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BPA is pleased to offer a second opportunity to audition for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR on April 17 at BPA. Includes roles for five or more women ages 20 and up, 11 men ages 20 and up, and three youth ages 12 and up.
Embraced by audiences as one of Shakespeare’s most delightful plays, this most merry and English of comedies centers on the lovable rogue Sir John Falstaff. Hard up for money and seeking to restore his riches, he sends identical love letters to two wealthy wives. But the wooed Windsor women see through his schemes and set him up for some hilariously sweet revenge. BPA transforms the Bloedel meadow into the Windsor forest in this farce that’s not to be missed.
Run dates are July 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview July 6. Rehearsals are May 6 through July 5: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Detailed List of Characters
Mistress Ford: Female, [stage age: 30+ years] A resident of Windsor, Mistress Ford is married to Master Ford and is a friend of Mistress Page. When she and Mistress Page receive a seductive letter from Falstaff, they decide to lead him on and ruin him. In the meantime, Mistress Ford hopes to prove to her husband that she is entirely faithful, so that he will get over his oppressive jealousy.
Mistress Page: Female, [stage age: 30+ years]
A resident of Windsor, Mistress Page is married to Master Page and is a friend of Mistress Ford. When she and Mistress Ford receive a seductive letter from Falstaff, they decide to lead him on and ruin him. Meanwhile, Mistress Page and her husband disagree about who should marry their daughter, Anne Page. She favors Doctor Caius, but her husband favors Master Slender; Anne herself likes neither. However, both must learn the lesson to listen to the romantic desires of their daughter.
Sir John Falstaff: Male, [stage age: 30+ years]
Falstaff is a knight, but he is also a scoundrel and occasionally a thief. Falstaff is boisterous, lively, cowardly, funny, and mischievous; he is one of Shakespeare's most beloved creations, appearing in several of his plays. In Wives, outside his element in the countryside, Falstaff thinks he can get away with seducing married women in order to gain access to their husbands' cash. Hence he launches a plan to seduce Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. However, they are cleverer than he is and, on three separate occasions, cause him to be humiliated, beaten, and dunked in a river.
Master Ford: Male, [stage age: 30+ years]
Husband of Mistress Ford. Master Ford is very jealous of his wife. When he learns that Falstaff intends to try to seduce her, he is sure she'll fall for Falstaff and shame him. Hence he puts on a disguise, calls himself Master Brooke, and goes to the Garter Inn to find out about Falstaff's plans and his wife's responses. During the play, he must learn to let go of his jealousy, which he eventually manages to do.
Master Page: Male, [stage age: 30+ years]
Husband of Mistress Page. Page is not jealous of his wife, so when he hears about Falstaff's plan, he doesn't think she's likely to find Falstaff interesting. In comparison to Ford, his easygoing attitude makes him look like a wonderful husband, but he has other problems. He and his wife disagree about who should marry their daughter Anne, and neither are able to choose the suitor she likes, namely Master Fenton. He must learn that he should listen to his daughter's opinions.
Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh Parson: Male, [stage age: 20+ years]
Sir Hugh Evans is the local clergyman. He's Welsh, so he speaks in an accent that the other English citizens find very amusing. They make fun of him constantly for it.
Doctor Caius, a French Physician: Male, [stage age: 20+ years]
The local doctor, Doctor Caius is Mistress Quickly's master. He is French, so he suffers the same humiliation as Evans because of his accent and broken English. He hopes to marry Anne Page, and Mistress Page favors him, but Master Page doesn't, and their conflicting schemes--combined with the fact that Anne does not like him--disrupt his marriage plans.
Anne Page: Female, [stage age: 16+ years]
Daughter of Master Page and Mistress Page, Anne is sought for marriage by an array of idiots, including Doctor Caius and Master Slender. Yet she chooses Master Fenton and tricks her parents by managing to elope with him. She defends her own choice and returns triumphant to show up her parents, who were too busy debating their own preferences to listen to her.
Master Fenton: Male, [stage age: 16+ years]
A suitor for Anne Page's hand, Master Page denies his suit because he fears that Fenton's interest is purely financial, being high-born but in debt. Fenton admits he felt this way at first, but once he got to know Anne, he fell in love with her. She likes him best, and the two marry at the end.
Master Slender, nephew to Shallow: Male, [stage age: 16+ years]
The third suitor for Anne Page's hand, Master Slender is a fop and is urged on by Master Shallow to try and win Anne’s affection. But, he is unable to speak anything but nonsense to Anne. Page favors him as a good match for his daughter, but Anne does not, and in the end he doesn't get to marry her.
Master Shallow, a Country Justice: Male, [stage age: 30+ years]
Shallow is a figure of the law, but nevertheless a foolish character of misplaced authority. He urges Slender to try to win the hand of Anne Page, even speaking for him at times.
Mistress Quickly: Female, [stage age: 20+ years]
Doctor Caius's servant, Mistress Quickly is everyone's messenger. She goes to Falstaff at the behest of Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, and she speaks to Anne Page on behalf of all three of her suitors. She prefers Master Fenton and supports his suit most readily. Mistress Quickly chronically misunderstands or mishears other people, hearing sexually charged conversations where there are none.
Nim: Male, [stage age: 20+ years]
One of Falstaff's men, Nim wants to stay honest, and he refuses to deliver Falstaff's seductive letters to Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Instead, he and Pistol decide to let the husbands know of Falstaff's scheme. This actor will also play a servant of Master Page and a Faery.
Pistol: Male, [stage age: 20+ years]
One of Falstaff's men, Pistol wants to stay honest, and he refuses to deliver Falstaff's seductive letters to Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Instead, he and Nim decide to let the husbands know of Falstaff's scheme. This actor will also play a servant of Master Page and a Faery.
Host/Hostess of the Garter Inn: Male or Female, [stage age: 20+ years]
Host/Hostess of the Garter Inn, the Host makes fun of Evans and Caius's broken and accented English and tricks them out of their quarrel over Anne Page.
Master William Page: Male, [stage age: 12+ years]
Page's son, he meets Evans, who gives him an impromptu Latin lesson which Mistress Quickly entirely mishears as sexual innuendo.
Master Robin: Male, [stage age: 12+ years]
Page to Falstaff – acts as go between for Mistress Page, Mistress Ford, and Falstaff.
Rugby: Male, [stage age: 12+ years]
Servant to Doctor Caius and Mistress Quickly.
Simple: Male, [stage age: 12+ years]
Servant to Master Slender.
Monday, April 17 @ 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Those auditioning are requested to prepare a 1 to 1 1/2 minute comedic classical monologue (pre-1900s) for their audition. Please note: some characters in the play do sing, so those auditioning may be asked to sing a snippet of their favorite song a Capella. All roles are open to audition.
BPA AUDITIONS for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR added March 9, 2017, 11:02 am
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