Moonlight Stage Productions

Moonlight Stage Productions, an award-winning regional musical theater, is located in the North San Diego suburb of Vista, California. Moonlight Stage Productions offers Broadway musicals under the stars during the summer months in the Moonlight Amphitheater and a diverse line-up of comedies, dramas and small-scale musicals during the winter months in the Avo Playhouse.


We are now accepting Adult Non-Union (San Diego based actor) Submissions for:

The Lion in Winter
2015 Winter Season
AVO Playhouse
Performances: January 15 - February 1, 2015
Jason Heil, Director
Steven Glaudini, Producing Artistic Director


Character Descriptions:

Please pay special attention to age ranges and character descriptions noted below and submit only if you are appropriate for the role.


HENRY II, King of England (Age Range: 50's)

He has ruled through cunning, charm and ruthlessness. He plays a Machiavellian game, but gets swept away by his passions. Complicated relationship with Eleanor - They love each other, but power/control is the ultimate goal. That's where the real conflict lies. Wanting to make love, but willing to kill.

ELEANOR (Age Range: 50's)

She has been a queen for a lifetime. Is a genuinely feminine woman thoroughly capable of holding her own in a man's world. Complicated relationship with Henry - They love each other, but power/control is the ultimate goal. That's where the real conflict lies. Wanting to make love, but willing to kill.

JOHN (Age Range: Late Teens)

Youngest son of Henry and Eleanor. Described by many in the play as a spoiled brat, pimply and smelling of compost. Willing to shift allegiances, not out of craftiness, but out of fear.


RICHARD THE LIONHEART (Age Range: Early 20's)

Eldest son of Henry and Eleanor - handsome, graceful & impressive. A soldier with true strength. Love/hate relationship with his mother. Has secrets.

GEOFFREY (Age Range: Early 20's)

The middle son of Henry and Eleanor. Attractive, charming, the "brains" of the sons. People think of him as scheming with no personal warmth. He is very aware of this perception.

ALAIS (Age Range: Early 20's)

Beautiful, of royal French blood. Could make an ally with the proper marriage. Is underestimated by those around her.

PHILIP (Age Range: Late Teens, Early 20's)

King of France. Not as experienced a king as Henry, but learning fast. Smart, shrewd and willing to do what it takes to move his interests forward. Inpressive and handsome without being pretty.


Submission Instructions:

Please submit your resume, headshot and the role/roles you wish to audition for to:

Deadline for submissions: Friday, September 26.
Auditions will be by email invitation only.


Performance & Rehearsal Details:

Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 and are typically scheduled for weekends from 12:00-6:00 p.m. and week nights from 6:00-10:00 p.m. with Fridays off. (Rehearsal times and dates are subject to change. There will be some time off during the holidays.)


Show Schedule: January 15-February 1, 2015
Evening performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30p.m. & matinees are Saturday and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Location: The AVO Playhouse, 303 Main St., Vista, CA 92084


Please Note:

All Non-Equity performers will be hired as temporary employees of the City of Vista during rehearsals and performances. Non-union pay ranges are TBA. Those hired will be required to complete a City of Vista hiring packet and attend a mandatory orientation prior to the first rehearsal in the City of Vista at a date yet to be determined.


To receive our audition announcements via email, please provide your first and last name, and your email address, to:


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