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 Isbell's Play Arrives in Duluth

Teddy Roosevelt
and the Treasure of Ursa Major

10 am, Monday, March 10, 2008, Marshall Performing Arts Center

He was the 26th President of the United States; The “teddy bear” was named after him; He was a “Rough Rider” in the Spanish-American War. He protected over 230 million acres of wilderness. He went on safari, collecting over 500 specimens, some of which ended up at the Smithsonian Institute. In this special project with the White House Historical Association, the Kennedy Center stages an exciting new musical inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt and his family!

(L-R) Cover of the book, a scene from the play, Tom Isbell.

In the summer of 1904, young Kermit, Ethel, and Archie Roosevelt stumble upon a real-life treasure map hidden in their library’s copy of Treasure Island. Following clue after clue, the threesome untangles a decades-old mystery that leads them from the Red Room to the President’s Office to the Lincoln Bedroom. This clever and comical production features songs by Washington satirist and PBS humorist Mark Russell, and was written by Tom Isbell, professor, Department of Theater.

Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major, started a four-month, 33-city national tour in early January. Simon & Schuster has published a book version of the play, with award-winning author Ronald Kidd doing the adaptation. First Lady Laura Bush wrote the foreword to the book, and Isbell did a book signing at Barnes & Noble on February 10.

For tickets call the box office: 726-8561. Recommended for grades 3-6 and families. Contact the box office for groups of 10 or more. Approximately 70 minutes. Tickets are $25 adults, $6 children and UMD students; all proceeds go to the UMD Theatre Scholarship.

UMD home page editor, Cheryl Reitan,
NEW RELEASES, UMD media contact, Susan Latto,, 218-726-8830

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