Description of Characters

The following table provides brief descriptions of the characters in the production, including approximate ages and vocal ranges if required for a solo. Characters are listed in order of appearance.


Act One
CharacterDescriptionVocal Range
ZachariasHebrew priest in his late 60sBaritone
ElisabethWife of Zacharias, in her 60sMezzo
EzraBoy, age 8–12, helper to Zacharias 
NathanShepherd, son of Eli, age 8–13Boy soprano
EliShepherd, father of Nathan, early 30s to late 40sTenor
AsaShepherd, father of Eli, early 50s to late 60sBaritone
Temple BoysBoys who help in the temple, ages 8–14 
Temple Priests11 men who serve as priests and draw the lot, mid 20s–late 60s 
NephiBook of Mormon prophet, age 18–30 
MalachiOld Testament prophet, age 30s to 60s 
GabrielHeavenly messenger, a regal young man, age 20s to 30s 
BenjaminBoy, age 12–14, helper to Zacharias 
BeggarBoy, age 8–10, impoverished and disheveled 
MichamJoseph’s uncle, age 40–50Baritone
JosephCarpenter, idealistic young man of character, age 23–30Tenor
Mary’s BrotherBoy, age 10–12 
Mary’s MotherAge 35–50Alto
Mary’s FatherAge 40–55 
MaryAct One: Pure, unaffected young woman, age 18–22
Act Two: Same young woman aged to early 50s
Soprano
AnnaMary’s sister, age 8–10 
Mary’s AuntAge 30–45Soprano/Alto
Mary’s Cousins3–5 young women, ages 16–25Soprano/Alto
Micham’s Nephews+3 boys, ages 9–14 
Angel to Nephi*Heavenly escort of Nephi, male, age 20s to 30s 
AbinadiBook of Mormon prophet, age 30s to 60s 
Angel to Joseph*Heavenly messenger, male, age 20s to 30s 
Roman StatesmanForeboding personality, age 25–60 
Roman Soldiers4 men, ages 20–35 
MicahOld Testament prophet, age early 30s to late 60s 
ReubenShepherd, relative of Eli and Asa, early 20s to late 30sTenor
JeshuaShepherd, relative of Eli and Asa, early 20s to late 30sTenor
AmonShepherd, relative of Eli and Asa, age 12–18Tenor
Angel to Shepherds*Heavenly messenger, male, early 20s to late 30s 
LukeNew Testament prophet, mid 20s to late 60s 
ChorusBoys, girls, men and women of all ages.  The chorus portrays angels who silently observe from the colonnade, choruses of angels who sing, Israelites who attend the temple, townspeople traveling on the road, etc.  Only the Savior, Mary, and Gabriel are not part of the chorus.Unsion to SSSAAA
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+ Micham’s Nephews are not mentioned in the script.  In the Conference Center production, these boys help build Joseph’s house and carry the canopy with Mary’s Brother.
* All angel roles, except for Gabriel, can be played by as many as seven different actors or can be combined to as few as two actors.
Act Two
CharacterDescriptionVocal Range
JamesOne of the Twelve Apostles, late 20s to mid 40sBaritone
ThomasOne of the Twelve Apostles, mid 20s to mid 30sBaritone
Mary MagdaleneFollower of Jesus, mid 20s to mid 30sSoprano/Alto
Mary Mother of James (Mary MOJ)Follower of Jesus, mid 30s to early 40sSoprano/Alto
SalomeFollower of Jesus, mid 20s to mid 30sSoprano/Alto
JoannaFollower of Jesus, mid 20s to mid 30sSoprano/Alto
Joseph of ArimatheaWealthy Jew, a believer, mid 30s to early 60s 
NicodemusWealthy Jew, a believer, mid 30s to early 60s 
AaronSon of John, age 12–16 
JohnOne of the Twelve Apostles, mid 20s to late 30sBaritone
PeterChief Apostle, mid 30s to mid 50sTenor/Bass
Tomb Angel 1*Heavenly messenger, male, early 20s to early 30s 
Tomb Angel 2*Heavenly messenger, male, early 20s to early 30s 
CleopusFollower of Jesus, late 20s to late 40sTenor
DiscipleFollower of Jesus, early 20s to late 30sTenor
The SaviorMan in his 30s 
Samuel the LamaniteBook of Mormon prophet, late 30s to late 60s 
MarySame actress as Act One, except aged to appear mid 50s to 60sMezzo
Hannah, Suzanna, Tirzah, and MiriamOptional women, mid 20s to 50s, that may be added on-stage to “Alleluia” (Scene 2.1)Soprano/Alto
AndrewOne of the Twelve Apostles, brother to Peter, mid 20s to late 40sTenor/Bass
MatthewOne of the Twelve Apostles, early 20s to late 50sTenor/Bass
ThaddeusOne of the Twelve Apostles, early 20s to late 50sTenor/Bass
PhillipOne of the Twelve Apostles, early 20s to late 50sTenor/Bass
James AlphaeusOne of the Twelve Apostles, early 20s to late 50sTenor/Bass
Simon ZelotesOne of the Twelve Apostles, early 20s to late 50sTenor/Bass
NathanaelOne of the Twelve Apostles, early 20s to late 50sTenor/Bass
Disciple 1Additional witness at Christ’s first upper room appearance 
Disciple 2Additional witness at Christ’s first upper room appearance 
Disciple 3Additional witness at Christ’s first upper room appearance 
JoshuaYoung man, age 12–16 
RebekahDaughter of Joanna, age 8–12 
Ascension Angel 1*Heavenly messenger, male, early 20s to early 30s 
Ascension Angel 2*Heavenly messenger, male, early 20s to early 30s 
ChorusBoys, girls, men, and women of all ages.  The chorus portrays angels who silently observe from the colonnade, choruses of angels who sing, Israelites who attend the temple, townspeople traveling on the road, etc.  Only the Savior, Mary, and Gabriel are not part of the chorus.Unison to SSAATTBB

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