The spirit of T.R. |

The spirit of T.R.

Stina Sieg
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” While Bob and Wendy Moore described the president, they had such admiration in their voices.

“He’s a great guy. He really is,” said Bob, as his wife smiled in agreement. “And everything I read, it makes me think, ‘damn. I wish I knew him.'”

There were talking about Teddy Roosevelt, by the way.

In the last few months, the pair have become intimately acquainted with our 26th president, and with good reason. Their newest theater production, “Bully ” An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt,” is a one-man show, an intimate portrait of the fellow. Directed by Wendy and starring Bob (in his first single character play, too), it continues its run in Glenwood through Sunday afternoon.

And just because it’s based on history doesn’t make it dated, explained the Moores.

“What he talks about nearly a hundred years ago “,” said Wendy.

” ” still rings true today,” added Bob.

They painted T.R. as the kind of person most politicians now pretend to be. He was filthy rich, yet understood the common man. He was a big game hunter, yet a strong advocate for conservation. He was a veteran, one who managed to steer his country clear of war during his whole seven years as president. He was a pro-women’s rights family man, with no less than six children. During his time in office, he would romp around the White House with them. Trumping all this, of course, is the fact that he genuinely cared about this constituents, and he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind about it.

In Bob’s words, “He felt very strongly that everybody in this country, regardless of their race or financial standing, should have part in what this country has to offer.”

Out of his costume, wig and makeup, Bob still had a bit of Teddy showing through. The glasses, the bushy mustache and toothy grin were unmistakable. In his full regalia, the resemblance is uncanny, Wendy feels. One of the first time she saw him as Teddy, she actually forgot he was her husband.

“The play does a nice job of capturing the spirit of the guy,” she said.

“” and capturing the humanity,” continued Bob, happily finishing her sentence again.

She wasn’t a bit bothered, either. They’ve been married 36 years, after all.

They’ve also been in theater together just as long. While most people might cringe at the thought of giving notes to their partner, the Moores look like they live for it. Their objective ” of creating great plays ” is the same, so why not? While she likes the directing side, he prefers the acting one, and they’ve mixed it up all kinds of ways over the decades. Most recently, they played an older couple in “Cabaret,” and soon they’ll both be acting with one of their daughters, Missy, in the farce “Lend Me a Tenor.” Wendy will be directing that one, as well.

Though now they’re both effectively retired, the couple made no mention of giving up all that drama any time soon.

“It’s been our life,” said Wendy, with a hint of nostalgia.

It’s such poetry, then, that they get to do a show that goes so in-depth into someone else’s life story. The point of this piece isn’t to be a comedy or a drama. It’s not to explain the Panama Canal or Roosevelt’s ties to the Western Slope, either, the Moores say. The idea behind this remembrance of Roosevelt is so much bigger than that.

It’s “to show him as a human being more than a president,” said Bob.

For some reason, that’s just the element that gets lost in the pages of a history book.

Contact Stina Sieg: 384-9111

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