Socorro Community Theater presents ‘The Lion in Winter’

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Beginning its twentieth anniversary season, the Socorro Community Theater takes the stage at Garcia Opera House on Friday, November 15th with a production of James Goldman’s “The Lion in Winter.” The year is 1183, it’s almost Christmas, and Mom is coming home for a visit.  Sound familiar? The difference here is that King Henry II of England needs to choose a successor, his three remaining sons all want the throne, and Queen Eleanor has spent the last ten years under house arrest in merry old England. Add a mistress, King Philip of France, a cup of intrigue, and mix vigorously.

Courtesy Webb Photography : Ready to perform in “The Lion in Winter” are Lisa Leeper, Bryan Hurtgen, Melissa Apodaca, Thomas Leeper, Eric Beckstead, Canyon Loorem and Cirk Bejnar.

With biting wit and subtle subterfuge, Henry and Eleanor battle over the fate of England and France as each maneuvers to place their favored son on the throne.
“The Lion in Winter is all about the characters, the wonderful language, the humor, and the action,” said director Jordana George, “The audience will enjoy the dark humor and rapier-like wit that the characters parry with each other. With many things taking place and turns of events that are very unexpected, the play keeps the audience engaged from start to finish.”
The cast includes Bryan Hurtgen as King Henry II and Canyon Loorem and Cirk Bejnar as his sons Geoffrey and John.  New to the SCT stage are Lisa Leeper as Queen Eleanor, Melissa Apodaca as Alais, Eric Beckstead as Richard, and Thomas Leeper as King Philip.
Performance dates are Nov. 15, 16, 17 and 20. Show times Friday and Saturday are 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for these dates are adults $10, seniors $8, and students $6. On Wednesday, Nov. 20, there is a special dinner theater performance. A cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and performance starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for this performance are $38 and require pre-paid registration by Friday, Nov. 15.
For further information or to make dinner reservations call 575-835-2564.