"A Country Christmas Eve," is a one act children's program for a church or a youth group. Written by Timothy H. Johnson and his brother J. Chris Johnson, this pagent tells the story of the birth of Jesus from a unique perspective. When all of the grandkids show up at the farm on Christmas Eve, there is not enough room in the house, so the kids and their witty grandpa end up spending the night in the barn. There they spend the night in the hay with the animals, just as Mary and Joseph found a place in the stable behind the inn.
This play is intended to be adaptable to a variety of performance settings, from the main church sanctuary to a fellowship hall, with small, medium, or large groups performing. Musical selections can easily be adapted to the performing groups needs. The use of guitar, a piano, organ, or other instruments, all work well in any combination. If live music is a problem, you can easily add some taped music to enhance the program. Rustic stage props (a bale of hay/straw and some antiques) can be minimal and the clothing is simple, the kids wear there own stuff so there is no need for major costuming.
The story of the birth of the baby Jesus is told in the play through a narrator, who reads directly from the Bible. Each performing group may choose which ever Bible version they prefer. If you have a small youth group, adults can step in and help with the major parts such as Grandpa and the Narrator.
Cost for production rights is only $25.00 dollars and provides the group with a master copy spiral booklet. You may photo copy from the master or order additional booklets for $5.00 each. Cost of shipping/handling is included in the base price.
--The Country Christmas Eve program comes in a theatrical style booklet--