Christmas Musical Spotlight: Follow the Star

It’s July and you know what that means…Christmas!  It may be warm outside, but this is the time of year that publishers introduce their new resources for Christmas.  One Way Street is THE place to go for a huge variety of Christmas programs for children’s choir and puppets.  Our website features audio clips from both the songs and the dialogue segments of these programs, so you can preview these resources in-depth.  There are seven, yes seven, new programs available this year.  We want to take some time to introduce these new resources to you.  We’ll begin with “Follow the Star.”

This musical is a part of Brentwood’s Simple Plus series.  That means it is a bit shorter (only 23 minutes) and simpler in format.  It also means that there are two options for performing the program.  You can choose to use the drama segments to join the songs together, or use the optional narration for the “simple version.”  Both scripts are included in the songbook.  However, only the full story script is recorded on the listening CD.

The program tells of the birth of Jesus through the story of the wise men.  They are shown visiting Herod before visiting Mary and Joseph and their home after Jesus has been born.  This is actually more accurate than the scenes we often see of the wise men and the shepherds all gathering at the manger.  The shepherds are brought into the story through one of the songs.  There are 8 speaking parts, including Mary, Joseph, Herod, and the three wise men.

There are five songs, “Follow the Star,” “We Three Kings,” Out of the Bethlehem Sky,” “Adore Him,” and “Carol Medley.”  The medley includes “Joy to the World,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

The songbook includes some simple staging and production tips as well as some instructions for some simple song motions.

If you have a small choir or puppet team, this program is simple enough for them to present in a big way!  Click the link below and listen to clips from this program!

Follow the Star

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