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Teddy Roosevelt play opens in Breck

Leslie Brefeld
Vail CO, Colorado
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado ” In this election year, take a look to the past with the Backstage Theatre’s latest production, “Bully ” An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt.”

Bob Moore stars in this one-man show, which begins in Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.’s home at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, N.Y., after his term as president.

The story takes the audience through significant moments in Teddy’s life, often flashing back to his younger days. The loss of his first wife, his going West and falling in love with the Badlands, along with his political life, are shown through Moore’s performance. The second act focuses on his failed campaign for the president in 1912.

“He’s such a fascinating, vibrant, alive, authentic American character,” director Chris Willard said.

Willard thought of Moore for the show because of the uncanny resemblance he saw in Moore to the turn-of-the-century politician. Moore, who said he learned more about the former president through the show, described Roosevelt as a “forthright man.”

“(People) could count on him to be truthful,” he said. The actor also found it easy to relate to the late politician.

“He was a very interesting man ” his political views and exuberance for life fits right in with what I believe … That part made it easy to grasp the character development.”

Although Moore has been performing in theater for the last 40 years, this is his first time as the only person on stage.

“I’ve been on stage a long time. I’ve probably done 140 productions in my life. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he said.

“Bully ” An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt” opens this weekend and kicks off a five-show run through Monday, then continues May 30 through June 1.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at 970-668-4626 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.

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