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Instant Christmas Pageant: Operation Baby King [Paperback]

By Bob Latchaw (Author)
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Item Specifications...

Pages   37
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.94" Width: 8.48" Height: 0.17"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
ISBN  0764422308  
EAN  9780764422300  

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Item Description...
Join angel agent Double O-Heaven and a host of helpers in this delightful telling of the Christmas story. Discover what happens when several spies try to claim the newborn, Jesus for their own countries. Double O-Heaven and his angel agents must show them that Jesus is for everyone. This unique pageant gives you everything you need for a fun, interactive and lively Christmas celebration. Assemble a simple set and then turn your young actors loose. The accompanying compact disc includes every line, song and sound-so there are no lines to be memorized. Kids need only to follow along. Bonus! CD clip art makes publicity a snap.

Publishers Description
Join angel agent Double O-Heaven and a host of helpers in this delightful Christmas pageant. Agent Double O-H is assigned the mission of ensuring that no nation or single group of people claim the baby king as their own. # Contains all that's needed to prepare: Compact disc with all the spoken dialogue, sound effects, and music. You even get songs for the whole congregation to sing with the children. # Book and CD provide clip art to make fliers, bulletins and posters to publicize the pageant. # Most of the props can be created from provided patterns, or borrowed from homes or Church. # Costumes are combinations of makeup, patterns and clothing. # Ideas for adjusting the number of roles to fit your group. # Perform using real voices combined with sound effects from the CD, or movements combined with complete soundtrack for younger children. # Rehearsal ideas that allow children to easily learn their parts, without memorizing or lip-syncing.

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Fun and easy to use, especially for a novice director  Dec 16, 2002
Pros: easy to use, judicious use of the CD can tailor the difficulty level for your group, the message is neither "left-wing" nor "right-wing", the kids loved the idea of being "spies", and the congregation chuckled throughout.

Cons: if you have a small cast, you will need to make your own chart of who is in what scene in order to figure out where you can have kids play more than one part. Making this work for fewer than about 8 kids would be tricky unless you are working with older kids who understand how to effectively play more than one character in the same scene. (Memorizing lines might allow you to cut out one or two characters, too.)

I ordered both "Operation Baby King" and "The Fumbly Bumbly Angels", listened to both, and decided that "Operation Baby King" was going to be the better of the two. FBA is a cute story, but the introductions to the songs were too stodgy, e.g. "Please sing with us". In contrast, OBK worked the titles into the dialog (sometimes getting a humorous groan from the audience) and seemed to flow much better. If we can memorize our lines next year, we may try FBA with some slight modifications to the song intros. OBK has subtle (and not so subtle) references to other films and characters (James Bond, The Princess Bride, Dragnet, etc.) which an astute audience will catch and be entertained by.

This was my very first children's play/pageant of any kind. We pulled it off after 3.5 hours of rehearsal time (one being on the morning of the performance) and the congregation really enjoyed it. The ".5" rehearsal was a day where we just listened to the first part of the CD, talked about it, and told them that they would get their casting assignments the next week. I think the keys to our success were these: we used the CD for all dialog except 3 lines at the end and let kids just gesture/pantomime or even lip-sync if they really wanted to (although the book recommends against it); we printed the words to the songs on large poster board so the kids didn't have to memorize those either (there are 8 songs with 2 or 3 verses each!); we created a poster board listing the scenes and songs as a giant "cue card"; we asked the congregation to sing along on all songs and provided them the words by copying the page from the book (permission is granted for this right on the page); we concentrated on practicing acting out the scenes and scene transitions rather than the songs; we staged it as a choir with speaking parts stepping out for their scenes and then rejoining the choir (no entrances or exits from the stage). This allowed us to re-use the whole cast as "the heavenly host" where needed.

We had 13 kids ranging in age from 4 to 11; 4-6 year olds can do just fine as wise men, Mary and Joseph, one (or both) of the shephards, etc. It was helpful to have older kids do most of the "spy" roles because they have more scenes and scene transitions. All of the kids came up with their own costumes out of things they had around the house. One child played 2 roles (first a shephard, then a wise man). There are two or three other roles that could also be easily combined if you have fewer kids. There is also room to fill out the cast (add animals, more shephards or wise men, etc.) if you have more kids. Many of the kids (and parents) have suggested that we do the same one next year because they enjoyed it so much.

I recommend at least 3 1-hour practices at a minimum; plan for more if you would like to be less stressed out about whether or not your kids are ready or if you want to memorize lines or songs.


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