On Tuesday we cast the Girls' Brigade Christmas effort - an adaptation of a short musical play called 'Fishing for Stars' aimed at reception classes. As our girls are pretty young and many can't read well, plus we have only 4 weeks to learn it, it seemed right.
On the basis that you never get all three (sic) Kings on the day of the show, I had removed all references to 'three' from the script. I also changed 'men' to 'folk' on the basis that we don't actually know the Magi were male and these are just little girls anyway... So, in the course of the evening we appointed various characters: a child, a star, some shepherds and the 'wise ones.' Just before home time one little girl, reluctantly cast as a 'wise one' sidled up to me and said 'can I be a wise princess.' Of course she can! Traditionalists may scoff, but at least one little girl gets a positive message this Christmas.