Have you heard of Las Posadas? It's a Hispanic Christmas celebration and tradition in many places, including Mexico. A joyful procession, a cooperative donkey, and unique songs typify Las Posadas. But, in this free Christmas Readers Theater script with (curriculum links) there's a mysterious Christmas miracle awaiting the participants...
CAST: 13, unless parts are doubled. TIME: about 5 minutes TONE: varies--joyful, serious, with a sprinkiing of humor and mystery READABILITY: Grade 4.0
NOTE: A Critical Pronunciation Guide is included on the front page of the script for the few Spanish words in the script.
Here's a brief excerpt from the first page of this free Christmas Readers Theater script:
Narrator 1: Imagine yourself on a dark night in Mexico. A knock comes to your door, but you are prepared. It’s Las Posadas!
Narrator 2: The Hispanic Christmas tradition of Las Posadas often includes statues of Mary and Joseph on a platform. The processional reenacts the hunt for a place for Mary and Joseph to stay.
Narrator 1: Sometimes, especially the last night, a girl and a boy dress up as Mary and Joseph. Others will be angels.
Narrator 2: It’s happened for years.
Narrator 1: But, this night it was different…
Manuel: I love Las Posadas! It’s so much fun going from house to house and asking for a resting place for Mary and Joseph, I mean Maria and Jose.
Carolina: It’s only fun until they say, “There’s no room here--no hay posada.”
Manuel: I know. Eight nights of “There’s no room.” You’d think someone would have pity on a poor pregnant statue.
Carolina: Manuel! It’s not the statue. It’s who the statue represents!
Manuel: I know. I just think it must be easier to say “No” to a pregnant statue than to a real pregnant lady. Can you imagine someone turning away a woman who was “great with child”?
Carolina: Not really. But, what could they do? It was the census and all the rooms were filled. Would you kick people out of a room AFTER they had paid you? (continued...)
Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the free Christmas Readers Theater script "Las Posadas: El Burro and the Miracle."
Download the PDF "Las Posadas: El Burro and the Miracle," a free Christmas Readers Theater script.