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LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Below is a ready-made script.

Feel free to adapt it to suit your school and age group.

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This site was formerly known as
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Assembly Title
Little Drummer Boy

Submitted by
S. Daly

Age Group
5-11

Aim
To put on a short Nativity production
To understand that offering what we can is enough
To accept gifts graciously

Faith Group
Any or Christian

Resources
Drums, Nativity costumes, sheet music or recorded version of the song
There are many recorded versions of this song, available on most Christmas Carol DVDs.
It can also be downloaded from the internet on many sites 

e.g. Little Drummer Boy Free MP3 Download

Little Drummer Boy Free Sheet Music

Little Drummer Boy, words and pictures, for display.doc

Little Drummer Boy, words and pictures, for display.pdf

Time of Year
Christmas

Other Details
This is a short version of the Nativity story which can be put on by younger children as part of a school Christmas production.
It can be most effective at the end of the production, so that the audience leave with this in their thoughts.
The song was first written in 1941 and was called 'Carol of the Drum'.
It has been recorded by many different singers since then.
Children can mime the actions and join in with the drums.
The Word or PDF versions above can be displayed on an interactive whiteboard, so that the
audience and cast can join in with the singing.

Script

1. Actors enter.
Explain to the audience who each character is.
Characters mime to the song:
In verse one, Wise Men and Shepherds offer their gifts to the Baby Jesus.
In verse two, a boy with a drum says he has nothing to give, so he asks if he can play his drum for the baby.
In verse three, his gift is accepted.

Little Drummer Boy

Audience may join in with the words.

1.   Come they told me,
Our new born King to see,
Our finest gifts we bring,
pa rum pum pum pum, 
To lay before the King,
pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum. 

This is to honour Him,
pa rum pum pum pum, 
When we come,
pa rum pum pum pum.

2.   Baby Jesus,
I am a poor boy too,
I have no gift to bring,
pa rum pum pum pum,
That's fit to give a King,
pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum.

But may I play for you,
pa rum pum pum pum, 
On my drum? 
pa rum pum pum pum.

3.   The mother Mary nodded,

The ox and lamb kept time,
I played my drum for Him,
pa rum pum pum pum,
I played my best for Him,
pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum. 

Then He smiled at me,
pa rum pum pum pum,
Me and my drum,
pa rum pum pum pum.

 2. Explain the meaning of the song to the audience. Christmas involves giving and receiving. Small gifts given with love are acceptable, etc.




S. Daly 2000


Last updated 10-10-14.


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