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    A Way In A Manger

    Set within a story from old English folklore, this musical is a simple explanation of the Christmas message, that Jesus was born in human form to show mankind the character of God. A refreshing new look at what lies at the heart of the Christmas story - something completely different.

    It's Christmas Eve on Anna and Ben's farm. Grandma has told them that at midnight on Christmas Eve, animals kneel down in their stables all around the world. Will that happen in their stable?

    After Anna and Ben have gone to bed, the animals in the stable begin a conversation.  Donkey tells the others that his great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather carried Mary on her journey to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.  

    The animals are impressed, and begin to sing 'Away In A Manger'.  As they sing, Donkey puzzles over the word 'away', which he has misunderstood. "What IS a way?" he asks. The others explain how baby Jesus grew up to show people 'a way' to live.  Donkey is suitably impressed, and prouder than ever of his ancestor for helping carry such a special baby to his birthplace.

    Late that night, just as the clock is striking twelve, Anna and Ben return the stable to find out if what their Grandma told them is true. To their amazement, they find Donkey - and all the other animals - kneeling by the manger!

    "Many, many thanks for this refreshing approach to the Nativity. It's one we shall long remember." ~ Dennis Halliwell, Sunday School Teacher, Ormskirk

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    Author: Caroline Kimber Ruth Kenward
    Age guide: 6 to 9
    Running time: 25 mins - perf. licence required
    No. of songs: 6 + 1 dance
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    Refreshing!

    Review by Dennis Halliwell - Sunday School Teacher, Ormskirk
    Many, many thanks for this refreshing approach to the Nativity. It's one we shall long remember.

    Thought Provoking.

    Review by Marian Lovatt - Music Teacher, Sussex
    Thought provoking and a change from the usual Christmas Nativity. Excellent dialogue and songs.

    Thoroughly Enjoyable.

    Review by Susan Laws - Family Worker, Methodist Church
    The children of Lighthouse Sunday School in Stretton, Burton upon Trent thoroughly enjoyed putting on the musical in our Christmas Nativity Worship on Sunday 20th December. We had a full church, with support from family, friends, church members and people from the village.We enjoyed learning the musical, and even though we only had 14 children involved, they were each able to choose the part they would like to act out. The adults acted out the Nativity part at the end. The children picked up the songs very easily and it always goes down very well singing to a backing track with the professional way it is done. Thank you very much to the writers in putting the Nativity story in a clear but different way.

    Fantastic Musical

    Review by Mark Ashworth - Director Of Youth & Children's Work, All Saints Church, Eastbourne
    A fantastic musical that teaches the Christmas story in a fun way with great songs and larger than life characters.

    Enjoyable And A Happy Occasion.

    Review by Children's & Parents'
    "We enjoyed the singing, the story, and the music a lot!" "I liked it especially when the donkey said "What's that, a worm with an L plate?" "Very enjoyable and a happy occasion." "The children obviously enjoyed it too! Fantastic! A very successful production!"