Thursday, February 05, 2009

THE: GSQ's The Lion in Winter week two

It’s week two coming up for the Guadalupe Stage Quartet’s new production of James Goldman’s “The Lion in Winter” at Warrior Theatre in Ingram. The show is directed by Marie Cearley, a GSQ founder, assisted by Justin Shotts, and is produced by GSQ founder Holly Riedel.

Appearing as Queen Eleanor is Holly Riedel, Tony Gallucci is 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. Madelyn Beadouin is the stage manager for this show.

Henry III, heir to the throne of England has died over the summer, and the rest of the family gathers for the holiday, each plotting to take, inherit, regain or usurp the crown. King Henry II’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 shows up to demand a marriage or retake his father’s dowry. And the three royal sons, Richard the Lionhearted, Geoffrey and John, run the family ragged by 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? There’s only one way to find out.

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 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.

Photo by John Dean Domingue: Brian Ross, Prari Blair, Tony Gallucci and Holly Riedel rehearse a scene from The Lion in Winter at Warrior Theatre.

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