Much Ado set brings era to life

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Eric Braman as Benedick reacts to the scheming of his friends in Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s dress rehearsal for Much Ado About Nothing. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Eric Braman as Benedick reacts to the scheming of his friends in Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s dress rehearsal for Much Ado About Nothing. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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.


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