Good King Wenceslas

Includes Digital Products

The King Who Knew the Joy of Giving

Released in 1986, this simple musical introduces kids to the medieval king whose generosity was immortalized in the carol bearing his name. But did you know that Good King Wenceslas was a Christian king in a pagan land who advanced Christianity in central Europe?

In this Classic, Kathie Hill imagines the knights and ladies-in-waiting celebrating Christmas with godly King Wenceslas. But as he concentrates on giving gifts, his selfish daughter, Princes Wences thinks only of getting them! To set an example the king takes food to a peasant leaving the friar to prepare the nativity play. As Wences reluctantly participates, she is so reminded of the greatest and most generous King that when Wenceslas returns, he finds a princess who has been changed by the Prince of Peace and gospel of Christ.

A Performance DVD (available on demand) features a music conference premiere with costume, choreography and drama demonstration.

Ages: 1st - 5th Grades
Set: inside king’s castle
Costumes: Girls: long dresses, Boys: poster board breast plates
Voicing: Unison/2part
Music: Easy
Drama: Simple, minimal blocking – characters can be played by kids, teens or adults
Speaking Parts: King Wenceslas, Friar, Princess Wences, 4 ladies-in-waiting, 2 knights, peasant boy & jokers
Solos: 7 solos & optional recorder/s
Non-speakers: angels, shepherds, Mary & Joseph, kings, musicians, celebrants
Solos: Wenceslas, Princess Wences, 3 non-character solos
Performance Time: 30 minutes

What a fun & meaning-filled musical! We put this together in 10 rehearsals & the kids memorized everything. The castle set was simple & the kids loved dressing up as knights and ladies-in-waiting! As director, I loved the catchy songs I kept humming throughout the day. We've also done "Wise Guys and Starry Skies" twice. I just love Kathie's timeless style of sharing the gospel message in fun ways! "GKW" got rave reviews from the pastor, parents, congregation, and especially the choir.

Terry Gray
Sulphur Springs Christian Church
Middletown, IN

Kathie's Note: Boys relish knighthood, girls love “waiting” in long dresses and you’ll love teaching songs about giving! The Director’s Book includes instructions for props, costumes, movement, lighting, performance photos, study scriptures and benevolence projects to underscore memorable songs like “Be a Hee-Hee-Hee-Hilarious Giver,” Everything That Is, Is His” and “It is More Blessed to Give Than Receive” (also available as Classic Singles). GKW is a simple musical to produce, but produces a powerful message.

Song Titles:

Christmas in the Castle • Be a Hee-Hee-Hilarious Give • I Love Christmas • Everything That Is, Is His! • It is More Blessed to Give • Good King Wenceslas • Old English Carol Medley (including O Sing a Song of Bethlehem, Sleep of the Child Jesus, and O Come All Ye Faithful • Give As He Gave

Kathie Hill Classics titles include digital questions?What do you mean digital?

There is no manufactured product to ship. Instead you can immediately download the master files to your computer - PDFs to print, MP3s to burn to CD or play from an iPod or computer, or video (WMVs) to burn to a data DVD or play from your computer. and, using instructions provided, make copies equal to the number of licenses you purchased. Upon process of payment, log into your, go to MY ACCOUNT-ORDERS and download your masters. Because of the size of some files a broadband connection is recommended. Face plates and sequence inserts are provided.

NOTE: Your honesty in making copies equal to your paid licenses will dictate whether we can continue this service.

products. When purchasing Classics items which are digital you are actually purchasing a limited license to duplicate the item once you have downloaded it. When purchasing digital product you are paying for a limited license to duplicate the number listed. Most digital product is sold in multiples of THREE. 3x means you can make 3 copies. If you need 15 copies, purchase FIVE 3x licenses. If later you need to make 9 more copies, we trust you to return to the Kathie Hill Music eStore and purchase THREE more 3x licenses.

*Samplers include edited Listening CD & water-marked Choral/Singer's Book (for preview purposes only)


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Accompaniment CD - Good King Wenceslas (Digital)

Accompaniment CD - Good King Wenceslas (Digital)

Licensed Digital CD (3x) files for 2 discs: spilt disc has left channel instrumentation/right channel choral vocals and stereo disk has stereo instrumentation only. (No dialogue or solos.). Review READ-ME.txt file contained in the zipped download for instructions about BIN/CUE use.
Licensed Digital CD (3x) $89.95

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Director's Book - Good King Wenceslas

Director's Book - Good King Wenceslas

Downloadable original book with songs, script, production notes & piano transcriptions with permission to make 3 copies. Additional copies require purchase of additional 3x license/s.
Licensed Digital PDF (3x) $19.95

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Listening CD - Good King Wenceslas (MP3)

Listening CD - Good King Wenceslas (MP3)

A MP3 audio download of stereo recording of 9 songs and dialogue w/license to make 3 copies - Additional copies require purchase of additional 3x license/s.
Licensed Digital MP3 (3x) $11.95

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Singer's Book - Good King Wenceslas

Singer's Book - Good King Wenceslas

Downloadable original book with script, all songs in leadline only & activities with permission to make 3 copies. Additional copies require purchase of additional 3x license/s.
Licensed Digital PDF (3x) $11.95

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