Day: July 16, 2013

Homegrown Theatre’s Much Ado is family affair for Reids

  By LAURA REID For the Keizertimes Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing throws the spotlight on the highs and lows of family and friendship. It’s fitting then that five of the actors in Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s (KHT) production are bound by blood. KHT is set for its second annual Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado to be performed in Keizer Rapids Park on July 25, 26, and 27. Performances will be preceded by live music at 6 p.m. each night at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater and the play begins at 7 p.m. The show isdirected by Evan Christopher and set in the 1920s. “We were excited to set this show during the jazz age where parties were raucous, and boisterousness and frivolity were in abundance. This play is one of Shakespeare’s most fun, and it really made sense to put it in a context where the characters could really let loose,” Christopher said, The cast is comprised of a variety of characters from around the Salem-Keizer area. Most are veteran actors, but some are newcomers. Community theater gives thespians a venue to escape from their day-jobs and explore their inner depths of fantasy and try on different personalities. In the case of the Reid family, it’s also time together. A family of five, the Reids are no strangers to theater, but they’ve had a variety of experiences....

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Councilors hear about code

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As it stands now, code enforcement in Keizer is reactive. City officials would love to be proactive. Shane Witham, in charge of code enforcement for the city, gave an update during a Keizer City Council work session Monday evening along with Nate Brown, director of Community Development. Despite cutbacks in recent years – including the layoff of former code enforcement director Tony Casker due to budget cuts – and remaining staff having to pick up additional duties, Brown said the core work is still being done. “We have heard we’re not doing code enforcement today; that’s not true,” Brown said. “We are. We’re very much doing code enforcement today.” Witham estimated he gets 80 to 85 percent voluntarily compliance for fixing code compliance issues. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 12 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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