Open Call Auditions - January 2020 show:

Written by James Goldman, Directed by Wayne Nolan

Written by James Goldman, Directed by Wayne Nolan

PLAY SYNOPSIS:
It’s Christmas 1183 in Chinon, France, and the aging King Henry II has planned a reunion where he hopes to name his successor to the throne of England. He summons the following for the holiday:  his scheming but imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his three sons Richard, Geoffrey and John (all of whom desire the throne), and King Philip of France and his sister Alais (betrothed to John, but also Henry’s mistress). With the fate of Henry’s empire at stake, everyone engages in his or her own brand of deception and treachery, making for a very lively Yuletide!

THE CHARACTERS (listed ages are stage ages):

HENRY II (Male, 50)
Husband of Eleanor, and father of Richard, Geoffrey and John. Henry is nearing the age when most men of that age died; however, he is still nearly as vital as he ever was. His clear favourite for his successor is his son, John, but his main desire is to keep his kingdom together after his death. His manipulations of family and others are portrayed as spontaneous and emotional.. (“He is enjoying that final rush of physical and mental vigor that comes to some men not before the end but just before the start of the decline.” James Goldman)

ELEANOR of AQUITAINE (Female, 61)
Henry’s wife and the mother of his three sons. Eleanor is a strong and beautiful woman of hot temperament, great authority and presence. She both schemes against Henry and loves him at the same time. She is a danger to Henry because of her strength and intelligence, and she champions the right for Richard to be the next king. (“She has been a queen of international importance for 46 years and you know it. She is...a genuinely feminine woman thoroughly capable of holding her own in a man’s world.” James Goldman)

RICHARD LIONHEART (Male, 26)
The eldest surviving son of Henry and Eleanor (their second son Henry having recently died). Handsome, graceful and impressive, he is also the strongest and toughest of the princes. He is his mother’s choice for the next king, and the best warrior of the three sons. (“He has been a famous soldier since his middle teens and justly so; war is his profession and he is good at it.” James Goldman)

GEOFFREY, COUNT of BRITTANY (Male, 25)
The middle son, with the strongest intellect of the family, Geoffrey has no one fighting for his right to any throne. Attractive and charming, he is also a cold, amoral schemer. He usually accepts his fate, but it does rankle him that he is usually not considered—in any matters of the heart or family. (“A man of energy and verve, he is…the owner of the best brain of a brainy family.” James Goldman)

JOHN (Male, 16)
The youngest of the siblings, John is sulky and sullen, with a boyish outlook on his position. Described in the play as pimply and smelling of compost, he is nonetheless his father’s choice for the crown. He vacillates throughout the play, not out of cleverness, but out of fear and weakness (“He is a charming-looking boy in spite of [his pimples], sweet-faced and totally adorable.” James Goldman)

PHILIP CAPET, KING of FRANCE (Male, 17)
Although young, he has already been a strong monarch for 3 years, but no match for Henry. His desire is to marry Alais to Richard and have Richard crowned king, thus cementing a relationship between the two strong countries of England and France. (“[He is] impressive…his manner is open, direct and simple and he smiles easily.” James Goldman)

ALAIS CAPET - (Female, 23)
The sister of Philip, Alais was raised as a child by Eleanor and is Henry’s mistress (and is in love with him). She is no less a pawn in the machinations of Henry and Eleanor than are their sons. Initially portrayed as innocent, by the end of the play she has begun to acquire a ruthless streak of her own. (“She is…serenely beautiful.” James Goldman)

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Auditions will be cold readings from sides. Please bring an acting resume and headshot if you have one. Please also bring along any dates you would not be available for rehearsals (see below).

AUDITION DATES & LOCATIONS:
Sunday, August 25
from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
EVERGREEN CULTURAL CENTRE, Studio B
1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam (near the Lafarge Lake/Douglas Sky Train station)

Monday, August 26 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
PINETREE COMMUNITY CENTRE, Room 5
1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam (near the Lafarge Lake/Douglas Sky Train station)
Note: pay parking in effect

CALLBACKS:
Thursday, August 29 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (by invitation only)
Pinetree Community Centre, Room 3

REHEARSALS:
Pinetree Community Centre - Room 3
Monday and Wednesday evenings (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm), as well as Sunday afternoons (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm), beginning in October
First read-through – tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 3.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Evergreen Cultural Centre
(1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam)
Thursday, January 16 to Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 pm.
Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 pm.
Wednesday, January 22 to Saturday, January 25 at 8:00 pm.
Cast/crew must also be available for load in, tech and dress rehearsals during the week leading up to the run.

PLEASE NOTE
All of our shows are NON-EQUITY, community theatre productions. For insurance purposes, all cast/crew must become members of Stage 43 ($20 annual membership fee). Scripts will only be given out to members in good standing.

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