Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Jesus- Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast.
High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the
sort of person others instinctively follow.

John the Baptist/Judas- He has attributes of both
Biblical figures: he is both Jesus' lieutenant and most ardent
disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like
Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in more of an overt
revolutionary way. Usually played by someone handsome and
masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most "serious"
and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he
must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.

Jeffrey- Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the
original, he played several musical instruments, including
concertina and recorder.

Lamar- Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little
slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence
about him. Because he sings "All Good Gifts," he must be a very
good singer.

Herb- The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a
hundred voices and imitations. This is also the role that sings the
least, so it is wise to cast it for a comedian rather than a

Robin- A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet.
She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the
song "Day by Day."

Joanne- The confident one, the show-off. The first one to
volunteer, sometimes jumps in before she really understands what's
going on.

Peggy- The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get
things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an "earth
mother" kind of warmth to her.

Sonia- Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the
group. Also the "sexy" one, but her sexiness contains a large
element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna (who in
fact once played this role).

Gilmer- The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy
and a cut-up. this is the female role that sings least, and
therefore should be cast with a strong comedienne.

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