I wrote this when my daughter was in the kinder nativity play. And that was in 1993, over 20 years ago! But little has changed from the delightful yuletide chaos known as the kinder Nativity Play.
No Stephen Spielberg, Fred Schepsi or Peter Weir could bring to life a story bursting with the tinselled excitement or wide-eyed wonder of that choreographed chaos known as the Kinder Nativity Play. The job of feverish direction rests with an experienced kindergarten teacher. And the play has become a cherished Christmas tradition of cherubic grins and dimpled mayhem.
The first problem facing the director involves casting. Kinder kids can be very definite about the part they wish to play. They want a good line. And that line is often ‘Baa’.
The kinder teacher is then left with the problem of putting on a nativity play with 25 sheep and no one else. After much begging, pleading and coaxing she can muster one sulking Joseph, a radiant freckled Mary -who is allowed to wear her patent leather shoes and a brides veil – and a donkey, if they can wear the donkey suit.
Full article from The Advertiser, The Herald Sun and The Canberra Times here: CHRISTMAS ACCORDING TO ST JASON
Kerry I love it. Having been a drama teacher where I stupidly did the Nativity thing many years ago with primary school kids. I even let them write the script. The house was brought down by this great line from Mary, ” Joseph, this baby had better come soon. I’m sick of being pregnant!”
Cheers Helen Rayson-Hill
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It is fabulous to hear from you. There is so much controversy about putting on religious plays it is a delight to publish a comment about the hilarious mayhem of the old tradition. You only have to look around you to see that Christmas is a tradition in this country so why not have fun with it?
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All the Best for the Silly Season