Yentas are the gossips of Bethlehem. They station themselves at the gates of the marketplace and greet the visitors as they enter the market. Yentas have specific lines they say, but also will be called upon to ad lib as needed.  If a Yenta slips out of character, or recognizes friends with contemporary language or even a knowledge of current events, the visitors will be in the mindset of going to a play, and perhaps not a good one. We want to create an entire atmosphere of reality. Of stepping into another world, and 

into another time.  Yentas MUST stay in character. Yentas, (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 our costume team. As soon as the prayer concludes at the well, the Yentas head to the gate.