Christmas Play by Play
Christmas Play by Play is a Christmas musical for preschool through elementary age children. This program includes a script with narrators and speaking parts plus 9 children’s Christmas songs.
Tell your kids to grab their baseball hats and kazoos and meet you at Bethlehem Stadium. There are lots of positions available on the Christmas Play by Play baseball team:
. . . If your children are good at pitching, they may want to join the angels as they work on their pitch and pitches.
. . . If a few of your kids prefer catching the ball, they can join the shepherds who are in the outfield taking care of their sheep.
. . . If you have children who like to hit the ball, they might want to hang out with the wisemen in batting practice and then follow the star around the bases.
The baseball team is about to learn that their new coach has arrived – Jesus! This is the savior they have been waiting for and the whole team will be there to greet God’s gift to the world. Reserve your seat at Bethlehem Stadium and celebrate Emmanuel . . . God is with us every single day!
You have your choice of a full-length 40-minute program or a short 20-minute program – similar script but less music.
Check out the songs in the 40-minute version of Christmas Play by Play:
The following songs are included in the 20-minute version of Christmas Play by Play:
Christmas Play by Play
When We’re Feelin’ Low
Best Day of Your Life
Give God All We Got
Read a script excerpt from this program.
Christmas Play by Play includes:
1) 9 original kid-friendly songs (including 5 traditional Christmas carols and at least one song that your preschoolers can sing),
2) instructions for including kazoos, hand jives, claps, motions, sign language and rhythm instruments in the songs,
3) piano score with guitar chords,
4) a listening CD (a vocal recording of the full version of each song),
5) a script that includes 15 speaking parts and 2 narrators plus 10 non-speaking parts (and the option to expand the parts to include more children or combine the parts for fewer children), prop list and staging.
Purchase of this Christmas program grants you permission to make as many copies of the sheet music, lyric sheet, script and MP3s/CDs as you need for your performance.
You have your choice of a full-length 40-minute program OR a short 20-minute program – similar script but less music.
Item #2140a – 40-minute program – Digital format
Item #2140b – 40-minute program – Paper copy
Item #2144a – 20-minute program – Digital format
Item #2144b – 20-minute program – Paper copy
Purchase this musical in digital format and everything will be e-mailed. You print PDFs of the sheet music & script and create your own MP3 playlist.
Purchase a paper copy of this musical with a CD and Cathy will send the musical and listening CD via priority mail. Cathy will e-mail your script (MSWord format) so you can add your actor’s names and edit the script as needed. All you have to do is ask!
Item #2141a – MP3 accompaniment tracks for 40-minute program
Item #2141b – Accompaniment tracks on CD for 40-minute program
Item #2141c – MP3 accompaniment tracks for 20-minute program
Item #2141d – Accompaniment tracks on CD for 20-minute program
Accompaniment track (MP3s or CDs) come in handy when your piano player isn’t available or when you need to free up your hands to teach motions or sign language to your children. These accompaniment tracks may also be used for your performance – it’s like hiring a piano player who plays the music the same way every time! A keyboard-only accompaniment CD (no vocals) is available. If you prefer digital format for your accompaniment tracks, MP3s can be e-mailed.
Item #2142a – Preview package for 40-minute program
Item #2142b – Preview package for 20-minute program
To preview this children’s Christmas program, a preview package is available that includes the full script and the listening CD (paper script & CD only – digital copy is not available). The preview package does not include permission to perform the script or any of the songs in the musical.
Item #2143 – Script only
If you would like to use the 10-12 minute script as your play and insert your own children’s Christmas songs, you may purchase the performance rights for the script. This script includes 15 speaking parts and 2 narrators plus 10 non-speaking parts (and the option to expand the parts to include more children or combine the parts for fewer children), prop list and staging. The script can be sent via e-mail to save shipping charges.
If you already have a script and you prefer to purchase individual songs from Cathy’s Christmas musicals, you have the following options:
1. Purchase sheet music. Sheet music includes piano score, guitar chords and motions. Sheet music can be e-mailed (PDF format) OR printed and mailed.
2. Purchase an MP3 to go along with your sheet music. MP3s include two tracks for each song: a vocal track and a keyboard-only accompaniment track with no vocals. MP3’s are e-mailed.
3. Purchase a Custom CD to go along with your sheet music. There is a $10 labor charge for each custom CD plus the cost of each song that you purchase. Custom CDs include both a vocal track of the song and a keyboard-only track with no vocals. Custom CDs are shipped via priority mail.
Please note that all sales are final – no refunds or exchanges.
Just can’t say enough
I just can’t say enough about how wonderful your children’s Christmas program was. You are truly gifted and so creative. Christmas Play by Play wasn’t just the Christmas story, it was a reminder that the good news of Christmas is a part of our lives throughout the year.
What a treat the children’s Christmas programs are at our church and preschool! Your talents help us celebrate Christ and create memories. Thank you!
Picked up the music quickly
We really enjoyed Christmas Play by Play. The script was cute. The kids picked up the music quickly because the songs were so accessible. The skits left lots of flexibility to re-write as needed. And the package was affordable! Thank you so much!
Humor in the dialogue
This is our 6th Christmas play from Cathy’s Music. The kids and I have loved them all! I like your subtle humor in the dialogue and everyone likes the music. Thanks!
Best one yet
Once again, we are looking forward to performing another one of your plays this year. This is our 10th play, and each year our congregation says it’s the best one yet! Thank you!”
Who’s more excited
I’m excited that we are doing one of your musicals again – we’ve done 5 of yours! And I’m not the only one who is excited. Of course, the kids will be the most excited . . . . although it’s almost always a toss up on who’s more excited, the kids or me! Thanks for your ministry in the church!
An easy sell
Love the baseball theme for this Christmas play! We have a lot of boys in our 5th & 6th grade class so a baseball theme will be “an easy sell”. We are planning to invite the congregation to join us for hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn after the show.
Christmas Play by Play was an absolute delight! The message the kids were able to share with the congregation was full of joy, humor and meaning. There were multiple ways the children could lead and participate and the congregation got to sing along, too. It was creative, fun and a great way to welcome Christmas!