We are writing to ask for Keizer’s support of a new community theatre.

During my 15 years of teaching drama at McNary High School, I began to dream of a local theatre just for Keizer. 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.

This year, with Keizer Homegrown Theatre, that dream has become an exciting reality.

We’re starting our inaugural season in 2012 with a free production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park on July 27 and 28. We hope that this will turn into an annual tradition of free Shakespeare in the park, to which the entire community will be invited, with Keizer Homegrown offering a new production every summer. Our second play this season, a comedy by Neil Simon, will be performed on McNary’s stage in late August through early September. While we are only mounting two productions this year, it is our plan to expand our season each year for the next five years, offering three shows next year.

Much goes into the creation of quality theatre, and ticket sales tend to cover only a small percentage of these costs, usually less than half. As we are considering costumes, sets, props, weapons, and every other piece of the puzzle that must come together before July, it became clear to us that we should turn to the Keizer community in helping us begin this exciting new tradition.

Keizer is a unique and special place, one that truly understands the value and responsibility of being part of a community, one that can rely on the care and involvement of dedicated and selfless volunteers, and one that has long been enriched and supported by generous local businesses. It is in this spirit that we approach you for your support today. A membership package for individuals and businesses for those interested in supporting Keizer Homegrown Theatre; is available at We offer a number of advertising options available for those willing to give, and your donations are tax deductible.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in supporting Keizer Homegrown Theatre or would like to be involved, please visit us at our website or give us a call and talk to either of us personally.

We continue to work to  to keep Keizer a great place to live, grow, and thrive.

Linda Baker can be reached at, Evan Christopher can be reached at