Auditions for The Lion in Winter

NTrue North Theatre announces auditions for its winter production, “The Lion in Winter,” directed by Angela Bonacasa.  All roles are available, including two women (twenties to sixties) and four men (teens to fifties). See full character descriptions below.

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, as well as 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.

Auditions will be held Sunday, October 15 from 2-4 PM and Tuesday, October 17 from 6-8 PM at the Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main Street in Orono.  Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  If you are unable to attend one of the above times, special arrangements can be made by contacting the below email address in advance of auditions.  Rehearsals begin in mid October and will be 3 times per week with additional rehearsals in January, culminating in performances in Orono the weekends of January 26-28 and February 2-4, 2018.  For more information, please call (207) 619-4388 or email

Roles Available:

Henry II: King of England. Though arthritis comes occasionally and new battle wounds don’t heal the way the old ones did, he still is very nearly all he ever was. Fifties.

Alais: a French Princess. Serenely beautiful, and in love with Henry Plantagenet. Early twenties.

John: The youngest son. He is a charming looking boy with pimples, sweet-faced and totally adorable. Mid teens.

Geoffrey: The middle son. Attractive, charming, and the owner of the best brain of a brainy family. Mid twenties.

Richard Lionheart: The oldest son. He looks like his legend. He is handsome, graceful, and impressive. Mid twenties.

Eleanor: Henry’s Wife . Early sixties, and looks nothing like it. A truly handsome woman of great temperament, authority, and presence. Sixty one years old.

Philip: King of France.  He is tall, well proportioned, and handsome without being at all pretty.  Late teens.