I was fortunate to premier Roosevelt! at the Donna Reed Theater in Denison, Iowa this past week. I gave two performances there – one with almost 350 fourth and fifth graders who learned about their 26th President and many of his adventures. They were so well behaved that both Mrs. Roosevelt and I couldn’t believe it. I was told afterwards that usually these children are fidgeting in their seats, but that they were so engaged in the stories that they didn’t move a muscle! We did an evening performance as well, which went great with much discussion in the hallway after.
I also performed at The Kaleidoscope Factory in Pocahontas, Iowa the following day to a fun crowd.
Many years ago I read a book entitled “Blue Highways” by William Least Heatmoon about traveling the back roads of America. After a very scary near-death experience on the Interstate, I have for almost 3 decades preferred the road less traveled. My beautiful wife is great at hunting out places to see when we drive the unbeaten path and one such trip she found a factory that made Kaleidoscopes. It was in a very small town and when we stopped we ended up spending several hours with the owner. When he asked what I did, I told him I was just starting to portray Theodore Roosevelt and he offered at that moment to “Hire me someday”. Five years later I received an email from him saying he was ready – if I was. He had moved to a larger town, and was converting his shop – when he could – a few evenings a month into a specialty live entertainment venue for performances.
When we arrived there was sawdust on the floors and tables set up for manufacturing! Within a few hours, we had converted the whole place to a small theater complete with seating and a stage.
Life lesson From Roosevelt “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
Life Lesson from Leonard: “I just do what I can, with what I have, where I am”
Please take a moment to learn about this amazing man by visiting him at http://www.kaleidoscopefactory.com/ and like him on Facebook at The Kaleidoscope Factory. I highly recommend one of his handmade scopes – they are a great way spend a few minutes of enjoyment each week without the need for batteries! (Had mine for over 5 years so I know!)