"I can do one of two things," says Teddy Roosevelt at the top of the play Teddy & Alice, "I can either be President of the United States or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both!"
The battle of wills between the great American president and his free-spirited daughter provides a double-star turn in this high-stepping, flag-waving and heart-warming family drama, set to the immortal strains of John Philip Sousa.
Local teens and kids from Rumson play principal roles in the show, with is now running through July 29 at the Lauren K. Woods Theater on the Monmouth University campus in West Long Branch. Woods was a Rumson resident, theater professor at Monmouth and actor for whom the theater was named.
Tyler Newsome, of Rumson, plays Quentin; and Bailey Newsome portrays Ethel. Eliana Swartz, of Little Silver, and Gabriella Scerbo, of Oceanport, are in the ensemble.
Take a look at the YouTube preview above.