The Big, Big Story
The Big, Big Story is a Christmas program for preschool through elementary age children. This musical includes a script with speaking parts and 13 original Christmas songs plus 3 Christmas carols.
The Big, Big Story introduces you to a reporter and camera person who are following up on a “tip” that a “big” story is about to take place. They interview the following 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 who is trying to remember something.
As the big story unfolds, your children will discover that the birth of a savior isn’t just good news for the world . . . it’s good news for them, too!
You have the option of doing this musical live OR you can video the speaking parts – just like the nightly news on TV. On the day of the performance, all the kids have to do is sing.
You have your choice of a full-length 40-minute program or a short 20-minute program – similar script but less music.
Check out the following songs that are included in the 40-minute version of The Big, Big Story:
Christmas lullaby about Jesus' birth for children, includes xylophone & triangle
(this song is included in the following children's Christmas musicals:
Simply Christmas - includes verses 1-3
20-minute version of Signs of Christmas - verse 1, no xylophone & triangle
The Big, Big Story - verse 1, no xylophone & triangle)
The following songs are included in the 20-minute version of The Big, Big Story:
Welcome to the Manger
Away in a Manger
Angels We Have Heard on High,
Joy to the World
Sing for Joy
Click here to read a script excerpt from this play.
The Big, Big Story includes:
1) 13 children’s Christmas songs which include 3 Christmas carols . . . and at least one song that your preschoolers can sing,
2) free instructions for including snaps, claps, slaps, shoe-be-do’s, motions and sign language,
3) piano score with guitar chords,
4) a listening CD (a vocal recording of the full version of each song),
5) a script with 9+ speaking parts and 5+ non-speaking parts (and the option to expand the parts to include more children or combine the parts for fewer children), prop list and staging.
Ready to buy this Christmas program for your children?
Purchase of this Christmas program grants you permission to make as many copies of the sheet music, lyric sheet, script and MP3s/CDs as you need for your performance.
You have your choice of a full-length 40-minute program OR a short 20-minute program – similar script but less music.
Item #2010a – 40-minute program – Digital format
Item #2010b – 40-minute program – Paper copy
Item #2014a – 20-minute program – Digital format
Item #2014b – 20-minute program – Paper copy
Purchase this musical in digital format and everything will be e-mailed. You print PDFs of the sheet music & script and create your own MP3 playlist.
Purchase a paper copy of this musical with a CD and Cathy will send the musical and listening CD via priority mail. Cathy will e-mail your script (MSWord format) so you can add your actor’s names and edit the script as needed. All you have to do is ask!
Item #2011a – MP3 accompaniment tracks for 40-minute program
Item #2011b – Accompaniment tracks on CD for 40-minute program
Item #2011c – MP3 accompaniment tracks for 20-minute program
Item #2011d – Accompaniment tracks on CD for 20-minute program
Accompaniment tracks (MP3s or CDs) come in handy when your piano player isn’t available or when you need to free up your hands to teach motions or sign language to your children. These accompaniment tracks may also be used for your performance – it’s like hiring a piano player who plays the music the same way every time! A keyboard-only accompaniment CD (no vocals) is available. If you prefer digital format for your accompaniment tracks, MP3s can be e-mailed.
Item #2012a – Preview package for 40-minute program
Item #2012b – Preview package for 20-minute program
To preview this children’s Christmas program, a preview package is available that includes the full script and the listening CD (a vocal recording of the full version of each song). The preview package does not include permission to perform the script or any of the songs in the musical.
Item #2013 – Script only
If you would like to use the 10-12 minute script as your play and insert your own children’s Christmas songs, you may purchase the performance rights for the script. This script has 9+ speaking parts and 5+ non-speaking 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 Christmas musicals, you have the following options:
1. Purchase sheet music. Sheet music 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 include two tracks for each song: a vocal track and a keyboard-only accompaniment 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 the song and a keyboard-only track with no vocals. Custom CDs are shipped via priority mail.
Please note that all sales are final – no refunds or exchanges.
Everyone loved it
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.
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.
Catchy and adorable
I just wanted to tell you how excited and grateful I am about your musical The Big Big Story. Not only was the music catchy and adorable, but the unique way the Christmas story was told was amazing! My 24 kids did a great job. Many have told me that this was the best Christmas program “in the history of our church”! It came together so nicely. Very few props. Costumes we already had. Easy! Thank you and I look forward to next year’s program!
Most wonderful program
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.
A new song in your heart
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!
I teach music for special needs children. We have approximately 100 children with special needs that make speaking/singing a real challenge. Each Christmas our entire school comes together to tell the Christmas story. Each child has a speaking part and sings at least one song with his/her class. Our audience has grown to the point that we now have two performances to accommodate our large crowd. We have used your wonderful Christmas musicals for the past eight years! Thank you for providing amazing music!
Met all our expectations
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.
Fun and exciting
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!