Big, Big Story
Big Story introduces you to a reporter and
camera person following up on a "tip" that a
"big" story is about to take place. They
interview the characters (a camera-shy star, angels who
consider themselves "announcers" in the
reporting business, wisemen in search of a "twinkling
celestial body exclusively visible...etc.",
shepherds with "baaaad" jokes, and a child with
a red ribbon tied on one finger) and in the process of
watching the "big story" unfold, they discover
the birth of a savior at Christmas isn't just good news
for the world... it's good news for them, too!
here to read a script excerpt.
You have the option of doing this musical live OR video-taping the speaking parts - just like the nightly news on TV. With a video, the speaking parts will be pre-recorded and that will leave all of your kids available to sing the songs the day of your performance.
The Big, Big Story includes:
1) 13 Christmas songs for children which include contemporary arrangements of 3 traditional Christmas carols and lots of claps / snaps / slaps / shoe-be-do's, sign language & motion options, and at least one song for your preschoolers to sing,
2) piano score with guitar chords,
3) a vocal CD (a recording of Cathy singing the full version of each song),
4) script with 9+ spoken parts and 5+ non-spoken parts (and the option to expand the parts to include more children or combine the parts for fewer children), prop list, and staging.
Purchase of this children's Christmas musical play grants you permission to make as many copies of the sheet music and script as needed for your performance plus permission to make and distribute copies of the vocal CD (a recording of Cathy singing the full version of each song) and lyric sheet to your children (a great way for them to learn the music quickly!).
You have your choice of a full-length 40-minute version ($40 plus shipping, performance time: 40 minutes) or a short 20-minute version ($30 plus shipping, similar script but fewer songs - performance time: 20 minutes).
A keyboard CD (no vocals) is also available for $20 plus shipping, for those times when your piano player isn't available or when you need to free up your hands to teach actions or sign language. This CD may also be used for your performance - it's like hiring a piano player who plays the music the same way every time!
To preview this children's Christmas musical program, the full script and the vocal CD (a recording of Cathy singing the full version of each song) are available for $7 plus shipping. The preview package does not include permission to perform the script or any of the songs in the musical.
If you would like to use the 10-12 minute script and insert your own children's Christmas songs, the purchase price of the performance rights for the script is $17. This script includes 9+ spoken parts and 5+ non-spoken parts (and the option to expand the parts to include more children or combine the parts for fewer children), prop list, and staging. The script can be sent via e-mail to save shipping charges.
If you already have a script and you prefer to purchase individual songs from Cathy's children's Christmas musicals, you have the following options:
1. Purchase sheet music. Sheet music ($3.50 per song) includes piano score, guitar chords and motions. Sheet music can be e-mailed (PDF format) OR printed and mailed.
2. Purchase an MP3 to go along with your sheet music. MP3s ($2.00 per song) include two tracks for each song: a vocal track of Cathy singing the song and a keyboard-only track with no vocals. MP3's are e-mailed.
3. Purchase a Custom CD to go along with your sheet music. There is a $10 labor charge for each custom CD plus the cost of each song that you purchase. Custom CDs include both a vocal track of Cathy singing the song and a keyboard-only track with no vocals. (Example: Custom CD with 2 songs = $10 labor charge + $2.00 for Song #1 + $2.00 for Song #2. CUSTOM CD with 2 SONGS TOTAL = $14.) Custom CDs are shipped via priority mail.
All orders must be prepaid. There are 3 ways to order:
1) Mail Cathy's printable order form with a check to: Cathy's Music LLC, 1923 Noble Road, Arden Hills, MN 55112. $20 fee for returned checks.
2) Use your PayPal account. E-mail your order & mailing address to Cathy (email@example.com) and she will send you a PayPal invoice. As soon as your PayPal invoice is paid, she will put your order in the mail.
3) Pay with a credit card over the phone. E-mail Cathy your phone number (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will call to take your order and credit card information over the phone.
All orders are shipped via priority mail. Overnight shipping rates are available for U.S. orders upon request.
All international orders must be placed via e-mail and paid through PayPal.
Please note that all sales are final - no refunds or exchanges.
|"I like it
because it gets me in a Christmas mood." Peggy,
"Everyone loved it! Many people commented on the music - it was so much fun for the children to sing and there was such a great variety of style. The story was engaging and used language that was accessible to even the youngest children. Thanks for helping our children share a wonderful gift of music with the congregation."
Donna D., The United Methodist Church
|"'The Big, Big Story' was absolutely fabulous! The congregation was blown away. They really enjoy the singing and so do the kids. Thanks for your amazing programs. They make my life a lot easier when it comes time to plan the Christmas program."|
Mona K., Emmaus Lutheran Church
|"As a pastor's wife and mother of four, I think it is very important that we give our children every opportunity to instill God's word into their lives. Music and drama is a great way to do that. There is something about going through the motions and putting a new song in your heart. Kids remember that. Thanks for writing musicals!"|
Susan M., West Layton Assembly of God Church
|"Many in our congregation said that this was the best children's Christmas program that they had seen by far . . . and the kids just loved it!"|
Jennifer S., First Evangelical Friends Church
|"Many parents considered this the most wonderful program ever. They remarked that the elderly grandparents they brought to the program had never understood the Gospel so clearly. Thanks!"|
Linda P., Trinity
|"The songs are prayerful and respectful and musically very satisfying. The play has its 'cute' moments but the underlying message is a very serious one. Your Christmas musical met all our expectations with flying colors."|
K., St. Vital School
|"We would like to thank you for creating such a fun and exciting Christmas musical. We enjoyed the creative music and the story it had to share!"|
Susan & the kids, United Methodist Church
"The Christmas play was AWESOME!!!!! The children were wonderful. They really enjoyed the play and were actually giddy over the fact that they did such a great job."
Julia R., United Methodist Church
"I just wanted to tell you that 'The Big, Big Story' was WONDERFUL! The kids loved it and the parents were blessed."
L., Cornerstone Ministries
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