Erik Scott Returns to Black Swan for One Last Performance:

18578749_10213606070173059_1278494677_nFor those who have been long time audience members or actors at Black Swan, Erik Scott will be remembered for his variety of roles in the seven years and 15 plays at Black Swann. From Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast) to Malvolio (Twelfth Night), John Darling (Peter Pan) to Romeo (Romeo & Juliet) and Roger (Noises Off!) to Bottom ( A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Erik has always found the comedic moments.  
His love of stage combat and  talent for physical comedy are stand out traits of Erik’s acting style and suprisingly have led to no broken bones on stage. Slight concussions are another matter. In Black Swan’s 2010 Princess Bride  while playing Inigo Montoya he says he favorite memory was “when I was knocked out on stage by a sword hilt . It was intended to be a lovely fake whack to the head, which on one particular night proved to be a real whack to the head… I somehow rolled off and woke up under the stage during the fire swamp scene.”
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As Algernon- The Importance of Being Earnest, 2012
Erik will be acting and directing scenes  in Black Swan’s Refugee Benefit  and is the creator for this refugee benefit as it’s a cause that is personal to him.  Erik adds, ” I recently returned from  two year LDS mission in Sweden and while  there the  European refugee crisis was in it’s peak years of 2015-2016. The crisis wasn’t merely a topic I read in the newspaper and discussed about in my cozy community cafe. I was in the midst of it. Nearly every single day in Sweden consisted of some form of service for refugees. We taught, worked alongside, visited, listened to, laughed with, cried with, ate with, played with and became friends with refugees. Their stories became a part of me, and I cannot simply live life passively as they, and countless others, struggle in desperate need of help. Any act I can do, no matter how small, is worth it.”

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As Romeo, 2013
Erik and his soon to be wife, Courtney, will be heading to London, England this fall where Erik will be studying Writing for Performance and Applied Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Erik thinks “making the medium of fundraising for  theatre seems perfect-. For theatre, when done right, is the art of “holding the mirror up to nature” so as to inspire humanity….so we are not only collecting money to benefit refugee camps in Greece, but hopefully giving the audience increased inspiration and a touched soul in return.”

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AS Botton in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2013
Don’t miss Erik and the whole cast  in this last last Black Swan performance, Its 7pm, June 2nd at the World Trade Center in Portland.

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As Malvio- Twelfth Night, 2011

Dedication & Drive =Hailey DeLeon:

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Hailey as Princess Sita in Rama and Sita, 2017. 

Ten year old Hailey DeLeon ‘s first role was as an Oompa Loompa in Black Swan’s 2015 Willy Wonka. She became known affectionately as the fastest, frenzied, candy-stirring  Oompa Loompa by cast and crew. Stirring sticks aside, Hailey always shows complete dedication and focus with every role. From a Lost Boy in Peter Pan, to an Indian princess in Rama and Sita, there’s always a high level of dedication to her roles.  “I’ve loved all the people I’ve worked with and the roles I’ve got to play at Black Swan,” says Hailey. One of her favorite Black Swan memories was making a silly Augustus Gloop skit at the Willy Wonka cast party. “Tyler (Messinger) played Mrs.Beauregarde, and at the end of the skit, he carried  me (Willy Wonka) off.”

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Orange hatted Oompa Loompa on the right is Hailey DeLeon.

In Black Swan’s upcoming Refugee Benefit Theatre, Hailey will impress audiences as one of three Matildas in the song, Naughty from Matilda the Musical. Because of her passion for the music of Hamilton,  and being such a dedicated performer, Hailey will join older cast members to be part of the chorus in the Hamilton song pieces.  Hailey loves how the music is so catchy and fun and at the same time learn all about Alexander Hamilton. Her favorite Hamilton song is Satisfied “because the music is fun and I love the way Angelica’s perspective is put into the story…..I also love the line, who lives who dies, who tells your story because it’s cool to learn how Eliza Hamilton told Alexander’s story.”

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On the left of Wendy: As Lost Boy, Curly in Peter Pan-2016

Hailey is excited to perform for the Refugee Benefit in downtown Portland on June 2nd and “thinks it’s a good way we can help refugees and still have a lot of fun.”

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Sawyer King Revives the Role of Thisbe for Refugee Benefit:

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Sawyer King and Erik Scott- A Midsummer’s Night Dream-2013

In 2013, Sawyer King had audiences roaring in laughter with his role as Flute/Thisbe in Black Swan’s A Midsummer ‘s Night Dream. On June 2nd, he and fellow actor, Erik Scott will revive their roles as  (Bottom) Pyramus and Thisbe.  Joined by the other “mechanicals”, this fresh  comedic interpretation promises to  be a new favorite for audiences.

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With Lucas Buchanan in Noises Off! (2013)

Sawyer King ‘s first Black Swan production was Noises Off! in 2013. “I was excited and nervous with my first play but loved it,” says Sawyer.  Of the five productions he acted in,  Sawyer ‘s favorite moment was playing the lowly workman, Flute/Thisbe in  A Midsummer’s Night Dream . ” It was so fun finding the comedic moments with Erik in the play and getting the laughs.” Sawyer always added such creative ideas and moments to a character or scene”, says director, Susan Scott. “Either actors naturally have comedic timing or struggle, and Sawyer is blessed with brilliant timing,” she adds.

Sawyer is currently studying Computer Science at MHCC and loves music, video games and traveling.  “I d love to go back to Scotland and Thailand sounds pretty cool.”  If he could date any Disney princess, he hands down says Rapunzel. “because she’s so happy and fun!”

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Sawyer and other actors on the 2014 Black Swan UK Trip.  (LONDON)

Sawyer is excited to once again be on stage for one last Black Swan show and encourages audiences to come  and be entertained while doing a wonderful thing for refugees in need.”

All monies raised for this event  benefit LIFTING HANDS INTERNATIONAL’s REFUGEE Program in Greece. This 7 pm, June 2nd performance is at The World Trade Center Theatre in downtown Portland. Purchase tickets here:

Elizabeth Holmes Returns For Refugee Benefit Performance:

“She was once a commoner like yourselves, but perhaps you will not find her common now.”

-Prince Humperdink referring to Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride.

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The Princess Bride- 2010
Black Swan is thrilled that 23 year old,  BYU-I student, Elizabeth Holmes is back for one last Black Swan performance on June 2nd!
In 2009, Elizabeth auditioned for Black Swan’s, Beauty and The Beast  and her love for theatre took hold. She performed in five plays with highlights being Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride.  She acted as a director’s assistant in two plays with her  first massive responsibility as musical director for the quartet of musicians in Twelfth Night.   Elizabeth helped create the humor and positivity that made Black Swan a  joyful place to be as actors looked up to her example.
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Beauty and the Beast 200Elizabeth brought so much fun, humor, positivity to a cast that’s left a lasting impression on Black Swan.
Her favorite Black Swan memory is Black Swan’s  2011 theatre trip to the U.K. “I loved every minute of it. Wales was definitely the highlight for me with climbing Mt. Snowden. Watching all the plays while there was amazing. I still remember standing right next to the stage at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London for my favorite play, Much Ado About Nothing. I could not forget roaming the countryside and looking at the landscape and loving it.”

Elizabeth will be performing in scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pyramus and Thisbe), Hamilton, and Thomas More.  Elizabeth says, ” This refugee benefit is for a good cause, also wonderful entertainment. The refugee crisis is important to me because how could we not open our arms and hearts to people that have lost everything? Many are families that want security for their children. We would not leave family behind. We need to start considering the whole of the human race as our family.

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Snowdonia in Wales-2011
Elizabeth will be graduating in April 2019 in Elementary education with an emphasis in Social Studies and ELL. She is engaged to Freddy Moreno and hopes to marry within the next year if all goes well with U.S. visa requirements.

 All monies raised for this event  benefit LIFTING HANDS INTERNATIONAL’s REFUGEE Program in Greece. This 7 pm, June 2nd performance is at The World Trade Center Theatre in downtown Portland. Purchase tickets here:

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REFUGEE BENEFIT NIGHT

A ONE NIGHT ONLY, NOT TO MISS EVENT, starring many returning Black Swan alumni with our young actors and all to benefit LIFTING HANDS INTERNATIONAL’s REFUGEE Program in Greece.

This performance in at the World Trade Center Auditorium in downtown Portland. 

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 Ticket Prices:  $10 Students 24 and under

$20 Adults

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Sam Clayton on Acting and Playing Dickon in The Secret Garden:

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Sam as Slightly in Peter Pan, 2016.

Sam Clayton’s first experience with theatre was seeing Black Swan’s Willy Wonka in 2015.  “ It looked like a lot of fun to act,” says Sam, but it took a bit more convincing from his cousins, Caitlin and Mallory Spanjer to finally convince Sam to participate in a play.  Caitlin and Mallory, former actors of director, Susan Scott, were helping with Black Swan’s 2016 production of Peter Pan, when an actor had pulled out of the role of the Lost Boy, Nibs. Sam was suggested as a good replacement, and thus another actor was hatched at Black Swan.

13 year old Sam, says acting didn’t really click and become exciting until opening night of Peter Pan.  “Performing in Peter Pan really helped me see how fun it was and I loved becoming my character and being on stage with amazing actors all in character,” says Sam.

This time around, Sam will be portraying the role of Dickon in Black Swan’s upcoming production of The Secret Garden, directed by Elizabeth Scott and Mallory Spanjer. “At first, I thought the  hardest part for me in preparing for my role was  learning the Yorkshire accent,” says Sam. “I had a hard time seeing the dialect written out, then speaking it.”  Sam says in actuality, the part he’s struggled with is learning lines. “ I guess time just snuck up on me because I thought I had tons of time to work on lines…” He says the method to memorize that works best for him is walking around and just running all his lines straight through the play.

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Learning lines for The Secret Garden.

Sam has enjoyed getting into the role of Dickon, the boy who helps Mary to create the secret garden. “I love that Dickon has the freedom to go anywhere he wants, and even though he’s poor, he’s respected and everyone likes him because he understands animals, nature and people,” Sam adds.

Besides acting, Sam loves to take apart things, and rebuild them. He’s even made his own telegraph machine.  Like Dickon, Sam loves being out in nature, and exploring and would love to explore a tropical rainforest one day.

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Sam believes “everyone should come see The Secret Garden because all the actors are great at what they do and have really worked hard at their characters.”  Don’t miss this touching story and beloved children’s classic.  The Secret Garden runs March 16-18th a.t Sam Barlow High School’s Little Theatre. Tickets can be purchased here.