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. Jordan and Allison Reid, both principals in Much Ado, were brought up in theater in Linda Baker’s program at McNary High School. Jordan played Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Jack in Boys Next Door. Allison was seen as Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Penny in Hairspray. They are now in college at Brigham Young University and were in Keizer Homegrown Theater’s Macbeth last year.
“My theater experience here in Keizer has given me a passion for the stage, both as a participant and as an audience member,” Allison said.
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