Day: July 23, 2012

Homegrown Theater’s ‘Macbeth’ takes over Keizer Rapids stage

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The curious thing about superstitions is that they are never true until they are and, by then, things have usually taken a turn for the worse. Just ask Gregory Jolivette, who plays the lead of Keizer Homegrown Theater’s production of Macbeth. Jolivette’s last role before moving to Salem from Sacramento, Calif., was the titular Macbeth, a general who kills his king paving the way for his succession and a bloody, tragic reign. “I broke my ankle and my leg on opening night. I did get to finish that performance, but I did not get to do the other eight shows. The show was canceled because we didn’t have an understudy and I left that production feeling bad and kind of cheated,” he said. It may be that Jolivette was victim of The Scottish Play curse. Because of a history of–likely coincidental–disaster associated with the production, it’s considered bad form for actors to speak the name Macbeth in a theater space outside of rehearsal for fear of invoking the curse. It’s given birth to euphemisms such as the aforementioned Scottish Play and The Bard’s Play. In U.S.-based productions, Macbeth himself is sometimes referred to as Mackers. However, Jolivette will have a second chance to play a role he’s coveted for years when the play arrives on stage at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater in...

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Keizertimes wins big at press awards

  The Keizertimes brought home 17 awards for news coverage and advertising in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspaper and Best Ad Ideas contests last week. Seven of the awards were for first place. “It goes to show that when it comes to Keizer news, there’s no better source than the award-winning Keizertimes,” said Lyndon Zaitz, publisher. Editors Jason Cox and Eric A. Howald earned first place in enterprise reporting for a series of stories about the placement of a new big box store in Area C of Keizer Station and the resulting ballot measure. Cox, the managing editor of the paper, also received first place awards for best headline writing, his fifth consecutive year topping the heap in that category, and first place in coverage of business and economic issues for a story about tourism in Keizer. Howald, the associate editor, took first place in best feature story for an article about the Keizer women who compete with the Cherry City Derby Girls and first place in best writing for articles about the derby girls, programming at the Mid-Valley Literacy Center and a McNary High School graduate’s struggles and triumphs after the death of his younger brother. Cox, Howald and Andrew Jackson, Keizertimes production manager, took first place in best page one design. Jackson was also awarded first place for best advertising headline for a Color...

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