Was he a hero, a murderer or something in between? More importantly, does it really matter, because he’s really, really hot.Okay, of course it matters, but the answer may not come at the end of the rock musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, presented by Peppermint Creek Theatre Company Oct. 4 to 7 and Oct. 11 to 13. What can be guaranteed is a good time as 11 cast members play a variety of characters — all a little bit emo, a little bit hipster, all very good looking and all very confused about what to think of America’s first political maverick — Andrew Jackson. Mary Maurer, 26, of Holt plays Jackson’s wife Rachel. New to the area, Maurer, who has a degree in musical performance and a minor in dance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif., was doing some research on local theaters when she discovered Peppermint Creek. Having moved around the county as her husband finishes up med school, Maurer knew it was important to jump into the local theater scene right away — “I really wanted to not waste any time,” she said. When she found the Peppermint Creek website, she knew she had stumbled on her match. “I loved their mission,” she said. Since its beginning, founder Chad Badgero has had the passion to produce theater that addresses vital issues in society, raises awareness and encourages dialogue. “It makes people discuss things,” added Maurer. After auditioning for a spot in the current season, Maurer was surprised to get a call from Badgero asking her to play the role of Rachel. Still, she jumped at the chance. “I was like ‘yes!,” she said. “I love that it’s sort of a rock musical.” What followed was a summer of listening to the music of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson non-stop —“I tend to get obsessed with the music,” said Maurer — and research on Jackson and his wife. Maurer was confident she had made the right decision after the initial read through with the cast. “Even just through our read through you could see this show coming together,” she said. And while Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is based on historic events, the show is far more entertainment than history lesson. Of course, as one might imagine, there is also some comedy. “It’s really funny,” said Maurer. “We’re having trouble keeping straight faces.” Maurer is excited to get her first Lansing-area production in front of audiences. “I love this cast,” she said. “I love the energy.” BREAK OUT BOX Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson Book by Alex Timbers, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman Directed by Chad Badgero, music direction by Seth Burk Miller Community Center, 6025 Curry Lansing (off Miller Road) Lansing Oct. 4 to 7 and Oct. 11 to 13 Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday www.peppermintcreek.org
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.