By Teresa Russo
On Thursday, Actor’s Theatre presents, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at Grand Rapids Community College Spectrum Theatre. This rock musical is a modern day twist on the life of seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. The audience will be entertained throughout the entire 90 minute show, with its medley of catchy rock songs.
Connor Manion, a student at GRCC, plays John C. Calhoun and various other roles in the musical. He describes the show as, ”comedic and satirical, but that it also holds a lot of historical weight and relevancy. If you have an opinion on Andrew Jackson, I could see it changing before the end of the night,” said Manion. Jackson, also known as “Old Hickory,” will struggle to fight for what he believes in, as the story of the long historical journey towards his Presidency unfolds. Jackson decides to create his own story, and be somebody in this world. Jackson didn’t just make history during his Presidency, he had fought battles and related to people long before that. Being President of the United States might not be as easy as it seems on the outside.
Director and choreographer Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz, is no stranger to Actors Theatre. She has directed and choreographed numerous plays and musicals at Actors Theatre, including “Tic Tic Boom,” “Wild Party” and “Rocky Horror.” She recounts the show with great enthusiasm, “you should walk away wanting to look up some of the crazy things you saw on stage and see if they are true.” Join the cast in this historical but comical show.
Each performance will take place at 8 p.m. in the Spectrum Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 6-8,13-15, and 20-22. General seating costs $24 and GRCC students can buy tickets for $10 with a student ID. Tickets can be purchased online at vendini.com/ticketLine or call the Box Office at (616) 234-3946.