A parents guide to school plays and concerts

It’s that time of year again when our little darlings are all frantically rehearsing for their school concerts and plays. Any parent with a child who has been in school a few years will be very familiar with this, but if you have a new starter you might be wondering what to expect, so here are a few things to bear in mind:

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  • There can’t be 30 Marys and Joseph so be prepared for your little one to come home telling you they are a sheep or stick man or worse and have the appropriate response ready
  • Be prepared to help with lines and learning songs
  • Be prepared to have the same songs sung at maximum volume on the school run and late at night for at least a month beforehand
  • Be prepared for the parents of Mary and Joseph or Snow White and The Huntsman if that’s how the school roll, to share their childs’ lead role with the world multiple times a day
  • Be prepared to respond swiftly to bizarre costume requests at short notice
  • Take a proper camera with a good zoom, this is much better than most phones
  • Be prepared for a queue similar to that outside Next the morning of their Boxing Day sale, in order to get a front row seat
  • Ignore said queue, relax and instead of committing a crime in order to bag yourself a front row seat, simply stand at the back or side – you will see much better (especially when people start to stand to take photos)
  • Enjoy the show!

This year we have one narrator and one angel and two mini spectators – how about you?


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  1. I love childrens nativity palys and carol comcerts. Now my kids are grown up I have to bully mybfriends into letting me come with them to watch their kids plays.
    (That sounds a bit wrong doesnt it…..) #TwinklyTuesday

  2. Love reading this as we are going to see my little boy in his first (nursery) nativity this year. He is a little disappointed his is a shepherd, seems he wanted to be a king!! #TwinklyTuesday xx

    1. This is the problem isn’t it? One of my children was so disappointed he wasn’t the prince this year as he tried really hard in his audition…turns out there is no ‘prince’ it’s Snow White and the huntsman!

  3. My little man only started pre-school this year and they don’t do nativity for the little ones but next year I’m definitely looking forward to seeing him in the play! Tissues at the ready I reckon πŸ˜‰ #twinklytuesday

  4. My kid’s school does a musical concert, so we are spared the need to come up with nativity sets and costumes, but we end up hearing some pretty odd songs and lines for the month of November!

    Love the tip about just standing – it is a much better way to get the good pictures, and then you get out before the major rush too!



  5. Great tips, looking forward to seeing my daughter in her nursery nativity/play/not sure what! Not sure what she is going to be (she’d like to be Mary!), we’ll have to wait and see I think! #Twinklytuesday

  6. Mine are too young, but years ago I used to help out with the Christmas and end of year plays at my mum’s infant school. Kids’ plays are awesome! #fridayfrolics

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