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Nativity play tips No. 7: CD/MP3 tracks or piano?

Posted November 23, 2013 by Fran Carpenter

It doesn't matter which background music your children sing along to in your final performance. (Being a bit of a traditionalist, I don't think you can beat live music of any kind, but backing track CDs/mp3s, I'll admit, can often add a bit of pizazz!) Ho..more..

Nativity play tips No. 6: Instruments & 'The Band'

Posted November 17, 2013 by Fran Carpenter

There was a time I remember (not so long ago...!), when those children who were not very outgoing or those who were 'unreliable' were given 'the instruments' to play in the school nativity play!  Pretty outrageous, if you think about it! F..more..

Nativity play tips No. 5: Movement & dance

Posted November 15, 2013 by Fran Carpenter

Let your children move as much as possible in your show!  Movement will raise the energy in all parts of your performance. Encourage your young actors (from nursery upwards) to walk about, use gestures and interact with each other.  During..more..

Nativity play tips No. 3: Face masks for animal characters?

Posted November 14, 2013 by Fran Carpenter

Don't use full face masks for animal characters. Your children's voices won't project for singing or speaking lines, and they are also pretty uncomfortable usually! Use face paints ideally, or head bands with animal faces positioned well above the child's..more..

Nativity play tips No. 1: Casting your Christmas show

Posted November 14, 2013 by Fran Carpenter

When casting your Christmas show or nativity, let the children choose which parts to play. Don't presume you know who will be the best candidate to play each part! Allow time for your children (of any age) to listen to a synopsis of the story and act..more..

Nativity play tips No. 2: Learning the songs

Posted November 14, 2013 by Fran Carpenter

Rehearse songs thoroughly & separately from acting parts until probably 5 to 7 days before your performance. The songs are the show pieces of your Christmas extravaganza and the children need to know the words well and sing them with clear d..more..

Nativity play tips No. 4: Narrators

Posted November 14, 2013 by Fran Carpenter

When a musical play has narration parts, teachers often split the role between various children. This tends to slow down the pace of the show whilst each reader prepares to speak his or her line. (Being honest… it can make a show or assembly become real..more..

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