Month: September 2012

Homegrown theatre gets cozy with production of The Dining Room

  Keizer’s own community theatre, Keizer Homegrown Theatre, will be bringing its inaugural season to a close this Oct. 4-6 and 11-13 with their production of A.R. Gurney’s classic, The Dining Room. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors; they will be sold at the door as well as in advance through the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. The show runs about an hour and a half with a ten-minute intermission. The troupe will be staging their production in the Keizer Civic Center Iris Ballroom, bringing in risers and curtains to transform the space into a thrust stage with a 99-seat raised audience section. More than half the cast and production staff are Keizerites. Two of the actors, Kathleen Lukens and Robert Nove, will look familiar to those following KHT—they appeared onstage in their previous production of Macbeth. A member of KHT’s board of directors—Laura Reid—will also be appearing in the production. For more information, visit...

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Cougars wear down Celts, win 23-20

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Struggles in executing on offense kept the McNary High School team from victory in a 23-20 loss to Mountain View High School Friday, Sept. 21. “Overall, our execution on offense was average. We missed some plays that we needed to execute. Our effort on special teams needed to be better as well,” said Isaac Parker, McNary head coach. On the whole however, players were happy with the way they kept playing despite being down by as many as 10 points going into the halftime. “We didn’t start well, but we fought through the whole game. We fought back and with a little more time we would have finished better,” said Celt Devon Dunagan. McNary was most vibrant in the air with a handful of completions for big gains, two between quarterback Hayden Gosling and Dunagan. The first, in McNary’s second drive of the night, saw Gosling Hail Mary the ball from McNary’s 22-yard line to Dunagan who raced down the sideline to the Mountain View 22-yard line. Unfortunately, the drive sputtered after the big play. “Going into the game, we felt that Mountain View’s weakness on defense was their secondary and wanted to attack that,” Parker said. Celt Adam Snegirev ran down the Cougar’s quarterback on the penultimate play of Mountain Views ensuing possession and Andrew Lawrence broke up a pass to force...

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Lady Celts crush McKay, wage war with Saxons

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s girls varsity volleyball team began Central Valley Conference competition with a 3-0 win over McKay High School Tuesday, Sept 18. The Lady Celts won in straight sets, 25-16, 25-17, 25-16. “I don’t think it was our toughest competition of the season, but we knew we wanted that win,” said Celt Baili Keeton. Lexi Price had eight kills and five digs, Ashlee Koenig had six kills and four digs, and Allison Turner had five kills.  Keeton added 14 digs as libero and Allison McGregor had nine digs. “The team played very well and focused,” said Kellie Scholl, McNary head coach. Keeton lit up when describing the first two sets of McNary’s follow-up match with South Salem High School, “They were the most awesome, fun games we’ve played all season. We were communicating and everyone was in the right spot and we were playing for each other. It was like we weren’t even thinking about it,” she said. The Celtics picked up a first-set win 25-16 and then fought a small scale war in the second set that ended up in a 30-28 win for the Saxons. “I think both teams knew–even during that match–that whoever came out on top was going to win the night,” Keeton said. “It was really fun to watch that match go back and forth and see...

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