Casting for the primary roles in the Easter Triumph begins in January or February each year. Crowd rehearsals begin about three weeks prior to the performance. Costumes are provided. All cast and crew members are volunteers.
There are about 60 individual roles to be cast, from involved roles of disciples, Pilate, and Mary the Mother, to smaller roles for angels, soldiers, priests, and various members of Christ's early fellowship. Jesus is cast well in advance, and the 12 disciples are usually chosen by February. Other roles will be filled in as rehearsals progress.
We need approximately 100 members to be part of the crowd scenes to celebrate His arrival on Palm Sunday, to march in and lead a mob to arrest Him, to witness His death, and rejoice in His ascension. The crowd is an important part of the pageant and plays a key role in the mood of the production. Several children will have important roles, as Pilate's servants, heralds to announce Jesus' arrival, and in a wonderful scene in the end, every child who can toddle or run to Jesus will assist in the triumphant finish. There is no better way to get a small child to understand the story of Easter than to have them act it out.
There are no qualifications to be a member of the cast other than attendance to rehearsals and a love of God. Primary role casting is at the sole discretion of the director. No auditions are held, but new cast members who wish to take on a role must contact the director. It is helpful for men wishing to take on a major role, such as a priest, Pilate, or a disciple, to grow a beard, but it is not required.
In addition to those on stage, the pageant always needs running crew, light and sound techs, and other backstage personnel. We encourage whole families to get involved, even if some prefer behind the scenes to the spotlight.