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Historic Portrayal: Looking Over the President’s Shoulder

Tyrek Hyde will perform his one-man show “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” about Alonzo Fields, who served as a White House chief butler for four U.S. presidents, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 in Orchestra Hall. This show is part of Lakeside’s Historic Portrayal Series.

When Fields accepted a job as a butler at the White House in 1931, his plan was to work there for the winter. Based on the real-life story of the grandson of a freed slave who grew up in an all-Black town in southern Indiana, Fields is forced by the Depression to give up his dreams of becoming an opera singer and accept the job at the White House, where he quickly was appointed Chief Butler.

“Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” is told from the unique perspective of the Chief Butler, who served four U.S. presidents and their families: Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.

Famous guests through the years included Winston Churchill, Marian Anderson, Errol Flynn and the King and Queen of England.

Set on the eve of his last day on the job, Fields reflects on his 21 years of service to his country with humor and pride. He was a man with a story to tell, and this tour de force for one actor gives Fields the chance to tell it.

Culled from Fields’ private papers, diaries and interviews, “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” has played at major theaters across the country including the Indiana Repertory Theatre (where it premiered) and the famous Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

Born and raised in Tiffin, Ohio, the theater is where Hyde would spend most of his days if he could. Hyde has officially been performing for a decade, starting out when he was 10.

His acting resume growing at the Ritz Theater and Fort Findlay Playhouse, he has even worked behind the scenes as stage crew and usher.

Some of his performances include: “Kaleidoscope” (Woode), “Fiddler On the Roof” (Sasha), “The Foreigner” (Ellard Simms), “Deathtrap” (Clifford Anderson), “CLUE” (Mr. Green), “Little Women” (Laurie Laurence), “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (Banjo) and “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Tom Robinson) where he first got to work with Lois Eisenhard and Dr. Regina Vincent-Williams (who attracted them both to this project in 2021.)

Eisenhard was the director of this performance but passed away in January 2024. She gave so much support in helping create the one-person portrayal.


Aug 08, 2024


7:30 pm




Orchestra Hall
Orchestra Hall
122 West 2nd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA

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