The Bard returns to Keizer Rapids

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Come to Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night ready to laugh. “This show is a ridiculous romp,” Director Linda Baker said. “[William] Shakespeare didn’t take it very seriously, I think, so we’re not either.” Baker said the comedy comes from her cast. “Really what I have here is 23 people who are really nice people, really good actors and everybody is bringing their A-game. You give them an idea and the general response is, ‘Yes and…’ It’s just hysterical. You don’t have to yank anything out of anybody. It’s much easier to pull people down than it is to prop them up and nobody on this show has to be propped up.” Humor also comes from  the pirates, which were added by Dan Hayes back when McNary High, under Baker’s direction, performed Twelfth Night. The annual Shakespeare in the Park show takes place July 20-23 at Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park. The opening act, a Green Show featuring pirates singing, dancing and juggling begins at 6:30 p.m. The play starts at 7.  Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted. Twelfth Night tells the story of Viola, a young noblewoman and her twin brother, Sebastian, who are shipwrecked and separated in a storm. Viola washes ashore and disguises herself as a young man, calling herself Cesario. She finds work in the...

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