A Midwife Crisis

By Gaynor Boddy and Rebecca Kincaid
8 Reviews
Ages: 5-9
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A Midwife Crisis is a delightful modern nativity play about a busy midwife.

With the help of a very flustered midwife and her put-upon donkey Steve, the Nativity story unfolds in a hilarious but thought-provoking script, which alongside six really fun, catchy songs makes A Midwife Crisis the ideal choice for your Christmas production. Now available with Words on Screen™.

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

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About A Midwife Crisis


In this modern nativity play, a very busy midwife who never misses an important birth is extremely excited when she hears that a king is about to be born in Bethlehem. She rushes out into the night in search of a shiny golden palace fit for a king. Her donkey Steve doesn’t think he’s ever heard of Bethlehem Palace, but the midwife is in no mood to listen – where else would a king be born?

On reaching Bethlehem, the townspeople, shepherds and kings that they come across haven't heard of Bethlehem Palace either and the midwife starts to panic. However, with the help of some gospel-singing angels and a very bright star, the midwife is led to a humble stable to find the very special baby already waiting for her.

With a hilarious script and six really fun, catchy songs, this modern nativity play is the ideal choice for your Christmas production.

Now available with a Words on Screen™ v2 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.

 

 

 

Running Time:

35 minutes approx.

(Total length of music: 11 minutes approx.)

Solos/Parts:

Song 1: What A Commotion! - part-singing

Song 3: Star Song - two solo verses for the Star

Song 5: God's Messengers - backing vocals

Musical Style:Mixed
Sample Script:View sample script (PDF 88KB)
Cast List:

View cast list (PDF 79KB)


Cast notes: There are 28 speaking parts that can be easily increased by splitting the narrator's, the census-takers' and the shepherds' lines between more children. To expand this play to include more performers, you could have as many townspeople, sheep and angels as you like.


For smaller groups, the least number of performers is 16. This would require a teacher taking the narrator's part as well as some performers doubling up their roles and reducing other character groups.

Words on Screen™:What is Words on Screen™? - For more information click here.
Words on Screen™ System Requirements:Windows
  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Inter® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP (32bit) or later, Windows® Server 2008 (32bit)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 or later or Opera 11
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB RAM recommended for notebooks); 128 MB graphics memory
MAC OS
  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later
  • Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, or Opera 11
  • 512 MB RAM; 128 MB graphics memory
My Words on Screen™ Online:

If you have purchased a Premium Pack online which includes Words on Screen™, you will also immediately receive a Words on Screen™ eSongbook in your
Out of the Ark 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. Simply:

  • Log in to your online account and select My Words on Screen™ Online
  • Open the online streaming 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.


You can access these files in the same way if you are using the S!ngchronize™ player that you have downloaded and installed from our website. Simply refresh your player and select your eSongbook. For a downloaded player, 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 S!ngchronize™ player version 2.0 or above.


Streaming is free for the first 12 months; after that a current Annual Performance Licence or Annual Digital Site Licence will be required to be able to continue streaming. Customers will receive a renewal notice by email 28 days before the end of the 12 month free period.

ISBN:9781906988500 Book & CD / 9781911430094 Book & CD ROM

Licence Information

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. Upload digital content to an intranet or learning platform.
  8. 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 2-8 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

What A Commotion!
Wise Men Are We
Star Song
Baa, Baa, Bethlehem
God's Messengers
Tonight, We Celebrate!

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The following items are available for this product:

Teacher's Book

Teacher's Book

  • Character list
  • Script with staging directions throughout
  • Music score and song lyric sheets for 6 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
  • Stream or download your songs on the go
  • 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 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
Words on Screen™ eSongbook

Words on Screen™ eSongbook

  • An online copy of your product to stream or download on-the-go
  • Flexibility to create an expandable library of Words on Screen™ v2 song collections, nativities and musicals in your Out of the Ark online account
  • All the features of your Words on Screen™ v2 CD ROM
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. Upload digital content to an intranet or learning platform.
  8. 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 2-8 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™ v2  

Book, Audio CD, Words on Screen™ v2 CD ROM & Annual Performance Licence²

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£55.85

Book, Audio CD & Words on Screen™ v2 CD ROM¹

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Also includes a Words on Screen™ v2 eSongbook to stream or download via your online account, from which you can instantly access Words on Screen™, PDFs & MP3s online.

£39.95
Standard Packs  

Book, Audio CD & Annual Performance Licence

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£40.85

Book & Audio CD

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£24.95
Licences  

Annual Performance Licence (price per annum)

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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

Wonderful show for small schools.

By Chez

We performed this musical in three small schools in the Pioneer Valley. It was very well received in each of our small schools. As a music teacher I found this musical very versatile and easy to teach with the resources provided. I would recommend this play and will definitely be using Out of The Ark plays and musicals again.


BEST PLAY EVER

By Poppy

amazing!


Brilliant

By Mia

I did this for my production this year. I have a class of 29 and this was made for them.As I read the script I could allocate many children for the different parts. It was my first play in this school and I wanted to do something fun (a lively class so needed something they would enjoy). Isle space is needed and could you many more children as some of mine had two parts. They loved it and was always excited to practice or sing the catchy songs. The parents laughed and laughed too. I will definitely do it again someday. Thank you but not sure how I will beat it next year... How about a panto?


Just Wonderful

By COGS Nunthorpe

Performed by 24 children from our Sunday School as part of a Sunday Service and EVERYONE enjoy it so much. Children from 18 months to 12 years had lines with older children as the narrator. Our Steve the Donkey was nearly upstaged by a dad (a dance tutor) who, dressed as a camel, performed a sand dance during the kings song - amazing. Thank you for such a wonderful telling of the Nativity Story. The Rehearsal CD's were well worth the money - in fact excellent value all round.


I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this nativity! My 8 yr old did this and I giggled all the way through!!

By Suelee123

I loved it!


Loving it!

By Mrs B

We have so enjoyed rehearsing for this "nativity". The children and the staff have loved it. Lets hope the parents love it just as much!


What a fabulous production

By Mum of 6 yr old

My daughter was so captivated by this music. She couldn't stop singing it and was so excited to perform it. She had always been a bit shy before this with performances, but this seemed to completely captivate her imagination and really brought on her singing capability. fabulous fabulous songs.


Can't Wait!

By Sue Wold

Can't wait do do this with our infant school, the songs are amazingly catchy and the parents will all have a giggle at the title.


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