HOW do you prepare for the role of Joseph?
That’s the question we asked Scarborough performer, Lloyd Hopkins, who takes on the biblical character in the City of Perth Christmas Nativity.
“It’s pretty difficult because I’m not having a baby any time soon so I can’t really relate to that,” the 20-year-old joked.
“And he’s not the easiest person to take on because we don’t know much about Joseph – it’s all about Jesus.
“My girlfriend is playing Mary though, so that makes it easier.”
Despite not having an obvious persona – unlike Disney villain Gaston who Mr Hopkins played in APAN Production’s Beauty and the Beast – Joseph is a role the young actor relishes.
“As Joseph, I sing The Prayer; so I sing a bit of Italian which should be good fun and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
“And regardless of your belief, the tale of the Nativity is a really magical story.
“Whether you believe in it or not completely, this show is just really enjoyable and a good experience.
“It brings it all back down to the roots of where it all came from – it tells the magical story that we all know but we kind of forget about on the day with all the presents and food.”
Featuring more than 100 performers across WA, new and well established, as well as real animals including sheep, camels and a donkey, the act kicks off from 6pm with pre-show entertainment.
Guests are invited to bring a rug and picnic.
Mr Hopkins will celebrate Christmas with family, a traditional lunch and carols.
What: City of Perth Christmas Nativity
Where: Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
When: December 19-21 (main show at 7.30pm)