The Gospel of Mary Magdalene — Cast and Instrumentation

Princpal Rôles

MIRIAM, soprano.

 Mother of YESHUA.  Forty-five years of age.
 MARY MAGDALENE, mz.-sop.  Companion of YESHUA.  Not yet thirty.
 PETER, tenor.  Follower of YESHUA, and younger than he.
 YESHUA, high baritone.  Son of MIRIAM.  Thirty.
 PHARISEE, bass.  Lay guardian of the synagogue of Capernaum.
 TWO POLICE, tenor, baritone.  Agents of Herod Antipas.
 SIX NEWSCASTERS  …who report the discovery of the Gnostic Gospels.

Ensemble Rôles

FIVE SEEKERS, s, mz, mz, t, b. 

 TAMAR, s.  (Also sings Girl 2, Seeker 2.)
 THREE GIRLS, s, s, mz.  later, Yeshua’s Female Followers.
(Girl 1 sings Seeker 1; Girl 3 sings Seeker 3.)
 TWO PREACHERS, t, t.  Preacher 1 sings Follower 1 and Seeker 4 [Levi;] Preacher 2 sings Follower 2.
 SIMON, bn.  Also sings Follower 3 & Onlooker.
 ONLOOKER, bn.  See Simon.
 FISHMONGER, bs-bn.  Also sings Follower 4 and Seeker 5.

Non-Singing Rôles

JAMES and JOSES.

Sons of Miriam. 

 A SQUAD OF POLICEMEN.  …who disperse the crowd at Yeshua’s second sermon.

TWO EXECUTIONERS.

 Agents of Rome.
 A SLAVE WOMAN.  At Yeshua’s execution.  Suspicious and shrewd.

ONLOOKERS .

 at YESHUA’s sermons and his crucifixion.

Chorus

SATB. The audience.

The time is now.  The place is Galilee, the first century C.E.

Instrumentation

3 Flutes 3 doubling Piccolo
3 Clarinets in B-flat doubling Bass Clarinet in B-flat
3 Trumpets in C
4 Horns
3 TromboneTuba

Timpani
3 Percussion

Piano
Harp

Strings