Category Archives: Drama & Performance Teams for Children

Starting a Drama/Performance Team

DSCN0726There are many kinds of drama and performance teams you can start in your children’s ministry. These teams allow children the opportunity to minister in front of a congregation and is a great way to give children the opportunity to do outreach. Here are some steps if you would like to start a team.

Decide what children will be on the team. Are you going to have every child in the church participate or only those that are interested? Will you have auditions? Also determine the ages of those who will participate.

Decide a schedule of practices. Make sure every parent receives the schedule in writing. You may also have to do some follow-up phone calls.

Decide on an identity. Name your performance team or allow the children to choose a name. Assign a logo. Also decide what the children will wear. T-shirts with the name of the team are a great idea.

Make a list of guidelines. Guidelines are needed not only for behavior, but also for dress code, missed practices, etc.

Decide what type of performance your team will do. Your team can be a general performance or drama team. It could also only specialize in a couple of genres. But you need to decide that ahead of time. If you do different genres, you may want to start with one easier genre and proceed from there. Jeff Smith of Salt and Light Ministries has a number of resources for performance teams at this link. Here’s a list of performance genres and some more resources.

Acting: Acting is the type of genre where the children do skits that require talking. Here’s a link  to find great Christian drama skits for free.

Mime: Actors wear white paint on their faces and white gloves. They act out their parts, but they don’t use words. This can be to music, but it doesn’t have to be. To find out more about this, click this link.

Human Video: This is where children perform to music using facial expressions, sign language, and other actions to tell the story of the song. Karen Wheaton’s ministry has a number of DVD’s with human videos at this link.

Flags/Banners: Children use flags and banners to perform to a song. For more about this ministry, click this link.

God Rods: Children use dowel rods as props in human video style performances. Jeff Smith of Salt and Light created this ministry. You can find out more at this link.

Dance/Movement: Children don’t act out a song as much as they perform with the music. It is generally not a good idea to start this kind of team unless it’s led by someone who has some dance training. If you decide to go forward with this, here’s a blog link that has useful information.

Keep it Ministry Minded: Spend some time at the beginning of each practice to pray and praise God. You could also allow the children to take turns sharing a Scripture, testimony, or devotion. Emphasize the reason for doing this ministry is to glorify God and minister to others.

Christmas Musicals 2013

If you haven’t already chosen the Christmas play for your children to perform this Christmas, you don’t have much time left. Here are a few new ones out this year:

An Out of the Box Christmas

This musical takes place at the final dress rehearsal for the Christmas pageant. The costumes finally arrive and when they are pulled “out of the box,” they are all wrong. Working together, the children come up with some unique, comical and heartfelt ways to share the Christmas message with their friends and family. After all, if God can use a donkey to speak to Balaam and a burning bush to speak to Moses… he can surely use cowboys, pirates, and cheerleaders to tell his love story.

This 35-minute musical has 12 speaking parts: an adult female director, an older boy in charge of props, a young girl in charge of costumes, three wise men dressed as cowboys, a sweet little girl, two angels dressed as cheerleaders, two shepherds dressed as pirates, and an adult male who owns the costume shop. There are other opportunities for small solos and readings from Luke 2.

Created by Celeste Clydesdale, arranged by David T. Clydesdale.

Christmas in Black and White

Come take a visit to the Polar Pet Park, along with a middle school field trip. The penguins at the park don’t understand why the school kids don’t mention or understand the real meaning of Christmas, so they decide to help the kids discover the real meaning of Christmas.

Through a fun but meaningful drama and seven songs, this 45-minute Christmas musical will remind your audience that Christmas is not just another holiday, but a special day when God sent his one and only Son, Jesus, to be born in a manger in Bethlehem.

Characters include Miss LaToe (a teacher), four middle-school students (two girls and two boys), Paw Paw (the man who manages the Polar Pet Park), and four penguins: Paco (who wears a sombrero), Pinky (who wears a pink tutu), Puffy (who just loves to eat), and Cody (the “normal” penguin). Additional singers can be costumed as penguins.

Created by Jeff Slaughter.

Christmas Carol Special Report

Many of the carols we enjoy and sing at Christmas have exciting histories from countries around the world. Giving us the scoop on these festive songs of the birth of Christ, and coming to us “live” from the television studios of KMAS, we tune into The Christmas Carol Special Report! Join Jim and Natalie (news anchors at KMAS) and three on-location reporters stationed across the globe, as they broadcast Christmas carolers “live” and give some remarkable history behind Christmas celebrations around the world!

This Simple Plus musical is 20 minutes long and includes five songs, all familiar Christmas carols or carol medleys. There are five speaking parts plus three brief readings. Created by Rhonda Frazier, Luke Gambill and Brian Green.

Great Big Story

Inspire your kids with this fun-filled children’s Christmas musical with a great big message of God’s love. A Sunday school class Christmas party becomes a tell-a-thon when class members take turns telling parts of the biblical Christmas story.

Designed to be easy-to-sing and easy-to-stage, this 22-minute musical has six speaking parts – a Sunday school teacher, three girls and two boys, plus optional non-speaking roles for Mary, Joseph, an angel, wise men, and shepherds.

Created by Allie Lapointe and Dave Clark.

Where’s Baby Jesus (Preschoolers)

Teach your preschoolers the good news of Jesus in a way they will remember with this 15-minute musical created especially for them! When children discover baby Jesus missing from the nativity, an all-out search ensues, paralleled by our spiritual search for Jesus to ask Him into our hearts. This energetic musical will have your preschoolers jumping, singing and learning. Written by Cherry Garasi, published by Lillenas.