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Starry Night, Noisy Night (A Christmas Musical for Children). By Ruth Elaine Schram. Arranged by Scott Schram. For unison choir, piano. Cantatas. Christmas, Sacred. Book and performance/accompaniment CD. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.30-2501L).
Grades K-6 - "Starry Night, Noisy Night" is a charming Christmas musical for unison/opt. two-part voices filled with humorous references to modern distractions that prevent us from experiencing the true meaning of Christmas. The story is told from the stable animals' point of view: Cows annoyed by the bright starlight; Sheep spending so much time watching the activity outside the stable they almost miss the miraculous scene unfolding before them; and Chickens too busy pecking out IMs to receive the message conveyed by the birth of Christ. The musical ends on a quiet, reverent, and worshipful note, turning away from life's distractions to celebrate God's great gift of love. This work is appropriate for performance by 10-12 children, or many more. Everything that you need to prepare this musical is included: staging directions; a list of characters, costumes, and props; and a mixed-media CD with reproducible singers' pages with dialog, and full performance and accompaniment tracks.