|The WCT cast: Luke Miller, Jamie Sowers, William Crisp, Candy Beck, |
Collin McDowell, Johnathan Tupanjanin and Brandon Feruccio
It is the story of a rather dysfunctional Medieval family - but one who ultimately shaped the world we live in.
In this fanciful tale about some very real people, we find Henry II of England and his Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, a former Queen of France, and their irascible sons: Richard the Lionheart, John Lackland (later to be known as "Wicked" King John) and Prince Geoffrey, spending the Christmas holidays of 1183 together under a reluctant truce.
|An effigy of Eleanor at Fontevraud Abbey where she died and is buried|
As fate would have it, Eleanor eventually outlived Henry. She grew old in a world where few people lived beyond their 40th birthdays. She had incredible experiences in her lifetime of more than 80 years, and in her later years was sought after as an expert in government and diplomacy by people from all over Europe.
Eleanor is a fascinating historical figure, as were her consort and their children. Check them out in the history section of your library!
|Henry II was a dashing man, a good deal younger than his wife|
As a descendant of Eleanor and Henry (through their son John), I enjoy seeing these powerful personalities come to life, although I doubt the play captures them as they really were. Their lives were highly complicated by their positions in life and the times in which they lived, and the play helps us to understand that it is not easy to rule... nor to be a good spouse or parent.
So, come join the Whittier Community Theatre as they present The Lion In Winter, premiering tonight (Friday, 11/07) at the Center Theatre.
The show will run for three weekends: November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 with a matinee on November 16th.
For tickets and ticket information, please call the reservation line: 562.696.0600
The performances will be held at:
The Center Theatre
7630 S., Washington Avenue
Whittier, California 90602