KEIZERTIMES/Leana Dickerson

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes 

A new local theater group is holding auditions for Macbeth, to be performed in July.

The auditions are at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 24-25, at the Keizer Civic Center. Participants should wear clothes suitable for moving comfortably and prepare a short (no more than two minutes) Shakespearean monologue. The group has suggested sample monologues for both men and women at khtheatre.org.

The performances by Keizer Homegrown Theatre will be at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park on July 27 and 28, the first year offering free Shakespeare in the park. It’s been the dream of Linda Baker, who taught drama at McNary High School for 15 years.

“It was my goal to involve adults, teens, McNary graduates, community members, and anyone else in the area who was interested in performances that are as fun and enriching for those participating as they are for the audiences, their family, friends, and neighbors who come to see them,” Baker said. “This year, with Keizer Homegrown Theatre, that dream has become an exciting reality.”

She and co-founder Evan Christopher want to see yearly theatre productions in the park. Their second play this year will be a Neil Simon comedy and will be performed in late August through early September.

Ticket sales will only fund a small portion of the costs, Baker said, and they’re offering membership packages and program advertising that start at just $10 and go all the way up to $2,500 and more.

All donations are tax deductible. More information can be found at khtheatre.org or by calling Managing Director Taylor Pawley at 541-663-6161.