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Local Actor Portrays Teddy Roosevelt in “Bully” December 2 to 4

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 

Bruce Collier as Roosevelt
Bruce Collier as Roosevelt

11/15/2011 - Northwest Florida State College will present a one-man show about Teddy Roosevelt, Bully: An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt on December 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm in the Sprint Theater of the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. President Roosevelt will be portrayed by local theater veteran Bruce Collier of DeFuniak Springs in this amusing portrait about one of America's most charming political roughriders.

Tickets for Bully are $15 adult and $10 for youth ages 18 and younger. Current NWFSC students may request one free ticket per student ID in person from the Box Office. Tickets may be purchased in person, online, by phone from the Box Office and are available at-the-door starting 90 minutes prior to showtime each date. Contact the Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or purchase online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

In Bully, Collier as Roosevelt, will take the stage to share the popular president's thoughts and feelings on issues facing twentieth century America – much of which remains relevant today. The play also highlights Roosevelt's deep attachment to his family, his sickly childhood and his warm friendships.

Written by Jerome Alden, Bully explores Roosevelt's belief in carrying a "big stick" to enforce peace worldwide, his desire to balance the inequalities facing all citizens, and his struggle to build a powerful, yet benevolent, world superpower.

This performance marks Collier's third time playing Roosevelt in Bully. With degrees in both theatre and law, Collier has worked as a public defender, playwright, actor and director. Currently, he is editor of the DeFuniak Herald/Beach Breeze and a contributing editor for The Beachcomber newspaper. The NWFSC production of Bully will be Collier's fifth production at Northwest Florida State College; his previous productions include The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Real Inspector Hound, Twain by the Tale, and Richard III.