God’s Masterpiece can be done with a cast of as few as 50 people or as many as hundreds as you celebrate the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through this simple, yet powerful Christian Easter passion play. Below is a complete categorical list of the cast of God’s Masterpiece.
Costumes are completely up to you and the creativity of your costume-building staff; simply stay true to biblical costuming, especially when costuming the Pharisees, soldiers, the court of Pilate, and in copying the color scheme of the disciples at the “Last Supper” table. Below is a complete categorical list of the costumes for the cast of God’s Masterpiece, as well as photographs reflecting the costume choices we made when this production was staged. Again, you may copy or vary these suggestions according to your own vision.
Makeup is also creatively done by your makeup artists. The best thing to do is to have your men grow their own beards several months before the production. Putting on beards is difficult, and the fewer the better! Use professional stage makeup, organize and store it in airtight bins that are labeled with cast classifications or specific character names. Ask each actor to bring a labeled ziplock bag with his/her own mascara and lipstick to guard against passing germs and illness throughout the cast.
(in order of appearance)
Mary Magdalene: A faithful and forgiven, follower of Jesus, who puts her own life in peril.
Costume: Green tunic and tan-colored head dress w/ sash descending down over the shoulders.
Salome: A courageous follower of Jesus.
Costume: Deep blue tunic and cream-colored head dress.
Rebecca: An outspoken follower of Jesus.
Costume: Pale blue tunic and deep blue head-dress.
During the “prologue”:
Red tunic with blue sash, white resurrection robe
At the “Last Supper” table & “Disciple Narratives”:
Red tunic with blue sash
At the “flogging”:
Red tunic, folded at waist to reveal flesh
At the “Crucifixion”:
Swim trunks covered by cloth to look wrapped
At the “Resurrection”:
White, satin tunic with long white sash
At the “Ascension”:
Resurrection robe is worn under a blue overcoat which closes with velcro at the back. At the blackout after the “Great Commission” speech, Jesus pulls the blue overcoat off, tosses it aside, and assumes the ascension pose for the closing tableau.
The “look-alike Jesus,” who stands in for the speaking Jesus. He never speaks, but he must look just like the speaking Jesus. He sits at the “Last Supper” table, while the speaking Jesus moves throughout the house during the various “I AM” scenes. During the “Prologue,” the “Life of Jesus Tableaus” come so fast that one “Jesus” cannot get to every picture in time, so you need two different Jesus characters to get to every one of the twenty-four still-life pictures.
NOTE: These costumes are dictated by Leonardo DaVinci’s “Last Supper,” and are, therefore, to be copied as closely as possible from the pictures provided. The costumes, below, are described from right to left in the "Last Supper" picture. See the picture on the Masterpiece Art page.
Costume: Blue tunic and greenish sash
Bartholemew: A non-speaking disciple.
Costume: Pale yellow tunic and brown overcoat
Nathaniel: A non-speaking disciple.
Costume: Rose tunic and grayish brown overcoat
Judas: A shifty fellow with an alternate agenda for Jesus. This part can be played by a small, sneaky man or a loud, impatient man.
Costume: Pale blue tunic and dark brown sash
Peter: A man who is “bigger-than-life” with a deep voice and a commanding presence. He narrates the miraculous catch of fish and is present when Jesus declares, “I AM the Son of God.”
Costume: Dark blue tunic and light brown sash
John: A sincere man who narrates “The raising of Lazarus” where Jesus declares, “I AM the resurrection and the life.”
Costume: Pale green tunic and dark brown sash.
Thomas: An outspoken skeptic who narrates Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisee, Nicodemus, when Jesus declares, “I AM not of this world.”
Costume: Pale brown tunic and dark brown sash
James: A man overwhelmed by the power of Jesus who narrates the “spiritual healing” of the demoniac when Jesus declares, “I AM the good shepherd.”
Costume: Light green tunic and brown overcoat
Phillip: A non-speaking disciple.
Costume: Tan colored tunic and yellow overcoat
Matthew: A sensitive man, impressed with the inclusive nature of Jesus. He narrates the “Forgiving of the Adulteress,” and “Jesus and the Children,” when Jesus declares ‘I AM the light of the world.”
Costume: Pale blue tunic and deep blue sash
Thaddeus: A non-speaking disciple.
Costume: Cream colored tunic and light brown overcoat
Simon: A non-speaking disciple.
Costume: Tan colored tunic and brown sash
Costumes: Dark robes in varying shades of black, gray, maroon, and brown. They wear black headdresses, draping evenly in front with rows of stitched cording at the ends with white forehead bands. Curly hair spirals emerge from either side of the headdress.
Speaking Parts: Pharisee 1, Pharisee 2, Scribe 1, Scribe 2
Only four of these men have speaking parts, but you can use any number of Pharisees and Scribes in these scenes, as long as it does not look over-crowded.
Malchus: Servant of the high priest, present in the garden of Gethsemane. Peter cuts his ear off.
Costume: He is dressed as a bodyguard, along the lines of the soldiers. He does not wear a headdress.
The script signals the responses of the various crowds, which are located in four areas. Each group has a limited number of speaking parts. The rest of the people in the crowds comment randomly as they ad-lib lines spontaneously. The crowds groups are:
Costumes: Design costumes that are true to the biblical time period. Women must have head-coverings, men generally do. All wear open-toed sandals. Children are bare-footed with calf-length tunics. They carry props that include baskets, jugs, blankets, staffs made of wood, etc.
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