Think of this Christmas title as “Bethlehem meets Dragnet.” It is a “caper” featuring Bethlehem Peace Officer Joe Sabbath investigating an alleged gang of joyfully-rowdy shepherds “disturbing the peace” with a crazy story about angels and a mysterious baby.
Sergeant Joe Sabbath is charged with keeping the peace in the sleepy little town of Bethlehem, and he likes things QUIET! When word reaches him that a band of rowdy shepherds is inbound from the fields outside of town, boisterously celebrating with wild tales of angels and such, he is determined to get to the bottom of this case! Of course, what he discovers is no simple “disturbing the peace” beef. It seems he’s stumbled upon the caper that changed the world!
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Cast List/Character Descriptions
There are 20 speaking roles (4 non-speaking roles) available for casting in Arrest These Merry Gentlemen. Any of the roles may be played by a boy or a girl with only slight name and gender modifications in the script. The indications below show how we recorded them on the demonstration recording. Many roles could be played by older youth or adults.
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|Name||Character||Gender||What They’re Like ...||No. of Scenes|
|Sergeant Joe Sabbath||Police detective in Bethlehem||Boy||Serious, but not mean. He takes his job seriously. A major role with many lines in each scene.||7|
|Patrolman Rookie||A rookie peace officer. Younger.||Boy||Over-eager and zealous, he wants to arrest everyone! Major role, in most scenes.||6|
|Scoop||“Go-getter” newspaper reporter.||Girl||Quick, bright, and ambitious. Major role, in several scenes.||5|
|Cub||Rookies “sidekick” reporter.||Girl||Inquisitive and energetic. Major role, in several scenes.||5|
|Frank||Shepherd||Boy||A happy (“merry”) band. Joe thinks they are troublemakers, but they are simply excited about the events they have witnessed.||3|
|CD (Camel Driver)||Stereotypical “big-rig” truck driver type.||Boy||Speaks with “trucker-drawl.” Major role in a single scene.||1|
|Seamstress||Gentle lady||Girl||British accent preferred. A few lines in one scene.||1|
|Source 1||Citizen of Bethlehem||Girl||Wears a nose and glasses disguise.||1|
|Source 2||Citizen of Bethlehem||Girl||One short line in one scene.||1|
|Source 3||Citizen of Bethlehem||Girl||One short line in one scene.||1|
|Traveler||Traveling through Bethlehem||Boy||A few lines in one scene.||1|
|Goat Napper||Citizen of Bethlehem||Boy||Has a goat caught napping during song. Has one line.||1|
|Person 1||Citizen of Bethlehem||Girl||One short line in one scene.||1|
|Person 2||Citizen of Bethlehem||Girl||One short line in one scene.||1|
|Person 3||Citizen of Bethlehem||Girl||One short line in one scene.||1|
|Gabriel||Angel||Boy||Bright angel costume. Speaks one word.||1|
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