Nativity play begin

(83 Posts)
t1n333 Thu 17-Nov-16 21:33:06

As nativity plays begin just wondering how teachers cast. Dd reception is a narrator. Is there any rhyme or reason or just a lucky dip?

PilkoPumpPants Thu 17-Nov-16 21:35:29

So glad you asked this! My dd has been picked for Mary however she's not the most confident child in the class and her speech is pretty poor as well. I'm just wondering why she was picked instead of one of the very confident girls she's friends with?!confused

TeacherBob Thu 17-Nov-16 21:39:46

Could be a whole host of reasons...

Maybe to help her become more confident?

BackforGood Thu 17-Nov-16 21:46:57

101 different reasons, depending on how they do the 'production' at the end.

My favourite way of selecting cast was in the first school I taught in, where Mary and Joseph were always given to the least able to speak, least co-ordinated, least able to sing or dance, or couldn't march, etc.,etc. children. They only had to sit in a kind of a 'tableau', whilst others had to follow some dance steps or place some percussion in time, or remember some lines, etc. It was lovely. They were always the type of children you would never expect to get chosen for anything throughout the next 11 years or so of schooling, and it always gave them (and often their families) such a boost smile

The one thing I can tell you, iis a LOT of thought and deliberation has gone into it at every school I've ever taught at.

catkind Thu 17-Nov-16 22:31:38

The ones we've seen have looked like rationale combined with what the children want to do. Though to some extent the plays have evolved round the children too. At our current school everyone who wants a line will get found a line for example. (No one has much more than 1 as there are so many children to fit in.) The kids who loved doing air guitar when they learned the songs were shepherds because their song had air guitar in, the ones that liked dancing got to dance etc. It's a bit of a cliche but it did seem in reception like the strongest readers were narrators.

Pilko does your DD have many lines as Mary? it could be they think it'll help boost her confidence; or it could be Mary doesn't have that much to say in their version but they think she's keen and cooperative.

In general you can't assume Mary and Joseph are the main parts either. So far we've had one starring the innkeeper's son, one starring the innkeepers (couple), one starring the animals in the stable. I seem to recall a friend's son being 4th chicken and that turning out to be a major role!

One year DS decided halfway through that actually he quite fancied speaking, so he became a talking donkey. Previous year he was a silent donkey. Type casting I saywink He's past nativity age now. DD was a minor role Mary last year, she's aspiring to be an angel this year as she wants wings.

catkind Thu 17-Nov-16 22:33:59

Halfway through rehearsals that is, he didn't just wing it in the performance!

Euphemia Thu 17-Nov-16 22:59:23

I talked the children through our show then asked them if they would like a speaking or a non-speaking part.

The speaking parts were allocated based on children's preferences, ability to learn lines, clarity and volume of voice, reliability, behaviour, previous roles, chances for future roles.

mrz Fri 18-Nov-16 05:54:43

We look at how many words the child will need to learn and allocate mainly on that basis and try to ensure each child has at least one line.

mrz Fri 18-Nov-16 05:56:06

Oh and with only 5 boys the parts of Joseph, Herrod and the three wise men cast themselves wink

TeacherBob Fri 18-Nov-16 07:28:13

I hope that's a joke

Euphemia Fri 18-Nov-16 17:39:09

Why Bob?

mrz Fri 18-Nov-16 17:45:38

For some reason the girls weren't clamouring for the role of Herrod ...not sure why hmm

TealGiraffe Fri 18-Nov-16 17:55:21

Just doing out nativity at the minute. (Yr4)

Narrator = nice clear confident voice, capable of learning some lines

Mary = really shy but desperate to be in the nativity, and needed a little boost in confidence (mary has no lines)

Joseph = nice sensible boy who will confidently 'lead' Mary. and wont say urgh everytime the word wife is mentioned

Everyone who auditioned got a part. Some speaking, some non-speaking (a few extra sheep and 'townspeople')

Parts were mainly allocated by going through

Who will actually try
Who is capable of remembering lines
Who will turn up to rehearsal
Who will get something out of this
Who is confident enough to do the solo song

Etc etc

And you do not put the 3 best mates as the 3 kings....
we learnt our lesson last year

TeacherBob Fri 18-Nov-16 17:57:35

Why Bob?

Because I was under the impression most roles don't need to be based on gender these days

thatdearoctopus Fri 18-Nov-16 18:14:39

What are you all saying? shock Surely you just cast the children of the PTA committee?

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 18-Nov-16 18:15:09

How many are in your class altogether, mrz? Is it very small or very girl heavy?

And you do not put the 3 best mates as the 3 kings
Oooh no. Horrible memories of making that mistake with the kings and their camels.

catkind Fri 18-Nov-16 18:15:33

DD's female best mate was a lovely king last year. Or possibly queen, I don't think it was actually specified. They all like that cos they get a cloak and crown. Herod isn't anyone's favourite character, but none of DC's various nativities to date have had a Herod, maybe for that reason.

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 18-Nov-16 18:16:41

I don't like having a Herod, I always write him out. No-one wants to be the baddie in the Nativity!

mrz Fri 18-Nov-16 18:25:58

Not true Herrod is always a popular role ...unless you're a girl

mrz Fri 18-Nov-16 18:27:15

23 girls and 5 boys ...not my class however

Mines the opposite boy heavy only 3 girls

mrz Fri 18-Nov-16 18:28:09

"Because I was under the impression most roles don't need to be based on gender these days" no based on choice

mrz Fri 18-Nov-16 18:29:10

We have lots a female shepherds and four female innkeepers

Feenie Fri 18-Nov-16 18:30:06

I was Herod once - it was brilliant. It was after two stints of Mary, very refreshing grin

Soooo, Bob - how many male Marys have you cast so far?

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 18-Nov-16 18:30:29

Was that on purpose?! Surely you'd be better off with more of a mix.

Euphemia Fri 18-Nov-16 18:31:43

I was considering making a boy an angel. What do you think?

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