Auditions: Blood Wedding
Raleigh Little Theatre is seeking performers for its upcoming production of Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Lillian Groag. This show will be presented in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre.
For the safety of volunteers, staff, and students, all performers and crew members for the production of Blood Wedding must show proof of vaccination in order to participate. RLT remains committed to prioritizing the health and safety of everyone who is working inside our facility and our community. You will be required to show proof of vaccination at the auditions. Special exemptions can be made for anyone with a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine.
For this production, audiences will have the option to wear masks, but will not be required.
About the Show
Two families in a semi-mythical rural Spain are intricately bound in an unbreakable cycle of murder and revenge. The death-bound love triangle at the center of the play fuels these passions to a fever pitch and propels the story to its unstoppable tragic conclusion. An arranged country marriage between the children of rich landowners is about to take place. A past lover, himself in a loveless marriage, cannot allow the wedding to take place and spirits the Bride away, who goes with him willingly on her wedding night. An entire town goes after the lovers in the middle of the night where pursuers and pursued plunge into a realm of deep darkness where the moonlight is not friendly and the forest not shelter enough. Lorca’s image-laden poetry unfolds the story with the fire and power characteristic of his work and the fateful resonance that marked his own tragically short life.
Audition Workshop: November 9, 7-9pm via zoom – watch a recording of the workshop here!
Auditions (reading, singing, and dancing): November 14 & 15, 7-10pm
Callbacks: November 16, 7-10pm
Cast List: November 19 by 5pm
Rehearsals: Mondays- Thursdays 7-10pm, Saturdays 1-5pm, November 28- January 19 (break for holidays 12/19-1/2)
Tech rehearsals: January 21 – January 26, 2023
Performances: January 27 – February 12, 2023
Questions about auditions? Contact Heather Strickland: Heather@nullRaleighLittleTheatre.org
About the Roles
Raleigh Little Theatre encourages actors of any ethnicity, identity, ability, etc. to audition for any role. If the script requires strict adherence to any characteristic(s), those will be listed in the character description. For this production, performers must be 12+.
If you need any specific accommodations to audition, please contact Artistic Director, Patrick Torres, to make your request. Examples of accommodations made in the past are: wheelchair accessible audition space, large print materials, prompters in the audition room, volunteers to help fill out forms, and auditions by appointment. All choreography for the audition and the production will be designed to include actors of all abilities.
Mother (40+, female presenting, any ethnicity) A widow whose husband and older son were both murdered by members of the Félix family. She has reservations about the upcoming wedding. Will dance. Some fight choreography.
Groom (20s, male presenting, any ethnicity) A rich young man who has bought a valuable vineyard and is now ready to marry. As the wedding approaches, he is happy and eager and looks forward to his future as husband, father, and landowner. Will dance. Romantic role and will include intimate and fight choreography.
Neighbor (40+, female presenting, any ethnicity) Her conversation with the Mother in the first act apprises the audience of the Bride’s past connection with Leonardo; it also comes out that Leonardo is of the dreaded Félix family. Will dance.
Leonardo’s Wife (20s-30s, female presenting, any ethnicity) Although she has been married to Leonardo for two years, she is jealous of the feelings she suspects he still has for the Bride. Will sing and dance.
Leonardo’s Mother-in-Law (40+, female presenting, any ethnicity) She is known as a woman who was scorned by her husband. Her daughter is soon to suffer the same plight. Will sing and dance.
Leonardo (20s-30s, male presenting, any ethnicity) Leonardo Félix has been married for two years. He has never stopped loving the Bride, to whom he was once engaged. They were not permitted to marry because Leonardo is not wealthy. Romantic role and will include intimate and fight choreography.
Bride (20’s, female presenting, any ethnicity) A rich man’s daughter who was engaged to Leonardo some years ago. She does not truly love the Bridegroom, but the families consider theirs a good match. Will dance. Romantic role and will include intimate and fight choreography.
Maid (50+, female presenting, any ethnicity) A long-time family servant. The Bride’s Maid is, in contrast to the Father, quite aware of what is happening in the Bride’s house. Will sing and dance.
Father of the Bride (40+, male presenting, any ethnicity) He is aligned with the Bridegroom and contrasted to the doubting and suspicious Mother. Like the Bridegroom, this patriarch is wholly oblivious to the fact that anything exists in his world to disturb its smooth workings. Will dance.
Death (40+, female/male presenting, any ethnicity) As a beggar, they are an outsider to the play’s community and do not bother themself with the community’s pain. On the contrary, they seem to enjoy the proceedings, and as Death they thirst after every life with which they come into contact.
Moon (Any, female/male presenting, any ethnicity) The Moon appears to look forward to the culmination of events, the bloody conclusion to the hunt for the fleeing lovers. The Moon enters the final act of the play craving tragedy as if tragedy were needed in order for its own life to be sustained. Will sing.
3 Young Women (Teens-20s, female presenting, any ethnicity) Individual, paired, or groups of young girls appear at various points in Blood Wedding. Their function is usually to lyrically accompany or comment on action; like the Woodcutters, then, they are like a chorus. (One young woman will be double cast as the “young girl”) Will dance and sing.
3 Woodcutters (Age Range, male presenting, any ethnicity) Like the young girls in the play, the Woodcutters function like a chorus, that is, characters who are peripheral to the main action but who comment on it. (Double as young men) Will sing.
4 Young Men (Teens-20s, male presenting, any ethnicity) The young men serve as counterparts to the young girls during the wedding scenes. These youths function to represent the future of all young men just as the young girls exemplify the future of all young women. (Double as Woodcutters) Will dance and sing.
2 Musicians (Any, male/female presenting, any ethnicity) Guitarist and violinist needed. Will play, sing, and speak.
About the Production Team
Director: Rachel Klem
Scenic Designer: Miyuki Su
Costume Designer: Jenny Mitchell
About the Auditions
Be prepared to read from the script (see audition sides below). Also, please be dressed and ready to learn a simple partner dance. If you are auditioning for a role that sings, please prepare a short (one verse, one chorus) acapella folk song.
Please prepare to read for the character you most identify with in the sides provided. Every person at auditions will be put into pairs to read the sides. Most folks will only read once, but we will continue to match people up with partners until everyone has had a chance to at least read one time, so some folks might be invited to read more than once.
Please fill out the conflict calendar and audition form below and bring them with you to your audition. If you are unable to print them, we will have copies available to you at the auditions:
Don’t forget to bring your proof of vaccination with you to the audition! This can be your original vaccination card, a picture of it on your phone, or you can show proof through a vaccine passport app.
Volunteer Access Fund
If you face financial barriers related to transportation to the theatre, please check out our Volunteer Access Fund pilot program!