Let Little Big Stuff serve up a down-home Christmas feast for your ears, eyes and hearts this season with the new musical for kids, The Night Shift Before Christmas. Join the other “night-owls” at Bethlehem’s only 24-hour roadside restaurant, the Falafel House!
Owner Mo has announced that the overnight business is just too slow, even with the recent census crowds, to justify staying open all night anymore. But head waitress Flo has a heart for those night-shift shepherds, the local innkeeper and the other regulars who frequent the eatery in the wee hours for their signature falafels and MLTs (mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich).
Mo’s complaint that “nothing ever happens at night in this sleepy little town” goes down the drain with the dirty dishwater when a brilliant light splits the darkness over the fields outside of town, and surprised shepherds burst through the doors with a stunning tale of angels and an amazing birth announcement. Soon, the late-night crowd is bristling with excitement to join the shepherds to see and worship the long-awaited Savior, born during the night shift — right there in Bethlehem!
Featuring all the menu items you expect from Little Big Stuff – ultra-cool songs, solid Biblical message, fun characters and story that kids love and adults appreciate – you can dish up an unforgettable Christmas for your kids this year with The Night Shift Before Christmas.
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Cast List/Character Descriptions
There are 18 speaking roles available for casting in The Night Shift Before Christmas. Any of the roles may be played by a boy or a girl with only slight name and gender modifications in the script. The indications below show how we recorded them on the demonstration recording. Many roles could be played by older youth or adults.
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|Name||Character||Gender||What They’re Like ...||No. of Scenes|
|Flo||Falafel House Co-Owner, Mo’s Wife, Head Waitress||girl||She’s in charge. She is the epitome of the gruff person who has a heart of gold. She’s the perfect example of a follower of Christ: No pretense, no claims of righteousness, just a child-like (but gruff) seeking heart.||8|
|Mo||Falafel House Co-Owner, Flo’s Husband, Cook||boy||He thinks he’s in charge, but Flo really runs the place||7|
|Lydia||“New Girl” Waitress, first day on the job||girl||Very new at the restaurant. She’s a believer in prophesy, and also very childlike, but in a way totally opposite of Flo. Flo has “been there, done that.” Lydia is just experiencing the world.||8|
|Ms. Hala||Owner of the Sabbath Inn across the street from the Falafel House||girl||Very demonstrative, easily upset. A little A.D.D.||5|
|Tommy||Shepherd||boy||Everything is always bad news, until he experiences the “good news.”||6|
|Tammy||Shepherd||girl||All shepherds are very excitable, and very dedicated to their work. They enjoy the company of the patrons at Falafel House and are sad to hear that it will not be continuing with the night shift.|
|Ben||Customer at the Falafel House||boy||A customer from “way out of town,” visiting the Falafel House.||4|
|Lisa||Customer at the Falafel House||girl||A customer at the Falafel House, in town for the census.||3|
|Josh||Customer at the Falafel House||boy||A late-night customer at the Falafel House.||2|
|Mary||Non-Speaking||girl||Typical Nativity scene character.||2|
|Joseph||Non-Speaking||boy||Typical Nativity scene character.||2|
|Angels||Non-Speaking||girls/boys||Typical Nativity scene character.||2|
|Animals||Non-Speaking||girls/boys||Typical Nativity scene animals--cows, sheep, etc.||2|
|Customers||Non-Speaking||girls/boys||Any number of late-night customers at the Falafel House.||7|
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However, we ask you to please understand that we have not posted the recording here so that your choir members may utilize this audio to learn the musical, thereby avoiding purchase of the printed scores and/or recordings which are available for sale. Producing a great musical like this requires much work by dedicated writers, and much expense on the part of the publisher.
Simply put, if you use this free audio recording, which is provided for your convenience in evaluating the musical, as the tool to teach the music to the children in the choir instead of purchasing the products for the children, then we cannot afford to create musicals like this. We rely on the income from the purchase of our products (including some great lower-cost options like Bulk CDs, reproducible scripts and lyrics, and reproducible recordings) to fund the expense of producing this project for you.
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We are happy to offer these special licensing options to make your life easier:
Reproducible Script & Lyrics
- We provide you with a master file of the drama script and song lyrics (text only, no music score), and a license granting you legal permission to print copies for your kids, copy and paste into PowerPoint or other projection program to use in rehearsals and performance, print on a white board or flip chart. In fact, you can do all of these if you wish.
- You tell us the total quantity of users, and you pay $2 per user regardless of whether you print out copies for them every week, or use only projection, etc. The fee is not “per copy,” but “per user.” If you pay for 25 now, and end up with 35 later, you just return here, log in to your account, and pay for the additional users. Or, if the quantity you need to add is less than the default minimum of 15 allowed by the shopping cart, please just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell us how many more you need.
- Along with the huge cost-savings, this option offers great flexibility in that you can easily edit the script, allowing you to add or subtract characters, change names, divide up parts, etc., before printing and distributing to your kids. You can also add in staging cues to fit your situation, or add your own director notes or instructions. You may also print copies to send home, print other copies to keep at church or school, print more copies to send home when the first ones are lost ;-), so that no one ever needs to be caught without their copy.
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- Similar to the Script & Lyrics, but the songs are single-stave vocal line scores (just like the choral book) presented in PDF files, while the drama script comes as an easy-to-edit Microsoft Word file. This also offers a tremendous cost savings at just $3.25 per user.
Reproducible Demo Recording
- Burn your own CDs for just $5 per copy. We provide you with a license granting you full legal permission to either copy an existing CD (perhaps the CD that comes in the back of the Review Pack), or download the recording in MP3 format. Of course, you may prefer to purchase our Bulk CD 10-packs for $59.99 (essentially $6 per disc), or you may choose this reproducible option for $5 per copy.
- In addition to the cost savings, this can provide some additional flexibility. You can opt for any quantity (5 copy minimum), and not be constrained to quantities of 10. Before burning your CD copies, you can choose exactly what you want on the copied CDs. For example, you may want to leave off the recorded drama dialog on the copies that most of the kids receive, and only include it on copies that the actors receive.