The Northfield Arts Guild is hosting auditions for the fourth show of its 60th Anniversary Theater season: The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, directed by Rachel Haider. The Lion in Winter will be performed at Central Park in Northfield, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Theater in the Park. Auditions will be held February 24 and 25 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third St W. For more information or to sign up for an audition slot, visit 

The Lion in Winter depicts the tumultuous relationship between Henry II of England and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. With Eleanor recently released from prison, and their three sons arriving to spend time with the family on holiday, the question looms: who will be the next heir to the throne? Fraught with intrigue, each family member schemes to usurp the other. This delightfully wicked and ferociously funny drama by James Goldman investigates the balance between family roles and power structures, and how all can go sour when the chips are down. 

For auditions, actors are asked to bring their favorite one-minute monologue. The director will also have cold and directed readings, so don’t let the monologue hold you back from auditioning. Rehearsals will begin in May, and performances are June 19-21 and June 25-27, 2020

Rachel Haider’s extensive resume includes work with professional, community and educational theaters. Her directing credits with the Guild include Mansfield Park as part of our Journey Home theater season, and the world premiere of The Great Northfield Bank Robbery: A Love Story. A few of her other Guild directing credits include Matilda, the Musical, Les Misérables, The Miracle Worker, Oliver, Night Watch, White Christmas and Guys and Dolls. Rachel directs, teaches and manages the Guild’s Purple Door Youth Theater and has taught theater arts in private and public schools along with numerous other arts organizations. Rachel was named Southern Minn Scene’s Best Director for 2018 and 2013.

The Northfield Arts Guild is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our work, including the directing, casting and production of our plays. We aim for our arts programming to reflect our community and the world at large, and therefore strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to audition. We strive for a creative and dynamic theater that celebrates individual differences and treats everyone with fairness and respect. The Guild encourages all – beginners and established artists.

Contact information

Northfield Arts Guild
Jared Zeigler
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Tuesday, February 25
Posted February 4