ALTON — Alton Little Theater is hosting a special national tour of one-man show “An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt” Saturday, Oct. 24, with back-to-back performances at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Joe Wiegand is regarded as the nation’s premiere re-enactor of Roosevelt and will be returning to his native home of Illinois just to stop by Vintage Voices 2015 in the afternoon and then on to the Showplace to help ALT’s fundraising efforts. Joe had a 25-year career in politics and public policy and then took his wife and family on a 50-state tour celebrating Roosevelt’s sesquicentennial birthday and the centennial of Roosevelt’s final year in office. That adventure was highlighted by a performance at the White House for President and Mrs. George W. Bush on Roosevelt’s 150th birthday.
Wiegand is a political science graduate and a Harry S. Truman and Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Although Wiegand lives in San Diego, he has strong roots in DeKalb, Ill., and often returns between performances nationally and internationally. He has been featured in film and television, most recently in “The Men Who Built America” on the History Channel and in “Wild America,” an IMAX film about America’s national parks scheduled for release in early 2016. Wiegand’s tour is sponsored, in part, by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation of Medora, N.D. More information about the tour and media material can be found at www.teddyrooseveltshow.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling ( 847) 373-0691.
Fundraising Chair Jody Basola and PR Director Lee Cox are pleased to have secured this show for the “Extra, EXTRA Entertainment” series. It is the theater’s goal to showcase the best of local talent and to bring in unique programs to educate and entertain every interest.
“Working with Mr. Wiegand has been delightful,” Cox says. “He came highly recommended to us and now I can see why ... he has a remarkable resemblance to our 26th president and his stories are absolutely charming. I’ve learned so much just from his pre-publicity packets and I can’t wait to try to secure one of his special teddy bears. Indeed, the theater (with Joe’s help) will host a special auction of items associated with presidential history.”
For example, ALT board member Claudia Herndon just donated a beautiful carved walking stick to celebrate the president’s often-quoted remark, “speak softly but carry a big stick.” Signed posters, coffee mugs and T-shirts will be raffled off and given away.
The show will inspire and educate theater patrons as Wiegand expounds upon his favorite Roosevelt quote: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ALT hopes to seat 200 patrons at both shows Oct. 24. Tickets are available through the ALT box office, (618) 462-3205, open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, or online at www.altonlittletheater.org. Tickets are $22 and $10 for students younger than 18. For information, contact Lee Cox via email at email@example.com.