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The Lion In Winter Auditions   - Project ID # 1588306
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   Snyder, TX Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   01-11-19
Audition Date   02-15-19 Submission Deadline   02-14-19
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Austin, TX>Dallas, TX

Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern-day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “Every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

Role # 1 - Henry II, King Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Henry II, King of England: In his time, at fifty, men were either old or dead. Yet Henry is still very nearly as he ever was. His manipulations of family and others are spontaneous and emotional as opposed to the well-thought-out stratagems of Eleanor, and the cold, calculating machinations of Geoffrey. This leaves his character being somewhat likable, despite his many shortcomings. And his emotional connections to Eleanor are stronger than he knows.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 50 to 51
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Queen Eleanor Submit yourself for this role
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Eleanor is the wife of Henry and a beautiful woman of great temperament, authority, and presence. She has been a queen for nearly 46 years and while possessing feminine qualities, she is thoroughly capable of holding her own in a man's world. She schemes against Henry and intensely loves him at the same time. She has contempt for the children (although her favorite is Richard), but is not willing to see them harmed by Henry.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 61 to 62
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - John Submit yourself for this role
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He is the youngest son of Henry and Eleanor, sulky and sullen, and many in the play describe him as a spoiled brat. He is pimply and smells of compost. He is Henry's favorite, but also the weakest. He constantly vacillates throughout the play - usually not out of cleverness, but out of fear. He is easily tricked and manipulated by Geoffrey.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 17 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - Geoffrey Submit yourself for this role
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He is a son of Henry and Eleanor and a man of energy and action. He is attractive, charming and the "brains" of the family. Geoffrey is portrayed as coldly scheming with no personal warmth. His view of himself is of one who yearned greatly for the love of his parents while receiving none.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 25 to 26
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Richard the Lionhear Submit yourself for this role
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The eldest son of Henry and Eleanor, he is handsome, graceful and impressive. He has been a famous soldier since his middle teens. War is his profession and he is good at it; he is easily the strongest and toughest of the three princes. He has a very problematic love/hate relationship with his mother. He has secrets from her, as well as from everyone else. He is also a ticking time bomb.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 26 to 27
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 - Alais Capet Submit yourself for this role
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She is beautiful and in love with Henry. Because she seems innocent, everyone underestimates her intellect, power, and ultimate ruthlessness.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 23 to 24
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 - Philip Capet Submit yourself for this role
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Philip Capet, King of France: He has been King of France for three years. He is not initially as accomplished as Henry in manipulating people, but acquires greater skills at this by keenly observing what happens around him. He is impressive and handsome without being pretty.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 19
Ethnicity: Any -