Wednesday, January 28, 2009

THE: GSQ presents The Lion in Winter

Guadalupe Stage Quartet produces “The Lion in Winter”

On Christmas 1183 at Chinon Castle, in what is now French territory, a royal family gathers at the abode of King Henry II, ruler of all England and most of France. Henry III, heir to the throne has died over the summer, and the entire family gathers for the holiday, each plotting to take, inherit, regain or usurp the throne. Henry’s wife, Queen Eleanor returns from her dungeoning up to spar with the king’s mistress, Princess Alais, brother to the King of France.

The French king, himself a teenager and newly crowned, but wise beyond his years, demands a marriage or expects to retake his father’s dowry. And the three royal sons, Richard the Lionhearted, Geoffrey and John, run the whole family ragged making insidious alliances and bargains. Who then ends up with the crown? Who ends up with the land? And who, pray tell, ends up with the young princess?

Intrigued? Then come see the Guadalupe Stage Quartet’s new stage production of James Goldman’s “The Lion in Winter” opening Friday January 30th at Warrior Theatre in Ingram. The two-act comedy won’t answer all your questions, but you’ll be delighted by the answers that almost, but no quite, come to fruition.

The show is directed by Marie Cearley, a GSQ founder, assisted by Justin Shotts, and is produced by GSQ founder Holly Riedel. Madelyn Beadouin is the stage manager for this show.

Appearing as the elegant peacemaker Queen Eleanor is Holly Riedel, Tony Gallucci is the harried, vengeful and brutal Henry II, Richard is played by Irec Hargrove, Geoffrey by Chris McCrae, and Brian Ross is John. The mistress Princess Alais is played by Prari Blair, and her brother King Philip of France is played by Matt Poole.

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet was formed in 2006 to present fine dramatic performances in area theatres, and was the brainchild of founder Roy Burney, who died before the first production could be mounted. “The Lion in Winter” was one of his finest moments on stage. The remaining members of the “Quartet”, Riedel, Cearley and Gallucci, have dedicated all their performances to his memory. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the show go to funding ITM Thespian educational experiences and a scholarship in Burney’s name which is given annually to a senior Thespian.

Shows are Friday and Saturday, January 30-31 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, February 5-7 at 7:30 p.m., a Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. on February 8, and Thursday through Saturday, February 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, and group rates are available by calling 830-377-8957.

The theatre is located next to the Ingram ISD Administration building at 510 College Street. Stay right (north) on Tx 27 at the Y in Ingram at Moore Lumber. At the next light, at College Street, turn left. The theatre is on a hill on your right a couple of blocks down College.

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