Workshop at the Elsinore Theater

On October 17th, 2013, nineteen students from the Willamette Academy had the opportunity to participate in one of the many and varied workshops offered by the Academy throughout the year. Thanks to the generosity of The Historic Elsinore Theatre, these students had the chance to watch seven-time Emmy award winner and five-time Golden Globe Award winner Ed Asner, in the solo performance drama, Ed Asner as FDR. Ed Asner is best knownfor creating the role of journalist Lou Grant in the comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970-1977), and also, more recently, for his role as the grumpy widower Carl Fredricksen in the Pixar animation “Up” (2009).

This one man show is based on Dore Schary’s Broadway hit Sunrise at Campobello, and focuses on the White House Years of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, bringing to life FDR’s struggles with politics and with polio, and the perseverance that drove him through the Great Depression and World War Two as the nation’s 32nd President.

This experience proved rewarding for the participating students: providing them with a portrait of an important figure in American history, and presenting a perspective on a pivotal period of time in history. The students were thankful for this insight into the life of FDR, and found inspiration in this depiction of the life of such a long standing and influential leader.