has creatively added the end of the journey, [in the original, we never see them arrive in Bethlehem] and an alternate/additional dance.)I do love the idea of dancers performing as a gift for the Christ Child/Holy Family. My sister added this to our church Nativity years ago. We also had our angels dance the good news to the shepherds.Bles-Sings,LucyOctober 14, 2015 at 4:44 pm #476768Patti MangisParticipantI haven’t done this one but I have produced many musicals by Allen Pote and Tom Long. They have a Christmas one called “Chimes in the Night,” which is available from Hope Publishing. From my experience with their other shows, I imagine it work with both children and adults.Amahl is one of my favorites, too, but you need good adult singers.
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