Meet the Cast of MacBeth

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Blake Dunbar: MACBETH, Blake is a recent graduate of Clackamas High School. He’s been acting since the age of nine. He’s performed in 11 Black Swan plays, and many productions at Clackamas High School. He also was a part of the August Wilson, Red Door Project for the past two years and participated in The Old Vic Theatre’s Old Vic, New Voices workshop with Black Swan actors in London, UK.

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Ellie Leach: LADY MACBETH. Ellie is a recent graduate of Barlow High School. She will be attending Southern Oregon University this September, majoring in Acting Performance.  This will be her sixth Black Swan performance. She has also performed in plays at Barlow HS, winning the solo monologue category at state for Barlow. She has also participated in a workshop at Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, UK  with other Black Swan actors.

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Alec Anderson: MACDUFF, Alec will be a senior at Barlow HS in September. This is his second Black Swan play. He has been acting since he was ten and has performed in many plays at Barlow High School.

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Jason Rathbone: BANQUO– Jason will be a senior at Barlow high school this fall. He hopes to attend Boston College next year.  He has been acting since the age of ten and performed in five Black Swan plays as well as at Barlow.

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Mallory Spanjer: WITCH 1– Mallory is a recent Masters graduate of History at York University, in UK. She has not only assisted at Black Swan on and off for several years but performed in plays at Corbett Children’s Theatre and Young Shakespeare Players since the age of nine. This is her first play in eight years.

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Annalee Nock: WITCH 2, Annalee is a recent graduate of Barlow High School. She will be attending University of Oregon in September.  She has been performing since the age of 10 and recently at Barlow HS and three productions with Black Swan.

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Josie Lattin: WITCH 3. Josie is ten years old and has been acting for a year and a half. She has amazing skills with memorizing lines and loves theatre.  This will be her fourth Black Swan play.

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Tyler Messenger: MALCOLM/MURDERER Tyler will be a junior at Reynolds High School. He has been performing since he was 12. This will be his third Black Swan play. He has also performed in many plays at Reynolds High School.

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Chandler Duncan: ROSS. Chandler will be a junior at Reynolds High School. This will be his second Black Swan performance. He also performs in plays at Reynolds High School.

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Elizabeth Laurent: LADY MACDUFF. Elizabeth is the Black Swan choreographer. She is also a ballet teacher and the mother of two little girls and married to cast member, Tyler.  She has her B.A. in Theatre from Southern Virginia University. She has performed in plays since the age of nine with CCT, Young Shakespeare Players and at university. She also participated in an intensive Theatre workshop at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London while in high school.

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Adam Carsner: LENNOX, Adam will be a freshmen at Gresham HS. This is his third Black Swan play and has loved taking on acting this past year.

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Caitlin Spanjer: CAPTAIN/OLD WOMAN/HECATE- Caitlin is a middle school teacher at Lewis & Clark Montesorri. She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University. She has not only assisted at Black Swan on and off for several years but performed in plays at Corbett Children’s Theatre and Young Shakespeare Players since the age of nine. This is her first play in eight years.

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Ian Scott: ANGUS/MURDERER/SIWARD. Ian recently returned from serving a two year mission for the LDS church. This fall, he will return to BYU-I to study Fine Arts.  He has been an occasional actor since the age of four, and performed in four Black Swan plays. He also has done the poster design and set art work for this production.

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Tyler Laurent, DUNCAN. Tyler is a graduate of Southern Virginia University. He is currently a surgical tech, and applying to Physician’s Assistant schools. He performed in a few plays at CCT and Young Shakespeare Players as well as a play at SVU. He is a daddy to two little girls and married to fellow actor, Elizabeth.

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Jessica Messmann: PORTER/DOCTOR, Jessica is a graduate of Southern Virginia University. She has been an AVID teacher for the past three years in Minneapolis and most recently became a mother to a sweet baby boy and is married.  She has been acting since the age of eight and performed in many plays at CCT, Young Shakespeare Players and small performances in college.  She also participated in an intensive Theatre workshop at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London while in high school.

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Julianne Ratbone: GENTLEWOMAN/MESSENGER– Julianne will be a senior at Barlow HS. She hopes to attend USC next fall. She has been acting since age ten and performed in many plays at Barlow and three shows with Black Swan.

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Natalie Southard: ENGLISH DOCTOR/MURDERER/MESSENGER– Natalie will be a junior at Centennial HS. This will be her first Black Swan play. She performed in plays at Centennial as well.

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Kaden Moss, DONALBAIN/YOUNG SIWARD, Kaden will be a freshman at Centennial HS.  He has been performing since the age of eight at Black Swan. This will be his 7th Black Swan performance.

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Sydney Holwege: YOUNG MACDUFF/APPARITION, Sydney is 11 years old and started performing last January. Sydney loves acting and this will be her 4th Black Swan production.

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Chase Wright: FLEANCE/APPARITION. Chase is seven years old. This will be his second Black Swan play and loves being on stage.

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Elanor Laurent: MACDUFF CHILD/APPARITION. Elanor is 4 1/2 years old. This is her second Black Swan play and loves memorizing lines and acting.

MacBeth announced as the play to open the 2015-16 season:

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7:30 pm, September 2,3 & 4th, 2015

Under the stars, and next to the forest

at Lewis & Clark State Park Troutdale, Oregon

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MOST OF THE CAST OF MACBETH

Starring Black Swan actors from age 4-27 years old, it’s an event not to be missed!  The play, set in medieval Scotland will include dancing and drumming.    Seating is general admission but all will be seated in chairs in a outdoor, theatre-in-the-round setting.  NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 6.  Directed by: Susan Scott

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Ellie Leach on Mrs. Beauregarde, Theatre and the UK:

IMG_2617Sam Barlow high school senior, Ellie Leach is busy rehearsing and studying up on her latest role as Mrs. Beauregarde (Violet’s mother) in Black Swan’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  This will be Ellie’s 4th play with Black Swan Theatre and her first with a predominantly younger cast. Ellie says she’s learned that, “Mrs. Beauregarde is very obsessed with self image and how she appears to others around her. But along the way, her focus on materialistic things ultimate distracts her from being the parent Violet needs.”

Of all Roald Dahl’s zany children’s stories, she loves Matilda and especially the new musical version of the book by the Royal Shakespeare Company as she thinks it’s, “ a musical theatre masterpiece.”

Ellie as Helena (with Lucas Buchanan as Lysander) in  A Midsummer's Night Dream." - November 2013

In “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”

Last fall, she played Helena in Black Swan’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream and fell in love with Shakepeare and his plays. “Shakespeare is my favorite theatre genre because it demands for you to grow as an individual as you dive into your character and play with the language. You learn, and as an young aspiring actor, I want to learn as much as I can and Shakespeare is the ultimate teacher,” says Ellie.

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London-Ellie, posing as Matilda before the show.

This past summer, Ellie was one of nine Black Swan actors that spent over two weeks in UK for a theatre trip. When asked what she enjoyed most about the trip she responded  with. “EVERYTHING! But, if we have to get down to details, by far experiencing theatre. I have never been so moved and immersed in theatre like I was while in London. I found a culture that appreciated theatre arts the way I do and it changed my view on everything. It was evident that the plays I was seeing are the best live theatre in the world. It something that changed me for the rest of my life.”

Ellie plans to pursue theatre at Southern Oregon University in fall 2015 and hopes to continue with performing arts throughout her life, be it in the classroom or on stage. Don’t miss this chance to see Ellie as she nails the role of Mrs. Beauregarde while entertaining and making us  laugh at the same time.

Kaden Moss is Charlie Bucket

Kaden Moss is in the midst of early rehearsals as he prepares for his role of Charlie Bucket in Black Swan’s, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory  He’s at the point where he’s learning choreography, getting familiar with the songs, practicingIMG_2537 a northern England accent, memorising lines and getting gelled with his fellow cast members.

This is Kaden’s fifth play with Black Swan and his first lead role.  His start at Black Swan began as a ten year old, portraying Tiny Tim in The Christmas Carol, alongside Jason Rathbone, as Bob Cratchit. Jason and Kaden find it amusing to now be teamed up as Charlie and Grandpa Joe.

As an 8th grader at Centennial Middle School, Kaden is up for all the work and effort this role entails. Kaden’s was last seen as  the mischievous Puck in Black Swan’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream in November 2013. “ Puck has been my favorite role as I got to jump around the stage and  Susan gave me no limits to what I could try as Puck, ”  says Kaden.  Black Swan director, Susan Scott added, “ giving Kaden a role like Puck helped Kaden to grow as an actor as Shakespeare demands effort, really delving into character and pushes an actor’s abilities with language and voice, so a he’s now more than capable for a role like Charlie.”

Kaden as Puck in A Midsummer's Night Dream- November 2013

Kaden as Puck in A Midsummer’s Night Dream- November 2013

Kaden finds Charlie to be such a likeable and authentic character to play as he’s so innocent and adorable, and is looking forward to bringing him to life.  Audiences will be not only enamoured with Charlie but with the lively and a bit madcap characters created by Roald Dahl that venture into a “world of pure imagination.”

On Charlie’s Bucket’s (Kaden’s) Bucket list: 

  • 1. Perform in Cirque du Solei 
  • 2. earn at gymnastics scholarship to Stanford University

Meet Mr. Wonka!

IMG_2541Black Swan is excited to welcome a new actor under it’s wing!  Tyler Messinger is a junior at Reynolds High School, and has been acting since he was in 6th grade in various school productions. He loves various aspects of acting; portraying other characters, the commitment it takes, making life long friends and how he is able to truly be himself.  Tyler lives with his mom, and is the middle child, with an older sister and younger brother.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Tyler’s favorite Roald Dahl book so he’s thrilled to play  the quirky, Willy Wonka. When looking for inspiration, Tyler has turned more to Johnny Depp’s 2005 portrayal of Wonka in the film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  “Not only do I love Johnny Depp, but he plays Wonka closer to the book, so he’s a bit more accurate.”

When it comes to a bucket list for Tyler, the few items on his list are to visit New York City and see a Broadway play.  He’d also love to perform in the high school theatre, State Showcase.

Black Swan’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory promises an imaginative and entertaining show with stellar performances from the cast, and most definitely, Tyler Messinger.