by Heather Pegas
In order of appearance…
JOSEPH: Steadfast, strong, faithful. A protector. Morris.
INNKEEPER: Stern, yet not unyielding. May project vague aura of villainy? Mufasa meets Christopher Walken. Mr. Bigglesworth.
INNKEEPER’S WIFE: As above, possibly crueler. Try Mrs. Norris?
ALL THE ANIMALS IN YOUR PLAY (sheep, cow, penguin, etc.): Snoopy the Cat – big in China, but versatility and presence? Bigglesworth in multiple roles?? Snowball II??? (Doh – animated!) Reach out to Snoopy’s people.
THE BABY JESUS: Grumpy.
ANGEL OF THE LORD: Open casting call for Aslan-type.
VARIOUS ASSORTED SHEPHERDS: Curious about strange phenomena; energetic, able to spread glad tidings to all cats of world. 2015 G-20 Summit-crashing cats.
DRUMMER BOY: Must rock manger. Keyboard Cat.
THE THREE KINGS: Wise and/or magical. Seasoned travelers? Will bear precious gifts representing respective cultures.
GASPAR: Henri. Brings up putrid hairball.
BALTHASAR: Dick Whittington’s Cat. Brings dead rat.
MELCHIOR: Maru. Brings a box.