Great use for park stage

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When the amphitheatre was built at Keizer Rapids Park there was a wish list of the type of events or shows that should trod the stage.

The Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre has seen concerts, church services and weddings. Last week the stage was put to great use when Keizer Homegrown Theatre produced the first play on the stage—William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

It was gratifying for us, and certainly Keizer Homegrown Theatre, to see the large crowds over the four night run. Some may have been dubious about such a heavy play such as Macbeth, but the vision of the Theatre’s founders—Linda Baker and Evan Christopher—was vindicated.

It is estimated that over 1,000 people—from Keizer, Salem and the surrounding area attended. What they received was an entertaining and thrilling production. Who says there’s no culture in Keizer?  It was right up on the stage—rivaling any other community theatre.

Still in its infancy, Keizer Homegrown Theatre has big dreams. Their next production will be this fall at another venue. We likely won’t see another of their Shakespeare plays until next summer, but that gives us something to look forward to.

—LAZ

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