Windsor Theatre Guild

BLOOD WEDDING: AUDITIONS

The auditions for our Spring show, Blood Wedding, will be Tuesday 7th January and Thursday 9th January 2020.

More details to follow but for now, a note from director Anna Jones:

Following the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this summer, I am delighted to be invited to direct for Windsor Theatre Guild again and have chosen Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca for spring at The Old Court.

I have long loved this landmark and beautifully poetic play for its both its heightened symbolism and theatricality and down to earth, universal themes of love and loss.

2020 marks one hundred years since the first play by Lorca was performed, confirming his work as enduring 20th Century classics. Blood Wedding has the advantage of being a piece that has an ensemble cast (up to 20 people) made up of a wide variety of playing ages/good balance of male & female roles which can also be doubled up on casting as necessary.

Please see characters below and watch this space for details of auditions.

Bridegroom (f 20 – 40)

The Bride’s fiancé whose family has long had a feud with the Felix family, who murdered his father and brother. Yet he wants to focus on the future instead of the past and plans to marry the Bride but doesn’t know that she was in a relationship with Leonardo Felix. Unfortunately for the Bridegroom, the Bride is still in love with Leonardo, even though she originally ended their relationship because he wasn’t rich enough to provide for her. The Bridegroom is quite affluent and proud of his ability to care for the Bride, but oblivious to her unhappiness, failing to recognise how sad she is to marry him. He is caught by surprise when the Bride elopes with Leonardo during the wedding reception, but becomes enraged, following them into the woods where he must find Leonardo and take his revenge.

Bride (m 20 – 30)

A young woman who lives with her Father on an isolated stretch of dry, largely infertile land. Even though she is about to marry the Bridegroom she is sullen and sad. Unlike everybody around her, she’s unimpressed by all that the Bridegroom will be able to give her, and unmoved by the ornate gifts from his Mother. This is because she is still in love with Leonardo but refused to marry him because she knew he wouldn’t be able to financially provide for her. Leonardo recognises her discontent and makes it clear that he still loves her. This has a profound effect on the Bride, who tries to remain committed to the Bridegroom but finds herself deeply affected by the mere sound of Leonardo’s voice. She insists that her marriage, thinking this will keep her from succumbing to her true desires, but ends up eloping with Leonardo during the wedding reception.

Mother (f 40+)

The Bridegroom’s mother whose other son and husband were murdered by the Felix family, leaving her perpetually anxious about the possibility of her only remaining son—the Bridegroom-succumbing to the same fate. At the same time, she appears willing to look toward the future, as she agrees to go along with her son’s marriage even though she finds out that the Bride was once romantically involved with Leonardo, the last free member of the Felix family. She decides not to tell her son this to preserve his happiness, though this unfortunately makes it even easier for him to overlook the fact that the Bride is still in love with Leonardo. Although the Mother is supposedly averse to violence, she’s quick to encourage revenge when Leonardo elopes with the Bride.

Father (m 35+)

The Bride’s Father is a widower whose wife left and never loved him; he now lives on an isolated stretch of dry land with his daughter—a plot of earth of which he is immensely proud. He hopes Bride and Bridegroom will have many boys so that he can benefit from the children’s unpaid labour. Focused solely on the financial and material benefits of his daughter’s marriage, he fails to recognize her unhappiness. As a result, he is blindsided by her elopement with Leonardo and is slow to react.

Leonardo Felix (m 25+)

The only member of the Felix family who hasn’t been imprisoned because of the ongoing feud with the Bridegroom’s clan. He is the Bride’s true love but their relationship ended because she decided Leonardo wasn’t wealthy enough to wed her. He married the Bride’s cousin and had a baby with her, but it is obvious that he has no feelings for his wife, and shamelessly lies to her. When the Bride’s wedding day finally comes around, Leonardo is the first to arrive, catching the Bride by surprise and telling her that he still has feelings for her. After the wedding ceremony, though, the Bride breaks down and elopes with Leonardo, riding off with him into the dark woods. While they’re running away from the Bridegroom and other wedding guests, Leonardo and the Bride decide that only death will separate them, and this is exactly what happens, as Leonardo and the Bridegroom soon kill each other.

Leonardo’s Wife (f 20 – 30) duet lullaby singing required

Leonardo’s Wife is also the Bride’s cousin who told him the Bride wouldn’t marry him because he wouldn’t be able to provide financially. He instead married her, and they now have a baby. But Leonardo doesn’t love or treat her very well and makes little effort to conceal his love for the Bride.

Mother‐in‐Law (f 40+) duet lullaby singing required

The mother of Leonardo’s Wife, living with her daughter and Leonardo and helping to take care of their baby. When Leonardo lies to conceal the fact that he’s been visiting the Bride at night, Mother‐In‐Law sees through his excuses, though she backs off when he gets angry about her questions.

Servant (f any age)

A servant in the Bride’s house, seemingly kind and attentive, is the only person who picks up on the Bride’s hesitancy to get married. She tells the Bride that it’s not too late to back out of the marriage and actively tries to shelter her from Leonardo as she realises he has an overwhelming effect on her.

Neighbour (f any age)

The Neighbour is the friend of the Bridegroom’s Mother, stopping by to gossip. After the Bridegroom and Leonardo kill each other, the Neighbour mourns, crying openly and insisting Bridegroom’s Mother spends the night at her house, though this is declined because she’s no longer afraid of anything.

The Girls (f 10 – 18) – ideally three characters

The Girls come into the play at the final scene to deliver news about the deaths of the men.

The Moon (f/m any age)

A personification of the moon. A highly symbolic character, the moon expresses its wish to shine light throughout the woods so that Leonardo and the Bride Groom can’t escape death. As such, this lunar being comes to represent nature’s embrace of death and, thus, the fact that even the most ghastly deaths—like murders—are part of the ordinary cycles of mortality that occur in the natural world.

The Beggar Woman (f any age)

A personification of Death. The Beggar Woman is bare footed and almost concealed under folds of cloth. She predicts and works with the Moon to bring together Leonardo and Bridge Groom to spur them to killing each other. After her prediction comes true, the Beggar Woman visits the Bridegroom’s house and tells the three girls waiting there what has happened.

The Wood Cutters (f/m / any age)

A group of three wood cutters who act as a traditional Greek Chorus, or a set of characters who appear in Ancient Greek plays, commenting on the plot as it unfolds. When Leonardo and the Bride escape to the woods, the woodcutters talk about their elopement, hoping the lovers evade the hands of death.

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