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Homegrown Theatre finds home

Of the Keizertimes

Keizer Homegrown Theatre will have its own home for its 2018 season.

The theatre, which did three of its 2017 shows in Salem at Chemeketa Community College and the Kroc Center, is moving into the events space at the Keizer Heritage Center.

“It’s nice to have a real address,” said Linda Baker, the company’s founder. “It’s easier for them to find us. It’s easier for them to connect with us. When we are in the middle of Keizer, our Keizer audiences are much larger than when we’re out wondering around in the outermost parts.”

KHT has scheduled an open house for Saturday, Feb. 17 from 12-3 p.m. with snacks, coffee, tea and juice to welcome the community to the new home, which seats an audience of 75.

The company performed Love Letters in the space last year.

“It’s going to be wonderful,” Baker said. “There’s a lot of opportunity. There’s a wonderful synergy that we get to create, too, with our art association right next door and all kinds of really neat things can happen. We’ll be able to do more sophisticated sets and lighting because we’ll be able to put that in place and leave it in place.”

KHT will have auditions for its entire 2018 season at its new space, 980 Chemawa Rd. NE, on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 27 from 12-3 p.m.

The company is opening the season with The Brother’s Grim Spectaculathon, a one-act readers theatre in which two narrators attempt to recreate all 209 of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in a wild, fast-paced extravaganza. To make it more difficult, they combine them into one gigantic fable using Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and other more obscure stories like Lean Lisa and The Devil’s Grandmother.

“It’s insanely funny. It really is,” Baker said. “If people really want to do something truly absurd and ridiculous. That’s what the Spectaculathon is. It is very tongue-in-cheek, very irreverent.”

The Brother’s Grim Spectaculathon will open at the Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival on March 10 at the World Beat Gallery in downtown Salem and then move to the new Keizer space the following two weekends, March 16-18 and 23-25.