The Innkeeper sets the stage for the most important part of Bethlehem. They tell the story of the poor couple who had nowhere to go, and how they were sent to the lowly stable to give birth to their child. The innkeeper is a very specific role which requires memorizing a script. He remains in the same area for the entire performance. The Innkeeper must stick to the script and not ad lib. He, (and any character with a speaking part) must attend a training class provided to learn the details of the time period and people who lived back then. They must park at the school in the designated cast parking, arrive at fellowship hall on time each evening of the event as
they are scheduled, and be in costume and ready to head to the city when the first call is made. Costumes not including leather sandals are provided by the costume team. As soon as the prayer concludes at the well, the characters get in place.