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SAVE THE DATE: WTG CHOCOLATE GALA & AUCTION-OCTOBER 21st
Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss the WTG event of the year! We will have chocolate treats, wine, Broadway music and fantastic auction items to bid on all in one place for just one night. If you have never attended, it’s time to check it out: gift certificates galore to a wide variety of local businesses, themed baskets and many other unique items will be available for great prices and it all goes to support your community theatre. If you can’t make it on the 21st, look for Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss the WTG event of the year! We will have chocolate treats, wine, Broadway music and fantastic auction items to bid on all in one place for just one night. If you have never attended, it’s time to check it out: gift certificates galore to a wide variety of local businesses, themed baskets and many other unique items will be available for great prices and it all goes to support your community theatre. If you can’t make it on the 21st, look for information about the online auction that begins October 1st.

We are also looking for donations of items, gift certificates and themed baskets. Contact us at 860-423-2245 if you can help.

WTG Paint Party
The WTG paint party will take place at the Burton Leavitt Theatre on October 26th from 6:30 pm to approximately 9pm. It will be hosted by Vera Gray from "not your average paint night". Everyone will work on creating the same painting under Vera’s capable instruction. Bring a bottle of wine or enjoy some affordable refreshments from the WTG bar (wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks available). Explore your creative side and have some fun while you create a masterpiece that you can hang on the wall at home.

Reservations must be paid in advance as there will be limited seating available. Tickets are $35 per person and can be reserved by calling the WTG at 860-423-2245. Tickets are non-refundable.

Auditions for The Lion in Winter
Saturday, November 11th from 11 am to 2 pm
Tuesday, November 14th from 7 pm to 9pm
Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main Street, Willimantic

Show Description
King Henry II of England has three sons by his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule, and it is likely to be torn apart by revolution. Henry favors the youngest, John, while Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top. Henry would like to have another heir by his mistress Alais, but that would only add to the confusion. And when he invites Eleanor to his Christmas court in 1183, he finds that he and his wife still feel some passion for each other, in that emotional place where passion encompasses both love and hate. Uneasy is the head on which the crown lies, and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and queen. This play was the basis of the Oscar-winning film, which starred Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn. "A work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill." - The New York Times

Character Breakdowns (5 men and 2 women)

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 likeable, despite his many shortcomings. And his emotional connections to Eleanor are stronger than he knows. (Age: 50)

Queen Eleanor: 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. (Age: 61)

John: 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. (Age: 17)

Geoffrey: 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. (Age: 25)

Richard the Lionheart: 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. (Age: 26)

Alais Capet: She is beautiful and in love with Henry. Because she seems innocent, everyone underestimates her intellect, power, and ultimate ruthlessness. (Age: 23)

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. (Age: 18)

Note from the director: Ages are guidelines, appearance of age is more important than being of the actual age. This is most importantly a show about the relationships displayed.

Sides will be provided at the audition, open call - no appointment required.

Show Dates: February 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23 & 24, 2018

For more information contact Director, Rob Grgach a R.grgach@gmail.com

WTG Annouces 5th Barebones Theatre Workshop
Fri., Nov. 17, 7pm to 8:30 pm
Sat. Nov. 18, 8 am to show time

We are looking for 6 directors, 6 writers and 24 actors (age 18 and up) to sign up and be ready for a roller-coaster of theatrical fun (with just a dash of insanity)! Those involved will be challenged to write a play, rehearse it, and perform it in less than one day!

Participation is on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up will BEGIN on Monday, October 2nd and end when we have reached our limit. Email WTGBareBones@gmail.com on or after the 2nd with your contact information, participation preference (actor, writer, director) with 1 being the most desired and 3 being the least (if there is something you absolutely won’t do, please let us know that as well). You will receive a brief response so you know your email was received. About two weeks prior to the event you will get an email with further instructions. Sign-ups prior to October 2nd will not be accepted, but feel free to email the Barebones email duo with any questions.

CALLING ALL DIRECTORS!
Interested in Directing for the WTG stage? Please click on this link to fill out an application. All directors interested in a production must fill out an application by OCTOBER 1ST to allow time for review, play readings, and scheduling. We encourage applicants to participate in a production at WTG before applying, but all applications will be reviewed. Questions or concerns please contact Kaitie Graichen at kaitielynn08@gmail.com. We appreciate your interest and look forward to working with you.

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