VP 2015 Lion in Winter


Lion in Winter ran September 11 – 26, 2015

Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – 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.

  • by James Goldman
  • Directed By: Kate Argow
  • Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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The Cast

Henry II, King of England
J. Heath Huber
Alais, a French Princess
Alison Koch
John, the youngest son
Cameron Lightfoot
Geoffrey, the middle son
Greg Kissner
Richard Lionheart, the oldest son
Matthew Gretzinger
Eleanor, Henry’s wife
Jean Mills
Philip, King of France
John Masters

The Crew

Kate Argow
Chris Jagodzinski
Stage Manager:
Susan McCann
Lighting Design:
Dan Finkel
Lighting Crew:
Nora Long
Sound Designer:
Patrick Drummond
Sound Crew:
Judy Meeks
Props Gatherer:
Chris Jagodzinski
Costume Designer:
Elizabeth Piel-Black
    Assisted by:
Jennifer Ellison & Chris Jagodzinski
Stage Crew:
Morgana Swift
Set Designer:
Chris Jagodzinski
Set Builder:
Kitty Devaney, Jake Gordy, Chris Jagodzinski, Nathan Naugle, Elizabeth Piel-Black, & James Vitale
Scenic Art:
Jake Gordy, Laura Hansen, & Chris Jagodzinski
Set Painters:
Jake Gordy, Laura Hansen, & Chris Jagodzinski
Set Dresser:
John DuVall
House Manager:
Chris Jagodzinski
Box Office Manager:
Jake Gordy
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:
Marie Adkins, Carol Ann Allen, Les & Melissa Beland, Gary Blanchard, Sandy Blanchard, Marylue Bodenmiller, Bonnie Brandburg, Judy Breese, Deb Brescol, Lois Brining, Kim Bruggemann, Mary Brushaber, Janet Butterfield, Connie Darling, Nancy de la Garza, Richard & Lilianne Dockett, Pam Engle, Beth Harp, Darlene Hatfield, Bev Jacobs, Helene Kilcourse, Marilyn Kline, Debbie Krieger, Garry & Marcia Kudlinski, Denise McHue, Jean Mills, Ruth Moeller, Brittany Moore, Sam & Darlene Partin, Rick & Jane Bihn Perse, Gary Peters, Dean Redfield, Jon & Tamara Riggs, Sally Ritter, Lorenzo Salazar, Vickie Serr, Cheryl Shinover, Suzette Skowronski, Bob & Marian Smith, Sara Speelman, Dr. Rick Szczygielski, Diana West, & Laura Zelenka
Chris Jagodzinski
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Chris Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski

The Biographies

The Director

VP 2015 Lion in Winter - Kate Argow
Kate Argow (Director) Kate’s acting experience reaches from Shakespeare (Taming of the Shrew) to Gurney (Children), and from Restoration Comedy (Way of the World) to musical comedy (Man of La Mancha). Behind the scenes, Kate has directed, stage managed, prompted, costumed, been a lighting technician, done props etc. She feels exceedingly lucky to be working with the talented cast and crew of The Lion in Winter.

The Cast

VP 2015 Lion in Winter - Heath Huber
J. Heath Huber (Henry II, King of England) is honored to be playing King Henry after having first done the show years ago at BGSU as Richard. Heath’s past roles include Inspector Kemp for the Toledo Rep’s Young Frankenstein, Javert in Les Misérables with the Oregon Community Theater, the Man in the Chair in The Rep’s hit, The Drowsy Chaperone, and roles in Forbidden Broadway; The Laramie Projects; Fox on the Fairway; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and [title of show]. Other favorite roles include Atticus, in To Kill a Mockingbird, John Proctor in The Crucible, and Horatio in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. As always, thanks to Mom and Dad for being the best parents ever … and nothing like the parents in THIS show!
VP 2015 Lion in Winter - Allison Koch
Alison Koch (Alais, a French Princess) This is Alison’s debut with The Village Players Theatre! Previous productions include Harvey (Myrtle Mae), Gypsy (June), The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Grand Hotel (Flaemmchen), and more. While rehearsing and performing, she is currently taking classes at Owens Community College to pursue teaching in early childhood development. Alison has a BA in Theatre Arts from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
VP 2015 Lion in Winter - Cameron Lightfoot
Cameron Lightfoot (John, the youngest son) is an actor from Toledo, Ohio. He attended the University of Findlay and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance. Some of his favorite roles have been Gloucester in King Lear, Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He has enjoyed being a part of The Lion in Winter and wants to thank his family, fiancée, and all of the cast and crew for all of their support.
VP 2015 Lion in Winter - Greg Kissner
Greg Kissner (Geoffrey, the middle son) is a Toledo native. He is honored to be a part of this cast. After film school in Columbus, he moved to New York and began his career in film and television. He trained with UCB Improv, and became a producer for the comedic production company, Black20. After a few years he became a producer for local news in Connecticut. There he was awarded the Peabody Award. He is now a producer at NBC24. He most recently portrayed Sherlock Holmes in Hound Of The Baskervilles at the Valentine. His next role is Tartuffe in Tartuffe at the Toledo Rep.
VP 2015 Lion in Winter - Matthew Gretzinger
Matthew Gretzinger (Richard Lionheart, the oldest son) last appeared with The Village Players as Paul in Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday. Earlier this year, he directed Nöel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Toledo Rep, and will be directing Moliere’s Tartuffe there this fall. Matthew has acted in several local productions, including Glengarry Glen Ross for Actor’s Collaborative Toledo, Exit, Pursued by a Bear for Broken Spectacle Productions, and The Taming of the Shrew at the Rep.
VP 2015 Lion in Winter - Jean Mills
Jean Mills (Eleanor, Henry’s wife) has performed with The Village Players and other area theatres since 1981. A past president and current board member, she can be found volunteering her talents on-stage and behind the scenes to ensure that our audiences have a marvelous experience every time they come for a performance. Jean’s roles include dramas, mysteries, comedies and musicals. Some of her favorite characters include Elizabeth Almond (The Heiress), Daisy Wertham (Driving Miss Daisy), Ethel Thayer (On Golden Pond), Madame Armfeldt (A Little Night Music), Melissa Gardner (Love Letters), Olive Madison (The Female Odd Couple), Christine Milman (Mixed Emotions), and Lily Harrison (Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks). Jean most recently appeared at our Spotlight Gala in March as Myrtle Bledsoe in Horton Foote’s A Coffin in Egypt. Jean would like to thank her husband, Norbert, for his loving support.

The Village Players would like to extend a very special Thank You to Jean for stepping into this role at the last minute when Barbara Barkan, who was originally cast, was unexpectedly injured. We would also like to thank Barbara for working with Jean to help her learn the blocking and nuance of Eleanor, and wish her a speedy recovery.

VP 2015 Lion in Winter - Jon Masters
John Masters (Philip, King of France) has performed in the Toledo area over the past six years and he is thrilled to be in another production at The Village. His most recent performances include Taming of the Shrew, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Curious Savage, and The Pirates of Penzance. Getting to work with such an amazing cast and crew has been fantastic and he is exceedingly grateful for all the support from friends and family.