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Walk softly and carry a big stick...

Vermont actor David Poirier will bring America's twenty-sixth president to life at the Vergennes Opera House on Friday, June 26, in the Jerome Alden penned one-man show, "Bully".

The play depicts the life and times of America's most robust president to date-Republican politician, environmentalist, cowboy, soldier, husband and father, Theodore Roosevelt.

David Poirier, a native of Enosburg, is a veteran actor with a master's degree in Shakespeare Studies. Since the start of his professional career in 1979 he has worked on more than 400 productions across the country. His Vermont work has taken him through multiple seasons and productions at the Lost Nation Theatre in Montpelier, Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington and at Heather McKeon's Raincheck Theater in Berkshire. Recently Mr. Poirier finished his third season with the theater company at Apalachicola's Dixie Theatre in Flroida.

"Bully" was written by playwright Jerome Alden and debuted on Broadway in 1977 with James Whitmore as the star. Alden found his niche as a historical writer for radio, television and stage creating such scripts as "The Truman Years", "A Gathering of One", "The American Adventure" and the 1987 Broadway musical, "Teddy and Alice".

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and are available in advance at the Vergennes Opera House and Classic Stitching on Main Street in Vergennes. For more information about the show see www.vergennesoperahouse.org or call 877-6737.

The Quotable T.R.-

"I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being."

"Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe."

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."

"For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison."

"Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past."

"Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster."

"Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind."

"I am a part of everything that I have read."

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