The Way to the Manger

By Maria Rivera


A dance interpretation of the events surrounding the Nativity, as particularly seen through the eyes of Creation. All the vocal parts could be pre-recorded, or read off stage, leaving the stage to the dancers.

Main Characters

The Moth- no one is ever too insignificant to witness a miracle. He is a beautiful sparkling grey, as if the splendor of the Angel had rubbed off on him. He has innocence in his eyes and tenderness in his voice.
The Owl -is wise. His feathers are white and his eyes look old and sad as if he had witnessed the sins of man. His voice is strong and commanding but very soothing .He knows how important this day is to man kind .
The Rooster- is a worshiper and delights himself in praising his Creator. His feathers are majestic, the color of gold with red like fire. Always looking to the heavens when he sings to the Lord, expecting to catch a glimpse of His Glory.
The Sheep- is meek and fragile, but also nurturing. Her wool is so soft, like clouds around her back. Her voice is like a lullaby. She only hopes that when Jesus is born, her wool will be enough to keep Him warm.
The Camel-. Is tall, strong, with gleaming tan fur and very dignified. Always feeling the burden of things that need to be done. He is assertive and a hard worker.
The Sun- deliverer of good news, watchful of every detail and recorder of events.


1.Jesus Conception

Narrator: As far as any eye could see, this night was no different than any other night. Alone in her room, a virtuous young woman sleeps. From the dark, a being of light speaks to her.........

Angel- Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Narrator: Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this would be. But the Angel said to her…

Angel- Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever: His kingdom will never end.

Mary- how will this be since I am a virgin?

Angel- The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.

Mary- I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said.

Narrator: The Holy Spirit came upon Mary, and so the most humbling blessing bestowed upon a woman, and she was with child, Jesus. -

2. Creation's anticipation

Narrator: A little Moth on the wall witnessed the miraculous conversation and filled with excitement, flew outside and told the Owl...

Moth- It's true it's true. I heard it my self, it is true!

Owl- What is true, my friend.

Moth-The prophesy is true! An Angel just visited Mary and told her.....

Narrator: And he told the Owl everything he heard . As he told the story to the Owl, the Stars in heaven heard the wonderful news. They danced with anticipation of the wonders this child would bring......- The Owl flew all around and told the night creatures what the Moth had witnessed, he went to Rooster and told him the news before the sun came up. The Rooster's song was different that morning. His heart was pounding, he couldn't walk straight. In his song he said ...

Rooster- Rejoice creation, our King is on His way.


Narrator:The Camel and Sheep woke up.

Camel- (yawning)What do you mean our King is coming?

Sheep-(scared) Is it that evil king that has been killing man's children?

Rooster- No....(gasping for air) The Son of the Most High, Our Creator….

Narrator: And he told them of the conversation the Moth had witnessed. The Sun heard their conversation and told all day-dwelling creatures with urgency in his voice...

Sun- Arise everyone, hear the good news. The time is getting near , The Son of God is almost here!

Camel- We have nine months, every one. get ready.

Narrator: The Sun, the Oceans, the Mountains, the Flowers and the Trees, the Earth itself could not contain their joy. Every creature on land and water anticipated His Birth. The Oceans put on their best blue, the Flowers their best colors , the Trees their best leaves. The Earth her best coat of grass, preparing the way for the Anointed One. The Sun overlooked everything, as his glow got brighter with every moment that passed.

3. Everything is Ready

Narrator: In the dark of the night, there is woman's voice , quietly crying; and a man's loving voice comforting her.

Joseph- We are almost there.

Moth-(looking from a crack in the wall) Someone is coming!!

Sheep- I hope it is them. Did you get fresh hay for the manger Camel?

Camel- Yes I did, I hope He likes it.

Owl- (Flying in)Yes , it is them, Mary is in pain, He will be here soon.

Sheep- Is the Star from the East ready?

Owl- She shines like no other night.

Sheep- How about man?

Owl- They'll be here soon. They have also been waiting .This child is their only hope. All of God's love is poured into this child for them. They are all so special to Him, but they have lost their way. Jesus is their only hope.

Narrator: Mary and Joseph arrive. She lays down in a pile of hay, carefully set for her. They all come near to keep her warm.

Owl-The moment is near...!!

Narrator: History is about to be made, a whole new time line to be set, what wondrous moment...!!! She gasps for air, and with one more breath...!!!!

(Baby crying)

Owl- THE SAVIOR IS HERE the World will never be the same.

Narrator: The Angels are singing, the stars flicker as if they are clapping , and Rooster, his heart can not contain, he joins the Angels singing

Alleluia!!! The Star from the East looks her brightest, she has put on her best for this night, ready to guide, everyone who seeks, The way to the manger


Copyright Maria Rivera, all rights reserved.
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