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Click to Enlarge Back to the Manger

The church kids discover the janitor's time machine and are suddenly back in 1978, where people are practicing for the church's annual caroling outreach. Then they are whisked off to other decades in the 20th century. Jackson, a cool kid of 2010 who is very unenthused about going to this year's event, suddenly meets his grandma when she was ten years old. In 1944, he meets Hank Olsen, a poor kid whose mother is picking up a food basket provided by the church. Hank asks Jackson to play a game of marbles. They are both taken back to the time when Jesus was a babe in a manger. As the kids look on, Hank is very moved; he gives his marble as a gift to Jesus. Jackson too sees God's sacrifice and his own ungratefulness.

It's when they all finally get back home that they realize that their very own Pastor Olsen was that boy Hank. Once you go back to the manger and see God's greatest gift, you are never the same.

There are six main characters, eight others with small parts, and eight songs from different musical eras in this 45-minute musical.
Quick Reference Guide
Quick Reference Guide

Note: the voiceover is not included on the purchased version of these songs. Audio quality has been reduced for online samples.

Songbook contains the song lyrics, simple melody accompaniment, drama segments, and activities for the children. Songbook orders in larger quantities may require up to two weeks for delivery.

Listening CD is a recording of the complete musical, including all the music, drama, solo, and choir singing voices. If you are performing totally with puppets, without any live parts, this is the only CD you need.

Preview Pack Note: this item is non-returnable. It contains a Listening CD and Songbook. Limit one per organization

Digital Teacher Resource Kit is a CD-ROM that provides over 100 reproducible pages of pre-musical planning material, a Bible study, large group lesson plans, small group lesson activities, production notes, choreography instructions and early bird activities designed to make teaching and performing your musical easy and fun! The CD-ROM format enables you to print multiple copies of only the pages you need and provides an easy-to-store permanent back-up. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery of this item.

Accompaniment CD Note: this item is non-returnable.This CD has the instruments only on one track, and the singing voices on the other track. It must be played on a system that has a "left and right" or stereo control. This makes it possible to dial the voices out and have just the music, to dial the music out and have just the voices, or to adjust the levels anywhere in between. This CD does not contain the recorded dialogue. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery of this item.

$9.00     Quantity

Listening CD
$17.00     Quantity

Preview Pack
$12.00     Quantity

Listening CD Bulk (10 Pack)
$65.00     Quantity

Digital Teacher Resource Kit
$75.00     Quantity

Accompaniment CD (non-returnable)
$100.00     Quantity

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