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The Night the Angels Came
The stage a few minutes before the curtain goes up. Mrs. (name) is speaking with one of the students.
Mrs. (name): (clapping her hands) “Alright, alright, everyone, it's almost showtime! Here, (Child #1), I mended these wings. Take them backstage to the angels for me.”
Child #1: “Why do we have to have to have angels? It's not like they're real.”
Mrs. (name): “Why, of course they are. (frowning) Why would you think they aren't real?”
Child #1: “Maybe they were 2000 years ago but have you ever seen one? In all my years, I've never seen one.”
Mrs. (name): “Well, we'll have to talk about this later. It's curtain time!”
Mrs. (name) and (Child #1) hurry off the stage and the house lights go down.
Spotlight on center floor. MC gives greeting. MC sits down. Spotlight off.
Stage left-front. Christmas Eve at Grandpa's house. Living room setting with sofas, chairs, floor pillows, Christmas tree. People sitting, standing and talking with each other. Grandpa enters from stage right.
Grandpa: “Hi everybody!” (smiling)
Everyone greets Grandpa and he sits down.
Grandpa: “Well, it's Christmas Eve. Are you guys ready for tomorrow?” (smiling)
Child #2: (climbing on Grandpa's lap) “Grandpa, would you tell us a story?”
Grandpa: “What story would you like?”
Child #3: “You know, the one about baby Jesus.”
Grandpa: “Again???” “You guys know that story by heart!” (laughing)
All: “Please, Grandpa!” “It's our favorite Christmas story!”
Grandpa: (still laughing) “Okay!” “Okay!” “Everybody sit down.”
Grandpa picks up his Bible and opens it and begins to read Luke 2:4-20. When he is finished he closes his Bible.
Child #4: “I wonder how Mary felt waking up one morning and finding that her life was going to be changed forever?”
Lights fade. Spotlight on Mary. Front stage right.
Song #1 – Mary Did You Know?
Mary exits. Lights up.
Child #5: “Grandpa, what do you think the angels were thinking?” “Do you think they thought the baby Jesus was cute?”
Grandpa: (smiling) “I'm sure they did (Child #5). “I don't think the angels had seen anything more amazing. That's why they sang that night so long ago.”
Child #1: (frowning, throwing hands in the air, out loud to himself) “Angels, again!” “Why does everyone get so excited about angels?” “There are no angels!” “That would be a miracle!”(pouting, with arms crossed)
Lights fade. Spotlight on angels. Front and ledge-stage right. Two tiny angels on tip-toe look into the manger. The rest of the angels are behind them.
Song #2 –
Angels exit. Lights up.
Child #6: “Could you imagine being a shepherd and seeing the angels? (Child #1 interrupts) Child #1: (rolling his eyes with big sigh) “Angels!” Child#6: (getting nose-to-nose with Child) “Yes, angels, (turning away from Child) and the baby Jesus. I wish I could have been there!”
Several Children: “So do I!” “Me, too!”
Grandpa: “I'm sure they had never experienced anything like this. I'll bet those shepherds didn't sleep at all that night they were so excited. I can just imagine them having one BIG party!” (chuckling)
Lights fade. Spotlight on shepherds. Stage right.
Song #3 –
Shepherds exit. Lights up.
Child #7: (excited) “Wow, Grandpa, it must have been awesome!” “Angels and shepherds, and a big 'ole star!””I should have been there!”
Grandpa: (laughing) “I know how you feel” “It was a pretty wondrous night.”
Lights stay up and kids around Grandpa sing.
Song #4: -
Child #8: “I can't wait until tomorrow.” “Christmas!” “Presents!”
Child #9: “Santa!” (all the children cheer)
Grandpa: (laughing, then serious) “That's all great--but we must never forget that the greatest gift was the gift of Jesus. God loved us so much that He gave us His only son. It's a gift that continues year after year. That's pretty powerful love.
Grandpa: “Come in!”
Enter Neighbor from stage right.
Neighbor: “Hi, everyone!”
Neighbor: What are you guys doing?”
Child #10: “Grandpa read us the story about baby Jesus and we were imagining how it was at that first Christmas with the angels and shepherds.”
Neighbor: “How fun!” “You know, the gift of God's son, Jesus, just keeps on going. It never stops.”
Child #11: “What do you mean, (Neighbor)?”
Neighbor: (at a fast clip)“Well...the Father gave us Jesus, and Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit gives us life. Understand?”
All: “Kind of...”
Neighbor: “Come over here and let me explain it a little better.”
Neighbor and children move to front center stage and ledge. Spotlight on Neighbor and children. Dim lights behind them.
Song #5 – And the Gift Goes On
Neighbor: “So you see, the Gift--Jesus, isn't just for Christmas. Jesus is a gift we can share and give every single day.” “Well, guys, gotta go. See you on Sunday!”
All: “Bye (neighbor)!”
Children return to living room. Lights up.
Grandpa: “Well, it's getting late and I know some kids that need to be getting to bed!” (smiling)
Grandpa: We've had a great time tonight, and we've helped each other remember the true meaning of Christmas. God's gift of Jesus. “Ready to sing that song?”
Song #6: - Happy Birthday
All: “Happy Birthday, Jesus!”
Grandpa: “As Charles Dickens wrote in A Christmas Carol, Merry Christmas to all...”
All: “...and to all a good night!”
Wave to audience. Wait for applause.
Play is over. Everyone has taken their bows. People are still on the stage. Mrs. (name) and Child #1 are talking. Suddenly a group of children run on stage carrying angel costumes. They approach Mrs. (name).
Children: “Mrs. (name)!” “Mrs. (name)!”
Mrs. (name): “Oh, children! You were wonderful and you sang so beautifully!”
Children looking at each other confused, shrugging and shaking heads.
Child #12: “What do you mean? “
Child #13: “We had car problems. We just got here.”
Child #14: “I hope we didn't ruin the play!”
Mrs. (name): (stunned, speaking slowly)“I don't understand...if you weren't here...who …”
Child #1: (quietly, in awe) “Angels...”
Everyone with surprised looks. Wait for applause. Final bows. Lights fade. Everyone exits. House lights go up. Acknowledgments.