A King Is Born

A Cozy Nativity Musical
By Gaynor Boddy & Rebecca Kincaid
8 Reviews
Ages: 3-6
In Stock
DURATION30 mins
SPEAKING PARTS30+
NO. OF SONGS7
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Perfect for 3-6 year-olds, A King Is Born is a delightfully cosy nativity musical that tells the traditional Nativity story with a humorous script and 7 wonderfully fun songs. Available with Words on Screen™.

A King Is Born is bubble-friendly! For script split suggestions for this nativity, click here.
To find more nativities suitable for your schools' circumstances, visit our Bubble Nativity Finder.

 

An Annual Performance Licence is required to perform this nativity. For more information, please click here.

Your licence allows you to record, film and stream your performance online for family and friends if they are unable to attend. If you need to cancel your performance, our guarantee enables you to extend your licence for 12 more months free of charge.

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About A King Is Born

  • From the authors of best-selling nativities Straw & Order and A Midwife Crisis
  • Includes a simple and humorous script with very small speaking parts, as well as 7 easy-to-learn songs that are especially suitable for younger children
It’s time to snuggle up by the fire and see the story of the very first Christmas come to life as Mum reads it to the children on an exciting Christmas Eve. Relive the miraculous story of the birth of Jesus, the baby king. Meet bossy Caesar and his census-takers, the angels, the shepherds and join the kings on their journey as they follow the star and come with wonder and awe to the stable. 

Available with a Words on Screen™ CD ROM allowing you to display song lyrics on any whiteboard, computer screen, television or interactive touchscreen. The lyrics synchronize with the music as it plays making them easy to teach and easy to learn!

An Annual Performance Licence is required to perform this nativity play. 

 

Sample Script:

View sample script.

Script Split Suggestions For Bubbles:For 4 bubbles:
  • GROUP 1 from start until the end of Song 2, bottom of page 8 (omit optional scene if there are not enough children in the group). Characters needed: Mum, Child 1-4, Angel Gabriel, Angels, Caesar, Mary and Joseph, Donkey.
  • GROUP 2 start from top of page 9 (with a new Mary, Joseph, Mum, Child 1-4 and the additional characters of: Citizens, Roman Soldiers, Census Takers, Innkeepers, Cheeky Innkeeper) until after Song 3 and Mary and Joseph’s line: ‘Thank you!’
  • GROUP 3 start from the middle of page 10 (Mum’s line of ‘Mary and Joseph must have been very grateful…’) until middle of page 12 when the shepherds leave the stage. They need a new Mum, Child 1-4 and Angel Gabriel and the additional characters of Sheep and Shepherds.
  • GROUP 4 start from the middle of page 12 when the shepherds leave the stage and go to the end. They need a new Mum, Child 1-4, Mary, Joseph and Angels, and the additional characters of: The Three Wise Men and Star.
For 2 or 3 bubbles:
  • All the Mum and children scenes are filmed by one group as these characters do not interact with any characters from the Nativity story. You could split the Child 1-4 lines between lots of children.
  • All the rest of the story with all the traditional Nativity characters would be filmed by the second group and everything edited together.

For 1 bubble:

There are 30 speaking parts in this play, so perfect for one class to perform on their own.

Cast List:

View cast list and staging suggestions.


There are 30 speaking parts in this production. This can easily be increased by adding the optional scene that we have provided and splitting a number of parts.


The speaking parts can be easily decreased by reducing number of characters and doubling up parts. Further reductions would be possible with alterations to the script. See staging notes above for more details.

Running Time:Total performance: 30 minutes approx
Total length of music: 11 minutes approx
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Words on Screen™ System Requirements:

Words on Screen™ CD ROM System Requirements

PC:

  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster process for netbooks.
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (64 bit) or later, Windows Server 2016 (64 bit) or later
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 69.0 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 12.0 or later, or Opera 36 or later
  • 512MB RAM (1GB RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB graphics memory

MAC:

  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
  • macOS 10.7-10.14.6 inclusive
  • Safari 12.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 69.0 or later, Google Chrome, or Opera 36 or later
  • 512MB RAM; 128MB graphics memory

For the Download Player System Requirements, please click here.

My Words on Screen™ Online:

If you have purchased a Premium Pack online which includes Words on Screen™, you will immediately receive a Words on Screen™ eSongbook in your Out of the Ark Music online account. The eSongbook is where we bring together all of the digital resources available for your product. As well as being able to play the Words on Screen™ versions of your songs, you can also instantly access PDFs and MP3s for your product at no additional cost. If you have already downloaded and installed a Download Player from our website simply refresh your player and select your new eSongbook. You will need to download the eSongbook to your player before you can extract and save the PDFs and MP3s. You will also need to have installed Download Player version 2.0 or above.

If you don’t yet have a player then follow these instructions:

  • Log in to your online account
  • Within the My Words on Screen™ Online panel (on the My Account dashboard) choose either to Stream Online or Download Player
  • Within the player click on All eSongbooks in the left hand menu and select your eSongbook

You will find the PDFs and MP3s under eSongbook Resources in the left hand menu of your eSongbook. From there, you can choose to extract and save All Audio MP3s, All Lyrics PDFs and All Score PDFs. If you just want the MP3s, lyrics or music score for one song, then select the song in the library and use the buttons in the Song Extras area at the bottom of the screen.

ISBN:9781911430339 Book & CD / 9781911430346 Book & CD ROM

Licence Information

Extended Performance Licences and COVID-19 Licence Guarantee

With our extended Performance Licences and COVID-19 Licence Guarantee, you can buy your Christmas nativity or musical now with confidence. Our feature-boosted licences allow you to record, film and stream your performance online for family and friends if they are unable to attend. And if you need to cancel your performance, our COVID-19 Licence Guarantee means you can simply give us a call and we will extend your licence for 12 more months free of charge.




Words on Screen™ User Licences

Words on Screen™ CD ROMs are supplied with a single user licence which allows the Words on Screen™ CD ROM to be installed on ONE computer only.

 

To license the installation of the CD ROM onto network servers and/or two or more computers, please purchase an Annual Performance Licence which includes extended digital rights.

 

Annual Performance Licence Information

A current Annual Performance Licence is required to perform this nativity to an audience (other than to pupils & staff).

  • You can purchase an Annual Performance Licence above (it is cheaper when purchased as part of a product pack).
  • The requirement for a licence is irrespective of whether admission charges are made.
  • An Annual Performance Licence covers any number of performances of a particular musical or nativity within 12 months of the date of ordering.
  • A new Annual Performance Licence would be required for any future performance(s) outside the date period printed on your current licence.

In addition, with so many of our musicals and nativities purchased in digital format, you need a legal way to install or distribute copies for use around the school. Your Annual Performance Licence will grant you permission to:

  1. Perform the work to an audience (other than pupils and staff in schools). A licence is required even if it is a 'free' performance and this is a worldwide copyright requirement.
  2. Install Words on Screen™ song files from a CD ROM onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  3. Download Words on Screen™ song files from a CD ROM onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  4. Continue to stream Words on Screen™ songs from your Out of the Ark Music online account on any device (beyond your free period) for the duration of the licence.
  5. Copy song files from an Audio CD onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  6. Copy MP3 audio files onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  7. Create a recording of the song/s with children singing over the top, whether with our backing track, our vocal track or your own backing track.
  8. Upload and share digital content to your school's intranet, restricted internet or learning platform.
  9. Share on public websites including the school’s website, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc. However Out of the Ark Music must be credited and an inbound link to www.outoftheark.com must be provided. Please note that Out of the Ark Music's original recordings may not be posted to public websites except as an accompaniment to the children singing. However, as a special dispensation, if children are not allowed to sing for health & safety reasons, original recordings may be used instead, as long as they are part of an overall recording or stream of the whole work with the spoken parts, and not just the songs on their own.
  10. Permit usage of digital content at home for teachers for preparation purposes.

A separate Annual Performance Licence is required for each product title that you use in any of these ways. Please note that if you have purchased an Annual Digital Site Licence – Multi-Product, this will cover the digital usage permissions in points 2-10 above for these products but does not cover the performance rights in point 1 – an Annual Performance Licence will still be required.

 

How To Renew

You can renew your Annual Performance Licences by simply logging into your account if you have one and going to your My Licences page. Pick the relevant licence and click RENEW.

Listen to Songs

It's Christmas Eve!
It's A Long, Long Way
It's A Squash, It's A Squeeze!
Joyful News
A Great Big Star
Three Kings
Thanks And Praise

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The following items are available for this product:

Teacher's Book

Teacher's Book

  • Character list
  • Staging and prop suggestions
  • A black and white version of the book cover to photocopy and use as the narrator's prop. Great also for children to colour in
  • Script
  • Music score and song lyric sheets for 7 songs (Piano music score, melody and chords)
  • Licence and copyright details
Audio CD

Audio CD

  • Vocal tracks sung by children
  • Professional backing tracks
Words on Screen™ CD ROM

Words on Screen™ CD ROM

  • Words on Screen™ versions of songs so that you can display song lyrics on any whiteboard, computer screen, television or interactive touchscreen. The lyrics synchronize with the music as it plays making them easy to teach and easy to learn
  • Extractable MP3s, printable lyrics, scores, scripts & additional resources
  • Enhanced operation features including ‘double-click’ to hear and teach a single line
  • Words on Screen™ user guide
  • Single-User licence allowing the Words on Screen™ CD ROM to be installed on ONE computer only (Please note a Performance Licence is still required to perform this musical)
  • Licence & copyright details
If you are a Mac user, click here.
Words on Screen™ eSongbook

Words on Screen™ eSongbook

  • An online Words on Screen™ product to stream or download
  • Extractable MP3s, printable lyrics, scores, scripts, & additional resources
  • Words on Screen™ versions of songs so that you can display song lyrics on any whiteboard, computer screen, television or interactive touchscreen. The lyrics synchronize with the music as it plays making them easy to teach and easy to learn
  • Flexibility to create an expandable library of Words on Screen™ song collections, nativities and musicals in your Out of the Ark online account
  • Enhanced operation features including ‘double-click’ to hear and teach a single line
  • Words on Screen™ user guide
  • Single-User licence (Please note a Performance Licence is still required to perform this musical)
  • Licence & copyright details

Annual Performance Licence

Annual Performance Licence

A current Annual Performance Licence is required to perform this nativity to an audience (other than to pupils & staff).

  • You can purchase an Annual Performance Licence above (it is cheaper when purchased as part of a product pack).
  • The requirement for a licence is irrespective of whether admission charges are made.
  • An Annual Performance Licence covers any number of performances of a particular musical or nativity within 12 months of the date of ordering.
  • A new Annual Performance Licence would be required for any future performance(s) outside the date period printed on your current licence.

In addition, with so many of our musicals and nativities purchased in digital format, you need a legal way to install or distribute copies for use around the school. Your Annual Performance Licence will grant you permission to:

  1. Perform the work to an audience (other than pupils and staff in schools). A licence is required even if it is a 'free' performance and this is a worldwide copyright requirement.
  2. Install Words on Screen™ song files from a CD ROM onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  3. Download Words on Screen™ song files from a CD ROM onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  4. Continue to stream Words on Screen™ songs from your Out of the Ark Music online account on any device (beyond your free period) for the duration of the licence.
  5. Copy song files from an Audio CD onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  6. Copy MP3 audio files onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  7. Create a recording of the song/s with children singing over the top, whether with our backing track, our vocal track or your own backing track.
  8. Upload and share digital content to your school's intranet, restricted internet or learning platform.
  9. Share on public websites including the school’s website, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc. However Out of the Ark Music must be credited and an inbound link to www.outoftheark.com must be provided. Please note that Out of the Ark Music's original recordings may not be posted to public websites except as an accompaniment to the children singing. However, as a special dispensation, if children are not allowed to sing for health & safety reasons, original recordings may be used instead, as long as they are part of an overall recording or stream of the whole work with the spoken parts, and not just the songs on their own.
  10. Permit usage of digital content at home for teachers for preparation purposes.

A separate Annual Performance Licence is required for each product title that you use in any of these ways. Please note that if you have purchased an Annual Digital Site Licence – Multi-Product, this will cover the digital usage permissions in points 2-10 above for these products but does not cover the performance rights in point 1 – an Annual Performance Licence will still be required.


How To Renew


You can renew your Annual Performance Licences by simply logging into your account if you have one and going to your My Licences page. Pick the relevant licence and click RENEW.


Visit our Licences page for further information.

Rehearsal CDs

Rehearsal CDs

  • Vocal tracks sung by children
  • Professional backing tracks
  • Available in packs of 5, 10 or 20
Subtotal:£0.00
Premium Packs with Words on Screen™  

Book, Audio CD, Words on Screen™ CD ROM & Annual Performance Licence

More Info

Also includes a Words on Screen™ eSongbook to stream or download via your online account, from which you can instantly access Words on Screen™, PDFs & MP3s online.  If you are a Mac user, click here.

£53.85

Words on Screen™ eSongbook & Annual Performance Licence Only (Online Order Only)

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A Words on Screen™ eSongbook for you to stream or download, including PDFs from the book and MP3 audio tracks. Physical products are not included with this pack. Instantly access everything you need from your online account. Pack includes an Annual Performance Licence. There is no postage and packing charge for this item.

£53.85

Book, Audio CD & Words on Screen™ CD ROM

More Info

Also includes a Words on Screen™ eSongbook to stream or download via your online account, from which you can instantly access Words on Screen™, PDFs & MP3s online.  If you are a Mac user, click here.

£37.95
Standard Packs  

Book, Audio CD & Annual Performance Licence

More Info
£38.85

Book & Audio CD

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£22.95
Licences  

Annual Performance Licence (price per annum)

More Info

A current Annual Performance Licence is required to perform this nativity to an audience (other than to pupils & staff) and/or to install Words on Screen™ on a server and/or 2+ computers. You can purchase an Annual Performance Licence above (it is cheaper when purchased as part of a Premium or Standard Pack).

£19.80 pa
Additional Resources  

Pack of 5 Rehearsal CDs

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£15.00

Pack of 10 Rehearsal CDs

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£25.20

Pack of 20 Rehearsal CDs

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£43.20
Subtotal:£0.00

Good play

By Ben

My daughter works in a nursery and this was their Christmas play. It looks so much fun for children to perform and even the kids who are quite shy are dancing and singing to every song. When my daughter bought this play for the nursery she didn't expect it to be so easy to direct and teach to the children. She's hoping to buy more out of the ark plays for the children. A big thanks from my daughter!


Perfect for our church

By Anna

Our young church performed this on Christmas eve and it went really well. The children are ages 2-5 and all of them enjoyed singing and dancing to the songs. The parents said it's a very cute nativity and they could easily watch it again and again. I love how it has a twist but still includes the story of the first christmas. A very special play for both parents and children.


Prefect Junior Nativity

By Bridget

With catchy songs and a script that allows everyone to have a small speaking part, this Nativity was perfect for our Christian based school. True to the Christmas Nativity story, it combines humor with fun songs that the kids loved. We had so many positive comments from parents.


#epic #awesome

By Busy Teacher’s

An awesome performance by our EYFS and KS1 children. The songs were catchy and the script was easy to follow. The teachers did a special dance to “A squash and a squeeze” Thank you out of the ark for always always coming through. I would recommend this Naitivity over and over and overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr again. #Awesome. Thumbs up!


The best yet

By Jane

Loved this nativity for our Cnristmas Eve Special! Been doing this for 20 years and this is the best one yet! Can t recommend it enough!


A really good play

By Millie

My sis did this play she loved singing all the songs and it was really fun to watch her perform she says it's the best play she's ever done . Thank you out of the ark .


#averyhappyprimaryteacher

By Sue

What a pleasure it was to watch our year 1 and 2s perform A Kings is Born today. I’ve been teaching for over 20 years and was completely blown away by the beautifully crafted songs and engaging script. As a Christian too, it was sooo refreshing to have JESUS acknowledged as coming to earth 2000 years ago for you and me! I was in tears, that song really is a complete celebration and show stopper. I watched the children throwing their arms up in the air as they sang it - and imagined that heaven might well be like that. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou !! What a privilege it was to be in the audience. Keep doing what you’re doing. God bless you all at Out of the Ark


Breathe new life into your Christmas production

By Teach Primary Magazine

It might be only the beginning of term, but how many days is it until the nativity? Plan with purpose and get your nativity sorted early doors with A King Is Born. This is a life-saving resource that enables you to get organised and help you and your children pull off a polished performance to be proud of. It might be a traditional tale, but this is a new resource and is sure to breathe new life into your Christmas production. The teacher’s book has it all, including a character list, curriculum links, ideas for staging and props, an easy-to-follow script and lyrics for seven joyous songs with piano music. The script is sensibly written – it doesn’t go over-the-top or off track but includes plenty of humour and keeps speaking parts on the small side. The nativity is a tough nut to crack and do well, but the authors have combined to make A King Is Born an intelligent and faithful version, fed with humour and great songs that light up the room and have everyone glowing and smiling. Full review from Teach Primary magazine


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