Month: July 2013

Spider-Girl ready to help burglarized dance studio

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Offers of help came quickly last week at Classic Tap Dance Company – including one from a 6-year-old Spider-Girl. The dance studio at 392 Chemawa Road North was broken into sometime overnight last Wednesday, July 17. Items stolen included a video camera, computer, hard drives, monitors, sound systems and hundreds of CDs. Jane Raddatz, who owns the dance studio along with brother Danny Wold, noted the CDs are used for practice every day. “Students will have to bring their own CDs,” Raddatz said. “But at least they didn’t vandalize the place. They just took stuff they could sell quickly.” The siblings opened the studio in 1999, but hadn’t been victims of burglary before. “We’ve had vandalism, but never this,” Raddatz said. “They also took toilet paper. They broke into our shed, too. They emptied our drawers.” Wold said evidence left behind showed the burglary was done by at least two people. “They smoked in here,” Wold said. “They left two different kinds of cigarettes.” By the next day, families that frequent Classic Tap for lessons had stopped by to offer help. “We had a 6-year-old girl who wanted to stay here tonight,” Wold said last Thursday. “She said if someone broke in again, she would scream loud enough to attract the police. She was willing to be strapped to the ceiling. She...

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Much Ado set brings era to life

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When setting Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing in the roaring 1920s, director Evan Christopher left few details unexplored. The set itself is based on photos Christopher found of homes in Hollywoodland, Calif., at the time. “The area was billed as ‘all the luxury of Hollywood on the economy side of the hills,’” Christopher said. “It basically had all of the look and none of the substance, but it catered to people in the film industry who were coming into money at the time as well as some of the other nouveau riche, like bootleggers.” The play opened Thursday, July 25, at Keizer Rotary Amphitheater in Keizer Rapids Park and continues Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27 with shows at 7 p.m. Performances by City Dance Theater will precede the show at 6 p.m. followed by a half-hour of live jazz music at 6:30. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 26 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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The hard part of acting

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ What would you do if someone handed you a phone book and said, “Here, memorize this in one month.” That is the feeling when an actor is cast in a play by William Shakespeare. Sure the Bard wrote in English, but an English that few modern actors amateurs recognize. That’s the way I felt when I was cast in a small role in Much Ado About Nothing being staged at the amphitheatre at Keizer Rapids Park this weekend. I enjoy Shakespeare as well as any actor, but learning the lines is another matter altogether. I am in awe of the people playing the leads in Much Ado. Shakespeare loved to write soliloquies—long spoken arias that take quite a while to memorize, along with all the other lines.  Throw in the blocking of the and you’ve got yourself some hard work. Memorizing lines is nothing like memorizing other things in daily life such as phone numbers or passwords. Those are easy. Learning page after page of a play takes dedication, desire and, of course, repetition. An actor goes through the script finding all the lines of their character. And then the real work begins: reading the lines over and over, trying to capture all that Shakespearean language in their brain, hoping it stays there and is not pushed out by additional lines. Each actor has their...

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