The Christmas Caper
a comedy in two acts
by Drew Davis
CAST of CHARACTERS
A group of runaway orphans whose current hiding place is an abandoned tenement apartment. The gender, race, and age of these characters have been purposely left nonspecific.
BOBBIE - Older than the rest, the leader of the group. BOBBIE’s care and compassion for the kids are the strength by which they live.
T J - TYRONE JOSIAH if cast male, THELMA JOSEPHINE if cast female. A smart aleck who uses a tough exterior to mask uncertainty.
CHRIS - Not so bright. CHRIS’s main problem with running away is the absence of ready meals
CASEY - The youngest and the least corrupted, whose innocence and belief in goodness are the heart of the group
JERRY - Second only to BOBBIE, a fact which JERRY finds difficult to live with.
LOU - A lively and happy child who idolizes cousin JERRY, serving as a little echo.
Can be played by older teens if necessary.
DONNA WRIGHT - Undercover detective who takes great pride in her work, and, when given enough information, understands a great deal.
MYRA GROMMETT - Matron of the Children’s Home from which the kids escaped. A vindictive, money-hungry harpie with a justifiably guilty conscience.
ROB FILCHER - A sly, manipulative burglar whose masquerade as Santa dupes JERRY and LOU.
SANTA CLAUS - The classic jolly old elf.